Is a "B" in college chemistry bad?

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  1. Kierkegaard

    Kierkegaard Member

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    The school I go to is also known for having a particularly brutal chemistry course. Will earning a B help or hurt my application?
     
  2. YellowRoseofTexas

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    It's better than not taking it because it shows you are challenging yourself with higher level classes. They say it's better to get a B in BC calc than an A in AB calc so I would apply the same logic here. They understand that the classes are difficult.
     
  3. Wishful

    Wishful "Land of the free, because of the brave..." 5-Year Member

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    Are you taking this course now or in the future? If in future, stress with your guidance counselor that you need the best Chem teacher the school has & you're willing to have your entire schedule built around their class. Plan to go to extra help as well. Good luck!
     
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  4. USMA 1994

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    You cannot look at any one thing in a Vacuum. My DD had a 3.2 her first semester while doing well in ROTC and competing on a DIV sports team . She earned her appointment early in the process.

    If your application is strong, a B in your first semester of college chemistry coupled with a good performance in a challenging schedule will not keep you out.

    Now if you have a a 3.0 and only take one or two difficult classes, that may be a different story.
     
  5. Kierkegaard

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    I just completed my first semester and the intro chem course was handled by TAs who weren't very engaged, but it is what it is. I also got an A in Calculus. Still waiting on my other grades for English and history.
     
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  6. TexasSoccerMom

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    I have a college freshman jumping up and down with joy because he got a B in his college honors chemistry class. The class average was a 44 so he is doing the happy dance with his B.
     
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