Minimum Requirements regarding Labs

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I've found that a lot of schools list as their minimum requirements:
2 semesters of Biology with Lab
or
1 year of Biology (with lab)
or
3 quarters of Biological sciences and Lab

Does that mean that along with 3 quarters of Biology lecture, I have to take 3 quarters of Biology lab?
I've found the same theme in General Chemistry as well as Organic chemistry and it has me confused.
 
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I've found that a lot of schools list as their minimum requirements:
2 semesters of Biology with Lab
or
1 year of Biology (with lab)
or
3 quarters of Biological sciences and Lab

Does that mean that along with 3 quarters of Biology lecture, I have to take 3 quarters of Biology lab?
I've found the same theme in General Chemistry as well as Organic chemistry and it has me confused.
It depends on your school . When I was in the community college , Gen chemistry 1 was 4.0 class with lab - so that’s 1 semester of lab . When I transferred to university , gen chem 2 wS a 3,0 lecture with 1.0 lab offered if u want . So I had to enroll into both . So by then I had 1 year of labs . Does it make sense ?
 

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Medical schools want to see that you have had both the lecture aspects and the lab aspects of a course. It is irrelevant if the lecture and lab are under a single course or if the are separate course. Additionally a year means by whatever system your school uses, be it 3 quarters or 2 semesters. Also, this requirement can be meet across schools. For example, you could take 3 quarters of physics at your home school but take 2 semesters of physics lab as say a different school in the summer. I will also add that since some medical schools specifically ask for introductory/general biology, chem etc and that students need to be able to apply to the broadest array of schools, the "basic" prereqs should be as below. I am also including very common additional requirements / recommendation that should be considered part of this standard. Again this set is so you can meet requirements at virtually all medical schools. I emphasis this because you start as a freshman with this course work, not knowing 3 years later which medical schools you may want/need to apply to

1 year introductory/general biology lecture (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year introductory/general biology lab (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year introductory/general chemistry lecture (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year introductory/general chemistry lab (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year introductory/general physics lecture (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year introductory/general physics lab (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year organic chemistry lecture (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year organic chemistry lab (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 course introductory/general biochemistry
1 year English (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year Math/Statistics (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year advanced biology lecture (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 year advanced biology lab (3 quarters or 2 semesters)
1 term psychology/ social science
1 term sociology / social science
 
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