Prereq question for UCLA ugrad students

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how do UCLA students satisfy the 1 year g-chem requirement? my brother goes there and after only 2 quarters of g-chem, he says the next class is o-chem. is there 3 quarters of g-chem at UCLA that premeds take? thanks
 

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the lab classes count too....what we used to have trouble with was the o-chem requirement (but ucla has changed the classes, so you guys no longer have a problem with that...)
 

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Just take all the chem he can take up to 14D or 30C. It shouldn't be a problem if you count all the lab classes.
 

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Originally posted by CalBeE
Just take all the chem he can take up to 14D or 30C. It shouldn't be a problem if you count all the lab classes.

Thanks. He's currently taking prereqs in the physical sciences department. Do you recommend him taking physics and ochem in the life sciences or physical sciences? is any harder than the other?
 

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Originally posted by Persistence101
Thanks. He's currently taking prereqs in the physical sciences department. Do you recommend him taking physics and ochem in the life sciences or physical sciences? is any harder than the other?

i took physical science series for everything, but i'm the kind of person who considered majoring in biochem or even biomed engineering. sometimes it felt more challenging, esp since i was competing with the biochem and engineering majors, but i got through it fine. the killer for me was chem 153, and everyone takes that, whether they're life sci or physical sci.

i tutored g-chem for both the 14 and 20 series, and the 14 series wasn't necessarily easier. i think it was more of a conceptual than an analytical approach.

also consider how strong your high school background in chem/physics is
 

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Should he take physics in the life sciences or physical sciences? is there any difference? what about Ochem? thanks
 

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Physics for life science students (the 6 series) if he wants to get As.
 

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you pretty much have to decide whether you want to go life sci or physical sci from the very beginning. no jumping from lifesci g-chem to physicalsci o-chem. i went the physical sci route and i think the material has more detail to work with than the life sci chemistry. but if your friend doesn't know what major he wants to end up in (life or physical), he should just go ahead and go with physical sci, since majors like biochem/physics/engineering majors need to take those classes.
 

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and physics in the physicalsci is not worth it. tell him to just breeze by with the lifesci.
 
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