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    Hello

    I have just graduated from my 2 years of IB, with 43 points.
    I have scored 6s,7s for all my subjects.
    Eng HL 6, Bio HL 7, Econs HL 7

    With this combination, I can choose to do many things in university, including Social Sciences, a subject that I am rather fond of. However, my true dream is to have a Science-related career, like a doctor specialist, a researcher, marine biologist, wildlife conservationist etc.

    I have checked the requirements from many reputable universities worldwide to do these Science courses. However, all of them say that I require CHEMISTRY to pursue this path. I did not take Chemistry in my IB years as I was rather afraid of the subject and its numerous lab reports(!), but I am willing to self-study the rough syllabus to aid my future Science efforts. Furthermore, I am great at Biology which is definitely more applicable to Science in my honest opinion.

    I can always choose the alternative of doing Social Sciences, but I am very sad now as Science is really my true love. I fared well in my subjects too.

    Firstly, do you guys know of any university that is willing to accept me into a science (preferably Med) course despite the fact that I did not do IB Chemistry? I would appreciate specific university name?

    Sorry if I am too long-winded, but I would be very grateful for your help!

    :woo: Thank you
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    Unfortunately Med schools are EXTREMELY competitive and unless you have the highest grades AND chemistry (with biology often preferred as well), I do not know of any that will accept you.

    I would recommend that maybe you should look at taking chemistry now?
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    no uni takes med students without chemistry mate ....
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    most science courses at higher ranked universities will specify at least 2 sciences, so youre going to have to do at least one more regardless of what it is and what subject you apply for
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    Some unis let you take a foundation year for medicine, right? Its an extra year of the degree which allows you to catch up on the chemistry which you missed out in a level. perhaps consider this?
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    If you like the idea of marine biology and wildlife conservation.. have you looked into zoology? you don't need chemistry for that. it falls under 'biological sciences' and if you're great at biology, might be worth a look-see.
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    Many unis (some even in Ivy League) actually replied to me saying that they loved my 43points but could not accept me just because I did not have IB Chem. They even tried to push me into some of their other courses such as Sociology, Anthropology, Law and Eng Lit! Also, they were willing to consider accepting me should I be taking other courses APART from medicine.

    If I really can't find a decent university that will grant me a Science course, I guess I could try getting used to pursuing other interests. It's quite tempting the way the uni recruitment staff put it out to be

    But I shall stay hopeful and wait for more opinions before I come to a conclusion.
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    You've got decent grades, but most med schools require you to have 2 sciences. You can apply to the foundation course (a year of pre-med), if you're not all that fussed, then you can get into most biology related courses I'd assume.
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    (Original post by anon1212)
    Some unis let you take a foundation year for medicine, right? Its an extra year of the degree which allows you to catch up on the chemistry which you missed out in a level. perhaps consider this?
    Ideally that would be the option, do you know of any university that offers this foundation year? I have been looking around without any leads.

    (Original post by Tinkerbelle ♥)
    If you like the idea of marine biology and wildlife conservation.. have you looked into zoology? you don't need chemistry for that. it falls under 'biological sciences' and if you're great at biology, might be worth a look-see.
    Say, that seems like another door opened for me! U mean u don't need chemistry for marine bio?
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    (Original post by theseareourlifestories)
    Say, that seems like another door opened for me! U mean u don't need chemistry for marine bio?
    I never looked into marine biology specifically because i always wanted to do zoology and you can get into marine biology with a zoology degree, quite a few options with that and conservation etc. But as far as I'm aware biology should be enough.

    Have a look on different university websites, see what the say. And if in years to come you still want to do medicine - you could always apply for that 4 year postgraduate one. I think you'll be eligible because you'll hold a biological sciences degree.
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    (Original post by Tinkerbelle ♥)
    I never looked into marine biology specifically because i always wanted to do zoology and you can get into marine biology with a zoology degree, quite a few options with that and conservation etc. But as far as I'm aware biology should be enough.

    Have a look on different university websites, see what the say. And if in years to come you still want to do medicine - you could always apply for that 4 year postgraduate one. I think you'll be eligible because you'll hold a biological sciences degree.
    Tinkerbelle, do you yourself have a background in Chemistry? I'm curious to know
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    (Original post by JamesHoKS)
    Tinkerbelle, do you yourself have a background in Chemistry? I'm curious to know
    Nope. Why's that?
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    my friend got into UEA for medicine without chemistry needed for his offer so they might? youd have to email them to ask though. if you want to do a science course you are probably disadvantaged by not taking physics or maths (instead of chemistry if you were so desperate to avoid that!) to higher level as biology is often thought of as the least "sciency" of the sciences
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    I think your best bet would be to do an undergraduate degree in something outside of medicine and then apply for medicine as a postgraduate degree.
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    (Original post by Tinkerbelle ♥)
    Nope. Why's that?
    I thought you would need some basic foundation of chemistry to be able to do a Zoology course... so if u r in IB, what are your combinations?
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    (Original post by JamesHoKS)
    I thought you would need some basic foundation of chemistry to be able to do a Zoology course... so if u r in IB, what are your combinations?
    some say it's recommended but i don't think they're really fussed. the places i applied to obviously weren't anyway! i'm doing a-levels, biology psychology and sociology.
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    I'm not too sure how IB works so sorry for any ignorance.

    OP, University of Plymouth doesn't ask for Chemistry specifically for Marine Biology BSc. Here.
    Neither does University of Portsmouth (here), nor does Newcastle: here.

    From a quick google I've found 5 or so universities offering BSc Marine Biology with non-compulsory Chemistry, so you should be fine OP as you've done very well in your IB.
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    No, but you will need Chemistry, Physics or Mathematics HL, alongside your Biology HL.
    You might be able to talk to certain universities about perhaps 'waiving' the requirement, or looking for universities that do not require an additional science.
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    (Original post by theseareourlifestories)
    Many unis (some even in Ivy League) actually replied to me saying that they loved my 43points but could not accept me just because I did not have IB Chem. They even tried to push me into some of their other courses such as Sociology, Anthropology, Law and Eng Lit! Also, they were willing to consider accepting me should I be taking other courses APART from medicine.

    If I really can't find a decent university that will grant me a Science course, I guess I could try getting used to pursuing other interests. It's quite tempting the way the uni recruitment staff put it out to be

    But I shall stay hopeful and wait for more opinions before I come to a conclusion.
    Really? Med schools in the US are graduate schools i.e. you can have a bachelor degree (major) in Biology from Harvard and apply for Med school in Stanford as long as you meet the graduate entry requirements!
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    Congrats on the 43!

    I'm not sure about the universities' specific policies but if you have time to self-study chemistry, you could perhaps take a non-IB exam on it (AP Chemistry would be the way to go in Canada or the US, maybe A-levels in UK?), and apply with that. I don't know if that fulfills the universities' requirements, but it's something to look into. From my experience, chemistry looks like one of the easier subjects to self-study.
 
 
 

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