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liked organic=liked biochem

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by IdoDrugs, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. if i liked organic chemistry because its not alot of memorization (i dont think it is, i try to study to understand mechanisms very well and really enjoy questions like "propose a mechanism")...will i most likely hate a year of biochemistry?
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  3. XRanger

    XRanger Junior Member 10+ Year Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I took a quarter of biochem and I enjoyed it. I kinda like ochem too (the synthesis part, hate mechanism).

    biochem is different though, there's tons of memorization, memorizing all the pathways and structures might be a bit overwhelming at first but once you see the big picture, it's not that bad.
  4. DocBR

    DocBR MS-3 5+ Year Member

    Jan 20, 2007
    What kind of Ochem class did you take? I memorized the mechanics over the mechanisms too, but still, there is a LOT of rote memorization that has nothing to do with electron pushing and what attacks, where, etc.

    I am taking biochem now and am enjoying it. There is a lot of memorization (less than Ochem IMO) but learning how things actually work in the living world is a lot more interesting than in the Ochem laboratory world.
  5. Falco2525

    Falco2525 5+ Year Member

    Jun 3, 2006
    Biochem is taught in different ways and depends on the teacher...some focus more on the biological aspects while others the chemical aspects....the one i took focused more on the chemical aspects and we had to memorize how to draw insane compounds for no reason (no not the amino acids more like carboxypeptidase etc)...
  6. AnEyeLikeMars

    AnEyeLikeMars Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 2, 2005
    Carrboro, NC
    I took a semester of Biochem. I found the first 2/3 to be concept driven (enzyme kinetics, protein folding, biochem of macromolecules), but the last third was pure memorization (energy and metabolism).

    I really enjoyed the course though. It was really hard, but it was interesting to relearn all the biology through a chem perspective.
  7. lina123321

    lina123321 ralph: im a unitard 5+ Year Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    over the rainbow
    i liked organic chem II and also liked biochem (i took organic before biochem)..but at my school, biochem didnt emphasize as much organic chem as i thought it basically stuck to the bio models and pathways..
  8. njbmd

    njbmd Guest Moderator Emeritus 5+ Year Member

    May 30, 2001
    Gone Walkabout!
    Loved biochemistry (my field of study in graduate school) but was not "carbon-friendly" as an undergraduate chemistry major.
  9. hondapride

    hondapride 2+ Year Member

    Feb 8, 2007
    i abhor ochem, i LOVED biochem. different strokes for different folks
  10. Jccripe

    Jccripe 2+ Year Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    I loved both classes. However, biochem is very different than organic.
  11. munnabhai

    munnabhai Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    I hated orgo with a passion and now I dare not touch any more chem.

    But what do you people say about biochem vs. molbio. Are the topics similar? I was talking to someone and he said that molbio and biochem came together very nicely.
  12. 63768

    63768 Guest 2+ Year Member

    Mar 5, 2005
    wasn't a huge fan of orgo but loved biochem. i think it differs by person.
  13. Stolenspatulas

    Stolenspatulas 2+ Year Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    loved loved loved orgo (need to think to do well)

    hated hated hated biochem (need to commit time to memorize to do well)
  14. Ersatzious

    Ersatzious Mayo MSTP MS1 2+ Year Member

    Oct 26, 2006
    Loathed organic (and it loathed me in turn!), loved biochemistry.
  15. Medikit

    Medikit Plastic Bag Middle Class Physician 10+ Year Member

    May 21, 2004
    I loved organic and I loved biochem. The only students I know who didn't like both didn't really like Biology.
  16. Brown429

    Brown429 Junior Member 2+ Year Member

    Jul 26, 2006
    liked orgo...hate biochem

    depends on teacher and course. covering 28 chapters of biochem in 1 semester (Biochem I & II) in 1 semester makes it suck even more...

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