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Biology 101 for non-bio majors? or Biology 211 for Pre-med's etc?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 14457, Jun 27, 2002.

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    I don't know what to think on this subject. I was reading a pre-med site and it said medical admissions committees don't care if you take a year of easy bio or Bio for science majors. As long as you get a good grade. Is this true? :confused: What is your opinion on this? I personally don't think an easy class would prepare you for medical school, but is that true?? <img border="0" alt="[Wowie]" title="" src="graemlins/wowie.gif" />
     
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    By this question, I mean, Does it matter which Biology, Chem, Physics class as long as you get your credits in and then after that prove yourself more by taking other classes later like histology, pharmology,etc?
     
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    Yes, I got it. Thanks <img border="0" alt="[Clappy]" title="" src="graemlins/clappy.gif" />
     
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    Will they actually know? With all the abbreviations from transcripts, how do they actually know whether you took a difficult or easy course?

    funny thing there wasn't a 101 level biology for me.

    for my major, i had to take a 400 level one. hardest class ever.
     
  6. jot

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    i think they also want to see that you are cahllenging yourself - take harder courses and get good grades. know what your capacity is though, thats most important.
    -jot
     
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    You also have to think of preparation for the MCAT. Which will help you more when it comes around? If you have a good background, then it might not matter. But then again, a refresher course never hurts. :)
     
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    Not to get all touchy feely here. But medicine in the US is based in large part on hard science. You should be able to get good grades in any of the classes. Youe should WANT to take the hard classes.

    My undergraduate school does not require pre-meds to take calculus based physics. I cannont imagine not taking this class. I gained more insight into the workings of the universe (and yes biology too) than nearly any onther class.
     
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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by hakioawa:
    <strong>Not to get all touchy feely here. But medicine in the US is based in large part on hard science. You should be able to get good grades in any of the classes. Youe should WANT to take the hard classes.

    My undergraduate school does not require pre-meds to take calculus based physics. I cannont imagine not taking this class. I gained more insight into the workings of the universe (and yes biology too) than nearly any onther class.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Bah! Save your GPA. Non-Calculus based Physics is all you need for med school. Taking harder classes doesn?t prove much, other then you have a high pain threshold. An ADCOM will probably select someone with a 3.94 GPA made up of standard sciences before they will take a 3.20 with hard-core science classes. I have no clue as to what secrets a calc based physics class can teach anyone about the way the world works that a trig based class can?t. Maybe deriving equations just doesn?t impress me that much...

    If you are sure that you can get the 3.94 GPA with the hard science classes, then take ?em and show off? maybe it will swing you a few brownie points with the committee.

    Also, Trig based Physics is all you need for the MCAT. I took only the required pre-med courses and I scored fine on the MCAT- anything more is just overkill.
     

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