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Organic Chemistry Summer Intensive Course

BellrunnerBellrunner Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
edited January 2010 in College Search & Selection
Hey, I'm a current sophomore at Harvard and am looking to fulfill my orgo lecture/lab requirement this summer through an intensive program. I would take it during the year, but being a three-sport athlete who works part-time, my time and energy is limited.

Harvard does offer the course but it is out of my price range so I am looking for some place at home where I can still take the course and save some money. I am looking to stay away from any Community Colleges, but does anyone know someplace in the Pacific Northwest that offers an intensive summer program?

The University of Washington does not, neither does Pacific Lutheran University, the University of Puget Sound, nor the University of Oregon.

Any leads would be greatly appreciated.

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Replies to: Organic Chemistry Summer Intensive Course

  • UCBChemEGradUCBChemEGrad Registered User Posts: 10,262 Senior Member
    Although a little further south than the Pacific Northwest, Berkeley offers an intensive Organic chemistry course during the summer - Chemistry 3A/B (it's the o-chem course for non-chemistry and chemical engineering majors) with lab sessions.

    UCB Online Schedule of Classes: Search Results
    Berkeley Summer Sessions
    Pretty expensive though...says $960 for visiting students and $640 for the lab + $385 enrollment fee = $1985. Also, your housing/living expenses...Harvard may be cheaper for you but could be something to check out.

    Good luck.
  • appdadappdad Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    Are you premed? If the answer is yes you need to think twice before taking a core premed requirement during the summer at another college. It is extremely rare for someone to participate in three (I assume varsity) sports. If true you may want to reconsider your options.
  • toledotoledo Registered User Posts: 4,795 Senior Member
    Why is that appdad? My son was thinking about this option, too.

    Is it because the OP is a Harvard student? What about taking a class at a school that is equal or higher to a student's regular school?
  • appdadappdad Registered User Posts: 149 Junior Member
    Rigor of program (institution) does make a difference.
  • Dad_of_3Dad_of_3 Registered User Posts: 2,067 Senior Member
    My D and three of her friends took either Bio or Orgo at Harvard last summer. Based on her comments, I would recommend not taking a year long course crammed into, I think 8 weeks. They all felt it was far too rushed, and while it lightened the load the next year, the course material wasn't absorbed the way it would have been had they taken it over a year.
  • phonyreal98phonyreal98 Registered User Posts: 1,984 Senior Member
    Why would you do that to yourself?
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