Science Course Difficulty

<p>Hi I'm a potential transfer from Cornell and wanted to see about the difficulty of the science courses at UArk. I'm going to be a biochem major and I'm premed so I don't want it to be impossible to get good grades, yet I also want to actually learn a lot because if I end up going to grad school for chemistry I don't want to be screwed over. I'm doing fairly well here at Cornell in chemistry and I love it, but I'm just trying to get a feel for the quality of the science courses at Arkansas.</p>

<p>Thanks :D</p>

<p>Hi ZFanatic,
I apologize for the delay in responding- I have been swamped the last few days, and it seems like I'm the only one answering Arkansas questions on here right now :). I was a biology major (B.S. track, also premed), so hopefully I can provide some useful insight for you. The entry level sciences (intro biology, general chemistry, etc.) have multiple sessions offered tailored to the type of student taking that class. There's the biology that "everyone" takes, but I chose to take the honors biology class because I felt it would be more useful, and it was a bit more challenging. Chemistry is the same way. There's General Chemistry, and for those going a bit more in-depth, there is Honors Gen. Chem, or Chemistry for Majors (which also has an honors section, and is supposedly quite difficult- I wasn't that adventurous). Once you get into the 2nd year level, the sessions get more major-specific and of course, a bit more rigorous. By 3rd and 4th year, most of the sciences are challenging, but you have a measure of personal choice in what upper-level sciences you take for your major and can normally find plenty of information from current or former students about whether the honors sessions are a good fit, which professors are the hardest/easiest, etc. </p>

<p>I don't know if that's helpful or not, my point is simply that you'll have options in what types to classes you take, and should be able to find a good challenge amongst the upper level sciences and honors options. </p>

<p>As far as potential goes, the University has been doing very well at getting its students into medical schools, graduate schools, and professional programs in the last decade or so. On the medical front- our first time acceptance rates are well above the national average overall acceptance rate- in recent years, 67-72% of our first time applicants have been accepted to medical school. Amongst our honors students, the acceptance rate is 90-95%. These numbers have been pretty steady and are often some of the highest amongst schools our size. Students have gone to a number of public med schools (mostly within this region of the US) in the past several years, and many have been accepted to a number of other medical schools, including Baylor, Cornell, Emory, Johns Hopkins, McGill, Tufts, University of Southern California, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, and Washington University in St. Louis. For students looking at grad schools, I unfortunately do not have grad school acceptance data, but this year we had 12 students receive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, 2 more Goldwater Scholars, a James Madison Fellow, 2 Truman finalists, and a number of other fellowship recipients from awards I'm not as familiar with. The point I'm making (as a recent student, and yes, an Admissions Counselor) is that if you're ready to put in the work, the institution will give you the resources and faculty advisers you need to succeed.</p>

<p>Good luck with finals, and let me know if there are any more questions I can help with.</p>

<p>I also thought you might find the department's website and research website useful: The</a> Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry - University of Arkansas</p>

<p>If you're doing well at Cornell in chem, you should do fine here. I'm a freshman environmental science major who's taken several science classes, though more with plants than you'll take as a premed. :)</p>

<p>You should do fine. Welcome to Fayetteville. The hills should remind you some of Ithaca, but our winters will be more pleasant. </p>

<p>Why did you transfer?</p>

<p>I agree with the post from the admissions counselor, mmcnell. The university Honors students have impressive opportunities available to them. If you learn about a conference in another state and want to attend, just ask. The school invests heavily in its Honors students and their educations and, thus, pays for educational opportunities.</p>

<p>I didn't want to attend UArk. It was my very last choice, least favorite campus of all. My absolute favorite was Cornell (love their campus), but I was rejected. Of my acceptances, I wanted desperately to attend Bucknell, but the cost prohibited that. So, I visited Arkansas mostly to please my dad, and ended up agreeing to attend because it was the cheapest school that admitted me. My parents offered to let me transfer if I wanted to, but after one semester I decided to stay. I enjoy it, have friends, and the classes are challenging but not impossible. I do study a lot, but that pays off in grades and learning, and I think the school is preparing me for grad school, a must for me. </p>

<p>I'm curious why you chose to leave Cornell and come to Fayetteville.</p>

<p>I doubt the OP transferred. His thread struck me as a form of indulgence.</p>

<p>Glad we could indulge him then. :) I believe the OP is from Texas, so I assumed that may have factored in his consideration if he was transferring closer to home.
-Matt</p>