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I took intro chemistry 4 years ago at the beginning of my degree and received a C+. It is from my understanding that this is the bare minimum mark a student can have in a required course for a medical school. I was wondering whether I should retake the course, despite having a 3.85 cGPA, and doing well in all of my other premed courses (A's).

In other words, how much of a disadvantage would I be in and do med schools care more about the overall science GPA, or do they look at each course separately?

Thank you.
 

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I have not been accepted, so take my advice with a grain of salt. However, something similar happened to me and I have been told to not worry.

Since it was early in your degree and you did well, I think it won't matter. Even if you retake, then your original grade will still count, unless you apply D.O.. I would cut my losses and move on.
 

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It is a common pre-med delusion that 1-2 bad grades will hurt your competitiveness.

It won't.

Pay attention: IT WON'T.

An interviewer might very well ask you "So Maxwell, your coursework is great except for Intro to Chem. What was up with that?"

That's as far as it will get.

Now quit fussing.


I took intro chemistry 4 years ago at the beginning of my degree and received a C+. It is from my understanding that this is the bare minimum mark a student can have in a required course for a medical school. I was wondering whether I should retake the course, despite having a 3.85 cGPA, and doing well in all of my other premed courses (A's).

In other words, how much of a disadvantage would I be in and do med schools care more about the overall science GPA, or do they look at each course separately?

Thank you.
 
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To expand on the Right Honorable Gentleman from West of St. Louis, @Goro, comments, every action has consequences and like most actions towards a medical school, the potential upside gain can be of much smaller magnitude than any potential downside loss. And applicants rarely weigh the risks. What do I mean by that?

You are a upperclassman with a 3.85 GPA, presumably with As in several upper level BCPM courses. With this background, an adcom would expect an A from a repeated freshman course. You cant get any higher than that, so frankly there is no upside advantage; that is you have no way to "impress" by doing better that what is already an expected grade. However, you can do worse; for any number of reasons you might miss an A. If you were to get a B, you are now below expectation and it has a negative impact. In short, there is no potential gain from retaking the class but there is a potential loss. Absolutely no reason to repeat this class.

Also note that depending on the medical school , a C or in a few cases a C-, is sufficient for technical fulfillment of required prerequisites