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Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by 2Fic, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. 2Fic

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    Merry Christmas and happy holidays, SDN.
    Anyways, I had a question regarding the math requirements for most medical schools.
    I came into university with AP Calc AB credit and subsequently took Calc 2 (a notoriously hard class at my university, where many fail) and got a 4.0.
    I was signed up for Multivariable calculus this semester, however, I chose to drop it in order to take an organic chemistry lab and an advanced biology class.
    My major is biochemistry and molecular biology and I am required to take only through Calc 2 and it is my intention to matriculate early.
    My question is, have I fulfilled the math prerequisites most medical schools require (With the AP Credit and taking calc 2 through the university)?
    Thank you all for your responses.
     
  2. Jolie South

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    I'm not aware of any schools that would require beyond Calc 2. Most schools don't even require Calc at all.
     
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  3. 2Fic

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    So am I good, and I shouldn't have to worry about math?
    Maybe I should add that I got the 4 on the AP calc AB...(which is considered passing w/ credits at my school)
     
  4. Zona Pellucida

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    Don't worry.

    I HATE math. I'm sorry but manipulating numbers to get more numbers isn't at all interesting to me, unless it somehow relates to biological function. Probably one reason why I am not a huge fan of Physics or Gen Chem but really love my Bio courses and liked Organic waaaay better than Gen Chem.

    All I took was Pre-Calc (A) and Calc I (A) and said screw this... done with math.

    You're fine.

    Merry Christmas!
     
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  5. Jolie South

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    Probably not, but I would check with all the schools that you are looking to apply to.
     
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    HST either recommends or requires math through diff eq or linear alg
     
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    there are definitely a few out there that do have requirements. I didn't apply to any of those last year though. :laugh:

    I would definitely double check with schools before not taking a course. Requirements should be clearly listed on each school's admissions website.
     
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    I haven't heard of a school requiring anything beyond Calc 2 (and most don't even require Calc 1), but several recommend taking a Statistics class. While it's not required, if you want to take another math course, Stats would be the one to take.
     
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    HST is a more rigorous physical science based curriculum, so it's no surprise that they require harder math.

    i don't think any other school requires multivariable calc or linear algebra
     
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    I dropped multivariable calculus in the first two weeks. Best decision I made in college :D
     
  11. Ubergeek

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    There are several schools that require a year of math and some won't count AP credit towards that requirement (the UC schools fall into this category, I believe). Take stats. It's not as hard as any calc and it's stuff you might actually use as a physician and researcher.
     
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    Most require just one semester of college level mathematics (Calc or Stats), but some require 2 semesters. Of those, there might be some that also don't accept AP credits towards requirements for math. Check the prereqs for your school. And as others have said, Stats will be useful in your career, much more so than multivariable calculus.
     
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    Ummmm... I hope I didnt accidentally apply to schools who want undergraduate math courses. I didn't take ANY math in college (AP Calc BC score 5 =)) but I've been accepted at one school and interviewed at five others. Of course, 3 others had to reject me, hopefully not b/c of the math req.
     
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    I've taken Cal I and II and a stats class already but my advisor told me that I should take a different stats class because what Iv'e already done won't be enough (and the stats class i took won't count). That can't possibly be true can it?
     
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    From what I've been told, the stats class you need to take should be one offered through the math dept. If you took a stats class through the psychology/sociology dept., it's not what they're looking for.
     

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