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Scheduling Classes for Health Professions Students

This page is devoted to the intricacies of scheduling classes. The particular examples chosen are for students interested in medical school, but many of the other health professions have similar requirements and similar scheduling concerns. Be sure to check with the appropriate HPAG faculty advisor.

GENERAL SCHEDULING ADVICE

There are many possible schedules for students planning to attend medical school (or other pre-health professional schools). One of the most important things to remember is that medical schools are looking to see if you have taken a challenging curriculum, with an emphasis on science and math. You don’t have to major in a science, but all students need to demonstrate that they can handle a science/math load. It is not in your best interests to try to take only once science course per term. You should not adopt the plan of trying to take a lighter load during a sports season. It is up to you to investigate the course pre-requisites for any medical school to which you are planning to apply.

PREPARATION FOR THE  MCAT

It is very important for incoming first year students interested in medicine to read the Incoming First-Year Student Course Selection section below to prepare for MCAT2015.

 

MCAT-2015

To see a full description of the MCAT you should download the preview guide and view the AAMC website.

MCAT
section # questions mins.
Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems 65 90
Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems 65 90
Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills 60 90
Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior 65 90
total seated time = 7 hr 30 min§

§ includes breaks and a lunch break for MCAT2015

Requirements for the MCAT

The AAMC recommends the same courses that were appropriate for the old MCAT (two BIO, four CHE, two PHY) and three new courses for MCAT2015(one introductory SOC, one introductory PSY and one biochemistry). The faculty at Centre have met to discuss the best courses to take and recommend the following:

• BIO: 110 and 210 or BIO 210 and BMB 210, depending on major
• PHY: 110 and 120 or 210 and 230
• CHE: 131, 132, 241, 242 or 135, 241, 242, 250
• BMB: 210
• PSY: 110
• SOC: SOC 110 or ANT 110

Please note that these are the minimum suggested requirements to prepare for the MCAT. Some students may want to take more courses in any of these areas to prepare for the MCAT. Furthermore, the choice of major will have an effect on how many courses are taken in an area.

Incoming First Year Student Course Selection

Incoming First Year students interested in medicine should schedule their courses in the following manner:

• If you are interested in a BIO or non-science major you should take BIO 110 or CHE 131 (or CHE 135) in the fall.
• If you are interested in a BMB or CHE major you should take CHE 131 (or 135) in the fall
• If you are interested in a PSY or BNS major you should take PSY 110, BIO 110 or CHE 131 (or 135) in the fall
• If there is space, take ANT 110 or SOC 110 in the fall, but these courses will probably be easier to schedule in subsequent terms
• AP credit is a little tricky because many medical schools do not accept AP science courses for their requirements. A student with a 4 or 5 on the AP Chem test will be placed in CHE 135. A 4 or 5 on the AP Biology test will allow for a BIO elective credit, but it won’t help fulfill a BIO requirement for most medical schools. For all other AP exams consult with Dr. Workman.

Note that all of the science courses above require math proficiency or MAT 110. If you enter Centre without math proficiency you will need to take MAT 110 in the fall term and start your science courses in the spring.

Remember that medical schools do not care what your major is! Approximately 20% of Centre students going to medical school were non-science majors. All incoming students interested in medical school should schedule an appointment with Dr. Workman during orientation. Email or call him (238-5415) to meet with him or to contact him over the summer if you have questions. Visit the HPAG home page to see advisors for other health professions and contact them if you are interested in that field.

Other Concerns for the MCAT

If you look at the description for the MCAT you may get overwhelmed by the amount material it covers. Your initial thought may be to just take more courses to prepare yourself for the new MCAT. However, most of the courses taught at Centre are not solely directed to a particular professional school exam. You also need to keep space in your college career to explore a variety of areas and, perhaps, study abroad. You can supplement your knowledge by using MCAT test preparation books. The best strategy is to plan to take the core recommended courses, major in something that interests you and use your free electives in the best way you determine in consultation with Dr. Workman and others.

The Impact of MCAT-2015 on Medical School Requirements

In the past medical schools were fairly uniform in requiring 2 BIO, 4 CHE, 2 PHY and 2 HUM, although they varied a great deal in the type and number of recommended courses. With the advent of the new MCAT many medical schools are changing their required and recommended courses. Some are now requiring or recommending statistics and biochemistry (UK now requires biochemistry) while others are eliminating course requirements altogether! And some medical schools are still considering changes. Dr. Workman is familiar with the required and recommended courses at many medical schools, however, it is ultimately your responsibility to familiarize yourself with the admissions requirements at a medical school and then plan accordingly. You should realize that most Centre students have never paid too much attention to recommended courses at medical schools. For instance, the most popular medical school for Centre students is the University of Louisville, but very few students have taken physiology or statistics, both recommended courses at UL.

 

SOME POSSIBLE SCHEDULES FOR SOME DIFFERENT MAJORS

The following are some schedules for some majors at Centre that are indicative of the schedule you might have. You should not feel that you must major in one of the five below! These schedules assume the following:
1. The current requirements for most medical schools (4 CHE with lab, 2 BIO with lab, 2 PHY with lab; science courses with an * are offered in both fall and spring terms); take a few minutes to look at the course pre-requisites for the medical schools to which you might apply.
2. The proposed recommendations for the new MCAT (1 biochemistry course, 1 psychology, 1 sociology)
3. Taking all of the above courses by the end of the third year to prepare to take the MCAT between the third and fourth year. More flexibility will result if a student plans to take the MCAT after graduation.
4. A full year of language (no proficiency at entrance; FRE chosen as example)
5. Placement in MAT 170 since at least one medical school many Centre students attend requires calculus.
6. HIS 110, REL 110, PHI 140 are representative examples of general education requirements.
7. Elective credit hours to bring the total to 110 (number of hours required to graduate).

 

Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

(See the BMB webpage for biology electives.)
• 62 Credit Hours for Math and Science
• 29 Credit Hours for General Education and proficiency (non-science)
• 19 Credit Hours for Electives

  1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR
fall CHE 131*
HUM 110
SOC 110
HIS 110
CHE 241*
elective
PHY 110*
BMB 310
BIO w/ lab
REL 110
FRE 110
BMB 330
BMB 335
elective
elective
winter FYS 110 elective BMB 316 elective
spring CHE 132*
BIO 210*
HUM 120
elective
CHE 242*
PHY 120
BMB 210
BMB 320
FRE 120
PHI 140
PSY 110*
BMB 340
BMB 500
elective
elective

Chemistry

(see the CHE webpage for details.)

• 67 Credit Hours for Math and Science
• 29 Credit Hours for General Education and proficiency (non-science)
• 14 Credit Hours for Electives

  1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR
fall CHE 131*
HUM 110
MAT 170
HIS 110
CHE 241*
PHY 210
elective
CHE 362
BMB 310
SOC 110
FRE 110
CHE 332
CHE elective
elective
elective
winter FYS 110 CHE 250 CHE elective elective
spring CHE 132*
BIO 210*
HUM 120
MAT 171
CHE 242*
PHY 230
BMB 210*
CHE 361
FRE 120
PHI 140
PSY 110
CHE 350
CHE seminar
elective
elective

Behavioral Neuroscience

(see the BNS webpage for details.)

• 75 Credit Hours for Math and Science
• 29 Credit Hours for General Education and proficiency (non-science)
• 5 Credit Hours for Electives

  1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR
fall PSY 110*
HUM 110
FRE 110
SOC 110
CHE 132*
PSY 205
BNS 295
MAT 130
BNS 300
PHY 110
CHE 242
PHI 140
B&B elective 2
PSY elective 1
BMB 310
elective
winter FYS 110 elective elective elective
spring CHE 131*
BIO 110*
HUM 120
FRE 120
BNS 210*
CHE 241*
BIO 210*
HIS 110
B&B elective 1
PHY 120*
BMB 210*
PSY elective 2
REL 110
BNS Capstone
elective

Anthropology/Sociology

(See the ANT/SOC webpage for specific choices for upper-level anthropology/sociology courses.)

• 35 Credit Hours for Math and Science
• 56 Credit Hours for ANT/SOC, General Education and proficiency (non-science)
• 19 Credit Hours for Electives

  1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR
fall CHE 131*
HUM 110
SOC 110
HIS 110
CHE 241*
PHY 110*
ANT 120
ANT 110
A/S theory
BMB 310
REL 110
FRE 110
A/S elective
A/S elective
elective
elective
winter FYS 110 elective A/S elective elective
spring CHE 132*
BIO 210*
HUM 120
elective
CHE 242*
PHY 120
BMB 210*
A/S methods
A/S elective
FRE 120
PHI 140
MAT 170
A/S 500
elective
elective
elective

History

(See the HIS webpage for specific choices for upper-level history courses.)

• 35 Credit Hours for Math and Science
• 53 Credit Hours for HIS, General Education and proficiency (non-science)
• 22 Credit Hours for Electives

  1st YEAR 2nd YEAR 3rd YEAR 4th YEAR
fall CHE 131*
HUM 110
SOC 110
HIS 110
CHE 241*
PHY 110*
HIS 230
elective
HIS 301-329
BMB 310
REL 110
FRE 110
HIS 460-479
HIS 430-459
elective
elective
winter FYS 110 elective HIS 330-359 elective
spring CHE 132*
BIO 210*
HUM 120
HIS 120
CHE 242*
PHY 120
BMB 210*
HIS 500
FRE 120
PHI 140
elective
HIS 380-36-99
elective
elective
elective

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