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    notice that lot of medical schools have recommended classes to take that are not pre req classes, what is the importance of taking recommended classes?
    To make you a more rounded human being and not the average lab rat/hyperacheiver? In reality, it's build up your humanistic domains.
     
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      Cause it’s impacting my decision on whether I should take ecology with biochemistry my fall semester or genetics with biochemistry in the fall. I’m having a tough time deciding. Genetics is tougher but might be more relevant

      Genetics is for sure more useful. Take what you want, though. Biochem is super important, but you won’t fail med school genetics if you don’t take it in UG. I loved the ecology courses I took in UG and don’t regret it.
       

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        I mean like med schools that say taking classes in genetics, immunology and etc enhance med school success
        Many professors in med school prefer not to have to teach too hard...
         
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          Genetics is for sure more useful. Take what you want, though. Biochem is super important, but you won’t fail med school genetics if you don’t take it in UG. I loved the ecology courses I took in UG and don’t regret it.
          How do medical schools view ecology? Do they consider it an upper level class? At my school it is considered upper level.
           

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            Many professors in med school prefer not to have to teach too hard...
            Yeah, the content of the undergrad courses you see again in med school (genetics, biochem) is so much more in depth that having taken it doesn't really impart any content advantage. But knowing the language of the discipline makes it much easier.
             
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              Cause it’s impacting my decision on whether I should take ecology with biochemistry my fall semester or genetics with biochemistry in the fall. I’m having a tough time deciding. Genetics is tougher but might be more relevant
              Take biochem and genetics
               
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                As schools are moving away from the archaic two year basic sciences model by integrating more clinical applications and compressing the two years down to 1.5 or even 1 years, they're hoping that you come in with a good amount of foundational knowledge, hence the recommended upper level courses. Won't put you at a significant advantage if you do take them, but simply stated, it'll make life (at the beginning) a tad bit easier for everyone.
                 
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                  This is all keeping in mind I won't matriculate to medical school until Fall 2020 assuming I get an acceptance and I'm taking these classes Fall 2018 semester which goes from end of August 2018 to December 2018
                   
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                    This whole should I take ecology or genetics with biochem for my last semester is keeping in mind that my fall semester of freshman year I withdrew from bio 1 lecture and bio 1 lab than spring of freshman year withdrew from bio 1 lecture and bio 1 lab, withdrew from ochem 1 and ochem 1 lab fall semester of sophomore year. Took ochem 1 lecture and lab fall of junior year and got A in both and ochem 2 and ochem 2 lab in spring of junior year and got A in both. Took bio 1 lecture and lab fall of senior year and got B I. Lecture and A in lab. Took bio 2 lecture and lab spring of senior year and got A in lecture and A- in lab.
                     
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                      Based on above post between genetics and ecology with biochem? Otherwise have a 3.71 gpa haven’t taken mcat yet but going to in March/April 2019. What MCAT score do I need also in my circumstances that will make me in good shape?
                       
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