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Science classes for later on medical school?

PreStudentPreStudent Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
edited February 2013 in High School Student Topics
I'm planning on heading towards a career in the medical field far in the future. After this year's summer, I'm going to become a sophomore in high school. Many people have said that I should take as many science and math classes as possible, and sciences such as physics, biology, chemistry, and maybe even forensics. The problem is, my high school offers Pre-AP (Honors) Biology and Pre-AP (Honors) Chemistry in sophomore year, and in junior year the prerequisites for either AP Biology/AP Chemistry is Pre-AP Biology/Pre-AP Chemistry. Along that, there is a class at my school called Biomedical Science which studies health conditions that is a class for students with career paths down the medical road. The Biomedical class has 3 parts to it: 1, 2, and 3 which is taken in 10th, 11th, and 12th. There's one thing I know for sure: I am NOT taking all 3 science classes at once, because I'm not good with stress. Anyways... question is, is the Biomedical Science class REALLY at all needed right now? Or will I forget everything before (maybe) medical school/college? Main question: Do I really need to take that class? (I want to concentrate on math and science if I can.)

I can compare the Biomedical class to an anatomy class; many people said anatomy is not required but if you do take it, all the things you learn in there, you forget by the time you enter medical school. So...I need opinions whether it's important or not.

If I do not take the Biomedical class... These are my options for my sciences:

1) 10th grade- Pre-AP (Honors) Biology
11th grade- AP Biology, Pre-AP (Honors) Chemistry
12th grade- AP Chemistry, AP Physics B

2) 10th grade- Pre-AP (Honors) Biology, Pre-AP (Honors) Chemistry
11th grade- AP Biology, AP Chemistry (STRESSFUL, because I have heard the teachers are EXTREMELY hard and demanding)
12th grade- AP Physics B, and maybe if I'm all done with everything else, I may be able to take some college courses

If Biomedical is recommended/important, then:

1) 10th grade- Pre-AP (Honors) Biology, Biomedical l (Honors)
11th grade- AP Biology, Pre-AP (Honors) Chemistry, Biomedical ll (Honors)
12th grade- AP Chemistry, AP Physics B, Biomedical lll (Honors)

If Biomedical is really needed, then by the end of my high school years, I'm going to have white hairs. Not even kidding. I have other honors/AP classes besides science to deal with! So bottom line is, should I just completely do math and science classes and leave Biomedical Science out? The class itself is extremely challenging, but I am not sure whether to take it or not. I need help with my schedule. Thank you for whoever helps, and sorry if this is too much to read.
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Replies to: Science classes for later on medical school?

  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,978 Senior Member
    You really don't need to overload sciences in high school because once you start college---none of this matters! You get to start over! Yay!

    Seriously, once you start college no one will ever again ask you about your high school classes. Really. You will not be seriously disadvantaged in college if you don't take Biomedical. (Not taking AP sciences, however, may put you at some disadvantage since some/many/most [depending on the college you attend] of your college classmates will have taken those classes and you will be competing against them for grades.)

    BTW, most medical schools don't even require college anatomy--much less high school anatomy!

    My advice: take the coursework you think makes most sense to you, which you will enjoy the most and which will give you the best chance of success in high school.

    It's much to soon to worry about medical school.
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,937 Senior Member
    your only concern in high school with regard to the future should be positioning yourself to be successful in the college application game. This biomedical sciences course is absolutely not "necessary" by any stretch of the imagination as I would venture 99% of high schools don't even offer it. If you want to take it, there's nothing wrong with that, but if you'd rather stick to the more basic disciplines (chem, physics, bio) by all means do.
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