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Is it advisable to take Bio before Chem at Brown?

bostongalbostongal Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
edited February 2009 in Brown University
Hi,

So I will be attending Brown next fall! YAY! I'm just anticipating / getting psyched for classes... but I have a question:

as a pre-med hopeful do they usually recommend taking Bio before Chem or vice versa (assuming you've taken both AP classes - although I just took AP bio this year and chem sophomore year)?

Sorry if this can be found elsewhere on the website..
Post edited by bostongal on

Replies to: Is it advisable to take Bio before Chem at Brown?

  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    It won't really make a difference and most take them simultaneously, in my experience.

    Also, if you took AP Bio you don't have to take AP Bio so you'd be jumping right into bio classes you'd wnat to take if you were thinking about concentrating.

    If anything, more people take chem freshman year because of their AP bio exemption from bio20 and they don't know what upper level bio courses they'd want to take yet.
  • bostongalbostongal Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    do you get exemption for intro chem classes with a 4 or 5 on the ap chem test?
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    No exemptions for AP Chem, only IB Higher or British A levels.
  • thecomisarthecomisar Registered User Posts: 2,125 Senior Member
    Virtually all pre-meds take chem their first semester. And you can take bio classes whenever (if you've had AP bio). I took one my first semester (along with chem).
  • bostongalbostongal Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    in terms of pre-med requirements -- do you take 1 semester or 2 of chem and 1 or 2 of calculus (assuming you scored a 4 or 5 on the AB AP Calc test)?
  • thecomisarthecomisar Registered User Posts: 2,125 Senior Member
    1 semester of general chem plus 2 semesters of organic chem. As for the calculus, I'm pretty confused about that myself (I also had Calc BC).

    But check out this link.

    Pre-Med/Pre-Health Profession Courses
  • bostongalbostongal Registered User Posts: 60 Junior Member
    thanks!

    Random- but I've heard the advising system at Brown isn't very good -- have you found this to be true?
  • modestmelodymodestmelody Registered User Posts: 4,654 Senior Member
    We can't force you to walk into your advisor's office or to contact concentration advisors who have specific knowledge about their department and who are there specifically as experts, or force you to read the thousands of pages of information online, or go to the Deans Office during office hours and talk to them about questions...
  • thecomisarthecomisar Registered User Posts: 2,125 Senior Member
    ^ i.e. There is plenty of advising out there if you go and get it.

    If you're asking about the advising that is more spoon-fed to you, as a freshman you're paired with a faculty advisor as well as a peer advisor. The helpfulness of those two people varies widely... for me, my faculty advisor was pretty hard to get ahold of, but my peer advisor was amazing-- knowledgeable, responded to emails promptly, and was generally really helpful.
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