I came in with an Intro to Sociology credit from a community college during my senior year of high school. If sociology is required for medical school, would this credit cover it? (appears on my transcript)
Thanks for your question – for the most part, the answer is yes. Most medical schools have the policy that if you have received credit for a course outside your main undergrad institution and it appears on your transcript, they will accept it for the respective required/recommended courses. That being said, if you received credit for an intro sociology class, it might be of interest to take another upper level sociology class during your time at Michigan (Soc 302 and 475 are popular ones for pre-health students). It is also worth noting that very few medical schools require a sociology class to be taken – though it is beneficial for MCAT prep to have taken at least an intro soc course before. You will still have to supplement your studies with other social science courses to fulfill the requirements/recommendations of some medical schools, though. Additionally, some medical schools have strict requirements on how long ago certain prerequisites have to have been taken, so if they did require a soc class, it would be worth it to note what their policies are on this. Overall, I always recommend doing a deep dive on some schools of interests’ websites to see what their specific requirements are – this will help you gauge the field, as no medical school is truly the same in terms of their requirements. Please feel free to follow up with any further questions!
-Owen, PMH Co-President