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Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by Mansoor, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. Mansoor

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    Hey this thread is for people to comment on the academic courses they took (in college), and whether or not it helped them on the MCAT. Is it worth spending an entire semester to take these courses, just for a few measly questions on the MCAT? Or were these courses invaluable, and you're very thankful/wish you had taken them. I have compiled a list of some of the common ones. Any other suggestions/comments are welcome. I haven't taken most yet, so i don't have any comments. Any MCAT veterans, please post your opinions.


    • Human Anatomy
      Human/Mammalian Physiology
      Genetics
      Cell Bio
      Microbiology
      Biochem I
      Biochem II
      Biochem Lab
      Biological Ecosystems
      Developmental Biology
      Physical Chemistry I
      Physical Chemistry II
      Literary Analysis/Argumentation
      Argumentative Writing
      Philosophy

    Tack on any other courses you think of.
     
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  2. PersephoneInSneakers

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    It's just my opinion, but I recommend Anatomy and Physiology. Seems to me that a lot of the Bio in BioSciences is A&P, and I think you'll, at the very least, be at an advantage over someone who hasn't taken them.

    Good luck.
     
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  3. Street Philosopher

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    I would take either Biochem or one of the writing/lit courses. But if it's not part of your requirements, don't bother. It won't really help you THAT much; you will still be able to reason out the answer. It's just that if you take biochem, for example, you will sort of "skip some steps" in the reasoning process. I hope that makes sense.
     
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  4. Bikini Princess

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Mansoor:
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    • Human Anatomy
      Human/Mammalian Physiology x
      Genetics x
      Cell Bio x
      Microbiology
      Biochem I x
      Biochem II
      Biochem Lab
      Biological Ecosystems
      Developmental Biology
      Physical Chemistry I x
      Physical Chemistry II
      Literary Analysis/Argumentation
      Argumentative Writing
      Philosophy

    Tack on any other courses you think of.</strong></font><hr /></blockquote><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">No doubt, these four are the most important.

    Pchem is really useful for the physical sciences section.
     
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  5. missbonnie

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    Taking extra courses soley for the MCAT is silly in my opinion. There is such a wealth of classes at most colleges/universities and you will probably not have an opportunity like this again in your life. You do not need anything extra above the basic reqs to do well on the MCAT.

    That said, I was a biochem major and really only found that *maybe* taking biochem helped out a bit. But was not needed.
     
  6. Saamaan

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    Of the courses listed I took Microbiology, Genetics, Biochem I and II and pulled off a 14 on the Biological Sciences on the April 2002 MCAT. Of these courses I think Genetics was the most valuable and will be even more valuable come April 2003 MCAT when Genetics will be emphasized even more. The physiology on the MCAT is very,very BASIC. I believe if you study the physiology section in Kaplan's big red book early you'll be set. Do not feel obligated to take Physiology, Anatomy, etc. because it really will not serve that much of an advantage. Remeber MCAT is much more of a thinking test not a knowledge one. Studying Kaplan's big red book and taking TPR or Kaplan's course for review materials will be much more beneficial. :)
     
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  7. randomlogik

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    </font><blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:</font><hr /><font size="2" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by Bikini Princess:
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