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Pre-med schedule

SufferSuffer Registered User Posts: 216 Junior Member
If you're going to Vanderbilt and plan on studying on the pre-med track, could you post your schedule below? I need some help starting my schedule.


Replies to: Pre-med schedule

  • DianeCTurnerDianeCTurner Registered User Posts: 11 New Member
    My son's in the same boat and has no idea where to start.
  • KaMaMomKaMaMom Registered User Posts: 895 Member
    My daughter on the pre-med track ... her first semester is Chemistry, Bio, Writing Seminar & a foreign language.
  • jrmama496jrmama496 Registered User Posts: 295 Junior Member
    My S is also on the pre-med track. He is taking CHEM 102a w/lab, MATH 155a (Calc), Writing Seminar, and a class that counts for Humanities AXLE credit.
  • Belle315Belle315 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    My D is pre-med but is in Peabody. She is taking Chem 102a 2/lab, statistics, and English class (for her core), and a course related to her major.

    @KaMaMom, I'm curious, did your daughter's adviser ok Chem and Bio together? My daughter's adviser highly encouraged her not to take Bio or Physics with her Chem freshman year.
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    Two sciences per semester is pretty much the norm for most kids on the premed track, no matter what school they are at.
  • Belle315Belle315 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    Well, I guess you'd have to tell that her adviser. We were all for it.
  • KaMaMomKaMaMom Registered User Posts: 895 Member
    @belle315 ... yes. Her advisor actually said she needed to take both together.

  • Belle315Belle315 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
  • GA2012MOMGA2012MOM Registered User Posts: 5,440 Senior Member
    Belle, I noticed your daughter does have stats with her chem so at least she does have 2 medschool prereqs. My daughter just finished her 2nd year of medschool so it has been 6 years since she was a freshman so my memory is a bit fuzzy on her exact course sequence. Knowing that there are more prereqs now than then, I am surprised that the advisor doesn't have her taking 2 sciences right out of the gate.
  • Belle315Belle315 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    Yes, me too @GA2012MOM. Originally she was going to take Chem and Physics together, but the adviser said not to. She decided to take his advice. She AP'd out of calculus, which is why she signed up for statistics. She knows she'll still be facing Bio in the future.
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    edited June 2014
    Chem, Orgo, Bio, Biochem, and Physics... 9 semesters of sciences to cover in 6 semesters. Why would you need to double up on sciences every semester? Am I missing something? You only need to double up in 3 semesters, and your first semester at Vanderbilt probably shouldn't be one of them.

    Vandy recommends, by semester:
    1: Chem
    2: Chem
    3: Orgo
    4: Orgo
    5: Physics/ Bio
    6. Physics/ Bio / Biochem

    For most of us, Physics was a miserable but not incredibly time consuming course, so many students take it sophomore year with Orgo. I don't think it is out of the question to take it freshman year either, if the student likes/has a background in Physics.

    http://www.vanderbilt.edu/hpao/documents/Threading a path through premedical expectations - 2013-08-12 Rev.pdf
  • Belle315Belle315 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    Thanks, @Pancaked. That's very helpful information.
  • moonpiemoonpie Registered User Posts: 518 Member
    My daughters are both pre-med neuroscience majors. They both were advised against taking bio and chem at the same time. They both said chem should not be taken with anything else. Physics was not bad, orgo either. Bio is tons of reading and studying, but not hard course work. 2 lab classes freshmen year would be really hard. It's no joke. Biochem will be on my senior's docket this year, so I can't report on that. I can only say that of all the classes between the 2 students, chem was the most horrible, awful, dreadful, of all.
  • KaMaMomKaMaMom Registered User Posts: 895 Member
    Well ... at this point it is what it is. :) My daughter is far too headstrong (for her own good at times) to be talked out of altering her schedule.

    So the chips (and grades ... and sanity perhaps) will have to fall where they may!
  • Belle315Belle315 Registered User Posts: 375 Member
    @KaMaMom I wasn't trying to cause you any anxiety. I was curious about the differences in advising strategy. There could very well be good reasons why your daughter's advisor suggested this particular path, and more than likely she will do very well. Not to mention, she will have both requirements finished early. All the best to her!
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