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4 "c"s in pre-req's and still have great sci gpa

Discussion in 'Medical Students - DO' started by Rae_Kel, Apr 28, 2001.

  1. Rae_Kel

    Rae_Kel New Member

    Apr 27, 2001
    Berkeley, CA
    I heard a rumour. But, I am not sure if it is true.

    A classmate stated, "You can have 4 "c"s in your pre-med req's, as long as your sci gpa is not affected. If this is true one can rely on upper division science courses and college science courses taken for humanities majors and still get a great BCPM gpa.

    I have a feeling that the 4 'c's in the req's don't look good. Please tell. Thanks

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  3. Aloha Kid

    Aloha Kid Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 9, 2001
    I can definitely tell you that a C doesn't look good in any pre-req courses. When in doubt strive for a B+ or better, However, if I did get a C I would want it to be in something like English or Psychology rather that O-Chem or Physiology. That's just my opinion.
  4. Steev2000

    Steev2000 Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 7, 2001
    i had a few C's(i don't remember how many exactly) and was still accepted to three of the five schools that i applied to and wait-listed at another. i know a couple were in sciences too, so don't worry about it. but you may get asked about it and will need to be able to give a plausible explanation. good luck!
  5. Dr.No

    Dr.No Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    I had the misfortune of getting four C's, all in chemistry courses, so this really lowered my science GPA. My non-science GPA was fine, these clases are easy anyways.
  6. Besyonek

    Besyonek Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 13, 2000

    If your sci gpa is >3.5 or so, you *should* be o.k. The fact that the four Cs are all in chem may be interpreted as a weakness in this area, however. I had 2 Cs, both in chem, but got into several schools. I have no doubt, however, that I lost interviews because of those two Cs, even though my sci gpa was about 3.6. Is there an option of retaking any of these courses and improving your grade? Do you have other, non-C grades in chem classes?

    Be prepared to explain these grades, either in your personal statement or at interviews.

    Good luck.
  7. Sunlyght

    Sunlyght Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2000
    Los Angeles

    Are you in at a med school?
  8. Cobragirl

    Cobragirl Hoohaa helper ;) 10+ Year Member

    Aug 18, 2000
    In residency HELL
    I got straight "C's" in General and O-Chem....still got accepted (I think I may have gotten a C in Genetics too...but I don't remember). The point is that you CAN get in with C's. Just keep your GPA high and try to take "other" courses to show that those C's aren't a trend. For me, I took Biochem I & II, got A's and that seemed to do the trick!

    Good Luck!
  9. Dr.No

    Dr.No Member 7+ Year Member

    Apr 26, 2001
    My science GPA was 2.9 where (A=4) I only got one interview, and one acceptance. I was lucky to be accepted on my first try...
  10. Sunlyght

    Sunlyght Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Dec 13, 2000
    Los Angeles
    congrats to cobragirl and Dr. No

    Cobra, your going to school in florida right? which one?

    and Dr. No,
    which school did you get accepted to?

    Hope I'm not prying... :)
  11. Atlas

    Atlas Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Feb 27, 2001
    Columbus, OH
    Hi. This question is for everyone who posted their acceptances with low sci GPAs. I'm curious what schools you applied to and what other credentials you possessed which you feel were influential in your success to gaining admission. Thanks
  12. dcpayne

    dcpayne Member 10+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2001
    Columbia, Missouri
    I have been accepted @ NYCOM and received interviews @ Univ. of Missouri (wait list) and New York Medn (have not heard back yet) in addition to NYCOM. I only had about a 3.2 Science GPA, with C's in two semester of calculus and a C in my 2nd semester of physics. The rest of my grades were B's and A's. The things that I feel were most important in overcoming the mediocre grades were a solid MCAT (with no huge gaps between sectional scores) and hospital work experience. I also think that being a Russian Lit major helped some. Unusual majors and study abroad experience help your app stand out in a crowd of Biochem majors. Just my 2 cents. I'm interested in hearing what everybody else did.
  13. Vince

    Vince Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I had a few C's on my transcript, but did very well in other classes. I did work throughout my undergraduate education 40-60 hours/week though. Sometimes 60+. I still got accepted. Be persistent.

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