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Spring class(work) load?

Discussion in 'MCAT Discussions' started by djjj08, Nov 23, 2002.

  1. djjj08

    djjj08 Senior Member
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    Hey folks....it's about that time again....to register for spring classes....figure out what to do during spring...etc....

    If you are one of those who are planning to take the april test, what do u think the ideal class load would be to you?
     
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  3. i usaully take 20 - 22 credits, but in the spring i am taking 15, 2 of them lecture only classes, then 2 lab thats 4 credits, then 3 credit chemical engr, then 3 credit microbiolgy 3 credit technical english

    that doesnt include my research credit, and my independent classes, i will survive!

    *sigh*
     
  4. I am taking 13 hrs, but then again, i am also graduating.

    I am taking:

    - Comparative Animal Physiology -5hrs
    - English -Rhetoric - 3hrs
    - Anthropology - 3hrs
    - Independent Research - 2 hrs

    So far, my most difficult class will be Physio.

    You want to take less hrs, because it will be difficult juggling studying for both: classes and MCAT and as the test comes near, u will want to devote a lot of time.

    Good Luck :)
     
  5. latinfridley

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    yo.

    2nd Semester Vert Phys 3hrs
    2nd Semester Physics 3hrs
    2nd Semester Physics Lab 1 hr
    Digital Circuit Engineering 3 hrs
    and either anthropology 301 with another 3 hour soc sci class
    or seq,series and multi calc 4 hour class


    in addition to working, mcat class
     
  6. AlternateSome1

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    Well, I'll be taking 16, school budget cuts permitting.

    Organic Chem 2....................3
    Organic Chem 2 Lab.............1
    Advanced Learning Psych.....3
    Fdn. of Psych in Educ............3
    Abnormal Psyc......................3
    Evolutionary Bio...................3

    Good luck on the MCAT all you April 03 people.

    ~AS1~
     
  7. Wow, you guys are lucky to have only 3 hrs of Orgo. Our organic I and II were 4 credit hrs each, so when I took orgo lab, i had full 5 hrs of orgo that semester!
     
  8. AlternateSome1

    AlternateSome1 Burnt Out
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    Ouch...most of our courses are 3 credits max. I found out that the first biochem course is 4 credits though...that will be interesting! If your ochem courses were 4 credits each, how did the schedule look for the week?

    ~AS1~
     
  9. BobbyDylanFan

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    My winter quarter consists of:

    Pathophysiology 4
    Principles of Systemic Toxicology 4
    Independent Lab Research 4

    Good luck to all studying for the April '03 exam...we have to stick together!!:clap:
     
  10. JulianCrane

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    What do you think of this schedule?

    Cell Bio, French Lit, Genetics, Physics (14 units)
     
  11. BobbyDylanFan

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    It will probably be pretty tough from the sounds of it...but what I've learned is that it really depends on your professor
     
  12. solid snake

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    I'm taking Organic II w/ lab, Human Phys w/ lab and Physics II w/ lab. Does it look busy?
     
  13. hudsontc

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    Yeah, it does look pretty busy. I'm taking organic II, macroeconomics, and introduction to research. Also, I'm taking a 1 credit bowling class that puts me up to full-time status but only meets half the semester....2 times a week.:clap:
     
  14. exigente chica

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    I am taking it easier this semster:

    Orgo 2
    Orgo lab
    Micro
    Micro Lab
    COmmunication
    Research
    Theology

    Not bad, looking forward to it:clap:
     
  15. Raptor

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    I taking it easier next semester as well.
    Organic II lecture-----3
    Organic II lab---1
    Physic II lecture----3
    Physic II lab----1
    American Government---3
    Spanish II---3

    compared to this semester.
    Organic I lecture
    Oganic I lab
    Physics I lecture
    Physics I lab
    Genetics lecture
    Genetics lab
    Sociology
    Religion
     
  16. BACMEDIC

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    For me :

    Organic ChemII 3 credits
    Physics II (w lab) 4 credits
    BioChem (w lab) 4 credits
    Genral Bio II (w lab) 4 credits

    I may take OChem I over as well -depending on the grade I get. I may change my plans and take the Aug MCAT instead of the APR.
     
  17. I am taking 15

    Biochem 3
    Econ 3 (for minor)
    Posc 3
    Phyiso 3 (no lab :clap: )
    Hist 3

    Then i will be graduatiing :clap:
    hopefully i'll be able to do well on the MCATS:rolleyes:
     
  18. Thats great! I am taking Comparative Animal Physiology as well!! :) And I am graduating too!

    Wait, what physio are u taking, since u mentioned physio 3.
     
  19. doctorme555

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    Do you guys think that 15 units (5 classes) is too many to take and study for the MCAT at the same time? I will be taking OChem 2, Physics 2, 2 classes for my major, and biochemistry. Is biochemistry helpful for the MCAT or should I focus my attention on taking another class for my major, which is not a science major.
     
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    Do you guys think that 15 units (5 classes) is too many to take and study for the MCAT at the same time? I will be taking OChem 2, Physics 2, 2 classes for my major, and biochemistry. Is biochemistry helpful for the MCAT or should I focus my attention on taking another class for my major, which is not a science major.

    UHH yeah, you wont have time to study. at t he very least drop the biochem. good luck.
     
  21. JulianCrane

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    Any opinions on this schedule: Cell Bio, Genetics, Physics 2, French Lit? This is 14 credits.
     
  22. Kry

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    I'd try to figure out when exams are for those classes you are registering for and see if they are in close contact with the day of the MCAT. There is nothing worse than have 3 or 4 exams the week before the MCAT.
     
  23. bla_3x

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    I think that semester that I took the MCAT (April, 2002 test) i took:

    Evolution 4cr.
    Evolution Discussion (waste of Time!!)
    Human Pharmacology 3 cr.
    Calculus 4cr.
    Upper level Psych 3cr.
    Pharmacology research inrternship 3cr.. but LOTS of TIME spent
    EMT Basic 7 cr.
    work

    I took the Kaplan class just to make sure hat I would at least study on the weekends, and it really paid off for me. I guess it was worth it, although it was such a hard semester for me. I was spread way too thin. But It CAN be done:)
     
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    I was going to take ecology and lab, orgo.2 and lab and cell bio.? Any thoughts? How is genetics like? Which lab would be more helpful-cell bio., eco. or genetics?
     
  25. I think that might be too much of a load considering orgo2 is lot of work, and so is the lab, and cell bio is difficult as well. Either take orgo 2 and cell bio or orgo 2 and orgo lab and then if u want to take ecology go for it. Also, I definitely recommend Gen. Lab. I think that genetics lab helped me quite a lot as I am in a research lab and I will be performing PCR experiments and what I learned in gen. lab helped me a lot in understanding my research. I took Eco lab to fill up my hrs in my bio major and I thought was the worst lab I ever took in my life. I took it in the fall and it was just a waste of my time and tedious work.
     
  26. michmaki

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    I'm taking 14 credit hours

    Developmental Genetics(WI)---but it is with one of my favorite teachers
    Anatomy(pretty easy teacher)
    History 102
    Communications 102
    Malaria-special topic

    I'm graduating in May

    Also, I have cut my work schedule down dramatically and am only working one day a month!!!!.........Biggest exam of my life......I have to prioritize!
     
  27. boomuntilnoon

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    Despite stepping down from all my major positions at skool (Organic Lab TA, Natural Sciences Student Rep., president/cofounder of the best club *ever*), I will continue to be overwhelmed (and undersexed!) but still smiling ear-to-ear throughout this imminent helluva semester:

    Biochem 2
    Inorganic Lab
    Major Artists of the Baroque
    Northern Italian Renaissance Art
    Health Psychology (1/2 semester)
    Thesis Tutorial
    Structure Elucidation Independent Study Project
    (oh and a free PR MCAT course, yay!)

    we do not have credit hours (nor grades, for that matter) so i cannot compute.
     
  28. LoneCoyote

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    It depends on your professors but I think that would be a tough schedule. At my school Genetics, Cell Bio, and Physics are all rough classes. I had Genetics, Physics 2, Comp. Animal Physiology, Independent Research, and a Medicinal Plant class this past semester and it was by far the hardest semester I had ever had, mainly because of the massive amount of problem sets in Physics and Genetics, and the fact that all the exams were always in the same week. I was studying constantly when I wasn't working or volunteering. I would not have had any significant time for MCAT prep.

    I am taking it easy this spring and after this past semester I am so glad I am finishing up and have the luxury to do so.
    Evolutionary Biology + Lab (4 credits)
    Chemical Safety (1 credit)
    400 Level English Lit Class (3 credits)
    Elementary Stats (3 credits)

    I'm taking TPR class and am going to supplement with EK books too.
     

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