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Classes

Posted by Kitkat, 18 November 2010 · 143 views

So this semester is starting to close up. Next semester I am all set up to take my last 3 geo classes that are needed for the major. It's going to be Sedimentology/stratigraphy, Internal processes, and field geology. I'm glad that I am going to be able to have these all done by the time that I am applying since I know that some of the schools that I am applying to will be looking at these. Unfortunately the schedule doesn't let me finish up my physics until next fall when I start applying to schools. I was really hoping to get that done as well in the spring. Yes, I know, what am I thinking taking all of these sciences together for? Really it is just to get most of the requirements for getting into grad school out of the way as possible. I really just want most of my remaining classes to be general education classes so that I can stress less for the application season.

As a side note, does anyone know the process of how schools look at those last two semesters while you are applying? I mean, here you are applying during the fall so when you send out your transcript, it doesn't have either your fall or spring grades. How many people actually have their fall and even more, their spring grades looked at since most acceptances are made by then?

This is also going to make the fall semester when I am applying that much more interesting. I am also scheduled at this point to take at least one grad geo class, because my adviser thinks that I am capable, and that it will be good for me. (I am so going to be getting a LoR from him, he's been my prof for two of my classes already, is the one teaching field, and been doing well, and everyone thinks that his are some of the hardest classes) Now I am actually looking forward to this class, but I am not kidding myself. It is an all grad class, and I will be expected to keep up. But it means that I will be doing all the work for this class, physics, the research that I plan to continue and the general education requirements that I still have to finish off, while applying to grad school. I wonder how all of this is going to turn out.

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Sedimentology/stratigraphy has been one of my favorite classes. It's really interesting stuff if you like paleoenvironments, and the stuff you learn is pretty key to paleobiology (such as how to make a strat column).

I'm rather clueless about how they handle grades from the final two semester, although I assume they don't really care about your very last semester grades (since you're accepted way before then). As for fall grades... yeah, I have no idea.

I think you'll be well-prepared for your fall semester since you're planning so far ahead anyway. For example, I got my GREs out of the way before school started, and I remember seeing my friends freak out over the exam during the semester... I was not envious. You'll be fine (if you remember to breathe!).
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some schools let you upload your fall (and later) grades online (or via snail mail) regardless of the deadline. but most schools don't/don't care. however, once you arrive at your grad program, you need to turn in the complete transcript. your advisor might make you retake certain important classes if you absolutely bombed em.
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I was wondering because if I had not already decided to get my major classes over with before I applied, how that would be treated. Especially since I know that some of the schools that I am looking to say that I should be taking some of these classes before going to grad school. Do people know if schools would rescind the acceptance if you did bad in a class that is very important to the program that you are going into?

At this point I am also wondering if anyone has heard of people being accepted to schools being contingent on them doing well at least in the fall or even in the spring? Or would they not initially take them, put them on the waiting list and see how they do?
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I was wondering because if I had not already decided to get my major classes over with before I applied, how that would be treated. Especially since I know that some of the schools that I am looking to say that I should be taking some of these classes before going to grad school. Do people know if schools would rescind the acceptance if you did bad in a class that is very important to the program that you are going into?

At this point I am also wondering if anyone has heard of people being accepted to schools being contingent on them doing well at least in the fall or even in the spring? Or would they not initially take them, put them on the waiting list and see how they do?


I think that if you are accepted, as long as you don't get a C in one of your classes following acceptance, it'll be fine.
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