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Is this GPA okay?

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I am a freshman biology student at Purdue University. I intend to go into biological research, probably ecological. I am teetering on the edge of A and B in essentially all of my classes, so I wanted to ask- Is a 3.0 GPA just as bad as failing, in this case? Obviously, I am not content with just a 3.0, I am trying my best to raise my grades and get all As, but I want to get an idea of how dire my situation is, if the worst happens and I get a 3.0...
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  • FishFinderFishFinder 1 replies1 threads New Member
    A 3.0 is fine if you intend to round out your resume with research, specific interest classes, etc. I would also recommend that you become close with professors that teach in your area of interest. I just graduated with a B.S. in Marine Biology, and my employer seemed much more interested in my letters off recommendation and previous experience, rather than my gpa. It also depends on whether you are looking into extending your education to some form of graduate school. Most graduate schools require a minimum 3.0 undergraduate gpa to be considered for admissions. If you plan to apply to graduate programs, it may be more dire for you to increase your gpa.
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  • MWolfMWolf 1843 replies13 threads Senior Member
    ^^ I agree. The most important parts of your application are your resume (research experience, any publications or presentations, etc), your letters of recommendation, and you cover letter. Ater that it's your GPA on courses related to your major (so do well on your bio, ecology, chem, math, statistics, etc), then your GPA + GREs.

    You really want to make sure that your GPA is north of 3.5, but having a 3.0 doesn't end your chances. An undergrad from the university where I did my PhD graduated with a 2.7, but was accepted to a good program, since she had extensive field experience working with one of the top scientists in her subfield of zoology, and a very good letter from him.

    Unlike applications for college, for grad school you need letters from people who are in the field AND know you. You want letters from ecology/evolution researchers and faculty, the more senior, the better, so long as they actually know you. You should have at least one of those, though a letter from an instructor in a class related to ecology is good as one of the three that you usually need.

    However, you are just a freshman, and there are many years yet before you have a GPA. You will be taking many more courses related to your major, for which youyr grades are likely to be better.

    The most important thing for you to do now is to find work in a lab. if it's paid, that's good, but credit is also good, or even nothing, so long as it is an official position, and, importantly, one that allows you to participate in real research. If it leads to a poster or more, that is so much the better.
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  • juilletjuillet 12708 replies162 threads Super Moderator
    A 3.0 is certainly not "just as bad as failing," but it will put you at a disadvantage in the applications process. Definitely begin to build your application by building relationships with professors and getting research experience - but, as much as possible, concentrate on strategies to raise your grades.
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  • happy1happy1 23222 replies2296 threads Senior Member
    You are a first semester freshman. Do as well as you can this semester -- study hard, work hard on papers, take advantage of resources on campus (ex. professors office hours, tutoring sessions etc.). You will have five or six semesters of grades after this one before you apply to grad school.
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  • Luke493Luke493 6 replies3 threads New Member
    Yeah! 3.0 is just the beginning (and not a bad start either!, Bio at Purdue is a hard combo.) Just keep going and I have a vibe you’ll be absolutely fine!
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