What should I take for my last biology class prior to matriculation?

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I have just been accepted to an MD program (crazy to type that out!!!! it's HAPPENING) but I need to take one more "advanced biology" course prior to matriculation. It must be 2000 level or higher but otherwise any biology course will do.

I'm trying to choose between anatomy, genetics, and microbiology. Looking for input from current students as to which of these would be most/least useful. Anatomy seems useful to me, but genetics sounds most interesting. No clue what taking a microbiology class would entail.

I'm a nontrad, so I'm going to be taking this class while working full time. My undergraduate degree is in engineering (graduated 2017) and the only biology classes I've taken are general biology, human biology (basically A&P lite), and zoology.

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Take what is more interesting to you. All your classes for the next 2 years will be chosen for you.
 
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I have just been accepted to an MD program (crazy to type that out!!!! it's HAPPENING) but I need to take one more "advanced biology" course prior to matriculation. It must be 2000 level or higher but otherwise any biology course will do.

I'm trying to choose between anatomy, genetics, and microbiology. Looking for input from current students as to which of these would be most/least useful. Anatomy seems useful to me, but genetics sounds most interesting. No clue what taking a microbiology class would entail.

I'm a nontrad, so I'm going to be taking this class while working full time. My undergraduate degree is in engineering (graduated 2017) and the only biology classes I've taken are general biology, human biology (basically A&P lite), and zoology.
Genetics can be really tough, but would give you the biggest leg up in terms of lightening your load in the first year of med school.

Anatomy is a reasonable choice since you'd be stating med school soon after and would still recall the tiny details.

Microbiology is often fun and easy, but your mileage may vary depending on institution. The information you learn may not be useful until the second year of a traditional curriculum, but you'll still recall it.

Other options on par with Genetics in difficulty: Hard core Physiology or Cellular Bio.

JMO.
 
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anniekat2025

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Genetics can be really tough, but would give you the biggest leg up in terms of lightening your load in the first year of med school.

Anatomy is a reasonable choice since you'd be stating med school soon after and would still recall the tiny details.

Microbiology is often fun and easy, but your mileage may vary depending on institution. The information you learn may not be useful until the second year of a traditional curriculum, but you'll still recall it.

Other options on par with Genetics in difficulty: Hard core Physiology or Cellular Bio.

JMO.
Thank you! I really appreciate your insight; I am leaning towards genetics but it will also depend what is available for me come spring.
 
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