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Do microbiology genetics and cell and molecular biology help a lot on the bio section of the mcat or can I wait to take them until after?
 

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Genetics and cell/mole more than micro IMO
 

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Cell/Molecular is a huge part of the bio section and I can't remember how much genetics was there, but I would still try to take that before the exam

But, tbh, MCAT cell/molecular doesn't go beyond AP bio stuff, so if you took/remember AP bio, you could just use the MCAT review book
 
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You don't need to take a genetics for the genetics on the MCAT. Physiology is probably the most useful course if you're looking to take something for the MCAT
 

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I would agree that, after a year of general biology, first semester biochem is most important. molecular biology, specifically dealing with genes and proteins, may help you but is not necessary
 

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I would agree that, after a year of general biology, first semester biochem is most important. molecular biology, specifically dealing with genes and proteins, may help you but is not necessary
Is there a difference b/w cell/molecular and a general bio sequence? At my school it was like "Bio 1- Cell/Molecular," "Bio 2- Genetics," "Bio 3- Physiology." That's the intro sequence and the only other cell/molec is grad-level.

OP, if you did learn cell/molec in a general bio course and you are asking about an advanced course, then ignore my previous post. An advanced course is not necessary. The bio on the MCAT is very basic and I thought you were saying that you never learned stuff like DNA replication, protein translation, etc and were wondering if you should take a course on that material or just teach yourself. As long as you've learned the very basics of cell/molec, you're covered
 

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Is there a difference b/w cell/molecular and a general bio sequence? At my school it was like "Bio 1- Cell/Molecular," "Bio 2- Genetics," "Bio 3- Physiology." That's the intro sequence and the only other cell/molec is grad-level.

OP, if you did learn cell/molec in a general bio course and you are asking about an advanced course, then ignore my previous post. An advanced course is not necessary. The bio on the MCAT is very basic and I thought you were saying that you never learned stuff like DNA replication, protein translation, etc and were wondering if you should take a course on that material or just teach yourself. As long as you've learned the very basics of cell/molec, you're covered
it sounds like that is your general biology track; some schools do it in two semesters some do it in three - including mine.

The sequence at my school is Bio 1 - organisms, ecology, evolution; Bio 2 - molecules, cells, physiology; Bio 3 - genetics

so yes, that 3 sequence course sounds complete

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However, don't forget that the new MCAT 2015 includes topics in a semester Biochemistry - usually a 300 or 400 level course that is different from gen bio.
 

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Most times schools do Bio 1 which is genetics and molecular biology, and then bio 2 which is like physiology and systems. Followed by biochem and upper level bios: genetics, physio, and micro though I don't think the upper level bios are required for the mcat tho I'm sure they help


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