I am at a crossroads about which college chemistry class to take. I am a pre-nursing student and looking ahead, I do not know what class to sign up for since they are both an option in my freshmen year. Here are my options:
-Survey of General, Organic and Biochemistry w/ Lab (4 credit hours)
-General Chemistry I (5 credit hours)
I would be able to take the Survey of.. class easily next summer, but if I were to take the gen Chem class, I would still need to take an additional math class. I am in remedial math this semester and next. I was wanting to take the Chem class during the summer next year but if I have to take the math class I can't take my chem class until next fall.
I was doing my homework at a public place the other day and a lady asked me what I am in school for then told me not to take the gen chem class b/c it is so hard. She said it is much harder than the survey of chem class. Has anyone taken the General Chemistry class and do you have any input about what you would do?
Nov 7, '12
If all you need for AS or BS or diploma is the Survey class, then I'd take that. Nursing doesn't use more than a smattering of stuff that's in General Chem. And the immediate goal is Nursing. After you get the RN,, there is nothing stopping you from going back part-time to pick up whatever more detailed chem you might need.
Also, the survey covers organic and biochem, and General Chem is just inorganic, so that's one more reason to take Survey now and go back and pick up the others chemistries when you actually need them.
What does your adviser say about it?
re. what's harder: Yes, the General Chem will be "harder" because it is more oriented toward people who will be going into sciences or possible chemical engineering. To get that complete sequence would proably be 4 to 5 full-semester courses: Gen Chem I & II, then probably Organic I & II, then maybe Biochem for a semester? I don't know without looking it up. But that would be 'way overkill for getting your R.N. So, that is why I said take Sruvey, because it meets your goal and gets that chem requirement off your slate fast & with minimal effort.
Last edit by Streamline2010 on Nov 7, '12