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• 07/23/2020 at 12:15AM

Potential Pre-Med/Biochemistry

Hi, I finished up my Junior year of High school and I am very interested in a Biochemistry major with a Pre-Med track. However math and science are not my best subjects, I have taken four math classes and had 3 Bs and 1 C all of which were honors. I also did not do well in Chemistry (Honors) but it was hard because we had a long term sub and the teacher was only there for one Month so it was hard for me to learn it on my own. I also never took AP Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. I do not know if this will be a good idea but it is something that I am interested in, should I go with it? Any tips on how to improve Math and Science skills, or should I just choose another major?

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2 answers

• 07/24/2020 at 05:33PM

Firstly, you do not need to necessarily take a biology/chemistry major to be premed. Plenty of people get into med school with business, physics, psychology, and environmental science backgrounds. You just need to take prereqs for med school. In general, your grades are definitely low for Top 20 colleges, but there are plenty of amazing state university programs for premed, and in general, I'd say these programs are more worth it as they come at a lower cost which will let you spend a lot of money on Med school.

In terms of course load, I'd recommend probably taking AP Biology (well suited to someone who's not strong in math) and maybe AP Psychology and AP Environmental Science in senior year if possible. These give you good basis for a premed student. AP Chemistry and AP Physics are heavily math-based (I am doing AP Chem summer homework right now for example, and it is 90% math-based).

If you have any other questions please comment below.

Hope this helps!

• 07/23/2020 at 12:34PM

Hmm… from what you’re telling me, if you apply as a prospective STEM major (esp biochemistry/pre-med) your grades will throw you under the bus. It depends on what school you’re looking at, too, since for some Bs are okay, where for other schools like T20s, Bs and Cs will make an automatic rejection unless you have a really good story behind it.

If you choose biochem/premed: make sure that this is something you would want to do for the rest of your life. senior year take as many ap science and math classes as you can. take 1 math subject test and 1 science subject test. study your heart out to do exceptionally well in those classes since that’s what AOs will analyze the most closely.

If you don’t: think about what other majors/topics you enjoy. doesn’t matter if they’re “practical” or not; think: could I spend the rest of my life studying this and be content/satisfied? think about the subjects in school, clubs, even types of shows you like to watch, etc. find something that you’re passionate about, even if it’s a general idea (i.e. culture studies, language studies, business, analyzing data, etc) and google some majors that involve that. i don’t want you to pick some random major that sounds good or easy.

i personally would tell you to pursue a different major but at this point changing it 3 years into high school doesn’t make much sense, unless you weren’t really committed to biochem in the first place. premed and biochem are both very intense sci-math courses so you really should determine whether you’re willing to pursue it and deal with the fallout of your lacking grades or figure out something else. i won’t tell you what you should do but you should evaluate both options. :)