Is taking "easy" upper level science classes frowned upon?

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Hello everyone. I have an opportunity to take few UL science classes, which can be any, so I am leaning toward biochemistry (since it is a requirement for med schools), genetics (most highly recommend it), and ornithology (I just love birds), which is considered a piece of cake at my school. Is it an issue that I don't plan to take something harder, such as cell bio or microbiology instead of ornithology? Will med schools ask me why I didn't choose something harder? I am a non-science major, so I don't have too much science classes besides prerequisites.
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If you take bio chemistry and genetics and prove successful and then them now they won’t care. Some schools will ask for a couple of upper level science classes but they are few and far between. If you like birds take ornithology. Cell bio is however very useful for the MCAT and at least at my school Micro was a cakewalk (only two people <3.7)
 
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Cell bio is however very useful for the MCAT, Cell bio is however very useful for the MCAT, Cell bio is however very useful for the MCAT, Cell bio is however very useful for the MCAT

This!!!!
Prior to taking cell bio my MCAT practice questions were not going so well. I 100% recommend taking cell bio.
 
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I agree with this. Small animal classes can be very trying BUT it will not prepare OP for the MCAT.
Well, many people say there is no need to take classes other than prerequisites to do well on the mcat, I personally have a friend who was an architecture major and took only prerequisites, and still scored 514.
 
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Meh I mean it really depends. Ornithology can be difficult depending on the professor... I don't think it looks like an "easy" class necessarily
 
Well, many people say there is no need to take classes other than prerequisites to do well on the mcat, I personally have a friend who was an architecture major and took only prerequisites, and still scored 514.

This is true but you can never be to prepared for the MCAT. I understand your want to take a class that you will enjoy but taking a class that better prepares you for a test that can determine if you gain access to medical school is a better route in my opinion.
 
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This is true but you can never be to prepared for the MCAT. I understand your want to take a class that you will enjoy but taking a class that better prepares you for a test that can determine if you gain access to medical school is a better route in my opinion.
I see your point and understand it, thank you for the input. Another issue is that I am a bit nervous, I just finished a year with 4.0 which sets a good upward trend for me (my first year didn't go very well, was not bad though), I still have a whole bunch of hard classes ahead that are needed for my major (finance), and personally don't want to overload myself with unnecessary classes that could jeopardize my GPA, which is also a point. Ornithology seems really exciting for me and I believe I could do well there and self-study cell bio topics before the test. Just want to make sure it will not be frowned upon.
 
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Take classes you like and are interested in. I was a biology major and loved my upper division restricted electives like vertebrate anatomy, ichthyology, and mammology. You may never have the opportunity to take ornithology again so I would say go for it! You can self-study cell bio for the MCAT if you'd rather do that and still do well on test day.
 
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