Pre-Med Q&ABiochemistry prerequisites
AvatarJ asked 2 years ago

If I am intending to major in Biochem, should i take chem 130?
I don’t have the AP credit for it but was placed into chem 210. 
Thank you!

1 Answers
AvatarOwen Doane answered 2 years ago

Hi there,
I don’t believe Chem 130 is vital towards your biochemistry major. It isn’t listed as a specific prerequisite for the major or for Chem 351 (the core biochem class), and I would say any exposure you’ve had to general chemistry and orgo would be sufficient for the major. Howeverdeciding whether or not to take Chem 130 is a more important decision regarding your medical school application as a whole. As noted on the Newnan website, the exemption letter that students who place into Chem 210 without AP Credit get is accepted by some medical schools and not accepted by others. I would advise that you do some research into some target schools to see what their policies are regarding general/inorganic chemistry requirements. Your safest bet would be to make sure that two semesters of upper level general/inorganic chem and labs are incorporated into your biochem schedule. My strongest recommendation is that you make an appointment with a Pre-Health advisor or drop by their office hours once the winter semester begins to discuss this decision with one of them.
Best of luck!
Owen, PMH Co-President

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