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Average class size at UMass

Spinner1020Spinner1020 Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
How can I find out what the average class size is at UMass? Are most introductory livel classes extremely large, say 200+?
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Replies to: Average class size at UMass

  • ree357ree357 Registered User Posts: 41 Junior Member
    are you already enrolled at umass?
  • jlway1117jlway1117 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    It all depends on the type of classes you're taking. Most intro-level classes are going to be 300+ [there are a few Bio classes that are 500]. The higher level class you're taking, the smaller they're going to be ...usually. Discussions will always be tiny, so be prepared to go to all of them. You can skip most of your lectures as long as you know that you can get the notes [either online or from someone in the class]. Some classes I reccomend are:

    -Psych 100 [with Tammy Rahal]
    -Bio 105 [this is the easiest class on campus]
    -Math 100 [with Brian Burrel, only if your major doesn't require calc or stats. this is the easiest R1 that they have]
    -Plant Soil and Insect Science 285 [with John Gerber. He is the most amazing professor I've ever had. Coolest, most down to earth guy ever. ...and the class has nothing to do with plants, soils, or insects. It's all about living in-tune with the earth, it's a lot of fun and you learn a lot]
    -Linguistics 201 [fills an R2 if you are an "i hate math with all my life" kind of person]

    Those are some pretty easy classes to get into to get you used to college. If you're feeling ambitious you can take some 300 level classes. But try not to over-load yourself with work. I started last semester doing 21 credits which turned out to be hell come finals, but you live and learn. You'll have plenty of time to get your requirements done if you do 15 credits each semester.
  • thatbiggbadwolfythatbiggbadwolfy Registered User Posts: 244 Junior Member
    400+ in intro. psych, etc.

    More than 200 in most intro.

    Half the kids fail Tammy's class. Good teacher but not as easy as the no-brainers.

    You can be exempt from Math 100 with basic math skills. You just need to answer 20 arithmetic problems correctly. The precalc questions are "a bonus."

    Don't waste your time taking Gen Eds. Tuition will rise, and you will regret it.
  • curiouskatiecuriouskatie Registered User Posts: 560 Member
    you have to take Gen Eds to graduate
  • jlway1117jlway1117 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    People who fail Tammy's class are the *******s that never go/are mildly retarded.

    I reccomended the math 100 because if you don't actually pay attention to the "placement test" [it's given online, so you can cheat, but i really don't think you'll have to] you can take retard math. So, if you don't place out, take it, it's the easiest class ever. Linguistics fills your R2 and you've filled your math requirement without ever actually doing math. Not to mention, lots of gen-ed's overlap and cover more than just one, so make sure you look for those ones. Oh UMass.
  • GreenDayFanGreenDayFan Registered User Posts: 3,928 Senior Member
    Why are you so concerned with taking the easiest classes? Yeah, you sound like a slacker.
  • jlway1117jlway1117 Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    Well, since pre-meds like myself find it ridiculous having to take literature and art classes, we often try and find ways around them by taking really easy gen-eds. Taking difficult ones only lessens your chances of getting into good medical schools because the really challenging ones often make your GPA slip. Not to mention, a lot of people like taking easy classes their first year so that they can transition into college, rather than ****ting on their GPA first semester.
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