Pre-Med Q&ACategory: Scheduling and ClassesDifference between Physical 201 and Bio 225/226
AvatarManeet asked 4 months ago

I was wondering what the main differences between Physical 201 and Bio 225 are? In my schedule I have it set so I am taking both at the same time – but they are both physiology courses and I don’t know which would be better for the MCAT or if it is advisable to take both.

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AvatarRaheem Ahmed answered 3 months ago

Hi Maneet,
I hope you are doing well! BIOLOGY 225 and PHYSIOL 201 are both physiology courses, but they are offered in different departments. BIOLOGY 225 is housed in the Program in Biology and covers both Animal and Human Physiology. It is also a requirement for some majors (e.g. Neuroscience). PHYSIOL 201 is housed in the Molecular and Integrative Physiology department at UMich Med and it only covers Human Physiology. You definitely do not need to take both and either will prepare you for the MCAT. So, depending on your major and how much time you can give to the course, you can choose one of these courses and it will prepare you well for the MCAT.
Some specific information about the two:
BIOLOGY 225 is 3-credits and has 1-hour lectures 3x per week. PHYSIOL 201 is 4-credits and has 1.5-hour lectures 3x per week and a 1 hour discussion per week. BIOLOGY 225’s entire grade is centered solely around 4 midterms, while PHYSIOL 201’s grade is based off of midterms and homework. Many students have said that PHYSIOL 201 requires more time and effort than BIOLOGY 225, but it is still very doable to be successful in the course.
I hope this information helps! If you have any other questions, feel free to follow up on our Q/A or join our Advising Hours from 6 PM – 10 PM on Sundays – Wednesdays over Zoom!
Raheem, PMH Co-President

AvatarSarah answered 3 months ago

On a related note I was wondering if anyone knows if Bio 225 has recorded lecture. 

AvatarRaheem Ahmed answered 3 months ago

Hi Sarah, 
To my knowledge, BIO 225 does have recorded lectures!

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