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10 Hardest Classes at Colby College

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Kelly Solak

College is tough and classes are surely like not high school academia. Knowing which classes to steer clear of in at Colby College can help you as a student succeed and not panic about the hardest courses on campus. Here is a list of the toughest classes at CC. Let get’s started!

1. BI325f - Advanced Immunology

This course is the advanced level of immunology for students who are looking to dive into their majors. With a variety of topics covered and expected to be memorized, the exams are nearly impossible for most. Many students pull all nighters to complete each assignment.

What students look like when they have to sign up for this class.

2. BC362fs- Medical Biochemistry

This course covers common reaction pathways like mechanics and balancing chemical equations in problems.  It is an in depth expansion of the structural components of nature, which many kids have a difficult time grasping. This course is a three hour lecture, with a lab which students find hard to sit through.

Students after the first day in this class.

3. PS232f- Cognitive Psychology

This course describes and teaches in depth of how humans initiate, maintain and develop their thoughts. The class has many projects and includes teachings on therapy for psychological disorders too. Students are given many different topics to read, as well as look at statistical data.

Professor teaching students in class.

4. MA101- Calculus with Precalculus I

MA101 has an emphasis on modeling with linear, exponential, trigonometric, and logistic functions: curve fitting; discrete and continuous models and more. Many linear equations and functions taught as well, with introductions to calculus. The description even sounds horrid! With many complex ideas and problems, students have a hard time grasping the material in this course.

What goes on in the brain to pass this class.

5. PH143f - Honors Physics

PH143f is a conceptual based physics course and also teaches classical mechanics to students. Physics is a very hard topic, but the pace of the course is very hard for students to keep up with. Many students have decide to drop this course. This is a lecture based course offered at CC, and the tutor center frequently gets visits from students in this class.

Lots of reading the textbook to pass this class!

6. SO215f - Classical Sociology Theory

This class informs students about  historical characteristics of social relationships, their formation, stabilization, and modification. It also covers how urbanization develops, which can be a difficult process to discuss with such an evolving world from the past decades. This course has plenty of information which is why students find the material so hard to grasp.

Students discuss in small groups.

7. EC133fs - Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of microeconomics  is a intensive levelled course for students who are studying business or Econ. With this course however in a schedule, there is no such thing as an easy academic year. The exams are nearly impossible and there is an overwhelming amount of material.

No student feels this way when heading to class.

8. BC378s - Molecular Biology

BC378s is a course that many students struggle with because of the large quantities of work for both their lecture and lab experiments in this course. Students do not recommend taking this course to incoming students, especially in their senior year due to the many students who fail the course.

Students in this class will hit the library often!

9. EN120Af - Language, Thought, and Writing

EN120 is a course that analyzes books and writings with deep insight guided by professors. This course is hours of reading for students to be able to pass. Spark notes won’t able to help students in this class. Exams are in depth questions that only can be answered when reading the book thoroughly, and essays for this course can take weeks to complete.

Everyone says this in EN120.

10. CH217s - Environmental Chemistry

This course gives an introduction to microbial structure and function, the role of chemistry in the environment, and the use of microbes in molecular equations. It is 2 hours of lecture and three hours of lab, which is very demanding on students. This class is required for anyone pursuing a degree in natural sciences.

Student asking a question in class.

Overall, Colby College has many courses and overall great professors to teach them. Many experienced students say if you try and avoid these classes and can manage on graduating without them, your college career at MRU will be amazing!


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