Hello, fellow Bruins!
So I transferred to UCLA from CSUN/Glendale College as a history major in 2015. After completing three quarter's worth of upper division history courses (nine to be exact), I became more and more disenchanted with the entire department due to subjective grading, biased lectures, and various other experiences I'd rather not discuss online. This is how I feel despite earning mostly A's in those courses. And no, I'm not saying all professors were terrible. Definitely not the case!
That said, I want to change my major to biochemistry. I just took LS 2 over the summer and I fell in love with it. I've also taken CHEM 30A (organic chemistry) last fall and earned a B without giving it my all.
I also recently decided to pursue medical school after shadowing several professionals from various fields throughout the year. Medical schools require every applicant to take general physics, general chemistry, organic chemistry, biology, biochemistry, calculus, etc., which is already more than 2/3 the courses I need to earn a biochemistry degree from UCLA. So I'm stuck at UCLA for an extra year regardless.
I'm already enrolled in CHEM 30B, MATH 1, LS 3, and LS 23L for the upcoming fall quarter and I'm determined to perform very well in all four courses. I also have the next two years planned out and will definitely graduate by the end of 2018.
Things to note:
- The only downside to my plan is that I will definitely exceed the 216 total unit restriction.
- I plan on earning a master's in biochemistry before applying to medical school and it's obviously difficult to find universities that will accept me with a bachelor's in history. My fault, I know lol.
- I've already taken general chemistry at CSUN.
So here we go...
1) If you've tried something like this and succeeded, please, please share your story!
2) Should I talk to a counselor now or should I wait until I finish some of these classes?
3) Earning this degree would mean the WORLD to me, and I don't know how I can convince the department to believe me and give me a chance.
4) In case this fails, does it make sense to pursue a second bachelor's degree back at CSUN? I really am willing to go that far.
Sorry about the length of this post and I thank you so much for your time!