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Chem I & Chem II in the same semester?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by ndb, May 11, 2007.

  1. ndb


    May 2, 2007
    Denton, Texas
    Is it possible to take Chem I and Chem II in the same semester? I am not sure if Chem I builds onto Chem II or not. Has anyone done this?
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  3. spicedmanna

    spicedmanna Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

  4. kakashi74

    kakashi74 2+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2006
    Chem II builds on to Chem I.

    The only way I can see someone doing this is if you already have a good chem background(maybe AP chem in high school) and you need Chem I for the credit. Some med schools don't accept AP so you would have to take both in college. Therefore if you are in a hurry you could take both at the same time, provided you get departmental approval.
  5. y8507

    y8507 2+ Year Member

    Nov 12, 2006
    you should find out from someone who took them at your school. i'm sure the curricula differ between programs. if you have a decent chem background (took AP in hs or something), then it seems doable to me.
  6. panther42

    panther42 7+ Year Member

    Oct 12, 2006
    i did this, but i agree, you better have a good chem background.
  7. sejin8642

    sejin8642 5+ Year Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    That is doable if you have solid background in Chem. But some schools don't allow students to take chem 2 skipping chem 1.
  8. paranoid_eyes

    paranoid_eyes 2+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    the way my school does it, genchem 1 is a prereq for genchem2, HOWEVER, genchem2 is not really building on genchem1.

    genchem1: basics, stoichiometry, acid/base, lewis structures, other stuff i can't remember

    genchem2: thermo, kinetics, organic nomenclature, electrochem, other stuff i can't really remember
  9. On3H34rT

    On3H34rT Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Do not do it. They call Chem I a Prereq for Chem II for a reason.
  10. scrubsaresexy

    scrubsaresexy 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    podunk, md
    It might be doable depending on your school, but it'll probably make that semester really suck.
  11. docmode

    docmode Member 5+ Year Member

    Jan 18, 2006
    Can you take Chem I this summer then Chem II this fall?
  12. On3H34rT

    On3H34rT Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Apr 9, 2006
    Yes you could do that. Remember though that sciences courses in the summer require quite a bit of work. Someone may have to verify this, but I have heard the worse.
  13. Karnage

    Karnage 2+ Year Member

    Apr 28, 2007
    Wouldn't be possible at my school. I would say at least 75% of the Chem II material builds on material learned in Chem I.
  14. wongb18c

    wongb18c Lucky dumb med student 5+ Year Member

    May 13, 2007
    It's from my experience that taking a science class in the summer isn't worth it because they cram through the material like crazy (at least my university does). Unless you're prepared to allocate most of your time to that one class or if you had the material before and have it down solid but you just need the credit or pre-req, I wouldn't recommend taking it during the summer. Just my opinion.

    Also, a little bit off topic, but I have a question..

    Reading through the posts I saw someone mentioning AP credits. I had no idea med schools even looked at AP. I have AP Calc AB and Physics B and C AP credits... I scored 5 on those three exams... I got the equivalent credit for those classes at my university, but my question is will that help me in anyway at all when applying for a med school?

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