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10 of the Hardest Courses at Baruch College

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James Brandon

Baruch College is among the best colleges in New York City. It offers programs for both graduate and undergraduate students. All their courses lie under three main schools, the Weissman School of arts and science, the Marxe public and international affair school and the Zicklin School of business. Here are some of the hardest courses offered at the institution.

1. MTH 3030 - Analytic Geometry and Calculus 11

Analytic Geometry

This course is one of the hardest courses in the mathematics department. Students are expected to have a mastery of Taylor's formula, analytic function, the infinite sequences and series, and the differential calculus of several variables. Additionally, elements of solid geometry, vectors in space and their properties, and Taylor's series expansion of functions will be also be discussed.

2. PHI 3000 - Existentialism in philosophy and literature.

Existentialism in philosophy

This course for philosophy students is geared towards studying and understanding the reason behind the existentialism movement where the human race felt the need to make their own choices freely. The course is usually examined through the works of Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, and Nietzsche earlier works as well as the French philosophers; de Beauvoir, Camus, and Sartre.  Themes such as self-deception, freedom, choice, absurdity, and transcendence will also be discussed.

3. MTH 4010 - Mathematical Analysis I

Mathematical equations and Analysis

This course presents a rigorous treatment of the limit, continuity, differentiability, and integrability of a function of one variable. Other topics that will be discussed include real numbers and the axiom of continuity; convergence of a sequence of real numbers; elements of point set topology; and extensions and generalizations of the law of the mean.

4. PHY 4200 - Astrophysics

An image of the moon and other planets in space

This course explores the physics behind planetary science, stellar processes, galactic dynamics, and modern cosmology, as well as the techniques for making astronomical observations. The central ideas are demonstrated by both laboratory experiments and astronomical observations. Students give an oral presentation and submit a written essay on a particular topic in the subject area. 

5. POL 3345 - Contemporary International Conflict

Armed soldiers patrolling a street

This course involves students in analyzing the sources and structures of conflict among different states in the world. The coursework is extensive since students have to study and analyze the levels of conflict in different countries given that development is a major cause of conflict. Students will also explore the coping mechanisms to conflict and the trends in world politics.

6. CHM 4010 - Medicinal Chemistry 

Medicinal Chemistry

This course is offered to students interested in pursuing a career in the area of medicine, dentistry, or pharmaceutical chemistry. Topics include concepts in drug discovery, classifications of drugs, identification of pharmacophores (the active portions of molecules), mechanisms of drug action, metabolism and toxicity of drugs, drug delivery and prodrugs, and drug synthesis. In addition, students are introduced to computer-aided drug design. The laboratory highlights experimental techniques commonly used in drug discovery.

7.BIO 3012 - Endocrinology


Consideration in this course is given to the biosynthesis, secretion, regulation, and actions of the major bioactive chemical messengers, hormones, and neurotransmitters. Both classical and modern approaches to the study of endocrine tissues and substances are discussed, including replacement therapy, bioassay, immunohistochemistry, plasma membrane receptors, and radioimmunoassay.

8. BIO 3015 - Principles of Genetics

A Textbook cover written "Principles of Genetics?"

Review of genetics with the emphases on the current topics of molecular, population and quantitative genetics is provided in this course. Classic experiments, modern molecular techniques including DNA isolation, PCR amplification, and bacterial transformation will be performed by students in laboratories.

9. ENV 3005 - Economic and Legal Aspects of Ecology

A computer-generated image of the earth between two leaves

This course requires the understanding of the nature of environmental problems and ways of unifying ecological-economic legal principles to these problems. The economic and legal dimensions are usually understood through the ecological framework with lots of laboratory and field works with the aim to develop, preserve and apply some of the ecological models to the management of the environment.

10. ECO 4000 - Statistical Analysis for Economics and Finance

Statistical graphs and pie-charts

The development of quantitative tools and their application to economic and financial models are discussed in this course. Emphasis will be placed on multiple regression analysis and the application of regression techniques to problems in finance and economics.


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