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I'm a psychology major and this semester I have to take a math. I can take Survey of Cal, Cal 1, or Finite Math. However I'm also taking Organic Chem 1 with lab and Genetics this fall and I want those classes to be my main focus. Does anyone know if survey of calculus is accepted for med schools? My dream schools are Vanderbilt, UTSW, Baylor, Mayo, etc. (reach schools) but I still want to make sure I can at least apply. For one of those it just said any math in the physics/math department and not business calculus. I don't think Survey of Cal is business calculus as its listed as a math course? My advisor said I could just take Survey of Cal and if I find a med school that requires Cal 1, then I can just take it senior year. Is this what everyone recommends? Thanks in advance!
 

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I'm a psychology major and this semester I have to take a math. I can take Survey of Cal, Cal 1, or Finite Math. However I'm also taking Organic Chem 1 with lab and Genetics this fall and I want those classes to be my main focus. Does anyone know if survey of calculus is accepted for med schools? My dream schools are Vanderbilt, UTSW, Baylor, Mayo, etc. (reach schools) but I still want to make sure I can at least apply. For one of those it just said any math in the physics/math department and not business calculus. I don't think Survey of Cal is business calculus as its listed as a math course? My advisor said I could just take Survey of Cal and if I find a med school that requires Cal 1, then I can just take it senior year. Is this what everyone recommends? Thanks in advance!
Personally, I would just take Cal 1 this semester and have it be done instead of potentially needing to take an additional course later, unless you don’t believe you’ll be capable of maintaining high grades in all of those courses (FWIW, organic chem lab at my school was a LOT of work). To be honest, if you are very strong in mathematics, Cal 1 may not be that difficult for you. But it could still be a lot of work depending on how much your professor assigns.

On a side note, it is my opinion that Cal 1 is the level at which math actually starts to be fun. I don’t think it is any more difficult than what came before it in the hierarchy of math courses, but it is definitely much more interesting, which makes it easier to put effort into studying for exams.
 
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