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Bio major of Med School

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by PreMedDocMD, May 12, 2007.

  1. PreMedDocMD

    PreMedDocMD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    Everyone here says that it is not wise to be a bio major just because you want to go to med school. Also, they say that all of the necessary calsses for the MCAT are taken with the pre med classes. However, wouldn't it be pretty correct to say that if you were a bio major, as apposed to even something similar like a bioengineering major, you would tend not to forget those core classes? This is because in taking advanced science classes, you would need to know stuff from Bio 1 and Bio 2? Wouldn't it just be easier to study for the MCATs for a bio major, even more so than someone like a bioengineer?
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  3. FenderHM

    FenderHM Where there's a will... 7+ Year Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    the MCAT emcompasses much more than just Bio, even the Bio section is Bio, Genetics, and O-Chem. and thats just 1/3 of the test. the rest physics, genchem, and verbal have nothing to do with Bio. So in theory a physics major would have as much as advantage as a bio major when it comes to mcat
  4. gotmeds?

    gotmeds? 5+ Year Member

    Oct 9, 2006
    First off, kudos to you for managing to fit "med," "doc," and "MD" all on one username. Although I think DrPreMedDocMD would have actually been a little better.

    In response to your question, I don't really think the upper division bio classes are all that helpful for the MCAT. I took the test with only the basic pre-reqs and did really well. Sure there was mo bio and genetics on it, but it was tested at a very simple level. The material from the core pre-reqs was where all the hard questions came from, and the longer it's been since you took those, the more you tend to forget. My advice would be to major in what you like and take the MCAT as soon as you can after finishing the core pre-reqs, preferably after a couple of good months of intense studying.
  5. jochi1543

    jochi1543 President, Gunner Central 2+ Year Member

    Apr 4, 2007
    Alberta, Canada

    You're my hero.:lol:
  6. mvenus929

    mvenus929 Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    That's right. Only something like 50% of bio majors are accepted. That number goes up tremendously when looking at other majors. Major in something that you want to major in, and if that's bio, be ready for lots of competition.

    It depends. I'm a bio major, and I skipped Bio 1 and 2, thanks to IB classes in high school. So, I had to take upper division classes. And I think the specialization of those classes helped me understand things a lot better than I did when I took bio in high school. However, I've heard people say that upper level chem classes help them understand the concepts in gen chem better. You don't NEED to take anything other than the basic science classes to do well on the MCAT, but they might help you. Depends how good your memory is, I suppose.
  7. kayteebeehive

    kayteebeehive 7+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2007
    bioeng isn't very similar to biology ... i'm bioengineering and i only took 2 biology classes... my classes were more engineering than biology. and ditto what the others said, there's a lot more to the mcat than plain old biology. (thank god)
  8. DrBowtie

    DrBowtie Final Countdown Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Feb 24, 2005
  9. PreMedDocMD

    PreMedDocMD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2007
    Ok, so let me change the quesion based on new info...Would it be the best for the MCAT/ med school to major in biochemistry, with a couple higher level physics classes?
  10. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006



  11. Meatwad

    Meatwad Reformed 7+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Higher level physics? Yeah, definitely. Make sure you take EM theory, an advanced course on Mechanics (not just basic Newtonian stuff, we're talking Lagrangian and Hamiltonian methods here), Quantum Mechanics, and top it all off with nonlinear dynamics.

    And don't believe the BS that you don't need calculus; not only do you need calc 1 & 2, you need a class on modern algebra and real analysis to have a shot at a US allo school.
  12. Meatwad

    Meatwad Reformed 7+ Year Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Lmao, that "FACS," was what made me actually laugh audibly. Bravo.
  13. CATallergy

    CATallergy 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007

    This observation is primarily just due to PS being a better weed-out field than BS.
  14. dragonark

    dragonark 10+ Year Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    Don't worry, all this isn't necessary. It's not nice to fool with these gullible gunners! (Sure is funny though) :laugh:

    Major in something you like. The MCAT is basically a survey of the basic sciences, so your major will not really affect your overall affinity for any of these things. Sure, an engineering major may have a slight edge in the physics portion, and a bio major may have a slight edge in the biology section, by the time you take the MCAT you will have studied things at such a higher level that you'll be struggling to remember all those basics.

    If you really want to up your MCAT, take classes that interest you, learn to love reading, and take some classes that enhance your reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. This advice being said, please continue to double major in physics and bio in some sort of attempt to get an edge. :luck:
  15. pennybridge

    pennybridge Banned Banned

    Oct 13, 2006
    that's because the bio section is pretty much verbal reasoning but more accessible to power nerds.

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