Help choosing courses for fall semester

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Help choosing courses for fall semester

Post by TheDah » Tue May 10, 2011 1:37 am

Hello everyone, I’m new to this forum and this is my first post. I’m trying to determine the best combination of classes for this coming fall semester.

I have a slightly odd situation and I think it would be best if I gave a bit of background information before I move on. I have a non-science undergraduate degree, but I have taken the MCAT so I have had two semesters worth of: general biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, and physics with calculus. I will be taking genetics and a course in the diversity in fungi, algae, and plants over the summer. I am taking extra science courses to raise my cumulative science GPA in order to increase my chances of matriculating to medical school.

I am considering taking some combination of the following classes this fall and I would like to know if any of these classes complement one another particularly well and what the best combination of courses would be:

-Anatomy and Physiology I (4 credits includes lecture and lab)

-Cell Biology (3 credits includes lecture only)

-General Microbiology (4 credits includes lecture and lab)

-Human Parasitology (4 credits includes lecture and lab)

-Immunology (2 credits includes lecture only)

-Laboratory in Genetics and Cell Biology (2 credits includes discussion and lab)

If I take exactly 13 credits, and get A’s in them, my cumulative may be right where it needs to be. However, taking 12 credits shouldn’t make a difference, although I would be afraid to take more than 14 credits, I will also be working 24 hours per week. I would very much like to take Anatomy and Physiology; I do not want to be seeing that for the first time in medical school. I have considered taking the following:

-Anatomy and Physiology I

-General Microbiology

-Cell Biology

-Immunology (I’m sure that the Genetics and Cell Biology Lab would be more complimentary with cell biology, but I suspect that I will find Immunology more interesting, although I cannot be certain).

My major objective here is to get straight A’s so I welcome and greatly appreciate and comments, thoughts, or combinations of the aforementioned courses that could help me to achieve that. I will also discuss this with an advisor, but I would like to get as much input as possible. Thank you all in advance for your time.

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