Westcoastchemist Posted September 29, 2013 Share Posted September 29, 2013 I have read a lot of advice about the SOP on this forum (among other places), which includes explaining a low GRE marks, a semester with poor marks, etc. However, my question is: what if I have poor marks in just 2 classes? I have an otherwise outstanding record - mostly A+'s, some A's and some A-'s with a challenging courseload. The 2 courses were technically "electives" - not required for my degree but still in my general field of study. I got a C in 2nd-year microbiology in summer school after first year, because I didn't pay attention in class and didn't study (huge regret....). This was such a long time ago though I don't think it's a huge deal. I also got a C in 3rd year in an "importance of chemistry in society" course, because I didn't hand in the final paper. This one was somewhat due to outside circumstances of a very personal nature (domestic abuse), so I'm not sure if it's appropriate to bring up anywhere on my application. A run-down of my courses if you need them (3 credits for a regular course): First year - 33 credits Summer school - 9 credits Second year - 30 credits Third year - 33 credits Fourth year (co-op year) - 3 credits Fifth year - 26 credits in progress I am applying to 7 top-ranked schools in California for PhD in chemical biology/chemistry programs. Has anyone else been faced with a situation like this? How have you dealt with it? Thank you in advance!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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