How hard was Organic Chemistry?

  1. I'm starting my BSN this January, but before I'm admitted, I need to take a course in Organic Chemistry, and get at least a "B". I did great in General Chemistry, but I'm a little nervous about Organic. Is the material in Organic much harder to learn than General?

    Any advice will be appreciated...

    Thanks!
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  3. by   SUNSFAN_RN
    Quote from Diane-RN Student
    I'm starting my BSN this January, but before I'm admitted, I need to take a course in Organic Chemistry, and get at least a "B". I did great in General Chemistry, but I'm a little nervous about Organic. Is the material in Organic much harder to learn than General?

    Any advice will be appreciated...

    Thanks!
    I can't say for sure that it is harder but organic chemistry will based on the study of carbon, at least it was when I took it in 70's. Good luck with chem. and nursing school. Mark.
  4. by   sirI
    Quote from Diane-RN Student
    I'm starting my BSN this January, but before I'm admitted, I need to take a course in Organic Chemistry, and get at least a "B". I did great in General Chemistry, but I'm a little nervous about Organic. Is the material in Organic much harder to learn than General?

    Any advice will be appreciated...

    Thanks!



    Bio and analytical were by far the most difficult subjects I have ever taken in my entire life!!!!!!!! Organic was not too bad, but, I STILL practically lived in my profs office!!
  5. by   Daytonite
    Quote from Diane-RN Student
    I'm starting my BSN this January, but before I'm admitted, I need to take a course in Organic Chemistry, and get at least a "B". I did great in General Chemistry, but I'm a little nervous about Organic. Is the material in Organic much harder to learn than General?

    Any advice will be appreciated...

    Thanks!
    I'm assuming you are talking about the Organic Chemistry that has one year of College Chemistry as a pre-requisite, not the junior college version, Chemistry for the Health Sciences. I did a lot of flashcards to help memorize radicals and their reactions with different things. The math was about the same as for college chemistry. I thought lab was difficult because our grade during one quarter was based solely on identifying an unknown that the prof gave each of us. If we got it wrong he gave us only one opportunity to figure out the right substance before he flunked you.
  6. by   NeuChrisRN
    I just took organic chem last spring. Ididn't think it was that much harder than general. The nath is about the same. The only difference is the focus on carbon. Just buckle down and be prepared to invest some time studying.
  7. by   NancyNancy
    I just completed a one semester course in inorganic/organic chemistry at the University of South Alabama this summer. The average grade was a C, but I received an A because I really put in the time and studied. For the 16 days before the final, I studied at least six hours every day.

    I thought organic was trickier than than inorganic. To make sure I earned an A, I attended every class and took good notes. I also made about two hundred flash cards. Most importantly, whenever I had to determine how an organic chemical would react, I drew a complete diagram with all the hydrogen bonds. You need to understand the role of every atom in an organic compound. Attention to detail is the key to mastering organic chemistry.
  8. by   heavensangel
    organic chem looks difficult initially....but once u get into it....u'l find it really interesting....good luck to u....
  9. by   Jessy_RN
    To me it was painfully difficult, but I studyied and practiced the questions like I was going to win a prize.....I made a B+ and in my eyes it ressembles an A

    Good luck to you.
  10. by   sunnyjohn
    It depends on which Organic Chemistry series you are talking about.

    I took the regular Organic series that required one year of Gen Chem as a pre-req. It was tough, but once I got the hang of it, I started to do very well.

    Stay on top of the material and you will do well.
  11. by   Tony35NYC
    Quote from Diane-RN Student
    I'm starting my BSN this January, but before I'm admitted, I need to take a course in Organic Chemistry, and get at least a "B". I did great in General Chemistry, but I'm a little nervous about Organic. Is the material in Organic much harder to learn than General?

    Any advice will be appreciated...

    Thanks!
    I don't think its harder, but it definitely requires more studying because it goes into more detail than general chemistry. If you're willing to put some serious time into it you can do it with a decent grade.
  12. by   Question
    Quote from Diane-RN Student
    I'm starting my BSN this January, but before I'm admitted, I need to take a course in Organic Chemistry, and get at least a "B". I did great in General Chemistry, but I'm a little nervous about Organic. Is the material in Organic much harder to learn than General?

    Any advice will be appreciated...

    Thanks!
    I thought Gen chem and Organic chem were about the same difficulty. I had a solutions manual for both Gen and Organic chem, it helped me out a lot!
  13. by   moosicle
    I took Orgo I and II. Orgo I was very interesting and the class average was like 55% I think. Orgo I was only slightly harder that Chem II for me. Orgo II was a boring, horrible class that drained so much of my time. The average was like 35-45%. I passed, that was all that mattered to me.

    My advice, do not wait to study anything for Orgo II. If you have the time, do it asap. It is not a class you want to repeat, so just do it right the first time.

    I am not trying to scare you. In fact, my orgo I&II were 5 credit courses which are not required for most nursing schools. Maybe, like a few others said, the health sciences one is less intense.

    Good Luck
  14. by   cardiacRN2006
    Quote from Ruex
    I took Orgo I and II. Orgo I was very interesting and the class average was like 55% I think. Orgo I was only slightly harder that Chem II for me. Orgo II was a boring, horrible class that drained so much of my time. The average was like 35-45%. I passed, that was all that mattered to me.

    My advice, do not wait to study anything for Orgo II. If you have the time, do it asap. It is not a class you want to repeat, so just do it right the first time.

    I am not trying to scare you. In fact, my orgo I&II were 5 credit courses which are not required for most nursing schools. Maybe, like a few others said, the health sciences one is less intense.

    Good Luck

    Yeah, there are organic chem classes that are for nursing students and ones for BIO students. My organic was also 5 credits and I hated every minute of it. I feel that General chem classes were easy and I loved that they were math based. Everything could be worked out on paper. Organic is very thought based, no math and if you don't get it then you are constantly in a state of struggle to keep up. I got a B, but God knows how my teacher came up with that value! I have found amongst my friends and nurses that if you are good in math that you usually do better in general than organic. If you are able to speak/learn languages but do not like math so much, then organic will be easier than general. Organic is often referred to as learning a language. Good Luck.

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