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What high school courses would be helpful if I want to pursue a career in neurology?

I have a 3.5 GPA, and I am open to any courses but I am having trouble picking what classes would be beneficial to this career path.

Thank you comment icon Hello Ellington, It is still early in your academic career, but I would consider getting into the best university/college possible for you. To be a neurologist, you will have to go to medical school, which is extremely competitive to gain admissions. To increase that chance of getting into medical school, I would try to attend the best undergraduate institution as possible at first before you even think about the other things on hand, such as maintaining a very high GPA, high MCAT scores, volunteer hours, research experience, etc. Hopefully this helps! Best regards, Johan Xiaojie Johan Liu

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Scott’s Answer

Hi Ellington. I am an internist so know what is required to get into medical school. There are not any specific subjects you need to take in high school. That being said, if you plan to major in a certain subject such as biology or chemistry in college then you should consider taking those subjects in high school, including AP classes if they are available at your school to provide you with a solid base of knowledge for your college studies. You should also know it is not mandated to major in a science if you want to go to medical school. What is generally required is a year of math, biology, chemistry (including a year of organic chemistry) and physics. Of course, what is also necessary is that you maintain excellent grades as it seems you are doing. Keep up the good work and good luck!
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Rian’s Answer

Hi Ellington,
It's great that you want to pursue a career in neurology! I would recommend in high school to take AP bio, chemistry, and physics, as those are all key important topics involved within the field. If your school offers it, I would also recommend to take psychology or anatomy as the material in those classes can help showcase your interest within the healthcare field.
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Ellington,

Neurology is science and builds on chemistry, biology and physics. In high-school you should therefore focus on those science courses and math so you have a solid foundation. Take AP courses if you can. If any subjects like psychology and anatomy are offered take those as well.

If you want to go to medical school you should also start building a portfolio of extracurricular activities.

I hope this helps! And good luck on your journey.

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