biology major...starting late????


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I'm a freshman in college. I attend a community college now, and the only pre med class i will take here is General Chem, which is next year. I would like to major in biology, it is/was my favorite subject and i have also given thought to teaching it, along with my first goal of being a physician.

I am aware that you don't have to be a science major to get to med school...

My question/concern is...(biology majors help!)...I will not start any biology classes until i am out of community third year. Do you think it will take more than an additional three years to complete a Bachelors degree- or just three...???

I've seen academic plans posted on websites. They place courses such as calculus and general chem first semester/first year.

I didn't enter college with a burst of academic brilliance to start these right away. I had to take a quarter of pre-chem and two quarters of pre-cal. At first I was a bit discouraged...thinking maybe I was not smart enough to make it to med school. But...hey....i (and anyone else) could do it...i have an A in pre cal and im proud of it...


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Dude it really all depends. I started as a psychology major and changed to bio my second year...I'll still graduate a year early than my class because I'm taking strictly biology courses over one semester. It really all depends on your motivation to finish, and what kind of degree you are pursuing, i.e. - a bio BA at some schools has fewer bio requirements, so maybe check into that.
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Ditto with the above poster. It's all going to depend on whether you can take heavy loads in biology and how many gen eds are going to transfer from your JC. If you want to graduate ASAP, you should think about taking classes in the summer to speed things along. Above all else, don't get discouraged if things don't line up exactly the way you would like. An extra semester isn't going to kill you. I admire you perserverence and your hard work will pay off. Just keep doing what you're doing and you'll be fine. However, I recommend that you take the neccessary background courses prior to MCAT, even if it puts you behind. Hope this rambling helps. Good Luck.
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