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I used my IB credits for intro to bio and checked the medical schools in my state, surrounding states, and a few others, and all of them accept IB credit to varying degrees (some flat out accept them, some require upper level classes). I accepted the IB credits because of this, and if I were to take intro to bio now, I wouldn't receive credit for it. I recently found out that what I did was bad from this website and from another one. Am I screwed freshman year, on the MCAT, and when I want to take upper level classes? I'll be taking the bio lab first semester btw.

A common complaint is that many felt they didn't learn anything, but I definitely did. I feel confident in my bio knowledge and I read parts of two college-level bio text books in preparation for the IB exam.
 

trickydick

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I used my IB credits for intro to bio and checked the medical schools in my state, surrounding states, and a few others, and all of them accept IB credit to varying degrees (some flat out accept them, some require upper level classes). I accepted the IB credits because of this, and if I were to take intro to bio now, I wouldn't receive credit for it. I recently found out that what I did was bad from this website and from another one. Am I screwed freshman year, on the MCAT, and when I want to take upper level classes? I'll be taking the bio lab first semester btw.

A common complaint is that many felt they didn't learn anything, but I definitely did. I feel confident in my bio knowledge and I read parts of two college-level bio text books in preparation for the IB exam.
You should be fine for the MCAT and upper level bio classes. The main thing you missed out on was getting good grades more easily on classes where you have already seen most of the material before
 
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lol you'll be fine; I got a lousy 3 on AP bio and got straight A's in cell bio, physio and mobio at a top 25
 

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lol you'll be fine; I got a lousy 3 on AP bio and got straight A's in cell bio, physio and mobio at a top 25
I had a 5 on AP bio, averaged around a B on upper-level bio classes at my SUNY school. I still think if you can get what is essentially a retake for an easier A you should take it.
 

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All depends on the school

Just to be clear on two separate issues;
1) If grade/credit was granted by college and appears on transcript, it will be included in AMCAS GPA calculation and course classification. So in that regard, it is like AP (see AMCAS instruction p 52 excerpt below)
2) Each medical school has their own policy and it varies widely. Here are a few samples

**Example Weill Cornell Medical College http://weill.cornell.edu/education/admissions/app_req.html
Advanced Placement credit. AP credit from high school can be used to satisfy the WCMC requirement in physics. AP credit in other areas cannot be used to satisfy the WCMC requirement. If a student has AP credit in an area other than physics, the student fulfills the WCMC requirement by completing advanced science coursework.

**Many schools will not accept them as full and complete fulfillment of prerequisites. Some do.
Example will NOT accept: Cooper Medical School of Rowan University http://www.rowan.edu/coopermed/students/admissions/prerequisites.php

No AP/IB credits may be used in place of an actual course, even if the undergraduate institution grants a credit for the AP coursework. Upper level coursework in the same subject area may replace the listed prerequisite. (Note: All science courses used to satisfy a prerequisite must include a laboratory component, so online coursework will not be acceptable to substitute for hands-on lab credit).


**Example Will Accept AP: NYMC https://www.nymc.edu/Academics/SchoolOfMedicine/Admissions/PremedicalCourseworkRequirements.html
All courses offered in satisfaction of the premed requirements for admission must be taken at, or accepted as transfer credits by, an accredited college in the United States or Canada and must be acceptable to that institution toward a baccalaureate degree in arts or sciences. (This includes Advanced Placement courses taken in high school.)

** Many schools will accept the fulfillment of the course (ie general bio, general chem) but not the credits as counting towards 2 years of Bio, 2 years of Chem and therefore require additional upper level coursework.

**Many "recommend" additional course to be competitive
Example: SUNY Upstate (http://www.upstate.edu/com/admissions/faqs.php)

"Yes, as long as you were awarded college credit and the course(s) are listed on an official transcript from your primary undergraduate institution. The Admissions Committee recommends that you also complete advanced science coursework in order to be competitive for admission."

Example: SUNY Downstate http://sls.downstate.edu/admissions/com/requirements.html
Do we accept AP credits for our prerequisites?

If your undergraduate college has awarded you AP credits and the credits are listed on your transcript, we will also accept your AP credits to fulfill our prerequisites if the course is listed by subject title on your final official college transcript. However, in order for the Admissions Committee to consider you to be competitive for admission, you should take advanced level science course work equivalent to the number of credit hours which have been accepted for AP prerequisites.
 
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I had AP credit for Biology but ended up deciding to take the actual courses at my university and just not receive credit hours for them (my uni's policy on "retaking" classes), but still receive a grade in the course and have it on my transcript. Didn't want to limit my choices for which schools I could apply to, since my GPA is borderline.

You're not screwed in upper level bio classes or the MCAT at all.
 
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Thanks to all who answered! I know I missed out on a great opportunity, but like I said the medical schools I'd like to apply to all accept AP/IB credits in place of the actual course.