Useful and interesting UBC Courses and Electives for premeds

Thanks to the reader who asked this question: “What electives do you recommend for someone interested in a health profession such as medicine, pharmacy, etc?” I titled this post “for premeds” but this probably applies to students interested in pharmacy, optometry, etc as well! I also named this courses and electives because what was an elective for me may be a required course for you.

Full disclosure: I am not an expert and in no way a premed advisor. I’m just another student but since this was a popular question, I wanted to share my experience with my classes so far.

These were electives I took and found incredibly useful for the MCAT. By already learning this information in depth, studying for the MCAT will be freeze. I strongly believe that these courses help you help a solid science foundation that you will draw upon when taking high level courses.

  • PHYS 117 – Physics: Kinematics, forces, etc
  • PHYS 118 – Physics: Magnetism, electricity
  • BIOC 202 – Medical Biochemistry
  • CHEM 205 – Physical Chemistry
  • CHEM 233  – Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 235 –  OChem Lab
  • PSYC 101 – Biological Psychology
  • SOCI 102 –  Sociology, Social Change, Institutions
  • BIOL 112 – Cell Bio
  • BIOL 200 – More advanced cell Bio (this was REALLY useful)
  • BIOL 260 Physiology

Classes that you’ll probably also find interesting if you’re interested in healthcare and medicine and diseases and all that great stuff

  • PSYC 101 – Biological Psychology
  • MICB 202 Immunology and Microbiology (diseases and stuff – very cool class)
  • MICB 302  More Immunology
  • BIOL 260 Animal and Plant Physio
  • CAPS 301 Human Physio
  • PCTH 201 Intro Pharmacology
  • PCTH 300 or 305 Pharmacology
  • PSYC 304 Neuroscience
  • CAPS 391 and 390 Anatomy  (though if you’re in Kinesiology, it’s supposed to be very similar to courses you have already taken)
  • CLST 301 Medical Terminology – greek and latin!
  • PATH 375 Human Pathology – Dr. Nimmo makes pathology class so interesting that 3 hours speed by.
  • ISCI 350 Darwinian Medicine

Please recommend any classes that I don’t know about!


Wish you all a fantastic start to the school year!


One thought on “Useful and interesting UBC Courses and Electives for premeds”

  1. Hi Shanna,

    I have been reading your posts about UBC advice and I have been loving it! You seem to truly know your stuff.

    Currently, I am a first-year student (just started this month), so naturally, I am curious about all sorts of things.

    How are Anki flashcards working for you?
    How do you keep track of assignments from all of your classes?
    Do you find blogging to be helpful to your personal growth?



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