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What classes would you recommend for a new college freshman wanting to pursue medicine?

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Richard’s Answer

Typical medical school prerequisites include:
Biology: Lecture – 4 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
General Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Organic Chemistry: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Biochemistry: Lecture – 1 semester
General Physics: Lecture – 2 semesters; Lab – 1 semester
Math: Statistics – 1 semester
English: Rhetoric (Composition) and Literature – 2 semesters


Take the science classes early on so you can devote your second college summer to studying for the MCAT.
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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. You do need to complete the pre-med requirements, preferably with A’s. These include at least a year of biology, 1 year inorganic chemistry, 1 year organic chemistry + labs, physics, calculus, and biochemistry. Your junior year, you will need to take an MCAT study course prior to taking the MCAT. With a solid GPA and MCAT score, you should be a competitive applicant.
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G. Mark’s Answer

You'll generally be in the pre-med curriculum, and that entails advanced mathematics, biology, science, and, as is my wont, I would recommend some computer work. Why? Because everything today brushes up against computers, and it's a handy thing to understand all the tools you're likely to use. Your school counselor will have a list of all the courses you will be required to take, but if computers aren't listed, take them anyway. Also be aware that much diagnostic research will be using computers, and it will make other tasks easier. And of course, chemistry is important, especially biochemistry. So go straight to the source -- ask your college counselor. They'll have not only the required courses, but likely have some good recommendations for electives to round out your studies.

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