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how many classes to take per semester

nerdy_kidnerdy_kid Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
edited March 2009 in Emory University
for those of you who went to or currently studying at Emory, how many classes do students usually take?
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  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    4. Although it's normal to take 5 including a 1 credit hour PE class for 17 hours. PEs are usually participation grades or have very minimal work. You have to get permission from the dean to take more than 22 hours per semester. I wouldn't recommend taking more than 18 in any circumstances, unless there's no way around it. I have friends who have done it, and it's terrible
  • nerdy_kidnerdy_kid Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    thanks! so people take 4 in freshmen year, do they often take more than that once they get to soph/junior?

    but wait i am not sure about the number of hours? are there 4 credit hours in every class?

    i know there are general education requirements top of pre med classes which i am planning to do, and so far it looks like my schedule will be overloaded.. :(

    how many hours do students spend studying for each class??
  • NorCalDadNorCalDad Registered User Posts: 753 Member

    Most of the courses are 4 credit hours each, so 4 classes X 4 hours = 16 hours.

    In addition, if you take a PE class, that's another 1 credit hour, so there's the 17 hours that dgebll mentions.

    Some double-majors will petition the dean to take more courses in a semester, beyond 22 hours, but it can be tough to do. If you decide to on a pre-med track and take Bio 141/142 and Chem 141/142 in your freshman year, you will find that the lab requirements for each of these classes will be more than the class lectures themselves.

    When you go to Freshman Orientation, you will be further advised based on what kind of path you want for yourself. If you intend a pre-med track, as a lot of students do, you'll find that FAME (Freshman Advising and Mentoring at Emory) will walk you through what you will need to know. As well, you should also meet with your assigned Academic Advisor to make sure you're on track.

    As far as studying time, my daughter's friend (who is now a junior and pre-med) is extremely busy and consumed by his studies -- and always has. Soon, he will begin preparing for his MCAT testing. He will no doubt get into a top med school. He also spends his time playing in the Emory Symphony Orchestra (plus practice), playing intramural sports, and doing a lot of volunteer work at Emory Hospital (on-campus). He has spent his Spring Break on-campus this past week. I can't say all students are so dedicated, but there are a bunch (all seemingly pre-med) who are.

    Here's link to FAME: Emory College | Current Students | FAME
  • smiley44smiley44 Registered User Posts: 297 Junior Member
    is it true that emory has 72 hours of general requirements?
  • NorCalDadNorCalDad Registered User Posts: 753 Member

    I don't think it's 72 hours ... and there have been changes to the General Education Requirements (GER), effective for incoming Class of 2009, effectively reducing the GER requirements from before.

    I think most students don't struggle with the GER requirements, because there is a lot of overlap between GER and one's major requirements. If you decide to double-major, you might find that you may begin to limit the selection of classes, due to obligated major requirements. Otherwise, the GER requirements should be easily satisfied. The intent of GER, incidentally, is consistent with Emory's educational philosophy of providing a broad-based liberal arts foundation.
  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    There are 48 hours of GERs plus 12 hours of writing requirements. For some majors (English, Creative Writing, Journalism, etc), most classes are writing requirements. For others (Math, etc), you might have to continue taking classes outside your major.

    It's a little cumbersome, but if you consider that you'll take 16.5 hours a semester (remember those 4 PE classes over your 4 years) for 4 years, you'll be taking 132 credit hours in total. There are normally (but not always) 40 hours required to complete a major. So, 60 hours of GERs + 40 hours per major = 100 hours. You still have 32 hours left to work towards premed, another major, a minor, or nothing at all. However, you can usually double dip so that at least some of your GERs also count towards your major.
  • nerdy_kidnerdy_kid Registered User Posts: 97 Junior Member
    thanks you all! :)

    i just realize that i need to take lab session to accompany my regular biology class in first year, so does the lab class count as an actual class??

    what i am trying see that since i plan to take both bio and chem 1st year, and the catalog says that i need also lab sessions go with those classes, does that mean i will have already the number of 4 classes: two science (bio&chem) and two lab classes?? and that's it for my first semester? just these four science-related courses?? nothing else?

    i wish to have some other humanity courses, but i am sure i can only handle four classes at a time :(....

  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    no. Labs take as long as a regular class, but you don't get any additional credit for them at the bio/chem 141 level. You do get 1 credit hour for some of the upper division chemistry classes, though. So if you took bio and chem 141, those would only count as 8 credit hours total, even though you would have two lab sections that ran for 3 hours each, as well as the regular lecture.

    I really don't recommend taking bio and chem the first semester together. If you're premed, consider taking physics or orgo in summer school. Then, you can take 1 lab science per year.
  • afitscherafitscher Registered User Posts: 1,181 Senior Member
    i have no idea what you guys are talking about lol, id say 4-5 classes is the average, i know once you go into the business school you have an extra like 8 hrs of classes a week
  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    There's a difference between credit hours and hours that you're physically in class. We're discussing the College, where you take about 16 credit hours a semester. The Bschool really isn't that much different. In the College, you're probably only in class about 10 physical hours a week, plus labs. Since everyone starts their freshmen year in the College, whether or not they decide to go to the business or nursing schools, we've been talking about classes from that perspective.
  • raula62raula62 Registered User Posts: 9 New Member
    how easy is it to get out of GERs with AP credits?
  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    It was really easy for me, but that was with the old GERs. I don't know what, if anything has changed. I'm pretty sure they take 4 and 5 on most every test. There might be some exceptions. Search AP credit on the Emory College website, and see what comes up.
  • NorCalDadNorCalDad Registered User Posts: 753 Member
    ^^ Raula62,

    That question doesn't have a straight-forward answer, because it will depend on what your major is. Some time back, I responded to a question about AP credits, and I'll paste a portion of that message below. As I state below, if you take the AP exam, you have to get a "4" or "5" in order to qualify for credit, but getting credit for a course may not do you much good if your major requires another higher-level class.

    If you are accepted at Emory (or any other college), you will definitely want to determine if the acceptable college credit you get from taking the AP exam(s) will be worthwhile. Even if you are enrolled in current AP courses, Emory won't be concerned about whether you actually take an AP exam(s) later this Spring -- and by then, you will likely know where you've been accepted and where you will be attending in the Fall.

    There are restrictions and policies that are subject to change without notice. That said, here are some things to think about re. AP exams:

    1. Emory awards a MAXIMUM of 32 credit hours for combined AP and IB exams.

    2. Only exam scores of 4 or 5 are acceptable for granting of credit (as of now).

    3. Depending on your ultimate major (and its respective major requirements at Emory), some AP exam scores of 4 or 5, thus earning credit, may NOT help you much, and therefore may result in a waste of time/money if you choose to take the AP exam.

    * EXAMPLE: The AP Biology exam is considered an "equivalent course" at Emory of "Biology 120", which would satisfy a non-Science major's partial fulfillment of Emory's Natural Sciences GER requirements (i.e., science with lab). However, this same course is not suitable for a Science major, whereby the expectation is to enter into the Biology 141/142 courses during one's freshman year. Therefore, the credit given for Biology 120 is useless for most Science majors (e.g., Bio, NBB, etc.)

    There may also be other similar situations for other courses/majors, whereby the requirements of the major call for a more rigorous course equivalency.

    The Office of Admission is your best source for counseling based on your specific circumstances.
  • ThatMomThatMom Registered User Posts: 455 Member
    I think Emory changed their AP requirements with this incoming class. I think that you need a 5 for them to award credit.
  • dgeblldgebll Registered User Posts: 478 Member
    The Office of Admission still lists credit for scores of 4 and 5, but anyone should double check with them if they're concerned or still unsure.
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