Hi! I am currently a sophomore and I plan on taking biochemistry next semester. I am stuck between MCDB 310 and Biolchem 415. I know that Biolchem 415 is taught at the medical school and is based solely on exams — which doesn’t bother me — but the grade average is a little lower. I just want to take the class that I will get the most out of, but i’m struggling to pick because the classes are so similar. What would be the advantages to taking one over the other and what are past students thoughts on these classes?
I took MCDB 310 the Winter semester of my sophomore year, and I thought this was a good fit for me because it was more Biology based, I was able to have an SLC study group, and my grade was composed of exam and project grades. I also found the discussion associated with this class to be very helpful, since it allowed me more time to discuss class material with my GSI and peers. Ultimately, both of these Biochemistry classes will give you the foundation you need for future courses and the MCAT, but there are slight differences between both of them. We have a blog post up, linked here, that discusses the specific details/differences between MCDB 310, Biolchem 415, and CHEM 351. Let us know if you have any further questions, and feel free to stop by our advising hours on Sunday-Wednesday from 6-10pm!
Lakshmi, PMH Advisor