Reasonable Course Load? - Sea_tide? (others)

<p>^^^
Glad to hear that you got honors housing. What a relief.</p>

<p>Looks like having some kids move to The Highlands worked.</p>

<p>First, I am a biology major with a Spanish minor, and I honestly couldn't conceive of doing a double major other than chemistry because of the overlap, so good luck there. (not trying to be sarcastic, but it seems really tough to me)</p>

<p>I am telling you this as a biology major. Take the honors section Biology you first semester because it is not offered the second semester. This is going to be your major, and you will want to get the introductory classes out of the way early. If Kim Caldwell is teaching the regular section, know that she if a fantastic teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed her class. I have not had Guy Caldwell (her husband) but I hear good things. </p>

<p>Also, honors chemistry is traditionally pretty difficult despite what others on this board are saying, but it is not impossible to come out with a good grade. </p>

<p>English will depend entirely on the teacher. You may want to hold off on the philosophy for another semester if it is an elective because you will have plenty of time to get your electives out of the way. If you have no interest in minoring in a foreign language (surprisingly common), you should probably wait to take it because at least with Spanish, and French, you are able to finish the requirement in one semester by taking a 103 class.</p>

<p>My final thought is to not take too many honors classes especially during your first semester. You will be adjusting to college and will want as little school work as possible. Know that people will be doing things at all hours of the day and you will want some free time to relax with friends.</p>

<p>Very good advice, Pramirez. Any other prof recommendations for the sciences?</p>

<p>Well, for the intro level classes of biology, you really do not have much of a choice because there are so few sections (mine was about 350 people though). Your advisor will make a difference here in biology because my advisor (Dr. Rasco) is wonderful and helps me figure out what classes I can take. She got me into a class that I had not met the prerequisites for and should not have been able to take. She is also offered me to get me into many research opportunities with several professors.</p>

<p>For chemistry, avoid Joseph Thrasher. I would not say he is hard (I got an A) but I would say hes nothing like an high school teacher I had and a lot of people did not like him. Think of the teacher from Ferris Bueller's Day Off. As someone else said earlier, Vincent makes hard tests, but he is a pretty good teacher. Dixon is apparently difficult because he teaches at a level that most people cannot understand.</p>

<p>any recs for teachers for CALC I or CALC II?</p>

<p>My son had Dr. Paul Allen for Honors Calculus. He said that he's awesome. But the professors for the calculus classes have not been announced yet, and they won't be until later this summer.</p>

<p>Leyachi (sp?) Hadji or Tan-Yu Lee, if either are available.</p>

<p>Recommended teachers...</p>

<p>Jim Gleason (teaches the "why," not just the "how."</p>

<p>Bruce Trace </p>

<p>Shan Zhao</p>

<p>thanks for the teacher recs - i will look them up</p>

<p>I don't think the names have been released on mybama for fall yet.</p>

<p>I'll second taking Bruce Trace for Calc II. His class might seem hard to begin with, but you do learn the material and can still do really well in the class even if you don't do so well on the tests, but do well on the final.</p>

<p>M2ck- the names may not have been released yet (although I'm pretty sure a lot have been with the exception of math), you can still look at the preceding semesters to see who taught classes then. Also, whether or not the teachers have been named yet depends entirely on the department. For example, the Biology department has had their list of teachers out for months now while the Spanish department has yet to release that information.</p>

<p>*the names may not have been released yet (although I'm pretty sure a lot have been with the exception of math), you can still look at the preceding semesters to see who taught classes then. *</p>

<p>that is not a good rule of thumb to use. Profs who aren't tenured yet are purposely moved around so that they can demonstrate their abilities to teach various courses. </p>

<p>And, the tenured profs don't always stay with the same classes either.</p>

<p>I just got back from orientation yesterday.. Scheduling was madness! All the honors classes filled up ASAP! I was wondering if anyone knew anything about the following honors classes:</p>

<p>-Honors Pysch
-Honors Eng.
-Honors Into to Deductive Logic
-Honors Ethics</p>

<p>Any good teacher reccommendations for those?</p>

<p>It seems like most of the people on these forums are engineering and bio majors... Anyone in any field related to communicative disorders? </p>

<p>Arts of Tuscaloosa is supposed to be a good fun class, huh?</p>

<p>I was going to take honors pysch, but it filled.. So I am in CBHP, Arts of Tuscaloosa and Honors English. Yeah, it is weird, but these classes must be a lot harder than AP classes in high school. I felt the same way, wanting to schedule more honors classes, but the advisors told me not to, so I am taking Human Development 101.</p>

<p>My son is a TA for Honors (and non-honors) Deductive Logic. Dr. Wrenn is a good prof. </p>

<p>It can be hard for incoming freshmen to get into the FA honors classes - like FA of Tuscaloosa or FA and Parody because the upper classmen signed up months ago. You were very lucky to get into FA of Tuscaloosa. I wonder if they have more sections this year.</p>

<p>If honors ethics is taught by Stuart Rachels, avoid it like the plague. If it's taught by Torin Alter or Klockseim (sp?) then ok. Torin Alter is awesome.</p>

<p>Honors classes, in general, aren't that much more difficult than AP courses. Many of them require just as much work as their non-honors counterparts. They tend to be more discussion-oriented, which is beneficial.</p>

<p>I can tell you from experience that CBH is a course that requires a decent amount of effort for success, but it's not unbearable. The end-of-semester projects require a significant time commitment, but the teacher is awesome.</p>

<p>DS easily got into Arts of Tuscaloosa at the very end of scheduling. There were plenty of open spots and he took it in place of something he really needed but couldn't get. Just dropped it for his first choice class which came open.
The one credit Engr. courses and the 16-credit limit seems to have made scheduling more difficult this time around for the Engr. majors we talked to.</p>

<p>I remember reading on here somewhere that when a student does AA or OA they can put that 1 credit onto the following Spring courseload if that 1 credit puts them over their scholarship threshold. D registered for 17 credits including AA and I'm wondering how to handle that. </p>

<p>Thanks in advance!</p>

<p>I asked about that during registration advisement and was told we could not do that, that OA had to be put into Fall semester. DS had to work his whole sched. around that, that's where dropping a 3 credit course and using OA and one 1-credit Freshman Honors seminar (or book experience) comes into place. Had no other option as we could see it.</p>

<p>AL34...who did you ask?</p>

<p>you need to ask honors - probably Dr. Morgan. last year kids did "charge" their OA to the spring schedule.</p>