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Fifth year?

bsmcmahonbsmcmahon Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
I am interested in majoring in psychology and going along the pre-med track. I want to choose Revelle for my college (despite hearing some nasty things about it...), but I am worried about one thing.

A lot of people on these boards are saying that with the huge amount of GE's, plus all the classes necessary for med school, they can't graduate in four years. I just want to know... can I do all those classes plus major in psychology without that fifth year? And if I do, will I be KILLING myself with work?
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Replies to: Fifth year?

  • nooobnooob Registered User Posts: 2,065 Senior Member
    it will obviously be hard work. whether you can complete it in five years depends on your academic ability, as well as your work ethic. (mainly work ethic, i'd say)
  • bsmcmahonbsmcmahon Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    I know it will be hard... but I guess what Im trying to ask is, is it worth being pre-med in Revelle with all these GE's? If I choose a college with less GE's, like Muir, would it just be more free space to take classes I would be taking in Revelle's GE anyway?

    I think this only makes sense in my head. Im sorry I cant convey it to you all. Maybe Revelle isnt good for me... haha
  • OyamaOyama Registered User Posts: 2,486 Senior Member
    Here's my situation so far

    3rd year Muir student
    Majors: Joint Math/Econ (2 more math classes!) + Honors Track Psychology
    Minor: Spanish (done)

    And I should be done in 4 years if I keep taking 5+ classes like I have been

    This is also changing majors from CSE -> Poli Sci -> Current Math/Econ + Psych. Just don't get lazy and don't ever take less than 16 units pertinent to your GEs or major(s).
  • astrinaastrina Registered User Posts: 3,029 Senior Member
    I completed the premed requirements in Revelle with a Chem/Biochem major, graduated a quarter early, and still managed to take a few 3-class-quarters. I think the 5-year-plan you're hearing of may be from people who choose to tack on extra classes/minors in efforts to raise their GPAs for med school.
  • LifeTranscendsLifeTranscends Registered User Posts: 112 Junior Member
    Having some extra GEs may make it a little more difficult, but I don't think any of the college GEs and major requirements are set up so that it would be particularly difficult to finish in 4 years, even with premed (and there is a little overlap between psych requirements and GEs with premed requirements). The 5th year is usually reserved for people who have poorly chosen classes, who have done poorly in classes, folks with double majors or people who have taken classes they didn't really need to take. There may be some other cases, but I think that the majority of 5th years would fall into this category.
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