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Typical Freshmen Schedule.

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by Mr.Patel, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. Mr.Patel

    Mr.Patel Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 10, 2005
    Whats the typical Schedule for a upcoming Freshmen. I will be attending Rutgers this fall. How classes Should I take?

    NOTE: I am only a SENIOR in High school and I know I shouldn't be visiting "hardcore" forums like SDN. However I need to get serious about life (Throughout High school I have been a lazy slacker who hasn't done one thing--Maybe this should effect my FIRST year classes--Transition will be harder for a slacker).

    Thank you.
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  3. EBI831

    EBI831 legend in the making 7+ Year Member

    Apr 18, 2006
    Chi-town royalty
    at my school if you are premed and not an engineer you usually take chemistry, biology, calculus, chem lab, bio lab, which is about 11 hours so then you try to fulfill liberal arts requirements with one more class to round out to 14 hours (you don't want to take too many hours in the first semester you can always do 16 in the 2nd semester etc but its best IMO to get used to college first and start off well). note: if you are a physics major it's usually physics, chem, phys lab, chem lab, calc, and then the humanities/etc liberal arts class.
  4. aliendancer84

    aliendancer84 Junior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    It totally depends on your school and their requirements. First semester freshman year I took:

    Chem Lab
    Intro to Psyc
  5. Mayday

    Mayday 5+ Year Member

    Feb 6, 2006
    It also depends on what classes you took in high school, and how you do on the placement tests (I'm assuming all schools have placement tests - I could be wrong)

    This is my freshman year. We are on the quarter system, so my classes are arranged a bit differently.

    Quarter 1
    Into to Chem (Includes lab)
    Intermediate Algebra
    English 101

    Quarter 2
    Chem 101 (Includes lab)
    Pre-calc 1
    Into to Soc

    Quarter 3
    Pre-calc 2
    Intro to Bio (Includes lab)
    Some other English class - haven't decided which one (Incidentally, what would be a good choice for a second English class? Lit or English 102 which is a continuation of 101?)

    I won't get to start the "core" classes for my degree until my second year because I have to get all of the pre-reqs out of the way first.

    (Edited cause I'm a dumb-ass and forgot to spell check)
  6. Tired

    Tired Fading away 7+ Year Member

    Dec 12, 2006
    I did something similar:

    Gen Chem
    Intro Physics
    Calc I
    Some random humanities course

    HOWEVER: Do not make the typical premed mistake and overload yourself in your freshman year. Better to take an extra semester to finish your prereqs than get a low GPA in your freshman year. If you come from a weak high school background, take it slow your first semester until you figure out what the hell you're doing.

    Read in this forum about the people who don't get in, especially the threads about low GPA. Almost every one of the people who post those threads had crappy GPAs their first year, probably because they tried to do too much too fast. Even a 3.0 as a freshman can be difficult to make up.
  7. Stray

    Stray 2+ Year Member

    Feb 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Different things work for different people, but if school hasn't been your strong point in the past, I would take it easy your first semester. Also, if science isn't your best subject, you might want to think about starting off with just one science class. You can always take mulitple ones in later semesters once you know you can handle it. People always told me to take the minimum ammount of credit you can take to be a full-time student until you transition into college life. College isn't like high school, it can take some getting used to. I would say this is even more true if you are going to school away from home. My best friend (pre-med) learned that the hard way. She is a junior and is now picking up the pieces of her demolished gpa from the first 2.5 years because she was sheltered in high school, then moved to a huge city and went f*cking crazy (she graduated top of her high school class by the way).... good luck :luck:

    The classes I took my first semester:
    Spanish 1
    Comp. 1
    Bio 1
    14 credits
  8. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    My freshman year schedule looked like this:

    English composition
    Chem 1
    Intro to Art
    Christian Heritage (univ requirement)

    English Technical Writing
    Calc 1
    Chem 2
    Christian Scriptures (univ requirement)
    Health class
    Intro to Psychology
  9. inside_edition

    inside_edition Waitlisted Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    no wonder you have such a high gpa...

    based on what i've been doing and taking at my school, i have a feeling that medschool might be easier than undergrad.
  10. baylormed

    baylormed On the Search 5+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2005
    Right behind you
    Um...that was just fresman year. I have actually taken up to 5 sciences at a time, plus labs, and my gpa has only gotten better. I also worked all throughout undergrad.

    Next time please refrain from making judgements until you have all the facts.
  11. brbsb

    brbsb 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    The school I went to my freshman year had a horrendous pre-med advisor, so I'm playing catch up now at my new school. But here's what my first semester was like, for what it's worth:

    BIO 160/180 Intro to Ecology/Evolution (it's a BIO class w/o a lab...but the advisor told me it was required for med school. He was a liar)
    PSYC 100 Intro to Psychology
    ENG 150 Literature and Interpretation
    And all freshmen were required to take a randomly assigned freshmen seminar. Mine was in writing creative nonfiction (a slightly watered-down version of a 300-level creative writing class).

    At this school we also weren't allowed to take more than four courses a semester. I am very glad I left lol.
  12. Vvandenn

    Vvandenn Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2006
    I got 18 credit hours before college started via dual credit in high school, the classes were:
    English comp 1
    English comp 1
    Political Science 1
    Political Science 2
    College algebra

    First semester of freshman year:
    Bio 1
    Bio 1 lab
    Gen chem 1
    Gen chem 1 lab
    History from 1875 or something
    Understanding Music
    Freshman seminar
    Total = 15 hours

    Second semester of freshman year:
    Bio 2 Honors
    Bio 2 Honors lab
    Gen chem 2 honors
    Gen chem 2 honors lab
    Freshman seminar honors
    Total = 15 hours
  13. Neelesh

    Neelesh 7+ Year Member

    Nov 30, 2006
    Semester 1
    Gen. Chem I
    Gen. Bio I
    English I
    Calc I
    Extra Class - if you want

    Semester 2
    Gen. Chem II
    Gen. Bio II
    English II
    Calc II
    Extra Class - if you want
  14. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    It depends on your school and your intended major (if you have one). You'll likely have general ed requirements, so I would take some of those. If you undecided about majors, take a couple intro courses from various departments that might interest you. In terms of pre-med, I would start the chem sequence because it's the longest (2 yrs gen chem + orgo).

    Other than that, take a full, but relatively light load if you feel like it's going to be a tough transition. I remember a lot of people my freshman year taking some ridiculous course loads (like, the maximum or they appealed to take an overload....needless to say, most of them crashed and burned). You're going to find that you'll have a lot of free time, the key to success is using that time well.
  15. singh12

    singh12 2+ Year Member

    Jan 23, 2007
    fall semester:
    calc I
    eng comp I
    psychology of gender
    freshman seminar

    spring semester
    bio I
    chem I
    eng comp II
    spanish I
  16. LincolnTwins

    LincolnTwins Oh no this is not what I 5+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Wow this is like talking to myself from the past.

    Anyways at my school it goes

    1st Q
    Class on College Ethics/Management/Survival

    2nd Q

    3rd Q
  17. ryouland

    ryouland Guest

    Jan 18, 2007
    You sound like me. I slacked off completely in HS and barely got into my current University. That being said, I'm doing very well school-wise so don't worry about it hurting you too much and after you get through your first premed classes Phsyics/Bio/Chem I... not as much II. The playing field will be more even as you progress.

    Unfortunately for me most the people in my classes had AP everything so I had to work extra hard to make up for that initially in Physics/Chem/Bio I... and you may also but after that it gets much more bearable. The first semester is kind of a shock and you have to get used to the college life, but after that you figure out how things work and how to study most effectively and you will end up doing just fine.

    Don't worry about anything but your classes and getting acquainted with your school and college in general first semester. Keep your grades up and don't be that typical kid with the "upward trend that screwed up freshman year", you don't have to go out 5 nights a week like everyone else. EC's and stuff can wait until 2nd semester (I didnt start doing any till summer after 2nd sem).

    Fall sem:
    Accel Rhetoric (english class everyone has to take)
    Principles of Chem I
    Engineering Math I: Single Variable Calculus ( Calc 1 and 1/2 of Calc 2)
    Engineering Problem Solving I (random engineering calculations)
    -- 15 credits --

    Spring sem:
    Principles of Chem II
    Introductory Physics I (Engineering physics with calc as prereq)
    Engineering Math II: Multi Variable Calc (1/2 of Calc 2 and Calc 3)
    Engineering Math III: Matrix Algebra
    Engineering Problem Solving II (programming)
    -- 17 credits --
  18. etsuprinthead

    etsuprinthead 2+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2006
    i think your 1st and last semesters should be your easiest. i knew my chem background from high school wasn't great, so i put it off until sophomore year (which worked out great for me because i was finishing orgo when i took the MCAT spring of junior year). of course, i busted my a-- to pick up the sciences i put off later, but i'm soooo very glad i took it "easy" freshman year.

    1st semester:
    bio 1 w/ lab and honors "discussion" (5 hours)
    calc 1 (4 hours)
    honors philosophy (req'd) (3 hours)
    strength conditioning (PE req'd) (1 hour)
    intro psych (3 hours)
    "honors colloquium" (req'd) (1 hour)
    total: 17 hours

    2nd semester:
    bio 3 w/ lab (4 hours)
    calc 2 (4 hours)
    honors philosophy 2 (3 hours)
    service learning (3 hours)
    honors colloquium (1 hour)
    total: 15 hours

    even though i took it a lot easier than most of my classmates and thus felt behind... well, most of the time... i came out ahead in the end -- to the point that my premed advisor told me i was "the best student to come through in the past few years" -- even though he never liked me or my take-it-easy-at-first plan. so, yeah -- don't take more than you can handle, but work hard at what you do take.
  19. LincolnTwins

    LincolnTwins Oh no this is not what I 5+ Year Member

    Apr 7, 2007
    Also, you have an entire summer to intro yourself with college level courses. If you are really serious about this medicine thing, Berkeley and tons of other top universities offer their various lectures/hw/tests from their courses for free. If you have the willpower/determination/focus to do those then by all means do it.
  20. Pose

    Pose Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Bio 1
    Bio 1 lab
    World history 1
    Arabic 1

    I think.
  21. el aye

    el aye O_o 5+ Year Member

    Feb 18, 2007
    Fall Semester:

    General Bio Lab
    General Chemistry I for Majors
    General Chemistry Lab
    Analytical Physics I
    Analytical Physics Lab
    Calc 2
    Total: 13 credits (I came in with 42)

    Spring Semester:

    General Bio Lab
    General Chemistry II for Majors
    General Chemistry Lab
    Analytical Physics II
    Analytical Physics Lab
    Required freshman writing course
    Internship credit: EMT-B certification class
    Total: 15 credits

    This semester has been pretty busy. Three ~3 hour labs and two 4 hour EMT-B classes a week... bleh
  22. hoganwan

    hoganwan New Member

    Jul 10, 2006
    How about Calculus?
    If I already earned a 5 on Calc BC which is equivalent to Calc I and Calc II, should I take Calc III or Diff Equation, or retake Calc I and II, or just take a statistic class?

    P.S. I'm not a math person. I truly think that Calc BC is already my limit...
  23. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    I think your 5 on the BC exam would say otherwise.

    I wouldn't retake Calc, I think most med schools will accept AP credit if your ugrad gives you credit. Statistics is important, so you might want to take that anyway.

    EDIT: Calc III might vary school to school, but at my school it was multivariable calc. This class was actually not as difficult as I thought it would be. It just takes the principles of Calc I and II and applies it to cases of two or more variables. There's really no new concepts to learn, just different applications (like double integrals)
  24. mvenus929

    mvenus929 Physician 10+ Year Member

    Jul 6, 2006
    Well, I went into school with 46 credits, including English Comp 1 and 2, Calculus 1 and 2, Gen Bio 1 and 2 (with lab), Gen Physics 1 and 2 (without lab), 12 hours of history credits, and 3 general credits. I think that covers them all.

    I also registered really late my first term, so by the time I registered, most of the classes were already filled. But, here's my schedule:

    1st semester:
    Gen Chem I + Lab (5)
    Intro to Human Geography (4)
    Freshman Seminar (3)
    Total: 12

    2nd semester:
    Gen Chem II + Lab (5)
    Intro to Psych (4)
    World Regional Geography (4)
    Intro to Lit (3)
    Physics I Lab (1)
    Total: 17

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