Physics and Math vs Chemistry + Biology


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Jan 17, 2013
When the adcoms look at your transcript, do you guys feel they are biase and like Chemistry and Biology performances better because these classes are more related to Pharmacy classes than Calculus and Physics?

Not in totality, but just to extremely small judgement

For an example:

if you had 2 applicants:

1) does well in (A)Math and (A)Physics but bad in (C)Biology and (C)Chemistry
2) does bad in (C)Math and (C)Physics but well in (A)Biology and (A) Chemistry

Lets assume everything about their application is the same, and it came down to just these factors. There is just 1 spot left for acceptance, and it's between them.

Do you think the adcoms see all science AND math class the same and hence, flip a coin, or are they more biase toward certain subject and pick the Chemistry/Biology student over the Math/Physics one.
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Sep 17, 2012
Southern CA
  1. Pre-Pharmacy
Biology and chemistry are more important. If it were the other way around, I would probably be hurting for acceptances right now. As a pre-pharm prereq, physics exists to challenge you and to see if you can problem solve. Same thing with calculus. For the most part, you will not be directly using physics and calculus as a pharmacist. A student who is great at math/physics but can't hack it in bio/chem should probably look into engineering as an option.

Just to the scheme of the prereq list--physics and math ends up being as little as 3 classes, depending on what math you test into.
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