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Behavioral science requirement question

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - DO' started by RLU1223, May 19, 2014.

  1. RLU1223

    RLU1223 2+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2012
    Hi Everyone!

    I have a question regarding the behavioral science requirement to schools like Western U and LECOM.

    First of all, can I apply and receive interviews before actually acquiring my behavioral science credits?

    Secondly, I e-mailed LECOM and they said my philosophy class counts as 3 credits. However, they have not gotten back to me about whether or not my community health credit counts and are showing some resistance to the idea. The aacom website states that community health falls under the behavior sciences.

    Can you guys give me some word of advice?

    Thank you!
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  3. Th2

    Th2 2+ Year Member

    Dec 23, 2013
    I took a yearlong course that's divided into two semesters. One person working for AACOM marked the first semester as behavioral science, and then another person who added the spring transcript marked it as other science. The class is marginally a behavior science, if you consider medical ethics and how to approach patient-oriented issues (hospice, euthanasia, etc.) a behavioral science. Of course, the school can always interpret it however they please.

    But yes, most schools entertain applications with 1 or 2 prereqs missing but will require it be completed before matriculating. You should probably at least be enrolled in the course.

    BYU Independent Study offers psychology courses. In particular, the Sex & Gender class is graded based only off open-book quizzes and one closed-book final--finished this one in about 3 weeks. This is in contrast to their general psychology course which requires some written essays.
  4. RLU1223

    RLU1223 2+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2012

    So you're saying that we can't trust the AACOM classification of behavior sciences and that my community health credit is probably a dud? haha

    I'm planning to take a psychology class but hoping that it won't effect my application when I submit it early June!

    Does anyone else have similar experiences?

  5. luaylu


    May 5, 2014
    a coast
    wait, they told you a philosophy class counts as behavioral science? if so, what was the class called? (curious bc i too have a philosophy class that might be able to count as behavioral science)
  6. RLU1223

    RLU1223 2+ Year Member

    Dec 27, 2012
    My class was called "knowing and being". I think they just saw that it was a philosophy class and didn't bother looking at the syllabus.

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