7+ Year Member
- Jan 24, 2011
- Medical Student
I know that ideally, it takes about 4 years. However, with all the prereqs and classes required for major, it seems kinda hard to finish that early.
That's what she... um... never mind.Bragging about how amazingly fast you finished really isn't an adequate response to the OP. Just sayin'
Glad you liked ma story.Cool story bro
Bragging about how amazingly fast you finished really isn't an adequate response to the OP. Just sayin'
So how did you take so many chemistry courses while taking bio/physics/english too?Glad you liked ma story.
I'm a bit biased though since yes, AP credits took care of Math, first semester of English was required class for all first-year students, and I just doubled up on sciences every semester (Bio/Org first year and GChem/Physics second year).
I'm Chem major so it's actually the way for a lot of people (unless they chose not to take Bio in the 1st year).
Basically for Chemistry, students at my school start with Organic Chemistry I/II, the "weed-out" course. Then, the survivals proceed to take Inorganic Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry in the second year, along with Introductory Physics I/II. They must also finish Calculus I & II before the end of sophomore year.So how did you take so many chemistry courses while taking bio/physics/english too?
I have a thread about this, but let me tell you anyway, uh i'm starting with college algebra, doesnt that hinder me from finishing in 4 years? thanks.Plenty of people major in the sciences in which the premed courses will factor into the requirements for medical school and for their respective major. I can see how if you do not major in something like Psych, Biology, Chem, or Physics it will take up more time. However, unless your school has a crazy number of courses required for every single major it offers, it shouldn't be impossible to do it all within four years. And this is all assuming you take the normal 16 credit hours a semester.
If you really do feel like 4 years is not enough, what's wrong with taking another year? Might as well enjoy college while you can right? Just don't be the 4th year senior still finishing up the pre-med reqs.
Thanks!Most of the people I know completed in four, but I still know a significant number who finished in 5 (and are currently attending great med schools as well).
With a Global health major and a Chinese language minor, I had minimal overlap with pre-reqs. I never took spring or summer courses, had to retake a couple classes that I didn't do as well in or withdrew (My soph year was a horrific time for me in my personal life) and even with the majority of my semesters being 16-18 credits (while working 50+ hr weeks!) it wasn't feasible for me to finish in 4. If I took classes in the spring and summer, that'd be a different story, but I like to travel. I wasn't thrilled to do it in 5, but in hindsight, it's really not that big a deal. At my alma mater it really is kind of difficult to finish in 4 unless you're a science major AND take spring/summer classes.
Take the time you need to do as best you can and select a major that you love--don't worry so much about comparing yourself and your timeline to everyone else. Enjoy your undergrad. You'll be fine
i live outside of school in an apartment, the people next door work 1 semester full time and do school for another, its going to take them 9 years in total they said. that ist uncommon at all.SDN is full of over-achievers . The average person in the US takes 6 years to finish undergrad.
True...my older sister did this^. I finished my undergrad in 4, and now have to spend 2 years in a post bacc program to take premed pre reqs I didn't even consider as an undergrad. So all in all, 6 years worth of classes, + 1 year to apply to med school.i live outside of school in an apartment, the people next door work 1 semester full time and do school for another, its going to take them 9 years in total they said. that ist uncommon at all.
No.for the average A student
Oh okay, well since I have to overload, I should just take advantage of summer and winter classes instead of overloading right? In order to maintain a high GPA as possible?won't most of the prereq's be covered in a BIOCHEM major? you can do it, but you'd probably overload most semesters.
As that said, uh the univ. catalogue had "suggested classes" for prereqs. For example they recommendes physics 100 while my major, I have to take something else. Medical schools arent specific of which classes to take except orgo and gen. bio. Does that mean I have to follow what the univ. recommends or does the physics in my major just fine? Cuz if I have to take both, maybe I'll just swap my major for molecular biology since it has a lot of the prereqs that they recommend.Your prereqs will be fulfilled in the first two years of your biochem major, or less if you take advantage of summer semesters. Either way you will have them fulfilled just by following the requirements for biochem.