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One of the pre-req for UBC Med is 6 credits of English which is equivalent to 1 credit at UTSC. As I will be choosing my courses in mid-July, which English(s) should I take to fulfill this pre-req?

 

Personally, I do not like Shakespeare or literature analysis in general, and I am quite bad at writing (only 82% in grade 12 English).

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People have praised the first year English courses taught by G. Leonard, ENGA10 and ENGA11, you could consider those. ENGB05 could prove to be useful in terms of the MCAT, but it looks pretty intense.

 

Thanks for the reply.

 

Both ENGA10 and ENGA11 are "introduction to 20th century literature". Is there anything I should prepare in advance to handle these courses? Or anything in general for me to "write better", especially for MCAT?

 

ENGB05 may not be a good option for its difficulty (I am 100% sure my GPAs would be lowered by this course).

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Just went over the calendar for specialist neuroscience and find out that I will only have two spare courses in one same semester.

 

BIOA01H Introductory Biology: Part I

BIOA02H Introductory Biology: Part II

CHMA10H Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding

CHMA11H Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms

PSYA01H Introductory Psychology: Part I

PSYA02H Introductory Psychology: Part II

[MATA30H Calculus I or (MATA20H) Calculus A]

[PHYA10H Physics IA or PHYA11H Physics IB]

 

The bolded ones are calculus and physics required to be taken together.

 

So, to fulfill the English pre-req, is it possible to take ENGA10H and ENGA11H together in one same semester?

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ENGA10 and ENGA11 are offered in different semesters I believe (ENGA11 in the winter)

 

I also need 2 courses for English and I'm leaning towards ENGA11 and ENGB04 (critical thinking about Poetry) taught by Tysdal who I heard was pretty good.

 

In general, I'm also a bit wary of taking these English courses as well due to the its effect on my GPA ;) but I guess I'll have to!

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ENGA10 and ENGA11 are offered in different semesters I believe (ENGA11 in the winter)

 

I also need 2 courses for English and I'm leaning towards ENGA11 and ENGB04 (critical thinking about Poetry) taught by Tysdal who I heard was pretty good.

 

In general, I'm also a bit wary of taking these English courses as well due to the its effect on my GPA ;) but I guess I'll have to!

 

There is critical thinking about poetry, about narrative, and about literature, of which the literature requires the co-requisite of poetry and narrative and is limited enrollment.

Since it's a year 2 course, I am afraid that it will be a serious GPA killer :(

But yah, we will have to take those anyhow...

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There is critical thinking about poetry, about narrative, and about literature, of which the literature requires the co-requisite of poetry and narrative and is limited enrollment.

Since it's a year 2 course, I am afraid that it will be a serious GPA killer :(

But yah, we will have to take those anyhow...

 

Don't worry about the 'year 2 course' thing since many of the English courses are year 2 anyways. Take statistics for example, a year 2 course which is among one of the easier courses in our uni

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Don't worry about the 'year 2 course' thing since many of the English courses are year 2 anyways. Take statistics for example, a year 2 course which is among one of the easier courses in our uni

 

Maybe I will just take the combination of critical thinking about narrative and about literature together, if there are spaces left.

 

Also, there is this requirement of 1 full-course equivalent of social science, humanity, or language. Since I am in neuroscience, I would have half credit from Intro Psychology Part II and am planning to take Intro Japanese Part I as the other half.

 

However, I heard Japanese was cut at UTSC. Is this true? Also, if Japanese is not an option, what other courses can I take to fulfill this pre-req?

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Maybe I will just take the combination of critical thinking about narrative and about literature together, if there are spaces left.

 

Also, there is this requirement of 1 full-course equivalent of social science, humanity, or language. Since I am in neuroscience, I would have half credit from Intro Psychology Part II and am planning to take Intro Japanese Part I as the other half.

 

However, I heard Japanese was cut at UTSC. Is this true? Also, if Japanese is not an option, what other courses can I take to fulfill this pre-req?

 

Religions, health studies, sociology are common ones that people take.

 

From what I've heard, Intro Sociology I is an extremely easy course

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Religions, health studies, sociology are common ones that people take.

 

From what I've heard, Intro Sociology I is an extremely easy course

 

Thanks for the information.

 

One more question, how do you know if a course is offered in a semester?

 

My plan for now is to take Intro Sociology I and Intro Japanese I during the fall term, Calculus I and Physics IB in the winter term, and two English in the summer term. It would be very problematic if any of these courses are not offered however as I will have to devise another course outline:(

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Are you going into first year neuroscience? [i'm in neuroscience too!]

 

To see what courses are offered and when, check the utsc timetable (although they've been messing with it lately - they keep changing times and profs) so it might be too early to make a firm decision, but you'll get an idea for what course if offered in what semester.

Just google 'utsc timetable' or use this link

http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~registrar/index.php?mod=scheduling&req=timetable&sess=&course2=&submit2

 

ps. so then are you taking physics/calc as an elective?

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Are you going into first year neuroscience? [i'm in neuroscience too!]

 

To see what courses are offered and when, check the utsc timetable (although they've been messing with it lately - they keep changing times and profs) so it might be too early to make a firm decision, but you'll get an idea for what course if offered in what semester.

Just google 'utsc timetable' or use this link

http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~registrar/index.php?mod=scheduling&req=timetable&sess=&course2=&submit2

 

ps. so then are you taking physics/calc as an elective?

 

For specialist neuroscience, physics and calc are required first year.

Would you recommend going into specialist or major programs? Specialist program is FLOODED with tons of courses related to neuroscience with minimum numbers of electives available (there are 10 required courses for third year!!!). Although I do enjoy the half biology and half psychology perspective of neuroscience (biopsychosocial model, lol), I am quite nervous for the possible heavy courseload.

 

As for my electives, I would have two electives in the winter term first year. I am planning to take English (Intro to 20th century Lit? Critical Thinknig about Lit and Narrative?), Sociology (if available), or Philosophy (Reason and Truth? no previous knowledge though). Any advice on easy electives?

 

Also, do the science courses come with labs always? Say for Physics IA, is the lab a separate course or included?

 

Thanks.

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Woah, dodged a bullet there, physics and calc weren't required last year.

In terms of whether to do a specialist of major, it's up to you. I've ended up going with neuroscience as a major: A) because I've gained a lot of interest in mental health studies/psychology, and B) because of the workload - to much chemistry for me (lol).

Do what you feel you can manage, and don't overkill. How do you feel about chemistry? are you comfortable doing general, organic, and biochemistry? Do the other required courses interest you? You're right, you don't want a heavy course load. However, if you can handle it, then you don't have anything to worry about.

 

In terms of electives, I haven't taken any of the one's you've listed. Though I'll end up taking english(20th cent.) and philosophy(perhaps intro to ethics or biomedical ethics), so I can't offer any advice on those. Though, i do suggest anthropology. They were relatively easy courses, scored pretty good grades, didn't require too much effort. I found Part II (Society and culture) was more interesting- for me.

 

As for the science courses, yes all of the one's listed for first year include a lab. Some second year courses don't, but you don't have to worry about that just yet.

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Woah, dodged a bullet there, physics and calc weren't required last year.

In terms of whether to do a specialist of major, it's up to you. I've ended up going with neuroscience as a major: A) because I've gained a lot of interest in mental health studies/psychology, and B) because of the workload - to much chemistry for me (lol).

Do what you feel you can manage, and don't overkill. How do you feel about chemistry? are you comfortable doing general, organic, and biochemistry? Do the other required courses interest you? You're right, you don't want a heavy course load. However, if you can handle it, then you don't have anything to worry about.

 

In terms of electives, I haven't taken any of the one's you've listed. Though I'll end up taking english(20th cent.) and philosophy(perhaps intro to ethics or biomedical ethics), so I can't offer any advice on those. Though, i do suggest anthropology. They were relatively easy courses, scored pretty good grades, didn't require too much effort. I found Part II (Society and culture) was more interesting- for me.

 

As for the science courses, yes all of the one's listed for first year include a lab. Some second year courses don't, but you don't have to worry about that just yet.

 

I chose the specialist program mainly for its co-op option. As for chemistry, I've done grade 12 chem and AP chem and can't really say if I am interested (at least I don't find them boring). Those courses, however, are required for UBC Med, so I will need to take them regardless.

 

I will consider more on the available electives, hopefully finding ones that are easy...

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