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McGill Life Science Course Selection Options
fengshui
Posted: May 23, 2009 9:25:31 AM
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Can anyone explain the course selection procedure or direct me to a link? I am aiming for Med School, so I would like to know the (required) courses that I should take.

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Posted: May 23, 2009 12:45:55 PM
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fengshui
Posted: May 23, 2009 2:27:54 PM
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i looked at the Science Freshman Program courses:
ATOC 104 The Earth System / EPSC 104 The Earth System / GEOG 104 The Earth System (3 credits) - The Earth System
BIOL 111 Principlesembarrassmentrganismal Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 112 Cell and Molecular Biology (3 credits)
CHEM 110 General Chemistry 1 (4 credits) (pre/coreq: college-level math and physics)
CHEM 115 Acc Gen Chem: Giants in Sci (4 credits) (pre/coreq: college-level math, chemistry and PHYS 131, or permission of instructor)
CHEM 120 General Chemistry 2 (4 credits) (pre/coreq: college-level math and physics, CHEM 110 is not a prereq)
COMP 202 Intro to Computing 1 (3 credits)
MATH 133 Vectors, Matrices and Geometry (3 credits)
First calculus course, one of:
MATH 139 Calculus (4 credits)
MATH 140 Calculus 1 (3 credits)
MATH 150 Calculus A (4 credits)
Second calculus course, one of:
MATH 141 Calculus 2 (4 credits)
MATH 151 Calculus B (4 credits)
First physics course, one of:
PHYS 101 Intro Physics - Mechanics (4 credits)
PHYS 131 Mechanics and Waves (4 credits) (coreq: Cal 1)
Second physics course, one of:
PHYS 102 Intro Physics-Electromagnetism (4 credits) (prereq: PHYS 101, coreq: Cal 1)
PHYS 142 Electromagnetism & Optics (4 credits) (prereq: PHYS 131, coreq: Cal 2)
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)

I've looked at the prerequisites for some Med Schools, and it states that the applicant must attend some full year courses, and courses with labs. Are any of these prerequisites for Med School? I heard that I need to take at least one full year English course. Is it necessary?

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Gorges26
Posted: May 23, 2009 6:49:53 PM

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A lot of people I knew who were planning to go into life sciences at McGill took MATH 140/141, BIOL 111/112, PHYS 101/102 (or 131/142 if you want) and CHEM 110/120 for first year. They're all half courses, as you can see. So basically a ton of students had calc, chem, bio, and physics all year long.

You can email academic advisers over the summer and they can advise you on what courses to take. Check McGill's website for more info.
fengshui
Posted: May 25, 2009 12:01:52 AM
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I'm still a bit confused about what full year courses are. Can anyone explain or give an example? Thanks.

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mynameismattgotmlgo
Posted: May 25, 2009 1:04:18 AM
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^ The school year is two semesters long. Some courses span both semesters (these are called full-year courses), other courses span only one semester (these are called half-year courses). If you went to a semestered high school, then all the courses you took would have been half-year courses (they lasted only one semester)... unless you consider careers and civics to be two separate courses.

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micheal911
Posted: May 25, 2009 8:12:03 AM

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fengshui wrote:
Can anyone explain the course selection procedure or direct me to a link? I am aiming for Med School, so I would like to know the (required) courses that I should take.

Thanks.



just curious is your name steven?
Is it hard to get a high gpa in McGill?
fengshui
Posted: May 25, 2009 10:44:02 AM
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Nope.

Just another thing though, there are no full year science course offered at McGill during freshman year right? Ah so confused...
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mynameismattgotmlgo
Posted: May 25, 2009 3:27:18 PM
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Just as an FYI, when a med school says it wants, say, a full-year course in calculus, you can fulfill this requirement by taking two half-year courses in calculus (say, calculus I + calculus II).

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fengshui
Posted: May 25, 2009 5:24:50 PM
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Sweet, thanks a lot.

Another thing is, there is a good chance that I won't make it to med school because university is a whole lot harder from what I've heard. I'm planning to decide my career by the end of my freshman year. If my GPA is anywhere lower than 3.5, I'm heading off to physics. How hard would it be to transfer into an engineering program?

I'm looking to attend graduate school to get a PHD/MD (I seriously have no idea what's different between the two) no matter which undergrad program I end up with. What graduate programs are available for physics?

P.S. I'm really into theoretical physics, is there some sort of graduate program for it?

Thanks once again.

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mynameismattgotmlgo
Posted: May 25, 2009 7:51:20 PM
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There's a huge difference between an MD degree and a PhD. An MD allows you to be a physician; a PhD allows you to be a scientist/professor. An MD is the degree you get after successfully completing medical school.

And what you learn in each degree is quite a bit different. MDs learn A LOT about anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, microbiology/immunology, etc, etc... in a classroom/lecture setting. PhDs will learn a lot about one small, specific area of, say, pharmacology (but you can get a PhD in pretty much anything... English, History, Visual Art, you name it) and most of what they learn will be via self-study (i.e. reading journal articles). They also learn A LOT about the fundamentals of research, e.g. statistics, experimental design, laboratory techniques, etc...

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scarboro
Posted: May 25, 2009 9:18:06 PM

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Biggest difference is that MDs make more money.

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mynameismattgotmlgo
Posted: May 26, 2009 12:19:49 AM
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^ Second biggest difference, and as a corollary to that, is that it is considerably more difficult to get into medical school than it is to get into graduate school.

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