My name is Matt and I’ll soon be a sophomore at Oakland University for Biochemistry. As I was planning out my future classes, I noticed that if I were to take the MCAT in the April and May of my Junior year, I would have to take the following classes my Junior year:
Fall 2019 Winter 2020
BCM 4254-Biochem 1 3 credits CHM 3420-Physical Chemistry 1 4 credits
PHY 1520 and 1110-Physics 2 w/h Lab 5 credits CHM 4256-Biochemistry 2 3 credits
BCM 4257-Biochem lab 3 credits BIO 3400-Genetics 4 credits
BIO 3210- Biology of the cell 4 credits BIO 3500-General Microbiology 4 credits
This, however, is a bit high with 15 credits per each semester as I would rather do 12 credits per semester since it would allow me to fit in extracurriculars while doing optimally in my classes. I would also consider taking the MCAT in my 4th year as opposed to my 3rd year. However, I’m not sure if medical schools will think that I’m not challenging myself and I’ve personally never heard of anyone going to school for 5 years, instead of, e.g., going to school for 4 years and taking a gap year thereafter.
If anyone has any insight I would greatly appreciate it.