So beyond confused about the one year of biology + lab req

californiamed

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One year of bio + lab is required, but since I'm on quarter system, AND I go to UCLA, bio is kinda weird here. We have Life Science 1: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity (with lab), LS 2: Organs, Tissues, Cells (with lab); LS 3: Molecular Bio (with lab), and Life Science 4: genetics (has no lab)

I've taken/will take Life Science 1-3; 3 quarters of biology = 1 year.
So do I need to take Life Science 4 - Genetics?

Thanks, :)
 

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One year of bio + lab is required, but since I'm on quarter system, AND I go to UCLA, bio is kinda weird here. We have Life Science 1: Evolution, Ecology, and Biodiversity (with lab), LS 2: Organs, Tissues, Cells (with lab); LS 3: Molecular Bio (with lab), and Life Science 4: genetics (has no lab)

I've taken/will take Life Science 1-3; 3 quarters of biology = 1 year.
So do I need to take Life Science 4 - Genetics?

Thanks, :)
Well, 2 semesters = 1 year at semester-based schools.

For you, three quarters = 1 year so I infer that you don't have to take science 4 although you should. What's one more quarter of genetics? It'll be fun and useful. It's about all you're missing out of all that anyway.
 

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you should be set for the BIO prerequisties, but I'd recommend taking biology -- genetics because it's helpful for the MCAT i've heard...if you can fit it into your schedule.
 

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Thanks for the responses so far.. but honestly, I don't think taking genetics and getting a grade that might possibly lower my GPA is worth it.. I heard self-studying genetics for MCAT is best. Also, I plan on taking notes from friends who took the course here and reviewing it..
 

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Thanks for the responses so far.. but honestly, I don't think taking genetics and getting a grade that might possibly lower my GPA is worth it.. I heard self-studying genetics for MCAT is best. Also, I plan on taking notes from friends who took the course here and reviewing it..
I plan on taking a senior level genetics course with lab this fall because I want to. I used to teach H.S. biology so I've got the basics down pretty well. However, I read this book, and it's pretty good although mine has a different cover.

http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Genetics-Morton-Jenkins/dp/007145621X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1269828704&sr=1-1#noop
 
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On my MCAT, genetics was barely touched on. You'll be fine with just the basics.
 
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Thanks for the responses so far.. but honestly, I don't think taking genetics and getting a grade that might possibly lower my GPA is worth it.. I heard self-studying genetics for MCAT is best. Also, I plan on taking notes from friends who took the course here and reviewing it..
Freakin' premeds.