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Help! For Non-Science Majors...??!


Hey guys I am planning on taking A&P 2 and Microbiology this semester but the microbiology has two sections one is regular and the other says for Non-Science Majors...? Does it matter which one I take? Is one supposed to be harder?

Also would you recommend Micro or Chemistry for schools with ADN and BSN programs in TEXAS?

mindofmidwifery, ADN

Specializes in ICU Stepdown.

I don't know for sure, but I'm thinking since nursing is a bachelor's of science degree, you would need to take it for science majors. The non-science major option is probably for people going to school for a liberal arts or business degree and just need a science course for GECs.

Carpediem1012, BSN, RN

Has 7 years experience.

Yep. Could be a watered down version. Though my nursing micro was less in depth than my regular first year micro (was a micro major). Talk to an advisor

pmabraham, BSN, RN

Specializes in Hospice, Palliative Care. Has 3 years experience.

Good day, Clodoveo:

Definitely talk with an advisor. Most nursing programs require a regular (not basic or lighter) microbiology with a lab.

Thank you.

I believe science majors are pre-med and professional science majors like Carpediem1012 was previously. Non science majors would be allied health, such as nursing and occupational therapy.

For example, there's University physics with calculus for science majors and College physics with algebra for non science majors, both have lot's of math. Then there's concept physics, non math based with formulas for reference only, this is watered down, but still demands effort.

I would see your advisor, and don't feel regret if your taking the easier class because it probably will not be easy.


Specializes in LTC.

Since nursing is a science and you will be expected to know about and understand disciplines like Micro and Chemistry, I would advise you take both and not take the easier Micro. Your school may require you take the one for science majors. At a bare minimum, you will need a basic understanding of bacteria, viruses and the like. Chemistry will help when you reach pharmacology. It is never a good idea to look for the easiest route, especially in nursing. Patients' lives will be in your hands.

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

To my knowledge, BSN programs in TX require both micro AND chemistry.... not an either/or. As PP's stated, BSN is a science major. Check with the programs you are applying to - find out their specific requirements.