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Is 16 credit hours too much for first semester of freshman year?

benjie167benjie167 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
I am a Chemistry major who is also planning to go to medical school. I want to take:

RA 101--Freshman Seminar (3 credit hours)
MATH 120--College Algebra (3 credit hours)
CHEM 121a--General Chemistry I (4 credit hours)
CHEM 125a--General Chemistry I lab component (1 credit hour)
PHYS 131--College Physics I (4 credit hours)
PHYS 131L--College Physics I lab component (1 credit hour)

Is this manageable? My advisor says that more than 15 credit hours might be too much. I also want to have a part-time job and be involved in extra-curriculars. (On a side note, I wanted to take Biology 151--Introduction to Biology, but there are not any seats available).

Replies to: Is 16 credit hours too much for first semester of freshman year?

  • TomSrOfBostonTomSrOfBoston Registered User Posts: 14,741 Senior Member
    If you hope to graduate in 4 years 15-16 credits is a normal load.
  • saif235saif235 Registered User Posts: 1,042 Senior Member
    16 credits is perfectly fine. In fact (at my school) it's common for engineering majors to take 17-18 credits their first semester
  • skieuropeskieurope Super Moderator Posts: 40,281 Super Moderator
    16 credits for a first semester freshman is perfectly fine. As others have said, for some majors 16 credits would be on the low end.
  • NorthernMom61NorthernMom61 Registered User Posts: 3,959 Senior Member
    Your course selection looks pretty typical. Attend class, do your assignments, get help if you feel you are not understanding the material and you will be fine.
  • collegemom3717collegemom3717 Registered User Posts: 5,828 Senior Member
    Hold off on starting the part-time job until you get the hang of college academics. You need top marks in all those classes, and the hours of work required may be more than you think / are used to. Those are usually seen as 'weed-out' classes and they deserve their reputation.
  • ucbalumnusucbalumnus Registered User Posts: 73,774 Senior Member
    Since you are in a lower level math course, do you fulfill the math prerequisite for the physics course?

    While 15-16 credits is a normal course load to be on track to graduate in 8 semesters, be aware that including two lab courses can make the workload be on the high end of the range.
  • katilackatilac Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Agreeing with previous poster that 16 credits is not too many, but I might reconsider 2 lab sciences. And I would definitely double-check pre reqs, bc it's very common for the chem class to require a higher math as well.
  • saif235saif235 Registered User Posts: 1,042 Senior Member
    Since he's a chemistry major I imagine two lab sciences classes wouldn't be out of the ordinary..
  • LanaanaLanaana Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    Doesn't Physics have a math prereq higher than College Algebra?
  • MYOS1634MYOS1634 Registered User Posts: 39,654 Senior Member
    I would hold off on Physics until you've at least completed college algebra.
    instead, take a class that fulfills a requirement for your general education - history, psychology, art...
  • gunnerzgunnerz Registered User Posts: 330 Member
    My son will be a senior in September. He's taken 16 credits every quarter in college. His college operates on the quarter system, or trimesters (excluding the summer quarter).
  • PrincessJasPrincessJas Registered User Posts: 46 Junior Member
    Nope it's normal and necessary to graduate on time
  • readingclaygirlreadingclaygirl Registered User Posts: 2,213 Senior Member
    15-16 credits is completely normal and almost required to graduate on time. I'm taking 15.5 credits 1st semester and I'm a freshman too.
  • sgopal2sgopal2 Registered User Posts: 3,168 Senior Member
    No, in fact it looks like it might be a bit light. Depending on what you declare as your major, you might have to take extra courses to fulfill the medical school admissions requirements. Most pre-meds take between 4-5 classes per semester so that they meet all the requirements.
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,895 Senior Member
    Agree that Physics with that level of math may be difficult. Can you drop that and add a 3 credit core requirement in Humanities/Social Science?
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