We teach chemistry courses, and contrary to some student opinions, don’t decide student career trajectories. Using standards established for UGA and for similar programs nationally, we assign grades (very objectively) based on student performance. Getting an A in general chemistry and organic chemistry courses does not guarantee admission to any program—professional schools use admissions tests (e.g., Medical College Admission Test, Pharmacy College Admissions Test, Dental College Admissions Test) in which science understanding and problem solving is examined. If a student scams the system or finds a course at some institution that gives an “easy” A and they don’t have matching knowledge on these tests, they don’t get admitted. Furthermore, achieving a realistic, overall grade but understanding the material and developing appropriate “habits of mind” are trajectories for success in prerequisite courses and for acceptance to a variety of programs and professional careers.
Department of Chemistry