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Study methods vary for students preparing for the LSAT, MCAT, GRE

For undergraduates planning to earn advanced degrees, standardized tests are a crucial aspect of the admissions cycle. Across Stanford’s campus, in between juggling classes and extracurricular activities, students use different methods to prepare for whichever test they are planning to take, with some choosing to attend test preparation courses and others studying independently. Melody Rodríguez…

Biology major to revamp, cut down on chemistry requirements

The biology department has announced a series of changes to come to the undergraduate biology major, including revamped chemistry and biology lab sequences, for the 2016-2017 school year. As a result of the new courses, rising biology and premedical students will be required to take significantly fewer chemistry courses. This primarily affects current freshman and other students who have not yet completed a track.

Beginning next year, biology students will only be required to take organic chemistry through CHEM 35: “Synthetic and Physical Organic Chemistry”, after which they can choose between two tracks: biochemistry or extended organic chemistry.

Let’s improve introductory chem and Math 51

Hiring lecturers for these introductory courses with the intention of increasing quality would have no adverse effect other than than increasing the quality and freeing faculty to focus on topics that may interest them more. The CS department already does this. And putting more effort into introductory classes, rather than giving them a feel as weeders might improve participation in higher level classes too.