yukulele asked: Have you taken organic chemistry? I'm trying to figure out if I want to do a B.S. or B.A. in bio and a B.S. requires orgo and I'm so fucking scared of it... was just wondering because I'd like to know if its as bad as i think it is and whether its worth it for a B.S. Disclaimer: I'm really bad at chemistry :(
I took two semesters of orgo and yeah, it does tend to be a GPA killer. But it’s not impossible to do well! The thing with orgo is that 95% of the stuff you’ll be learning will be completely new and it isn’t like general chemistry where if you suck at one chapter, you can do amazingly well on the next one because the topics are completely unrelated. With orgo, you start off slow but you keep building and building on your knowledge and the stuff you learn at the beginning will be crucial later on. A lot of people fall behind and then, oh shit, they can’t catch up because they don’t even know what an alpha carbon is. It also requires a fair bit of analysis and as you probably know, bio people — especially first years — are notorious textbook vomitters (“Duhhh, I don’t understand but I’m just gonna memorize everything!”).
I can’t tell you which degree is better for you but I can tell you that a B.Sc in biology is way tougher than a B.A. in biology (and I’m sure grad schools and employers are aware of this). Not just because of orgo — there are more credit requirements, a fair amount of lab work, more required upper-year science courses… you may even have to do an undergrad thesis or take a couple of seminar classes. So if you plan on pursuing a career in science and you’re a capable person (i.e. if orgo is the only thing you’re afraid of and you’re fine with everything else), I’d recommend going the extra mile to get that B.Sc. Again, I don’t know your situation and I don’t know how well you can cope with a heavier workload, but look at the course requirements at your university. Ask around.