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Organic Chemistry vs Biochemistry

Discussion in 'Pre-Medical - MD' started by VickFan, Oct 22, 2004.

  1. VickFan

    VickFan Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    i already got a taste of Organic Chemistry. To me, i think its hard but very doable (it just requires alotta studying and true understanding of the material so that memorizing can be limited to the minimum). and of course- teachers make it harder than it has to be (but then again, u cant blame them for tryin to prepare future med students).

    but i havent taken Biochemistry yet.

    so i was wondering, whats harder? Organic or Biochem?

    btw, just for fun... how would u guys rank the science classes u took in preparation to attend med school (list all the classes, or just the major ones, u took in order of difficulty).

    for me, level of difficulty goes from
    - General Chemistry < Biology/Physics (tied) < Organic Chemistry
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  3. liverotcod

    liverotcod Lieutenant Crunch 10+ Year Member

    Nov 1, 2003
    Physics II > Organic II > Biochem > Physics I > Calculus II > Organic I > GenChem > Cell Bio > Bio 1 & 2
  4. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Organic > Gen chem > physics 2 > biology > physics 1 > calculus
  5. medicomel

    medicomel Purveyor of short posts. 10+ Year Member

    Physics II
    Physics I
    Gen Chem II*
    Calc II
    Calc I
    Organic II
    Organic I
    Bio II
    Bio I

    *Can't remember much about this class overall; I took it in '96 and bombed the final b/c I fell asleep.
  6. rayzer

    rayzer Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 6, 2004
    biochem was definitely harder than ochem for me, but that was due to a cocky, stuck up professor who insisted on keeping the exam averages around 50%. If the professor would have half decent, then I would lean towards ochem being harder.
  7. me.

    me. Member 5+ Year Member

    Sep 18, 2004
    biochem is a stupid pain in the ass when the prof makes you memorize random crap. ochem is easier; it has a logical flow.
  8. musiclink213

    musiclink213 My room is a mess 7+ Year Member

    Oct 20, 2003
    New York
    i just started biochem this sem., but so far, i'm doing better than i did in orgo. but that could be because my orgo 1 prof fell off a horse and broke her collarbone and was out for some time, and everyday for 6 weeks, we had a different prof.
  9. Blake

    Blake 7+ Year Member

    Jun 21, 2004
    Everything is easy, except physics 3 ( waves and nuclear stuff ). Glad I won't be studying that anymore * dances * :D
  10. YzIa

    YzIa Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    Physics II
    Calc I
    Organic II
    Physics I
    Gen Chem II
    Organic I
    Gen Chem I
    General Bio I

    I guess physics II wasn't that hard, but painful, as in I hated it!!!
  11. bdt

    bdt ...slow typer 5+ Year Member

    Jun 8, 2004
    Biochem may be just as hard as Ochem, but it's so much more interesting and applicable to your future. It's a great course (and you'll get to learn the citric acid cycle for the umpteenth time)

    The ranking

    PchemI > Biochem II > Ochem I > PChem II > Calc I, II,III > Ochem II > Any Bio course

    (But I was a biochem major so obviously have a screw loose)
  12. CoverMe

    CoverMe Registered Republican 7+ Year Member

    Dec 4, 2002
    Ochem was req'd for Biochem... so it's kind of hard to rate them. You had to know one, to take the other. I agree with above posters who said that it's applicable to future studies and therefore more interesting. I just wish biochem at my school had a lab... other than micro, it actually seems like the one class where I would actually LIKE to have a lab! :D
  13. dalynn

    dalynn Member 5+ Year Member

    Oct 13, 2004
    Gen Chem<Genetics<Analytical Chem<Gen. Bio<Organic<Physics<Bacteriology<Experimental Human Phys<Biochem

    Take Genetics before you take Biochem if you least with the way it's taught at our school, not having Genetics first was a hugh disadvantage...made the course seem really overwhelming.
  14. davematthews

    davematthews Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2004

    dOrK: not becuz you think everything is easy, but becuz you have the arrogance to tell as many people as you can... and becuz you think people give a sh#t.
  15. davematthews

    davematthews Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2004
    weight lifting>>> biochemistry> algebra I
  16. klinzou

    klinzou Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Dec 21, 2002
  17. a_cube07

    a_cube07 PLM College of Medicine 5+ Year Member

    Oct 24, 2004
    Cavite Philippines

    physics-biochem-org chem-biology
  18. myodana

    myodana Senior Member 5+ Year Member

    Jun 24, 2004
    BX, NY
    for me:

    Biochem>Organic II>Physics II>Organic I>Physics I>Calc I>Gen Chem I and II>General Bio

    (but i also took my physics at an easier school)

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