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Concerns about having fulfilled physics coursework requirement

viralhiker

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Hi all,

I was able to graduate with my undergraduate degree having taken only 6 credits of physics + 2 credits of physics lab. Freshman year I took a calc-based engineering physics class and after bombing exam 1 I realized I didn't want to be an engineer anymore. My department offered students who bombed to move down into a 2 credit half-semester physics newtonian/kinematics physics class to finish the semester with an A-.

The next year I took the Physics II for "life-science majors" and got a B in the class. I got As in the two 1-credit lab classes. My department felt that I fulfilled their "1 year physics" requirement and allowed me to graduate with 6 credits of classwork and 2 credits of lab.

I am realizing now that many schools require "8 credits of physics". I am in a bit of a panic because I am afraid of automatically being screened from these schools. Some more context: I have 4 credits of astronomy (in physics department) also from this uni, and I scored a 131 on C/P on the MCAT.

Do you all think I need to adjust my school lists, reach out to schools, etc? Looking for any advice. Thanks!
 
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gonnif

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Wait , what am I missing? 6 credits of class plus 2 lab IS 8 credits ...
Maybe Unlucky at Math unlucky at Physics


Hi all,

I was able to graduate with my undergraduate degree having taken only 6 credits of physics + 2 credits of physics lab. Freshman year I took a calc-based engineering physics class and after bombing exam 1 I realized I didn't want to be an engineer anymore. My department offered students who bombed to move down into a 2 credit half-semester physics newtonian/kinematics physics class to finish the semester with an A-.

The next year I took the Physics II for "life-science majors" and got a B in the class. I got As in the two 1-credit lab classes. My department felt that I fulfilled their "1 year physics" requirement and allowed me to graduate with 6 credits of classwork and 2 credits of lab.

I am realizing now that many schools require "8 credits of physics". I am in a bit of a panic because I am afraid of automatically being screened from these schools. Some more context: I have 4 credits of astronomy (in physics department) also from this uni, and I scored a 131 on C/P on the MCAT.

Do you all think I need to adjust my school lists, reach out to schools, etc? Looking for any advice. Thanks!

1) you appear to have enough physics stop worrying
2) schools do not screen on prereqs as you at most places you can apply without prereqs completed
3) schools typically do not check prereqs until after you have been accepted
4) while AMCAS considers astronomy physics many schools do not
5) just because you scored well enough on the MCAT doesnt mean you can skip the prereq
 
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