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Dropping a class

duyhiendoduyhiendo Posts: 14Registered User New Member
edited November 2012 in UC Transfers
Hi I am planning to transfer to UCSB as Chemistry major. I am taking bio, chem and physics at CC this semester and realize that it is a bad idea. I am planning to drop physics with a W. I have fulfilled the requirement of 1 year gchem, 1 year bio, and 1 year calculus, but this is my first physics class. I am not planning to take any physics class prior transfer if I drop physics now. I'm not surde how this will affect my chance to go to UCSB. I have read the requirement from UCSB, and it doesn't seem to require finishing physics for admittance. My reason of dropping Physics is that I might end up with a straight B this semester, so I want to focus on my other 2 classes. What do you guys think? Thank you.

This is from UCSB website:

"All biological science majors must attain a grade point average of 2.70 or better in science and math preparatory courses, complete one year of general chemistry with laboratory, and complete a sequence (2-3 terms) of major-applicable general biology with laboratory with no individual grades less than “C”. To graduate within two years of transferring, it is strongly recommended that applicants also complete one year of organic chemistry with laboratory, one year of general physics with laboratory, and one year of calculus or calculus with statistics. Any of these courses completed with a grade lower than “C” might not satisfy course prerequisites at UCSB."
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Replies to: Dropping a class

  • Shannon13Shannon13 Posts: 553Registered User Member
    You should take the B in physics.
  • mrandallmrandall Posts: 209Registered User Junior Member
    3 classes? Is that it? You should be able to get straight A's with ease. Just stick in there and study a little harder and you should be more then fine.
  • duyhiendoduyhiendo Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    I am having a 32 hrs job and volunteer at the local hospital. My professors are teaching at UCI as well, so my classes are actually the same as in UCI. They are not the easiest ones in the world. If I can get straight A with ease, I won't be as concerning as I am now, and I would not post anything to ask up here. Thanks
  • mrandallmrandall Posts: 209Registered User Junior Member
    We all have jobs and volunteer work. I have teachers from UC's as well, classes may be similar as the UC version but I highly doubt they grade you on the same scale.

    Not trying to sound like a dick, I'm just in a very similar situation as you. It's overwhelming but its doable.

    As for it being required? Have you looked at assist.org and compared your CC to UCSB? I can do it for you if you would like but I need to know your CC and major.

    Also are you on top of your IGETC? (sorry if these are common sense objectives for you, just trying to figure out where you stand) Assist.org if your best friend when it comes to transferring if you can complete all the requirements listed and get your GPA to about a 3.5 or so you should get in. I have friends who have gotten in with lower GPA's as well, but they have very uncommon degrees.
  • duyhiendoduyhiendo Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    I'm not saying you are anything, I appreciate all opinions. And I'm not blaming my situation on anything. I have already finished all my GE and most of the courses on assist, except physics. My GPA currently is 3.45. I'm from Orange Coast College. My GPA is pretty low, that's why I don't want to get too many B to bring it down more. About physics class, I'm not saying it's because of the professor, but after the 1st exam 85% of the class got F should tell you something, I got a solid C though. That's why I'm not really sure I should stay or not.
  • MikeyRawksMikeyRawks Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    If I was sure I was getting a B I would stick it out, but If I thought I were to get a C or lower I would drop the class. you have 3 labs as well? That sucks.
  • emprexemprex Posts: 721Registered User Member
    Getting a B in physics is not necessarily bad although best case scenario would be to get an A. Do you have A's in your two other classes? Can you get A's in the spring? If so then you can offset the B with your other classes and it'll be okay. UCSB is fairy lenient with prerequisites but finishing them makes you more competitive. A 3.45 is not low at all and should make you competitive for UCSB. I'm assuming chem is impacted so try to get it up to a 3.5+.
  • mrandallmrandall Posts: 209Registered User Junior Member
    Emprex is spot on, can't agree more with him.

    Do you know if your teacher is grading on a curve? Ive never had a class do that bad! Ive seen like half fail, not 85%. Crazy.

    Yeah if its on assist its much better to get it done. I just checked and it looks like you need 2 physics classes for the BS, but dont need any for BA. However, I assume you are wanting a BS.

    I'd try to stick in, I would think he would curve at the end, but you can never be sure. You could still get in without it, but yeah like Emprex said it looks much better to have it.
  • duyhiendoduyhiendo Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    I'm having B in the other 2 classes. I am trying really hard to bring them up to As. Worst case scenario, I will end up with 3 Bs this semester. That's why I really don't want to screw up my GPA more. I want to minimize the amount of B, and physics is the only 1 I have an option to drop. I am struggling more than I should be in these classes.
  • duyhiendoduyhiendo Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    Thanks alot guys.

    @Mrandall: my professor doesn't believe in curve. He is teaching 2 physics class. Mine has an average of 22/75, the other class (higher class) has average of 21/75. I aced all the quizzes and homework, yet I have no idea how to do a single problem on the exam. Maybe I just study the wrong stuffs, or I don't know ...
  • mrandallmrandall Posts: 209Registered User Junior Member
    Seems very bizarre. I just can't see how he can teach so strictly at a CC... Hm. What about your other classes, what is holding you back from getting A's in them?
  • duyhiendoduyhiendo Posts: 14Registered User New Member
    They are just hard, but getting A is very possible, I'm just 1 2 % away from an A. I'm just thinking about the worst case that I might end up in.
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