Originally posted by coldchemist I actually took calc because it was required for my major (biochem). But I chose biochem because I thought it was best for my application, so I guess I indirectly took calc for med school.
I actually took 2 years of calculus in high school, so in college I took a refresher course (linear algebra) and a statistics/probability course. But then I knew I would be using a lot of math in engineering, and I don't mind calculus at all.
it was required for my major, but i took it my senior year of high school at a community college - one of the best decisions i have ever made (it was a lot of difficult material to learn, but the tests weren't out to kill you).
a lot of people at my university had an INSANELY difficult time taking calc because it is more or less a weed out class.. i know some people who took calc over the summer at a community college to cover the class and get the grade easier.. many medical schools won't look down on this. but some of the top schools may if you're a borderline candidate..
Calculus is easy, exilio. It's all about the work you put into the class. I took Calculus in high school, but in university it is quite a bit different. The professors don't go at a slow pace, they don't really pay attention if you're learning the material, and it's all your responsibility.
Get a good calculus text, read the text, understand the material, and do as many problems as you can. That's it. Calculus is simple. One of the easiest classes I have.
I took one semester of Calc in High School at a local college and a semester of stats. Didn't have a problem at any of the med schools I applied to, even those that said 1 year of calc is a requirement. I think taking a semester of stats is infinitely more useful (as well as a hell of a lot easier) than a second semester of calc and I think most med schools consider it as the rest of their math requirement.
yeah, i finally bit the damn bullet and took calc (just finished last week--yeah!) only to find that i was rejected from the two schools i applied to that wanted it. sigh.
at least it was an easy one. if anyone lives in boston and wants a nice calc class to take next year, PM me and i'll fill you in.
let's just say i did not retain any math skills from HS (graduated in 94), took no math in college (stats for psych majors doesn't count) and was able to squeak out with an A and A- without studying. not that i recommend the not studying part, but i had no time and even less interest in calc.
and yes, i think stats is much more useful.
also, i've got a copy of calculus for dummies if anyone needs it, i certainly did!
you can certainly get into med school without calc, but you should definitely look at the schools you are interested in and make sure it is not required before you rule it out.
I accidently took Calculus and hated my pre-med advisor for not counting up my math credits correctly which lead me to take this class. It was awful, the prof was brand new right out of school and had no idea how to teach. I have no idea what I did in there, but some how I got a B.
much harder than ap calc thats for sure. that caught me offguard. and plus the fact that i was a freshman who didnt feel the need to attend any of those wretched 8am classes. that prolly had a lot to do with it. damn you mandatory discussions!!
I took calc - waste of a year, but it's something you have to do. At least take one semester of it - trust me, lots of people dislike calc; I think that the lower-level calcs are filled with bio majors and the like that would rather not be there. It's just part of the process - it will be ok