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Fall 2014 Schedule check please

yetanotheridyetanotherid Registered User Posts: 310 Member
Can anyone comment on this schedule please for a Pre-med track incoming freshmen

CHEM 102a - MWF 08:10 am - 09:00 am - Stevenson Center 4309 - Todd
CHEM 106a - W 10:10 am - 11:00 am - Stevenson Center 5206 - Todd
BSCI 110a - MWF 11:10 am - 12:00 pm - Stevenson Center 4327 - Broadie/Zwiebel
MUSC 120a - MWF 1:10 pm - 02:00 pm - Blair 2192
Orchestra - MWF 3:20 pm - 04:45 pm
MUSL 115F - TR 09:25 am - 10:50 am - West Hall 102 - Barz
BSCI 111a - T 01:10 pm - 04:00 pm - Stevenson Center 2122 - Baskauf
CHEM 104a - R 01:10 pm - 04:00 pm - Stevenson Center 5203 - Philips

debating whether to take BSCI 110a with Broadie/Zwiebel or Patton/Graham. RMP doesn't give clear indication which one to go with but BSCI 110a with Patton/Graham is waitlisted ( which probably means that it is preferred by students over Broadie/Zweibel)

Appreciate your input ( @pancaked ) . Is this too hard a schedule ?

Replies to: Fall 2014 Schedule check please

  • SubcomfreakSubcomfreak Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    Personally, I would NOT take two labs your first semester or that many hours. I had a friend who took the bio and chem lab same semester and his life was hell. He slept on average 5 hours a night (sometimes none) in order to meet with friends and keep up his grades. Also, chem is plain old hard at vandy. I would suggest dropping the bio and taking something else for AXLE. You have more than enough time to do your pre-med track later.
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    Also consider VoiceView to compare professors ( http://www.sds.vanderbilt.edu/perl/voiceview.pl ).

    Agreeing with Subcom on Bio. Sleeping 5 hours a night is a pretty big exaggeration IMO, but there is no particular reason to be taking both Chem and Bio. What is your motivation for taking Bio so early? I would drop it either for nothing or for a liberal arts core requirement.

    Here is the schedule recommended by Vandy's premed adviser:

    http://www.vanderbilt.edu/hpao/documents/Threading a path through premedical expectations - 2013-08-12 Rev.pdf
  • yetanotheridyetanotherid Registered User Posts: 310 Member
    Thanks. I thought someone had said not to take Orgo and Bio together. I also had read that it is better to do Bio before NSC 201. I am thinking of a Neuro Major.
  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,227 Senior Member
    Pancaked, don't ever graduate..... :)
  • Sophie1295Sophie1295 Registered User Posts: 369 Member
    edited May 2014
    Sorry to hijack this thread, but is 15 hours of credit enough for a first year? I'm think of taking an Econ class, a calculus class, FYWS and a Spanish class...is that too little ?
  • Go9ersjrhGo9ersjrh Registered User Posts: 395 Member
    15 hours is plenty for your first semester. I know for my son who is an engineering student, the university recommended 14 or 15 units. You will be adjusting to college life and experiencing many things for the first time. You need time to develop friendships.
  • SubcomfreakSubcomfreak Registered User Posts: 47 Junior Member
    I would not take 18 hours your first semester. You still need time to adjust to college life and to figure out how to manage your time. If you have NO credit coming in you can graduate with an average class load of 15 hours a semester. So there is no reason to bust your butt first semester. There simply is no reason to do 18 hours now.

    The reason people sometimes take 14 is if they have a lab or they are doing a 5 hour foreign language (although I have heard rumors that 5 hours intro language classes are slowly becoming a thing of the past).
  • SoCalDad2SoCalDad2 Registered User Posts: 868 Member
    I looked at the suggested four-year course plan for civil engineering, and crossed out the non-engineering courses that can be satisfied with AP credit (AP credit counts toward distribution requirements in engineering), as well as math acceleration due to AP credit. I ended up with 12 to 14 credits each semester. Never as much as 15.

  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    edited May 2014
    Really you should never take more than 15 or 16 hours unless absolutely necessary for graduation.
  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,227 Senior Member
    Altho SoCalDad2 is not saying 12 hour semesters are AOK, just wanted to fyi that 12 hours is an "underload" which can be read as academic probation if you are underloading because you dropped a course you were floundering in (a circumstance my son created one semester) when you started out with 15 hours. Our star high school students can make mistakes re planning and preparing for courses. Mistakes come in many forms and iterations but Vanderbilt is there to make sure your son or daughter has every reasonable pathway to pull all back together, and they are reasonable.

    I believe permission can be granted for 12 hour semesters. Each student's curriculum becomes very individualized if you are doing foreign study, internships, double majoring or minoring etc and have fulfilled most requirements.
  • PancakedPancaked Registered User Posts: 3,355 Senior Member
    Faline, 12 hours is not an "underload.". Students are permitted/expected to take 12-18 hours each semester, so 11 hours would be an underload.

    The risk you run with taking 12 hours is that if you need to drop/withdraw from a class, you will be underloaded.

    Some people sign up for an extra course fully expecting to drop one during the "add-drop" period in the first week or two of classes. This way they could sign up for two AXLE courses, go to classes for a week and get a feel for the difficulty/requirements, and pick one to drop. This is also why many students get off of the waitlists in the first two weeks of classes.
  • Faline2Faline2 Registered User Posts: 4,227 Senior Member
    oh...sorry, Pancaked. I could have sworn he got an email stating that after dropping a class, he was on academic probation for only taking three classes but I am certain you are correct and more informed than my memories. Perhaps the missing link is that his reduction of classes was class withdrawal beyond the permitted drop/add period? thanks for setting things straight.
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