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Organic chemistry lab grade as important as lecture grade?

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by frozentears, May 15, 2008.

  1. frozentears

    frozentears 2+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2007
    Do medical schools look at organic chemistry lab grades as closely as lecture grades?
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  3. Isoprop

    Isoprop Fascinating, tell me more 5+ Year Member

    Oct 15, 2007

    but it's not as important for your gpa b/c it probably has a lower # of credits/units.
  4. John A Zoidberg

    John A Zoidberg Banned

    Apr 15, 2008
    If you're in a state u system where the state undergrad schools give a large number of A's and B's in organic lab (and few A's in lecture), then I imagine the lab being of less importance since the majority have B+/A whereas a far lesser number are so for the lecture. If you're in a system known to have a lab equally as hard as the lecture, then the importance of the lab grade increases.... somewhat intuitive. Might help if we knew whether or not you're part of a large state system.
  5. TheRealMD

    TheRealMD "The Mac Guy" 5+ Year Member

    May 23, 2007
    Houston, Texas
    Schools rarely look at individual grades because it doesn't mean much. It's consistent performance over time that matters more.
  6. paranoid_eyes

    paranoid_eyes 2+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2006
    umm....i don't know what state you're referring to, but ochem and gchem labs at my state school were fairly hard and most people got C's...
  7. UVAbme2009

    UVAbme2009 5+ Year Member

    Jan 26, 2008
    Lab is infinitely harder at UVA than lecture is. The concepts are actually very easy. The lab reports are a breeze to write, even though they are detailed. But when you get to a final that has half of its questions in the form of "Which of these are/are not involved in the synthesis of X", and the answers are always A,B,C, A and B, A, B and C, then you run into problems. Especially when the average of the class is set to a C, and pretty much whatever you get on the final is what you get in the class. I got an A- in both lectures, and a B and B- in the labs. Go figure.

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