D took general Chem last year, will take AP Chem this year. She has the option to take the class for dual credit. It is exactly the same class, and the HS transcript will just reflect AP Chem. But you can pay discounted college tuition at the local directional, and get 8 credits: 4 for Chem 1, 4 for Chem 2. These are the 2 general chem classes that their pre-meds take.
I know if she takes the AP test and then gets college credit, she will have to mark “repeat” if she takes the intro class in college. I assume there is the same issue if she takes dual credit and then takes the intro gen chem class in college. I assume that for better or worse dual credit grades will count on her med school app in her science GPA as well as regular GPA.
I have a couple questions. Do med schools generally consider dual credit classes as meeting the requirement for 8 gen chem credits? The college transcript will show the same 2 classes that the pre-meds take at the local directional. But I’m wondering if she would still be expected to take 8 more credits of general chem with lab.
If she does take 8 more general chem credits (not at all sure she would unless it was suggested/required) will the HS AP class adequately prepare her? I’m not a chem guy, but will she be adequately prepared for Organic or Biochem? I don’t know how much general chem you need for those classes but I’m sure many of you do.
I hadn’t really considered doing this before, because most schools she is applying to won’t give her credit for dual credit classes. However, if it gets her out of general chem, then maybe it would be worthwhile. She is tentatively planning on being a history major rather than bio, so freeing up the 8 credits would be really nice.
I’m guessing this class will be graded much easier than the typical weed out pre-med chem class, even though it is graded pretty harshly for a HS class. So even if she needed 8 more credits of Chem it might be worth it.
This is a school specific question to a certain extent, and I don’t know where she will end up getting her undergrad. But would the 2 additional semesters of general chem typically be more difficult than the intro general chem, or would they be easier, because at that point they probably aren’t weed out classes?
This is out of my wheelhouse. I would love to get opinions from people who are more familiar with applying to medical school. What are your thoughts? Good idea? Dumb idea? @WayOutWestMom and @ucbalumnus you are the 2 that come to mind in this area, so I’m tagging you hoping you will have an opinion.
Thanks for any input. BTW, I already get unconditional love from my dog, I don’t need it from strangers on the internet. If you think I am being stupid please tell me that.