TheAbsoluTurk Posted April 21, 2013 Report Share Posted April 21, 2013 From looking at the UBC calendar I've found out that UBC requires biochemistry majors to take multi-variable calculus. (MATH 200 of the second year on the academic calendar is multi-variable calculus) UBC Biochemistry required courses: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,417 I'm set to go to the University of Alberta in the fall and on the UA calendar, there is no mention of multi-variable calculus as a required course. UA Biochemistry required courses: http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/calendar/Undergrad/Science/Programs/194.html#194.1 So what I'm wondering is if biochemistry requires multi-variable calculus. I'm looking to keep my science electives open for classes related to medicine but if those 'Science Options' on the UA calendar are 'supposed' to be for elementary calculus 2 (logarithmic, hyperbolic integrals) and then multi-variable calculus, then I don't want to make the mistake of just talking elementary calculus 1 (derivatives and integrals.) So what I'm asking is: does a biochemistry bachelor of science degree require knowledge of math beyond the integral and derivative? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Flow Cytometry Posted April 21, 2013 Report Share Posted April 21, 2013 Being a UBC Biochem grad, I can tell you that, no, it should not require any difficult calculus for biochemistry. The only time I remember using some integral calculus was the physical chemistry part, which may not be even in the required curriculum of biochem now (double check that). In fact, calculus is not useful for biochem overall. From looking at the UBC calendar I've found out that UBC requires biochemistry majors to take multi-variable calculus. (MATH 200 of the second year on the academic calendar is multi-variable calculus) So what I'm asking is: does a biochemistry bachelor of science degree require knowledge of math beyond the integral and derivative? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

Adversary Posted April 21, 2013 Report Share Posted April 21, 2013 Agreed. It's useless. Just a hoop to jump through for UBC Biochemistry. Being a UBC Biochem grad, I can tell you that, no, it should not require any difficult calculus for biochemistry. The only time I remember using some integral calculus was the physical chemistry part, which may not be even in the required curriculum of biochem now (double check that). In fact, calculus is not useful for biochem overall. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

D-Rock Posted April 21, 2013 Report Share Posted April 21, 2013 Vote number three for useless and unnecessary, from a former grad. I was dumb enough to think I'd take extra courses that would be "good for my learning", like MATH 317 and more advanced calculus, but that was a big mistake. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

TheAbsoluTurk Posted April 21, 2013 Author Report Share Posted April 21, 2013 Vote number three for useless and unnecessary, from a former grad. I was dumb enough to think I'd take extra courses that would be "good for my learning", like MATH 317 and more advanced calculus, but that was a big mistake. Agreed. It's useless. Just a hoop to jump through for UBC Biochemistry. Being a UBC Biochem grad, I can tell you that, no, it should not require any difficult calculus for biochemistry. The only time I remember using some integral calculus was the physical chemistry part, which may not be even in the required curriculum of biochem now (double check that). In fact, calculus is not useful for biochem overall. Thank you all for your responses. I'll try and fill my science electives with courses related to medicine exclusively. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

moab Posted April 21, 2013 Report Share Posted April 21, 2013 Have you taken, or will you take, single variable calculus (Calc I and II)? If so, honestly, multivariable calculus isn't too much more work. You just apply the basics that you learned in the first year. Don't be put off just because it sounds challenging - you may do really well! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

murphy303 Posted April 22, 2013 Report Share Posted April 22, 2013 From looking at the UBC calendar I've found out that UBC requires biochemistry majors to take multi-variable calculus. (MATH 200 of the second year on the academic calendar is multi-variable calculus) UBC Biochemistry required courses: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,417 I'm set to go to the University of Alberta in the fall and on the UA calendar, there is no mention of multi-variable calculus as a required course. UA Biochemistry required courses: http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/calendar/Undergrad/Science/Programs/194.html#194.1 So what I'm wondering is if biochemistry requires multi-variable calculus. I'm looking to keep my science electives open for classes related to medicine but if those 'Science Options' on the UA calendar are 'supposed' to be for elementary calculus 2 (logarithmic, hyperbolic integrals) and then multi-variable calculus, then I don't want to make the mistake of just talking elementary calculus 1 (derivatives and integrals.) So what I'm asking is: does a biochemistry bachelor of science degree require knowledge of math beyond the integral and derivative? I did a biochem degree and also studied multivariable calculus. You don't need the calculus to do biochemistry, I do it because I was also studying applied science. If you want to get a leg up for medical school, study some pharmacology (antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics), gross anatomy, and physiology (probably most useful). Renal, cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology are most useful in 1st year medicine. Good luck Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

TheAbsoluTurk Posted April 22, 2013 Author Report Share Posted April 22, 2013 Have you taken, or will you take, single variable calculus (Calc I and II)? If so, honestly, multivariable calculus isn't too much more work. You just apply the basics that you learned in the first year. Don't be put off just because it sounds challenging - you may do really well! I took Calculus 12 in high school. But it was during summer school. So I know the product and quotient rules as well as some integration. But my teacher said what he taught is nothing compared to university calculus. I originally intended to study engineering but I didn't get in so I'm going for biochemistry with the intention to go to medical school. I'm willing to do advanced calculus and linear algebra but I want to concentrate on courses that will prepare me for medical school and MCAT. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

TheAbsoluTurk Posted April 22, 2013 Author Report Share Posted April 22, 2013 I did a biochem degree and also studied multivariable calculus. You don't need the calculus to do biochemistry, I do it because I was also studying applied science. If you want to get a leg up for medical school, study some pharmacology (antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics), gross anatomy, and physiology (probably most useful). Renal, cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology are most useful in 1st year medicine. Good luck I already had anatomy and physiology in my plans but I didn't think about pharmacology. Thanks for the suggestion. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

leviathan Posted April 22, 2013 Report Share Posted April 22, 2013 There's a pathology course at UBC as well that anyone can take. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...

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