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Courses for MCAT

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by hringrose, Aug 18, 2002.

  1. hringrose

    hringrose Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 12, 2002
    After completing the MCAT yesterday, did anyone find that any of their upper year courses helped? I mean anything above and beyond the four basic courses: bio, chem, org chem, and physics. I am considering taking physiology and anatomy to help in the biological science section in April 2003.


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  3. lady bug

    lady bug 7+ Year Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    There was no physiology on my mcat. :mad: I don't think anatomy would help much with the mcat either.
  4. Wahoo07

    Wahoo07 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 10, 2002
    I would have to disagree with lady bug. I think that upper level biology courses are extremely helpful in taking the MCAT, particularly the ones you mentioned. Also look into developmental biology, cell biology, and genetics. Maybe immunology and microbiology if you have time. Immunology is neat anyways, so just take it. :)

    Don't bother with upper level chemistry or physics. Maybe biochem, but I wouldn't know about that.
  5. nero

    nero Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2000
    DEFINITELY TAKE UPPER LEVEL BIO COURSES........i had one passage on lac operon, and i did that in cell and molecular and didnt' find that passage too bad............also, i took physiology and it made an EKG passage easier........micro helped with viruses........its true you can do these passages without upper level courses, but it made doing the passages so much easier, cause the passage was not anything new.........i also had one about the endocrine, so physilogy again helped.......i took upper level chem classses and didn't find them that useful.......but upper bio definitely..........

  6. DrScottie33

    DrScottie33 Junior Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    I found my Biochemistry course to be very helpful.
  7. Mimicat

    Mimicat Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 16, 2001
    Based on the form I had, the courses I have taken which were most helpful were:

    Physiology (took it with Anatomy, but wasn't much anatomy on the MCAT)


    Microbiology (mostly for the genetics component covered in that course)

    Biochem (helped slightly, ie for the fatty acid passage)

    Organic chem (well, it would have helped if I could remember any of it during the test....)
  8. NE_Cornhusker1

    NE_Cornhusker1 12" Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 6, 2001
    The Cornhusker State
    Yeah. I had the lac operon beat into in Bio Chem II in the spring. I think the upper level courses refine your knowledge of the subject and teach you the subtle details that allow you to get it right for sure, not just probably. Peace.
  9. marmalae

    marmalae Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Aug 17, 2002
    upper div bio classes definitely helped me too--especially physio classes and biochemistry.

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