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Is Micro harder/easier than A&P?

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Ok, I just finished up an 8 week course of A&P 1, and have started an 8 week course of A&P2. I am considering taking Microbiology in a summer session (which is also 8 weeks) but am curious - is micro more difficult than A&P?

I don't know a lot about it, what's covered, how lab is, etc. So I'm wondering if it's manageable.

I'd love your input.

Thanks!

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Is it necessary to have chemistry prior to micro? I don't need chemistry for my school.

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The only prerequisite for micro is the first biology, not chem. This is mostly an opinion, but I'll give my answer anyways.

Micro is different than A&P. I believe it's easier because you will be familiar with some of the things brought up from bio in microbiology, like the Krebs cycle, DNA replication, etc. Also, I feel that A&P is more of an application class than micro.

The first part of lab is doing various bacterial stains (Gram Stain, Spore Stain, Negative Stain, Acid-Fast Stain, etc.) and observing them with microscopes. It's pretty interesting. The second part is mostly immunization I think. This, and the difficulty of the course, all depend on your university and professor though.

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I haven't had biology or chemistry, but was able to make an A in the 8 week A&P lab and lecture. Do you think it's possible to do well without general biology?

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I haven't had biology or chemistry, but was able to make an A in the 8 week A&P lab and lecture. Do you think it's possible to do well without general biology?

You've never taken any kind of bio? You can't enroll in micro here without bio. I think someone who has done that would be better at answering that than me.

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Nope, no bio. It is an optional suggestion for A&P but my professor felt with a 4.0 I'd do fine. It wasn't easy, but I did it. I'm hoping to do the same in micro, but worried.

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I'm taking anatomy/physiology 2 and microbiology together this semester. So far, I think that Micro has a lot memorization. You are learning about bacteria, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, fungi, algae, protoza, etc. (replication, growth, diseases, types etc)

Its the lab is very interesting. I think its similar in terms of how hard it is to a/p2, but i do not think its "easier". Both subjects require memorization. So far, I aced all the exams.

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I'm taking anatomy/physiology 2 and microbiology together this semester. So far, I think that Micro has a lot memorization. You are learning about bacteria, prokaryotes, eukaryotes, fungi, algae, protoza, etc. (replication, growth, diseases, types etc)

Its the lab is very interesting. I think its similar in terms of how hard it is to a/p2, but i do not think its "easier". Both subjects require memorization. So far, I aced all the exams.

Do you feel it's necessary to have had Biology or Chemistry as a pre-req?

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Wow, A&P 1 in 8 weeks! Congrats on the A!

I personally though Micro was easy compared to A&P. As others have commented, it is just memorization. I had taken a basic biology class prior though. I don't think you will have a problem if you did so well in A&P. I found that a lot of the early course work is nearly identical. You begin with basic chemistry, move to the anatomy of a cell, and discuss how the cell makes energy. You will find later that the immunity units are similar. I particularly enjoyed learning about various bacteria from the perspective of the bacteria trying to live in a host (in Micro) and as a disorder in the human body (in A&P)

Again, I'm sure a good student like you will do fine :D

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lifelearningrn has 4 years experience as a RN and specializes in School Nursing.

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So far I think A/P is harder.. I find Micro to be more engaging, especially the labs. My teacher is awesome though, and I'm sure that makes all the difference. I LOVE Micro actually- it's fun. :)

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The actual material in micro didn't seem hard to understand, but the class was bordering on the ridiculous due to our extremely cocky, unorganized, intelligible, and lazy instructor.

A&P seems easier to me because our instructor is very engaging and has a sincere interest in sharing his passion for both teaching and the subject at hand.

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Whether or not bio or chem are prerequisites depends on your school. Of course, there are some schools out there that don't have a prerequisite for micro.

For me, I had to take chem before enrolling in micro. I think a bio background would help for understanding basic stuff like DNA replication, transcription and synthesis. I haven't taken general bio, but I already have A&P 1 under my belt. That has certainly helped me with my understanding of micro a little better.

However, it's not a tragedy if you don't have a bio background. Just study and you will be fine :)

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