Sciences at Georgia Tech

<p>I recently took a tour and I heard from one of the science majors at GT that majoring in the sciences (Chemistry, Biology, ect) was just a joke at GT. Is it true?</p>

<p>No. Don't listen to any kid telling you that any major is a joke. College kids can be really arrogant and ignorant, especially at a school where engineering is so dominant.</p>

<p>Yeah, I actually think, that the natural and physical sciences at Tech have lower grade distributions than the engineering depts (I believe physics has the lowest grades at Tech for undergrad) which is how it is at most universities. They may not be as work intensive as the engineering courses, but they are not a joke, especially grade wise. This can probably be explained by how the courses in the sciences are designed vs. those in engineering (sciences being more examination based and engineering having more hands-on projects that often yield higher grades than exams and thus function as a sort of buffer).</p>

<p>Here you go:
<a href="http://factbook.gatech.edu/content/distribution-grades%5B/url%5D"&gt;http://factbook.gatech.edu/content/distribution-grades&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p>

<p>The person who told me that majored in Biology. I'm trying to choose between Georgia Tech and Georgia State since I want to do pre-med- but I don't want to do engineering .... its a tough decision</p>

<p>I think Tech is still better if only because of your peer group and perhaps a more interesting mix of research opportunities. Not to mention, Tech having a more rigorous approach than state will help down the line as you'll end up being better prepped for the MCAT provided that you retain and actually learn from your coursework. Tech has some pretty cool biology classes. Plus if you have AP credit, I think you get to skip both semesters of gen. biology and move on to some of those cool courses. Also, I think Tech is an interesting place to do pre-med simply because there are less of them. </p>

<p>You can see where I go, and it can be a somewhat unpleasant environment and some of the upperlevels that pre-meds take are too large (I would imagine state to be similar simply because it is going to have a large pre-health population and is already huge). We have some 300-level biology classes that are over 100 students like biochemistry (this is the only I've observed being larger at Tech and that's probably because ChemE BChemE,biology, and chem majors take it whereas, we only have 2 majors taking it) human physiology, comparative vertebrate anatomy, Neuroscience 301, etc. I've seen enrollment numbers at the Tech counterparts and they were (to my surprise and perhaps dismay) lower (the only thing maybe going in our favor, is the way in which some biology classes are structured/taught. There is often a difference there, and deciding a preference depends on how you learn biology). This is good for you as a pre-med, trust me. It means that the rigor and quality of your pre-med courses will be more tightly controlled. Here, a lot of the upperlevels end up being just another set of weed-outs (only yielding C+/B- average and sometimes it has to be curved to this) and because of size, the quality isn't consistent (They'll sometimes, as a last resort, send in a crappy professor. And sometimes,not only are they crappy, but also hard, the worst combo. ever) I doubt State will be much different. Only difference is that exam format and content will be easier. However, that may not help much if the class size is huge. Trust me, just go to Tech. I have a friend who goes to state and is pre-med, and it sounds big and extremely impersonal. Seems as if there was never any opp. for real faculty/student interactions and was more of a set of motions he was going through than an experience. Tech offers more of an experience if only because of what type of campus it is (has a more serious campus life).</p>