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Biochem or Genetics for the MCAT?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by 161, May 4, 2002.

  1. 161

    161 Maharishi 7+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    New York
    Which would be better and why?
    Also, would cell bio help on the MCAT? I'm figuring if I take cell bio that I should take biochem because genetics might be redundant...
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  3. Rapid Decomposition

    Rapid Decomposition 10+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    I took neither before the MCAT, but I would have to say from what I've heard from other people that Biochem would be more useful. The MCAT emphasizes genetics (even more starting next year) but all that they ask is pretty simple and can be solved using your intro bio knowledge. I think taking an advanced class in genetics might give you too much excess knowledge and make the MCAT questions harder than they should be.
  4. Rapid Decomposition

    Rapid Decomposition 10+ Year Member

    Feb 28, 2002
    Oops, I mean cell bio, not biochem.
  5. esoteric

    esoteric Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 24, 2002
    If you take Biochemistry first, cellular biology will be pretty easy for you. Take an intro to genetics class too. I've heard from people that this class is a good class in general. I'm going to take all three though, just for credits and A's (hopefully).
  6. Street Philosopher

    Street Philosopher freebird 10+ Year Member

    Aug 10, 2000
    ann arbor
    Genetics on the MCAT is pretty basic and you don't need a class on it to do well on it. Biochem on the other hand integrates bio and chem so that you kind of get a "whole picture" which I thought was helpful. For me, it was when I took biochem that I had my "Aha!" moment in seeing how these subjects are related to each other. Plus, you'll probably memorize amino acids and review acid/base, pKa and all that stuff in biochem and those things are definitely useful for the MCAT.
  7. deva

    deva Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 30, 2002
    I agree that if you really want to pick one of these, then go with biochem. As others mentioned, it integrates stuff from bio and orgo, which makes bio and orgo things easier to remember. Having said that, though, I don't think you need either class to take the MCAT and do well.
  8. leorl

    leorl Physician Moderator Emeritus Lifetime Donor Classifieds Approved 10+ Year Member

    Jan 2, 2001
    definitely biochem. plus, it will be more relevant for med school courses since you will have to take biochem in 1st or 2nd year.
  9. efex101

    efex101 attending Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Apr 19, 2002
    I will be taking genetics, biochem, cell/molec and some ruddy puh english class this fall. Because the mcat format is changing to include more genetics, and biochem I am somewhat concerned. I am probably being somewhat anal retentive but hey who is keeping tabs.. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />
  10. AntGod22

    AntGod22 Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    frig the biochem i took that didnt help me at least, but genetics is definitly important, i cant stress that class enough. I also think a person should take human physiology. That class really helped .
  11. psyc.lover

    psyc.lover Member 7+ Year Member

    Mar 21, 2002
    New Orleans
    when i took it i hadent taken genetics, but was currently taking biochem. there were things that i knew that others in my PTR class didnt know because they didnt take biochem, they took genetics and vice versa. study with a group sometimes and take a review course and you should be fine.
  12. 161

    161 Maharishi 7+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    New York
    Thanks for the advice guys. I've decided on Biochem.
  13. 161

    161 Maharishi 7+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2002
    New York
    Doesn't it stink that there is not enough time for all of the courses that could FULLY prepare you? Why should time be such an intrusive factor... In the end, I'm sure genetics is just as useful as biochemistry, but there are always choices that must be made and this is just another one of them! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Wink]" src="wink.gif" />

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