[ExI] Course advice needed

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sun Jan 16 21:10:01 UTC 2022

I would take my question to one of the professors who are going to teach
the course you think you want to take, and ask him or her to give you a
copy of a final exam that was used in the past.  That would tell you what
you want to know.   bill w

On Sun, Jan 16, 2022 at 12:59 PM Gabe Waggoner via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> Hi, everyone,
> I have a chance to pursue a master’s program in clinical microbiology here
> in DC. I’d appreciate some advice.
> I’ve already met all the prerequisites for the program, which doesn’t
> require organic chemistry. One of my microbiology professors told me not to
> take it if I don’t have to have it. He took it a few years ago as an
> undergraduate and says he remembers almost none of it as far as the more
> complex reactions and mechanisms go. He instead recommended reading a book
> he used that will describe all the chemistry I need to know (I don’t recall
> the title—some tome on organic chemistry from an ecology standpoint).
> My shelves are filled with organic chemistry books from my years of editing science
> textbooks, including those for general and organic chemistry (and ancillary
> elements such as solution manuals and instructor resource guides and lab
> exercises). I have a good command of the nomenclature and have never had a
> problem understanding organic chemistry as it manifests in microbiology. Yet
> I feel guilty at the idea of entering this program without having taken
> organic chemistry, as though I’m cheating.
> What to do? I have a few options: I could take the first semester of
> organic chemistry this spring and the second semester over the summer,
> before the program begins in the fall. Or I could audit the courses instead
> of taking them for credit. Or I could just do self-study until the fall.
> Any thoughts?
> Gabe
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