Pre Med Courses You Technically Don’t Need
Hello Pre Med students, or students currently thinking about Pre Med. Today I hope to open your eyes to some Pre Med courses that aren’t technically required to make it into medical school, that you might not know about. To start off with I will tell you the few classes that you actually must have, and then tell you which ones are recommended, but not required.
Pre Med Courses You Need To Apply To Med School
General Chemistry – 2 semesters with Lab
General Biology – 2 semesters with Lab
Organic Chemistry – 2 semesters with Lab
General Physics – 2 semesters with Lab
Calculus – 1 semester with Lab (Not Required At Some Medical Schools)
English – 1 semester (Not Required At Some Medical Schools)
It may seem like a shock to you that this is all you need to apply to medical school. These are the only classes that you technically need to apply to med school. However, if you are looking to do well on the MCAT, you either need to take more classes than this or be a super genius like this world has never seen.
Pre Med Courses You Don’t Need But Are Recommended
Biochemistry – 1 semester and Lab
Probability and Statistics – 1 semester
Genetics – 2 semesters and Lab
Anatomy – 1 semester and Lab
Physiology – 1 semester and Lab
Molecular and Cell Biology – 2 semesters and Lab
General Psychology – 1 semester
General Sociology – 1 semester
Chances are that if you are in a Pre Medicine program you will be a Biology or Chemistry major, and will be taking a lot of these courses anyways. I would recommend taking a semester each of Psychology and Sociology, as it makes up 25% of the new MCAT. Biochemistry also plays a big role on the MCAT. If you decide not to take Anatomy and Physiology, it probably will not hurt you much on the MCAT, though it may hinder you a bit once you reach medical school.
Additional Pre Med Courses to Take
Abnormal Psychology – 1 semester
Embryology – 1/2 semesters and Lab
Intro to Ethics – 1 semester
Bioethics – 1 semester
Biology/Chemistry related Capstone – Varies
These classes are far from a requirement as Pre Med courses go, but they may help you in your medical training. I hope I was able to open your eyes to the Pre Med courses you are actually required to take, along with the ones that you probably should be taking. Before the last couple months, I actually didn’t know this, as my advisor gave me a sheet with a long list of “required” pre med courses on it. This included many courses that aren’t actually required. If this has happened to you, I am glad to have written this post for you.
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