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Organic Chemistry and General Biology at the same time??

Xu701zeroXu701zero Posts: 144Registered User Junior Member
edited April 2011 in Rutgers
Take your vote,

should I take Organic Chemistry (must take) and Biology (optional) at the same time? Along with definite Multivariable Calculus + Chemical Engineering Analysis + Analytic Physic 2a + Physics Lab?

Totaling 19 credit if including bio and organic chem,
totaling 15 credit without biology.

I just want to knock Bio out of the way if I can...

any ideas?
Post edited by Xu701zero on

Replies to: Organic Chemistry and General Biology at the same time??

  • bottlecap1990bottlecap1990 Posts: 737- Member
    Not a good idea.
  • -Lurker--Lurker- Posts: 1,420Registered User Senior Member
    What's the rush?

    don't do it
  • rualumrualum Posts: 1,963Registered User Senior Member
    I also vote no. You can thank us all later.

    Maybe you can take bio at your local community college this summer (that's what I did). I took organic chemistry many years ago at Rutgers, but back then, it was in a large lecture hall and the exam average was 25-35%, which would get you a C. I wonder if it has changed.
  • kotokoto Posts: 384Registered User Member
    If you want to knock Bio out of the way, take it over the summer or something. Definitely do not take it alongside orgo. You will die. (at very least socially)

    Also, yay for chemE!
  • Xu701zeroXu701zero Posts: 144Registered User Junior Member
    I guess there is no rush, I just want to knock it out of the way i guess, but thanks guys. I will not take both at the same time. I imagined it would be very dangerous
  • silverd729silverd729 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Hey guys I start next year, on the subject of taking too many hard classes, do you think it would be bad to take Bio, Calc, and Expos all in the first semester? Or would this be manageable?
  • kotokoto Posts: 384Registered User Member
    If it is those plus one easy elective, then I'd say it's doable based on your work ethic.
  • rualumrualum Posts: 1,963Registered User Senior Member
    I agree with koto: only take 1 more (easier) class. Bio, Calc, and Expos will take up A LOT of your time.
  • silverd729silverd729 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    That right there is 11 credits, and I need at least 16/semester to graduate on time as I will be in the SEBS school. I will be a Marine Science major so you think I should just take one requirement for that? That will be only be 14?
  • rualumrualum Posts: 1,963Registered User Senior Member
    silverd you are a freshman? I understand the need to take a certain amount of credits in order to graduate on time. The important thing is to not overload your schedule your very first semester until you have had time to adjust to a new setting and workload. Once you know how to budget your time, it becomes much easier.

    So yes, I would only take 14 credits. I would make that extra class something that satisfies one of your core requirements but is not too intense. Have you spoken with an advisor? I would try to do that if you don't know what you should take.

    Don't worry about getting behind on your credits now, you have 4 years to make it up. You can always take a transferrable summer course or 2 at your community college or take one at Rutgers during the summer. Be strategic about it. The first semester, you want to feel confident and get some hard courses finished with decent grades. If you take 16 credits and get a 1.9 you've wasted way more time than taking 14 credits and getting a 3.0.
  • silverd729silverd729 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    Thanks for your insight. The only problem is that I will already be 16 credits behind, I miss my first semester next year due to a military obligation. So my first semester will be in the spring which is why I need some guidance on how many classes to take. I understand about taking that amount of credits, but also understand I am already in a bind and am behind. However, most likely I will only take 14. You're right, if I breeze through them (which I feel is likely because of my work ethic, but also very possible I don't) then I'll just take more every other semester. I also have yet to talk to an advisor, I will definitely do so. Thank you for your help.
  • kotokoto Posts: 384Registered User Member
    If you have that much of a time bind, I would highly suggest taking summer/winter courses to fulfill some general requirements (orgo/bio/chem) so that your schoolyear workload is not as overwhelming.

    Also... I'm not sure, but is bio 1 offered in the spring? Or is it structured so that it is only offered in the fall?
  • rualumrualum Posts: 1,963Registered User Senior Member
    I don't think you will ever see 'breeze through' and 'organic chemistry' in the same sentence around here.

    I agree with koto about the summer and winter classes, but why not just figure you are 1 semester behind and graduate 1 semester later?
  • silverd729silverd729 Posts: 27Registered User New Member
    I Never saw I would breeze through orgo, I have heard how hard of a course that is. But I will talk to an advisor soon about when classes are available and what my path should be. I though bio was offered in spring but could easily be wrong. Thanks for the help.
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