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    tammytammy
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    I have a bachelors degree in a non-science major. I chose to major in gerontology because my goal is to someday specialize in geriatric medicine. Anyways, I am now catching up on science classes. I know the core courses that are required..year of Bio, chem, organic chem, physicss, etc. I am wondering from anyone who has already taken the MCAT if that is enough science to help me do well? I am already studying with a MCAT study guide. I have taken gen bio, A&P 1 and 2, and genetics and so far, that’s it. Any input would be appreciated thanks.

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    lorilori
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    Hi Tammy! If you ave the chance, the only other two courses that would be grately beneficial would be Anatomy/Physio and Biochem. If you have the opportunity to take them, it can only benefit you. If you only have time for one, I would HIGHLY recommend Biochem. We all know how difficult orgo can be. By taking the Biochem, you will have an “edge” on the MCAT. Best of luck to you!

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    spacecadetspacecadet
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    tammy,

    All you really need are the core prereqs. It should be enough for the MCAT, although I agree that biochem and A&P will help (you already took A&P, right?). I took the MCAT w/o Biochem and got a 13 in BS – but I was praying that there wouldn’t be any questions about sugars!

    You’ll definitely want to have Physics I&II, Gen chem I&II, and Organic I under your belt before you take the test. Probably good to have Organic II also, but it seemed to me that most of the organic stuff I needed to know was from first semester. I took gen chem so long ago that I can’t remember what I learned in which semester. I had to relearn it all from the review course.

    Hope this helps!

    Pam

    P.S. I have heard that a few med schools do require biochem, but don’t think there are very many that do.

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