C- in Gen Chem 1

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I have a question. I made a C- in Gen Chem 1 and a B in Gen Chem 2. Do I have to retake Gen Chem 1? Is a C- a C? I am applying to schools and it says that a minimum of a "C" is required. So I was just wondering is a C- considered a "C" or should I just retake the stupid class over?
 
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I got a C- in Orgo II and did not retake it. I had extenuating circumstances that semester - a very traumatic issue to deal with. I wrote my AMCAS essay about the issue and "subtly" mentioned that it caused my grades to drop that semester. On interviews, I emphasized that my other grades are more reflective of my academic ability. I am sure it hurt me with a bunch of schools that rejected me pre-interview, but I got into my #1 choice.

If you can make a good argument that your C- is an anomaly, and that there is a good reason that you bombed the class (ie death or illness in the family, not just slacking off), then you should be ok. It can't hurt to retake it though.

Good luck!
 
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I also got a C- in Gen Chem II my freshman year, way back in '96. As a post-bac I have received all A's in all pre-reqs. Instead of shelling out money to retake the Chem class, I took Biochemistry and did well. What do people think about this? Can Adcoms forgive such a youthful indiscretion if an upward trend is clear? Also, the schools I'm looking at don't mention the "nothing less than a C is acceptable" rule. To which schools are you referring?
 

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Do you feel comfortable applying to medical school with that kind of grade in a required science course?

Disagree. It's gen chem. Probably taken at the beginning of the kid's college career. It's a C-. It isn't going to make an ounce of difference if there's an upward trend, A's in upper division, good MCAT, blah blah blah.
 

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I got a C- in gen chem II, and I didn't retake it. However, I had to take analytical chem as part of my major, and it was basically gen chem III: fun with the henderson-hasselbach equation. I did alright in that class and didn't retake gen chem.

My best advice would be to call around and ask schools if you need to retake it, but I don't see it being too much of a problem especially if your grades have improved since then. I had a whole string of Cs in chemistry on my transcript, and didn't retake every class.

Best of luck to you. :)
 

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Hi there,

Since last posting, I've been emailing various schools and am currently awaiting responses...It will take awhile to hear from everybody, but thus far, I've been okay'd by the following:

Albany
Loyola
Southern Illinois University
Rush

Thanks for your replies!
 

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Well I started college the summer I graduated high school and attendend in the Fall. I couldnt go in the spring because of financial reasons and then I went back in the summer and took classes. I have 31 credits from that school. I transferred and Im taking Ochem 1 and doing fairly well. I checked with my premed advisor and my school is offering an online Gen Chem 1 class this summer should I just retake it? I feel like Im wasting my money because I know all of it. But my premed advisor is harping on me to take it because she says I cant get into med school with a C- in Gen Chem. She gets on my nerves.
 

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Originally posted by bubbajones
Well I started college the summer I graduated high school and attendend in the Fall. I couldnt go in the spring because of financial reasons and then I went back in the summer and took classes. I have 31 credits from that school. I transferred and Im taking Ochem 1 and doing fairly well. I checked with my premed advisor and my school is offering an online Gen Chem 1 class this summer should I just retake it? I feel like Im wasting my money because I know all of it. But my premed advisor is harping on me to take it because she says I cant get into med school with a C- in Gen Chem. She gets on my nerves.

A lot of med schools don't accept online courses. I would check with the school your interested in so you don't waste your money.
 
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