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Have you ever had multiple Biology or Chemistry or both classes all together in undergrad? I mean more than 2 or 3. If yes, then how did you manage the workload?

Does anyone know, med student on average takes how many bio plus other classes per semester?
 

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I am taking Bio, A&P, Physics and OChem right now. How do you balance it? You just do. Have no life and realize why you are doing it. Eyes on the prize and bust you butt!! And DON'T procrastinate (too much :D )
 

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Freshman: only chem 1 & 2

Sophomore: orgo & bio 1 (mistake); 2nd semester- orgo and genetics (BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER!!!), summer - physics 1 & 2

Junior: human phys 1st sem, microbio 2nd sem

Senior: microbio 2 & Biochem (mistake-just for biochem); 2nd sem- evolutionary bio & bio of eye (don't care really, 2nd major ... ready to get out)

Studying - manage your time wisely - use the library - don't bring a laptop w/ you (i spent many wasteful hours on AIM and facebook and countless college humor sites) - there is a general consensus among my pre-med/dent friends that having a g/f or b/f during you hardest classes is probably NOT going to help (2.9 semester from personal exp)

What I would have done... take major science classes 1 at a time and spread them out... use summer school if you can

But if you had to double up
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Pair something you are good at with something you suck at (i.e. physics and orgo in the same semester/year)
 
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I am taking Bio, A&P, Physics and OChem right now. How do you balance it? You just do. Have no life and realize why you are doing it. Eyes on the prize and bust you butt!! And DON'T procrastinate (too much :D )

masochist :scared:
 

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I took Histology, Anatomy, Genetics, and Biochemistry all in one semester. Don't forget the 4 labs as well. 16 hours of pure science, I was on campus all day, everyday. Worked my tail off, but got a 4.0 that semester.
 

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Have you ever had multiple Biology or Chemistry or both classes all together in undergrad? I mean more than 2 or 3. If yes, then how did you manage the workload?

Does anyone know, med student on average takes how many bio plus other classes per semester?

Umm, I have no idea what Biology and Chemistry can do you when you take them together. But check this out, this coming september, I am taking Orgo I + Biolo + bio lab + keep my fulltime job (yeh I am a software developer which basically means I work 40-50 hrs per week).

How am I gonna pull this off? I am planning ahead, right now, I am planning on losing ALL my friends (rule #1, thou must have no life). On top of that, I broke up with my girlfriend about a month a ago (rule #2, thou must have no sex). And finally, cancel TV and throw away DVD player (rule #3, thou must watch no tv....not even porn!!!!!!).
 

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If you are a science major, chances are about 75% of your time in undergrad you will be talking 3+ Sci classes. Thats why you are a science major, you love it and the humanities although interesting, aren't challenging enough.
 

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On top of that, I broke up with my girlfriend about a month a ago (rule #2, thou must have no sex). And finally, cancel TV and throw away DVD player (rule #3, thou must watch no tv....not even porn!!!!!!).


C'mon, those are what you use study breaks for. Don't squander your time with the college coeds...
 

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Yep, definitely the norm for a biological science major. I don't remember a semester that I didn't have at least 9 hours of science courses.
 

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Yep, definitely the norm for a biological science major. I don't remember a semester that I didn't have at least 9 hours of science courses.

yea me neither....if you are science major...then what you take is lots of science. i've had up to 4 science classes at once...

in order to graduate on time how could you only take one at a time? and why would you want to make your schedule look not challenging to the adcom?
 

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if you can't handle 3 science courses in college...how are you expected to handle 5 or 6 advanced science courses at once in d-school? Suck it up and take it!
 

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My last semester of undergrad I had 17 science units, all of which were upper division courses, and still made the Dean's List...I didn't work very much though...but I studied about 5-6 hours per day and about 16 hours on the weekend.

Being organized and studying smart is what worked for me. I also treat myself with good food and great coffee; it kept me going.
 

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I love science courses, I am taking spanish 3, a literature class, two upper division science courses along with my senior chemistry seminar(which is a 20 page paper and 50 min presentation.) I am at my wits end, not because of the science, but because of literature and spanish. I find biology and chemistry to be so interesting they come so easy to me. I could spend hours studying for my micro/biochem class, but 45 min with Spanish is like eternity. I know dental school will be very chalenging, but I am looking forward to using the one side of my brain for all my classes.
 

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Taking 13 credits of science, with 4 labs. Nothing like having 13 credits but being in class 40 hours a week...

As far as managing, don't leave everything 'till the last minute. Spend a few hours a night studying/working and you should be set.
 

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Wow, you guys are hard workers. I was taking cell bio with lab, cal 3, and mathematical reasoning. All these classes were 5 days a week and I was working weekends and taking care of my family member too. I tried to spend as much time I could on cell bio and mathematical reasoning, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t thoroughly study for either one, so I ended up ruining the midterm for both. I dropped both classes. I am so disappointed in myself. :(
 

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Wow, you guys are hard workers. I was taking cell bio with lab, cal 3, and mathematical reasoning. All these classes were 5 days a week and I was working weekends and taking care of my family member too. I tried to spend as much time I could on cell bio and mathematical reasoning, but I couldn’t. I couldn’t thoroughly study for either one, so I ended up ruining the midterm for both. I dropped both classes. I am so disappointed in myself. :(

i wouldn't feel bad if i was u.....The adcoms are human beings and they WILL underestand ur tough circumstances.... quit that darn weekend job of yours and re-take those classes and rock them inside out
 

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Thanks, Nasem. I can't quit the job, but I am going to take them again.
 
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