I just got a 'D' in this semester's Biochemistry class. Has anyone ever gotten into vet school with this dismal grade on their transcript? I hope someone can cheer me up. I feel sick.
I got a F in a prereq, turned around the next quarter and got an A, so you jsut gotta retake it and don't give up!I just got a 'D' in this semester's Biochemistry class. Has anyone ever gotten into vet school with this dismal grade on their transcript? I hope someone can cheer me up. I feel sick.
That's definitely a possibility as far as I know Fs are concerned. I know some schools do "F forgiveness" but I've not heard of the same possibility with Ds.I got a F in a prereq, turned around the next quarter and got an A, so you jsut gotta retake it and don't give up!
Hey VeganChick...I'm sorry to hear that! I know you are probably beating yourself up over it, but don't. I'm sure you did your absolute best, and Biochem at each college is not created equal. I took it at my undergrad, Ohio State and it was pretty easy. Go Bucs! Then years later, I took it because it had been so long here in Cali and it was unbelieveably hard, so don't think that it'll end your chances! Nope! You'll be fine. It's def. not the end of the world, but should be taken over the summer, before your new VMCAS is turned in, and get a tutor or whatever you need to make it a good A or B. I actually got into 4 schools with a flaming "F" on my transcript. I took the class over and got an A and addressed it. It truly is not the end of the world. Biochem is hard and sometimes really,really hard if you have a difficult professor, so get back in there. P.S: Go onto Amazon and look in the review section of biochem books for anything that will help you simplify the material! I find reviews on books really help me pick out good ones. Feel free to email me at [email protected] if you need some help! Good Luck!I just got a 'D' in this semester's Biochemistry class. Has anyone ever gotten into vet school with this dismal grade on their transcript? I hope someone can cheer me up. I feel sick.
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Not a possibility...it happened. I did not get any "forgiveness" (that F is still on my transcript, and I take responsibility for it.) I just repeated the class the very next quarter and got an A. I was asked about it in a couple of my interviews, they did not have a problem with my explaination.That's definitely a possibility as far as I know Fs are concerned. I know some schools do "F forgiveness" but I've not heard of the same possibility with Ds.
Either way, the D has to be listed on your VMCAS and will probably count in a science GPA. I can't imagine a school wouldn't let you retake the class, but they might not take the D off your official GPA. Mine did, but I still had to put low grades on the VMCAS. (And the crazy school still let me in ).That's definitely a possibility as far as I know Fs are concerned. I know some schools do "F forgiveness" but I've not heard of the same possibility with Ds.
I know how you feel. I just got my grades yesterday and ended with a D+. I am so sick to my stomach its not even funny. I dont even know were to begin. This semester was a really bad semester but there is nothing that can be done about it know. I would retake but they dont offer it over the summer and I am crammed on time. It has come to a reality that the idea of vet school is slipping away so I have looked into other graduate programs but I am afrai this grade is really going to kill me. Anyways I terrible as it sounds I am glad that some one has had to deal with this(and that I am not the only one) but on the other hand I am not becuase I know how terrible it feels. Good luck and you will be fine.
Actually most schools will cut you out even without looking at you total GPA, because you did not pass a prereq (not sure about them considering you having it listed as a fall class to take). In my situation, it was my first quarter in college, and I had repeated the class long before applying.Yeah, this is probably more important to take care of than getting animal experience. Certainly try to balance the two, but if it comes down to one or the other... I'd pick re-taking the class. Just my opinion, though. It's true that VMCAS wants a GPA at time of application, so if the D brings you down, you'd want it to go back up again before you submitted the app at the end of September.
Edit: In case you aren't sure what we mean by "take you out of the running on the front end," I should point out that (most) schools do an initial sort by GPA/GRE. So a lower GPA could get you in the "pbbt" pile. And they wouldn't look at the rest of your application at all. Of course, maybe your GPA is still pretty good and you wouldn't need to worry about it - that might be a different situation.
Wow...I'm sorry that happened to you. I can't believe the professor wouldn't let you drop the class!I dropped Biochem before ever going to a class, then found out at the end of the semester that my name was still on the roster. My prof. wouldn't let me drop, and I pulled a miracle D-. Took it again and got a B+.
Bottom line, you need to retake the class and do well.
The only reason I wish I'd done the graduate version is now I am applying to grad schools and it would be nice to carry this credit with me to grad school. The grad version just adds on a more technical final paper (if memory serves).I really wish I could take it "in person" this summer, but in my case, the experience is pretty important too. One of the Directors of Admission, after I was turned down, told me that I really need to expand my animal experience from small animal and I am going to be able to do that, so...
But, I am going to take that online course, so much thanks for pointing it out, DrKsomeday! Question though...why do you wish you had taken the graduate instead of the undergraduate version? Aren't they the same (except for the cost?)
Hope springs eternal!!
I took graduate biochem and it counted. One of the courses from my masters also counted as my microbio, so grad courses do count. (Though, it's always a good idea to call the schools you'll apply to just to double check.)However, in your case and probable in my own if I thought about it awhile, the course needs to be an undergrad level to count as a pre-requisite typically. To be certain check with the vet schools.
I'd reconsider taking the summer session. You want this fixed before you apply. It won't matter what the fall grades are if the schools you apply to take you out of the running on the front end. I am not trying to sound harsh, just telling you that I think it is important you take the class now. I think you can still get some valuable experience in while taking just one class. Summer sessions are usually over in just one month anyway.