Pre-Med Q&ACategory: Scheduling and ClassesScience Classes/GPA
AvatarH asked 7 months ago

I was planning on taking MICRBIOL 415 (Virology), and I was wondering if microbiology courses count towards the science GPA for med schools. 
Also, I’m currently a Sophomore (Junior standing, according to Atlas), but Atlas is saying that most students that take this class are Seniors. Would this class be too difficult as a Sophomore / should I take it in the future? (I completed the pre-req for this course and a lot – but not all – of the “MCAT content courses.”) 

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AvatarCaitlin Alindogan answered 7 months ago

Hello! 
 
Since you have already taken the advisory pre-req for the course (Bio 172) I wouldn’t worry about the class being too hard for you as a sophomore. The workload doesn’t seem super high and the average grade sits at an A-, which is pretty good.
 
MICRBIOL 415 is actually an elective for Microbiology majors. Students tend to take their major electives in junior/senior year, which is why the proportion of seniors in the class is higher. 
 
Best of luck! Let us know if you have anymore questions.
Caitlin, PMH Advisor 

AvatarH answered 7 months ago

Thanks for getting back to me!
I was wondering if microbiology courses also count as biology/science courses for medical school (in terms of GPA).
(Do all biology courses – those with the “BIOLOGY” course names – count towards the science GPA? No matter what the content is?)
Thank you again!

AvatarOwen Doane answered 7 months ago

Hi there,
 
Yes, in general any biology course will count towards the science GPA. I would imagine Micrbiol 415 would definitely fall under this category. Here is a link to the AAMC’s guide to course classifications. 
 
-Owen, PMH Co-President

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