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What to do with pre-med reqs that are only required at some schools?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by harposnarpo, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. harposnarpo

    harposnarpo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    I'm graduated, but never took calc/stat (had AP credit) or english 2.

    Should I list these as future courses? I'll take them in the future if accepted to the schools that require them.
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2008
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  3. Caesar

    Caesar In Memory of Riley Jane Physician Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Sep 26, 2007
    hSDN Alumni
    The problem is timing. you may not get accepted until it is too late to register for the classes. Be careful.
  4. Law2Doc

    Law2Doc 5K+ Member Physician Moderator Emeritus 10+ Year Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    Yeah, expect that, at best, you are going to be able to rush and get ONE of those in during the summer, assuming you don't linger on a waitlist.
  5. neurocirujano

    neurocirujano Banned

    Jun 13, 2008
    That's exactly what I'm doing for calc 2, but which school requires biochem 2?!
  6. harposnarpo

    harposnarpo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    I'm thinking now. If I apply early, and base my Spring enrollment (this would be post-bacc since I'm graduated) on if I still have a chance at getting into a school with these pre-reqs, do I put the courses on the AMCAS?

    I mean, I won't enroll at all if I've already been rejected.

    neurocirujano: My bad, I mean biochem lab.
  7. lisasimpson87

    lisasimpson87 5+ Year Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    yea, im confused about whether to put these possible future courses on my case, i will only take calc II if i get into (or at least an interview at) harvard....but if i put it on there, will other schools wonder why i ended up not taking it? or is it common practice to put pre-reqs of some schools onto the future courses section..can i do this even if it doesn't appear anywhere on my transcript? thanks
  8. TehDoc

    TehDoc What a pain... 2+ Year Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Community college.
  9. Droopy Snoopy

    Droopy Snoopy 7+ Year Member

    Apr 3, 2006
    The Alamo
    That's exactly what the future courses section is for, so schools can check and make sure you know their prereqs and are planning on fulfilling them. And I would think it'd be exceedingly rare for schools to cross-check your app with your final transcript -- adcoms and their staffs have better things to do. And if according to your final transcript you met the prereqs, didn't make any F's, and graduated with a degree the fact that you at some point planned on taking Spanish but instead took Art History has no practical bearing on anything. Besides, no one takes an advanced calculus for the sheer fun of it so it's completely understandable your not taking it if you don't have to. It's not a sign of weakness or anything in my opinion.
  10. ejay286

    ejay286 Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 10, 2005
    But what if the pre-req is something like Quant or Inorganic, those types of classes are usually not offered during the summer. Is there a chance a med school would let you defer a year to get all your pre-reqs done?
  11. ACSurgeon

    ACSurgeon Acute Care Surgeon Bronze Donor Classifieds Approved 7+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2008

    I think if there is a class required by many med schools that you are applying to, then you should take it sooner than later. If only a few schools require calc or biochem lab, then you can either wait until accepted or just not apply to said schools.
  12. neurocirujano

    neurocirujano Banned

    Jun 13, 2008
    And which schools even require this biochem lab?
  13. harposnarpo

    harposnarpo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    my bad {edits original post}. Looks like it's just calc/stat/english 2 then.
  14. se2131

    se2131 7+ Year Member

    Jun 27, 2007
    I'd recommend that you definitely take an english course in your senior year, two semesters of english are required at a LOT of medical schools, you'll save yourself a lot of grief by not having to take it in the summer. Calc and stats are not required by too many schools, so you can get by w/o taking it this year and see which school you end up deciding on, then taking it in the summer if you really need it.
  15. harposnarpo

    harposnarpo 2+ Year Member

    Jun 14, 2008
    EDIT: Albert Einstein requires biochem lab.
  16. cavalier329


    May 31, 2008
    does it look better that your app has all of the required classes completed prior to applying?

    Or does it not matter whether you have them or will be taking them?

    I suppose the benefit is that if you do well, they will see that?

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