Confusion about UCLA Pre-Med Requirements?!!

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  1. pennytop

    pennytop Junior Member

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    I am a pre-med humanities major at UCLA and have some confusion about the pre-med classes. Unfortunately UCLA has no official pre-med advisor so I've been going in circles trying to clarify this. I have taken my year of Bio with lab, year of physics with lab, year of english, year of math/stats, but I am confused about the Chem. I have taken :confused: :
    Chem. 14A, Chem. 14B, Chem. 14C, Chem 140, Chem. 153A
    and in labs: Chem 14BL, Chem 14CL, Chem 153L (these are separate classes)
    So in total: 5 quarters chem. and 3 quarters lab covering general, organic, and biochem. I am not sure if I need 6 quarters of regular chem to complete the 2 years. The chem department here told me this series has been approved for med schools. This is the series I was told to take by the Career Center as well (the closest thing we have to the pre-med advisor). Does anybody have a similar situation? Do I need another quarter? Thank you!!
     
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  3. Joe Joe on da Radio

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    hi penny, i was pre-med at ucla. i took the 20 series for chem, which is similar to the 14 series except that we had an additional quarter of o-chem (130B). i suggest you take an additional quarter of o-chem since a few schools i applied to did not count biochem(153A) as o-chem. you will not meet the requirement for 1 yr. of o-chem with the courses you have now as far as DMS, UPitt, and Wake Forest (the ones i know about) are concerned.
     
  4. CaliBoy

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    Pennytop-- I took the exact same chem classes as you did, and I did NOT need to take any additional chemistry classes for any of the 20 schools I applied to. That includes all of the UC med schools, and several more. PM me if you have specific schools in mind and I can let you know if I know anything.

    Although, as Joe Joe found out, I guess some schools want more chemistry. Your best bet is to call the school and ask, but I can guarantee you that most schools will accept the 14 series. Best of luck.
     
  5. Meizy

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    Pennytop,

    I took the same thing you did. (well you know how ucla changed their chem series so many times.. I took 10A, 10B/C, 10BL, 10 CL, 14C, 140, 153A, 153L) and had NO PROBLEM. All the schools I applied to took 153A as O-Chem. i think a lot of the schools count the labs as part of "year of g-chem or o-chem."

    g-luck
     
  6. mango-a-go-go

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    Penny,

    Everyone is right, but if you want more help with figuring out the requirements, then ask Marci Matsu****a, the phy sci counselor. Since so many people in the phy sci major are pre-med she has sort of turned into the unofficial pre-med counselor.

    Mango
     
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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 mango-a-go-go:
    <strong>Penny,

    Everyone is right, but if you want more help with figuring out the requirements, then ask Marci Matsu****a, the phy sci counselor. Since so many people in the phy sci major are pre-med she has sort of turned into the unofficial pre-med counselor.

    Mango</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">I actually went a different route when I applied...I marched right into the UCLA Med admissions office, plopped down my courses and asked them if it was enough. I then called every single California school to verify that it was enough for them.

    UCI is the most stringent school. They require the most chem courses.
     
  8. El Jefe

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    I took the exact same chem courses you did, and UCI didn't seem to have a problem with them. So if they are the most stringent about chem, then you should be fine. I think I just counted a year of ochem as 14C, 14CL, and 140 so it worked out okay. I think schools allow a little overlap between labs and lectures.
     
  9. Meizy

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    Pennytop,

    DON'T FORGET to take a Stats class if you want to apply to UCLA. I think that was the only class I had to take extra not already in my major..

    PM me if you have any more Qs
     
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    Guys, is Biochem 153L required? My friend didn't take it and he seemed to have no problems with UCSD or anywhere.
     
  11. El Jefe

    El Jefe The Jefe

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    It's not required for med school, just for a bunch of science majors (eg. MCDB, Biochem, etc.)
     
  12. JZZZZZZZs

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    Wow!
    This has turned into the unofficial UCLA Pre-Med page. :D I was wondering if I might also ask any of you a quick question regarding UCLA or UC Med School requirments policy. After graduation from undergrad., are we allowed to retake science classes (if we did not originally fail them) in order to improve our grades in post-bacc.? :rolleyes:
     

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