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MCAT 2015 and Example Course Sequences

“The MCAT exam is changing in 2015 to keep pace with the changes in medicine.”

(https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/)

These example course timelines are only a resource—they are subject to change due to the student’s interest, availability of classes, successful completion of pre-requisites, math placement, modifications to MCAT 2015, etc.  Example course timelines should be used in conjunction with departmental web pages; LOCUS; academic, major, and pre-health advisors; faculty with expertise in relevant subject areas; and American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) resources on the MCAT and MCAT 2015:

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/ 

https://www.aamc.org/students/applying/mcat/mcat2015/

Chemistry Focused Example Timeline for MCAT 2015

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Coursework for MCAT 2015

Freshman Year - Fall
Biology 101/111 (General Biology I)
Chemistry 101/111 (General Chemistry I)
- (or Chemistry 105)

Freshman Year - Spring
Biology 102/112 (General Biology II)
Chemistry 102/112 (General Chemistry II)
- (or Chemistry 106)
Sophomore Year - Fall
Chemistry 223/225 (Organic Chemistry I)
- (or Chemistry 221)
Physics 111/131 (College Physics I)

Sophomore Year - Spring
Chemistry 224/226 (Organic Chemistry II)
- (or Chemistry 222)
Physics 112/132 (College Physics II)
Junior Year - Fall
Biology 251 (Cell Biology)*
Biology 282 (Genetics)*
Junior Year - Spring
Chemistry 361 (Survey in Biochemistry)**

Psychology and Sociology Coursework for MCAT 2015

Sociology 101 (Tier I Core Course) and Psychology 101 (Tier II Core Course)***

Statistics Coursework for MCAT 2015

Statistics 103****

*Biology 251 and 282 are currently not prerequisites for Chem 361, however, they are recommended.  It is also expected that Biology 251 and 282 will be helpful in preparation for the MCAT.  

** Students opting for the Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry substitute Chemistry 370 and 371 for Chemistry 361.  Chemistry 361 is cross-listed with Biology 366 and it is offered fall and spring terms.

*** Sociology 101 is a Tier I core course and thus must be taken before Psychology 101 which is a Tier II core course.  Students may want to consult with the Sociology Department to see if other courses such as Sociology 122 (Race and Ethnic Relations) address relevant subject matter to be tested on the 2015 MCAT. 

****Students majoring or minoring in Biology, Psychology, Sociology may wish to consult with these departments about the degree to which Biology 335 (Introduction to Biostatistics), Psychology 304 (Statistics), or Sociology 301 (Statistics for Social Research) address statistical subject matter to be tested on the 2015 MCAT.


Biology Focused Example Timeline for MCAT 2015

Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Coursework for MCAT 2015

Freshman Year - Fall
Biology 101/111 (General Biology I)
Chemistry 101/111 (General Chemistry I) - (or Chemistry 105)

Freshman Year - Spring
Biology 102/112 (General Biology II)
Chemistry 102/112 (General Chemistry II) - (or Chemistry 106)
Sophmore Year - Fall
Biology 251 (Cell Biology) or 282 (Genetics)
Chemistry 223/225 (Organic Chemistry I)
- (or Chemistry 221)
Sophomore Year - Spring
Biology 251 (Cell Biology) or 282 (Genetics)
Chemistry 224/226 (Organic Chemistry II)
- (or Chemistry 222)

Junior Year - Fall

Biology 366 (Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry)*

Physics 111/131 (College Physics I) 

Junior Year - Spring
Biology 366 (Cellular Physiology and Biochemistry)*
Physics 112/132 (College Physics II)

Psychology and Sociology Coursework for MCAT 2015

Sociology 101 (Tier I Core Course) and Psychology 101 (Tier II Core Course)**

Statistics Coursework for MCAT 2015

Statistics 103***

Biology 366 is cross-listed with Chemistry 361 and is offered fall and spring terms.  Biology 251 and 282 and prerequisites for Biology 366, thus Biology majors and minors are required to take Biology 251 and 282 prior to enrolling in Biology 366.

**Sociology 101 is a Tier I core course and thus must be taken before Psychology 101 which is a Tier II core course.  Students may want to consult with the Sociology Department to see in other courses such as Sociology 122 (Race and Ethnic Relations) address relevant subject matter to be tested on the 2015 MCAT. 

***Students majoring or minoring in Biology, Psychology, Sociology may wish to consult with these departments about the degree to which Biology 335 (Introduction to Biostatistics), Psychology 304 (Statistics), or Sociology 301 (Statistics for Social Research) address statistical subject matter to be tested on the 2015 MCAT.

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