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Understanding Pre-Med Classes

Hey everyone, I'm honestly a little overwhelmed about planning my college schedule, and I've been considering going on a pre-med track. Can anyone help me understand what pre-med classes/courses I need to take and the pre-med class requirements? Thanks in advance!

6 months ago

Hi there! It's completely normal to feel overwhelmed, and I'm glad you're seeking help. Pre-med isn't a major; it's a set of courses that you take to fulfill medical school admissions requirements alongside your chosen major. While specific requirements might vary by medical school, there are common pre-med courses most students take. Here's a general list of pre-med classes you'll want to consider during your undergraduate years:

1. Biology: You'll typically need 2 semesters with lab components. Some courses to consider include general biology, cell biology, genetics, and physiology.

2. Chemistry: You'll need 2 semesters of general/inorganic chemistry with labs, and 2 semesters of organic chemistry with labs. Many schools also require 1 or 2 semesters of biochemistry (sometimes with a lab).

3. Physics: Most medical schools require 2 semesters of physics with accompanying lab components.

4. Mathematics: You may need to take 2 semesters of college-level math, which usually include calculus and statistics. Some medical schools may also accept AP credits for math requirements.

5. English: Medical schools often require 2 semesters of English or writing-intensive courses.

6. Social sciences: Some schools might require or recommend taking courses in psychology, sociology, or other social sciences relating to human behavior. A semester in each psychology and sociology is a common recommendation.

7. Other requirements: Depending on the medical school, you may find additional requirements or recommendations, such as courses in bioethics, public health, or foreign languages.

Now, if you haven't chosen a major yet, you don't need to choose a science major to be pre-med. Many students complete their pre-med coursework while majoring in other fields, like humanities, social sciences, or even fine arts. However, majoring in a science discipline (such as biology or chemistry) often aligns with pre-med requirements and may help better prepare you for the MCAT.

It's crucial to check the specific medical school requirements you're interested in and consult with your college's pre-med advisor to plan your course schedule accordingly. Good luck!

6 months ago

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