A Gimlet Eye
15+ Year Member
- Sep 4, 2006
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1) No. There is no bias against those who travel the "road less taken."I started at a California Community College as a Biology major 3 years ago, and completed 1 year of General Biology, 1 year of General Chemistry, 1 semester of Calculus, and 1 semester of Organic Chemistry. 1 and 1/2 years into CC an existential dissatisfaction led me to change many aspects of my life, one of the more consequential ones being a switch to an English major. At the present time I am a brand new transfer at UCLA (Coming from CC with a 3.85cgpa); I enjoy my major and am confident that I can secure a good GPA in it. However, I am feeling a strong pull towards Pre-Med once again. As a person I've changed considerably since first starting community college, and feel that my motivations for pursuing medicine at this point are both better informed and more reasonable than they were when I was 18. I have put a lot of thought into this and have been scouring these forums to try and form an idea of my best course of action, so I will ask my two most pressing questions below:
1. Will Adcoms see a giant red flag in the gap between some of my prerequisites?
Tuition and cost of living at UCLA are not cheap, and the school only offers Calculus-based Physics courses. This raises an issue for me in that I would need to take additional Calculus classes to qualify for a Physics sequence of greater rigor than is necessary for Medical School. I'm not one to shy away from difficult classes, but the combination of increased difficulty and absurd cost of attendance are driving me in that direction in this particular case.
2. Assuming I take Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Statistics at UCLA as prereqs, would Adcoms frown upon my taking Algebra-based physics at a CC in order to save money and time? I am aware that attitudes toward CC prereqs vary but if anyone with insight into this could provide feedback I would greatly appreciate it.
2) Some adcomms will frown, but most won't, especially given your perfectly legitimate reasons for seeking the class elsewhere. This thread might help give additional perspective: Are summer classes considered as competative as semester classes?