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Histology or Genetics.

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 2DEG, May 21, 2002.

  1. 2DEG

    2DEG Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    Durham, NC
    Hey all:

    I am doing Masters in Electrical Engineering. I was able to convince my department to approve two non engineering courses as part of my M.S.

    I am planning to take a biomedical course (Physiology) and hoping to take an upper undergrad level Genetics or Histology course.

    For MCAT, I have heard genetics might be very helpful. So, if that is true, I should probably take genetics not histology.

    I would appreciate any advice on this.

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  3. UrSexyLatinDr

    UrSexyLatinDr Single and looking =o)~ 7+ Year Member

    Mar 31, 2002
    I have heard that Biochemistry is much helpful for the MCAT, aslo Human Physio. So maybe if you havent taken biochem, you can probably take it instead of genetics, if your department apporves so! Good luck on whichever class you chose! :cool:

  4. 2DEG

    2DEG Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 20, 2002
    Durham, NC
    Thanks for the quick reply. I guess there is always someone reading/writing on SDN. Great.

    Actually, I thought about taking biochem. But the thing is - it has to be a 400 level course which are usually undergrad senior level course at NCSU.

    But I will look into biochem.

  5. none

    none 1K Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2001
    Genetics, genetics, genetics! You can take entire MCAT and do amazing without even knowing what histology is.
  6. Toejam

    Toejam Terminal Student 7+ Year Member

    May 12, 2002
    35 miles from Pomona
    Histology is not represented on the MCAT and it's pretty friggin' boring!

    Physiology is important for both the MCAT and for medical school. Biochem is on the MCAT, but probably only a few questions (unless you consider DNA/RNA, etc. as part of biochem).
  7. Daredevil

    Daredevil Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 28, 2001
    I agree with the others. Histology was one of my least favorite classes by far!! Genetics, on the other hand, was fun.. Gotta love the fruit flies!
  8. encee

    encee Member 7+ Year Member

    May 4, 2002
    los angeles
    In contrast to what most of the previous SDNers have said, I would say that histology MAY be more beneficial for the MCATs. As a grad student I took histology and found it really helped for the MCATs. Not because the MCAT asks histological questions, but the way my course was taught was to give LOTs of info on organ systems. For example, when we studied the organs/ cells of the immune system, we learned about the immune system as well. So basically we had immuno, endocrinology, and physiology integrated into our histo course.

    As for genetics, I think that a grad school course would give you much more info than you would need to know for the MCATs.

    So, see what the course structure is like, and then figure it out.

    Physio and biochem are really important though, so don't skip out on either of these.
  9. nebula7

    nebula7 Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jan 10, 2002
    Biochem is not 400 level at your school? If you could take that, I think it definitely would help.

    Out of Genetics and Histo, I think genetics would be the most useful, for the MCAT and beyond. And if you don't get to take biochem, genetics courses have a bit of biochem material in them as well (dna chemistry,etc). My undergrad school requires genetics for a biology degree, so I guess that shows it's importance in a way. And yeh, the labs are pretty fun too!

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