<p>So for freshman year at Vanderbilt it's discouraged to take chem, calc, and bio freshman year but if I don't then I would take chem and calculus this year, bio and orgo next year, then physics junior year.. is that too late to take physics since MCATs are usually taken junior year?</p>
<p>same situation with me. started off with chem and calc - now next year im taking orgo+bio+diffeq, and prlly spring semester i might take an easier "upper" lvl bio+orgo2+linear alg+phys1 then phys 2 over the summer? maybe.</p>
<p>My D. took physics junior year. It helped, since Physics was fresh. However, she took Bio + Gen Chem freshman year, since Gen. chem is the easy one. After that, she took several advanced Bio. I would not advise to take any Med. School req. over summer. I am not sure why people are taking so much math when total requirement is 2 semesters. D. just took 1 sem of college stats - very useful in Med. Research. She used her AP Calc credit - she contacted couple Med. Schools - they said it is OK. Another thing I am not sure is why "upper" Bio is easier. Bio is the hardest class from the beginning and gets progressively harder including for those with "5" on AP Bio exam who used the same textbooks in HS and college. College Bio is much much harder than any Bio you ever had in HS.</p>
Although usually this is the case, repeatedly stating it as a universal fact that applies to every single person taking pre-med req's is starting to get annoying. I'm sure there are some people where this could not be further from the truth.
It's called not doing it for the requirement, but doing it because you enjoy it. Didn't think that would be that hard to pick up on. But again, since your "D" didn't take that many math classes, why would anybody else ever even consider it?
Another thing I am not sure is why "upper" Bio is easier. Bio is the hardest class from the beginning and gets progressively harder including for those with "5" on AP Bio exam who used the same textbooks in HS and college.
Maybe it's different at your "D"'s state school, but at my univ. the intro bio course is pretty well known as being one of the most, if not the most, difficult course through the Bio Dept: since it is what some, like yourself, might call "weed-out killer" - without the article, "a". (PS: since I recall you can't pickup the american sarcasm that well, that was sarcastic - you should say: "my D thought that intro bio was a weed-out course." And just leave out the "killer" because it sounds really, really stupid.) And definitely not true that it gets "progressively harder." Sure maybe there are more intensive upper-level classes, but there are a handful that are far less difficult than intro - at least at my univ. (and we don't use the same textbook, so sorry, nt).
Cool story, bro. Maybe I'll ask your "D" to tutor me in the fall. Thanks to you, I know she's sure to be qualified to do so with her 4.0, graduating #1 from her hs class, and laundry list of exceptional achievements that you never fail to mention in each and every one of your posts that plague this forum.</p>