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Which chemistry class to take?

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Hi, I have the option to take these two chemistry classes to fulfill my chemistry prerequisite, and I just wanted to ask, based on the description of the class, which one would be more beneficial for me when I take the TEAs test, and for nursing school in general? 

 


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CHEM 10  Chemistry for Allied Health Majors

Measurements, structure, nomenclature (includes organic), formulas, reactions, radioactivity, energy, acids, bases, solutions and pH, and properties of solid, liquid, and gas. 

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CHEM 40  Introduction to General Chemistry

Measurements, atomic structure, chemical equations, stoichiometry, gases, solutions, acids and bases, bonding, nomenclature, matter, and energy.

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Advise you to speak to your nursing school advisor.  We have no idea how individual instructors approach the courses and how to compare that to the TEAS.  Equation solving in chemistry is pretty straightforward.  You learn to solve the equations in both courses.  So, theoretically, either course should give you the information you need to pursue nursing school.  As for how they look on your transcript for possible transfer to other programs in the future, the more rigorous course is always going to look better, so the second course, geared toward chemistry majors, will be better in the long run.  But the first course, geared toward allied health majors, states that it also looks at organic chemistry, so that would be more useful.  Speak to your advisor.

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As caliotter3 said, speak to your advisor or check w/ the school you're planning on applying to.  If it's local, they'll usually know exactly which one counts.

Looking at the two, I'd be cautious about the Chem 40 one because it's an introductory class.  Typically those are the precursors to the actual class that counts.  For example, in order to take Algebra, you'll typically need Pre-Algebra.  Chem 40 sounds as if it might be the "pre-algebra" of the Chem 10 class.

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