Well, it’s that time of year again! Most schools are starting registration for next year’s classes within the next few weeks. With so many classes required for premedical students, it can be difficult to make your schedule. My advice would be to plan early. Take a look at your school catalog and make a list of all the courses that are required for your major and minor. Then, add to this list your school’s general requirements, like English and Foreign Languages. Also, be sure to include any other classes that seem interesting or that your friends have said you can’t miss. After you have this preliminary list, map out which courses to take for all four years of college. While this may seem a little extreme, it is an extremely helpful guide to use each year when registration rolls around. I made a list like this Freshman year and have changed it more times than I could count, so this is by no means a final contract. Because science classes tend to build on each other, for me, the hardest part of scheduling was deciding which year to take each required class. Below is a basic outline of science classes for premeds by year. While this can change depending on your preference, this outline is used by many students because it makes sure that all MCAT courses are taken before you take the test, which is typically the summer between your Junior and Senior year.
Some medical schools have different requirements, so make sure to check with the school you are interested in so that you can take the necessary classes. Often these are posted on the medical school’s website.
How do you plan on making your class schedule? Have any other advice? Be sure to leave a comment with any helpful tips or questions.
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