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19 credit hours?

AHeartLikeHisAHeartLikeHis Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
edited September 2008 in College Life
I am thinking about taking 19 credit hours this Spring. I am taking 13 right now...

I would take:
U.S. History (3)
English Composition 2 (3)
Adolescent and Young Adult Psychology (3)
College Algebra (3)
Survey of Chemistry or a Biology (4)
Intro to Communication Theory (3)

How much more difficult would that be? I am taking a higher level Biology, Public Speaking, English Composition, and Intro to Psych right now.

Is that going to be feasible or should I cut down to 16 credit hours?
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Replies to: 19 credit hours?

  • BCEagle91BCEagle91 Registered User Posts: 22,762 Senior Member
    It depends on how busy you generally are and whether you can efficiently handle the workload. Those are different for every person.
  • yuccayucca Registered User Posts: 971 Member
    They are not very difficult courses but really time consuming.
    Just make sure you spend enough time on them respectively.
  • AHeartLikeHisAHeartLikeHis Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
    I'm not a busy person. Right now I am only having to really study for Biology and Psych...

    I do not think that would be too difficult. I know that they would each require study time, but I am sure I can pull that off. The only one I may have difficulty with is the College Algebra, lol.
  • yuccayucca Registered User Posts: 971 Member
    What is college algebra about?
    I've never taken that course.
  • AHeartLikeHisAHeartLikeHis Registered User Posts: 264 Junior Member
    Its just an overview of Algebra 1-3 is what I have heard.
  • ElectricTechElectricTech Registered User Posts: 882 Member
    I would drop a class, 6 classes and 19 hours seems a bit much, which is usually not recommended, but that's just me. You could be using that time to really concentrate on your other classes and be more efficient. If you're one of the smarter people, then you could probably pull it off.
  • cheezwhizcheezwhiz Registered User Posts: 424 Member
    My D tried it and dropped a class very difficult to do.
  • GoldShadowGoldShadow Registered User Posts: 6,160 Senior Member
    It depends. You can never ask questions like this; nobody else can answer them. Only you know your own abilities and situation.

    I took 19 cr in my second semester and did fine. I know people who took 21 and did fine. I know some who've taken 18 and couldn't handle it, and I know some who never take more than 16 in a given semester.

    There's no possible way we can tell you if you'll be able to handle it. It will certainly be time consuming though.
  • violadadvioladad Registered User Posts: 6,640 Senior Member
    Watch for overload charges. Some schools or programs allow a maximum credit load per semester. If you exceed it, you are charged on a per credit basis for the excess.

    Double major, dual degree programs are normally noteffected; they may have a higher max credit ceiling.

    Investigate, and check the policies in the undergrad handbook, or consult with your advisor.

    These charges might be waived, but will require approvals at various levels.

    The criteria are institution specific.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,608 Senior Member
    I've known a number of people able to hold a course load like that in much more technical majors, so I imagine it's very possible for you to do that schedule.

    Worst case scenario is you take all of the classes and, if it's too much work, you drop the worst class a week or two into the semester.
  • joeblow70joeblow70 Registered User Posts: 120 Junior Member
    Those classes really are not that bad, and like someone else said, its just time. In Chemical Engineering at my university your sophomore first semester is:

    Organic Chem and Lab
    Physics 1 and Lab
    Qualitative Ananlysis
    Calc 3
    Material Energy Balance
    and some sort of ChemE elective.

    Thats only 18 credit hours. You gots it EASY son.
  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 9,748 Senior Member
    I took 19 credit hours when I was a sophomore and it wasn't hard -- as a matter of fact, it was a very good semester. I also had some other activities and a life. Actually, it was a better semester than the next, in which I took 16 hours. I think I had too much free time.
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