I'm an undergrad at Cal graduating in December 2013, double majoring in urban studies and molecular biology, but there's a huge divide in the separate major GPA's, urban studies being the higher one (3.5). I'm aware of other factors like letters of rec, GRE's, extra-curriculars... but how much would having a terrible biology GPA (~2.9) affect my competitiveness in urban planning graduate programs for example? Granted I have about 2 semesters to keep trying, I can't help but feel that my work in bio has pretty much screwed me over for great planning programs despite an excellent urban studies record. (e.g. Cal, MIT, Harvard, UCLA, etc.) I don't plan on applying to grad school at least until Fall 2013. I'm doing pretty intensive research on whether the schools will best fit my interests (i.e. looking at student/faculty profiles, research and studio projects, as well as courses offered and the curriculum).
I'm fairly confident that I will be able to bring my urban studies GPA up close to a 3.6 by the time I graduate, and around a 3.0 for biology. I'm currently writing a thesis, and looking for planning-related internships. I've made a plan to begin asking for my LOR's and when to take the GREs. I'm hoping to get into Harvard's Career Discovery Program as well.
Any feedback on this would be helpful. Thanks everyone!