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Tufts pre-reqs

tvl1987

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Hey guys, I need a little help about the pre-reqs required at Tufts. I recieved CC credit while I was in high school for General chem 1 and 2, and physics 1. I know on their web page it states that they will NOT take CC credit.

"Additionally, the Admissions Committee will not recognize pre-requisites completed by earning Advanced Placement credits. Applicants who have received college credit and/or placed out of pre-requisite courses because of AP credits must either retake those courses at a four year institution or take an equal number of credits in upper level coursework in the same discipline at a four year institution."

What does this exactly mean? Because Ive taken Organic chem 1 and 2 and Biochem 1 and also Physics 2 at a 4 year university. Does that count ? Thanks for the help!!
 
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somethinpositiv

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Hey guys, I need a little help about the pre-reqs required at Tufts. I recieved CC credit while I was in high school for General chem 1 and 2, and physics 1. I know on their web page it states that they will NOT take CC credit.

"Additionally, the Admissions Committee will not recognize pre-requisites completed by earning Advanced Placement credits. Applicants who have received college credit and/or placed out of pre-requisite courses because of AP credits must either retake those courses at a four year institution or take an equal number of credits in upper level coursework in the same discipline at a four year institution."

What does this exactly mean? Because Ive taken Organic chem 1 and 2 and Biochem 1 and also Physics 2 at a 4 year university. Does that count ? Thanks for the help!!

Take Gen Chem 1 and Gen Chem 2 and Physics 1 at your 4 year institution.. It shouldn't be too hard since you took it already, get A's and really boost your Sci GPA, which is key.

...or you could get some kind of Advanced Gen Chem classes? I don't know what those would be, if they exist. You could take a more advanced Physics class instead of Physics 1. I think for the statement "take an equal number of credits in upper level coursework in the same discipline at a four year institution" is more referring to Biology, where the list of upper-level Bio classes is endless.

I would recommend taking the lower level Gen Chem and Physics and getting A's. Depends if Tufts is one of your top choices; is it? If not, just don't apply there, like I didn't apply to Ohio State because they have an Anatomy requirement.

OR, take Gen Chem 1, and then if you get into Tufts, take Gen Chem 2 and Physics 1 during your final semester at undergrad, right before dental school.
 
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somethinpositiv

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I'm not 100% sure, but I think "upper level" means 300 or 400 level courses, so maybe your biochem class works? I would just call or email Tufts and ask them, they're really the ones who would know best.

You could call and ask but I doubt it. Biochem is not an upper level Gen Chem, nor is it an upper level Physics... Some schools will take Biochem in place of Orgo 2, but it's not the same subject as Gen Chem, not at all..
 
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Yeah, I think it depends on what they mean by "in the same discipline." At my school biochem is crosslisted in the chemistry department as a 300-level course and it counts as an upper level chemistry elective. If it weren't for a predental thing, I'd say it counted, but I'm not sure in this case.
 
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