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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
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
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.