Should I retake Organic Chemistry 2? Got a C-

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I was wondering if I should retake this course for a better grade. I got numerous responses from the colleges I am interested in for grad school. Probably will be taking Advanced Organic Chemistry as an advanced elective. If they have other courses that are offered like instrumental analysis I would take it.

Florida International University: It's up to me
The University of Alaska- Fairbanks: I think if you feel that you have the background to take advance OChem, then do that and get a better grade. Only re-take O-Chem 2 if you feel you need to learn the material better. In the end, your GRE scores will be more important than a C in one class
Penn State: Yes, it will help. But be aware that we usually require a GPA of ~3 in relevant science courses.
Cornell: Our primary concern has been that we take students who are likely to succeed in the MS program. Without seeing the totality of your record I'd not wish to comment on your suitability--through those Organic grades would lead me to worry quite a bit.


For UAF I'm applying for Oceanography and possibly Environmental Chemistry
FIU: Masters in Environmental Chemistry
Penn State: Ph.D. in Chemistry
Cornell: Masters in Chemistry

My goal is to get either a masters in Oceanography or Environmental Chemistry. Then do a PhD in Meteorology
 

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Not so important just the grade you earn or did earn; but how well you LEARNED. Repeat or retake your "Organic Chemistry 2". Topic contents between your two schools might be different so better if you redo this course at your current school. In case this OChem 2 is second semester with OChem 1 being the first semester parts, then be sure to restudy/review the semester 1 material before doing the repeat of OChem 2.
 
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Not so important just the grade you earn or did earn; but how well you LEARNED. Repeat or retake your "Organic Chemistry 2". Topic contents between your two schools might be different so better if you redo this course at your current school. In case this OChem 2 is second semester with OChem 1 being the first semester parts, then be sure to restudy/review the semester 1 material before doing the repeat of OChem 2.
Penn State said that I could sit in as a free student for Organic Chemistry 2. That way I can be more prepared and learned from the mistakes I did when taking it with credit. I would probably do that in that way I can be more prepared for Advanced Organic Chemistry or some other elective. In the long run, Do you think I should retake the course? I would only be able to take this course in the summer. As I'm booked in other semesters.
 
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Penn State said that I could sit in as a free student for Organic Chemistry 2. That way I can be more prepared and learned from the mistakes I did when taking it with credit. I would probably do that in that way I can be more prepared for Advanced Organic Chemistry or some other elective. In the long run, Do you think I should retake the course? I would only be able to take this course in the summer. As I'm booked in other semesters.
Yes; you should retake it. NOT in summer session, especially if you expect to handle the laboraotory section adequately.
 
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Yes; you should retake it. NOT in summer session, especially if you expect to handle the laboraotory section adequately.
Well, I already have credit for Lab since I got A-. So I won’t be needing to retake that. Just lecture which can be manageable in summer I believe
 
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Well, I already have credit for Lab since I got A-. So I won’t be needing to retake that. Just lecture which can be manageable in summer I believe
Do!
 

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