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Classes needed/helpful for MCAT

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by arex, Apr 18, 2007.

  1. arex

    2+ Year Member

    Oct 10, 2006
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    I'm a freshman right now, and registering for fall quarter classes soon. I'm hoping to be able to fit in all of the classes I will need to have taken before the end of next year, in able to take the MCAT that following summer.

    I need to take i more quarter of bio, 2 of physics, and all three of of o-chem next year to finish each series. The only problem is that o-chem lab may not fit into my schedule (it's a seperate course from lecture, not sure if it's like that at other schools). Is the lab section of the course necessary for being able to take the MCAT?

    Also, what other classes are the most helpful for the test? Genetics? Physiology? Mollecular Cell Biology?
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  3. mongrel

    mongrel Assoc. Prof. Dogsuit
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    Mar 8, 2007
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    IMO, no.

    After the normal 2 sems of genchem; and one sem of p-chem (for the heavy thermo), cell bio, molecular genetics, microbiology, and biochemistry I thought I was totally prepared. If I could add one more it would be human phys.

    But really, even if you only take a few of these I think you'll still be able to teach yourself the rest needed (given you allow yourself enough study time).
  4. mvenus929

    Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
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    Depends on the content of your lecture course. We didn't touch spectroscopy in lecture, for example, but it was heavy in lab, and there's a whole section on that in the EK review books (I can't remember if it's in the MCAT manual or not...I just flipped through it).

    I'm taking physiology now, and I think it's really helpful. Genetics is so so. Cell Bio helps too. Of course, take this advice with a grain of salt, since I have yet to take the MCAT. If you still want my advice come May 12, I'll be happy to give it you then :).

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