Credit/No Credit opinion on STEM but non-major courses?

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Dec 10, 2019
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Basically my course load this quarter ended up being much heavier than expected and I'm expecting a 3.7/3.8 in a genetics/evolution and development type class. It's not for my major and I'm mostly taking it because I've seen some med schools "recommend" genetics-type courses. My advisor is actually very much of the "don't C/NC, one bad grade won't kill you" type when I've brought up C/NC in previous years, however when I asked him about this specific class he actually said I should just C/NC instead of taking a hit to my current 3.9 c/sGPA (I'm a senior applying this upcoming cycle), especially since I can graduate Magna Cum Laude if I maintain my 3.9. What would you people recommend? Will med schools prefer to see that I graduated MCL and maintained a higher GPA or will they look down on the C/NC? My advisor says that they won't care given that my first 3 years speak for my ability to do well in classes but clearly I'm being overly-neurotic. As background, I have C/NC'd one class before (it was a computer science class that I had no business being in lol and would've ended with a 3.4 otherwise).

Edit: I'm expected a 3.9-4.0 in my other STEM courses this quarter so I also don't know how the discrepancy will look to adcoms (i.e. does well in other equal-difficulty classes but opts for a "credit" in one)
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