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Although college is supposed to be hard, that doesn’t mean you have to take unnecessarily hard classes. While they’re certainly a good challenge, taking a class that’s too hard for you can seriously damage your GPA. Keep reading this post to learn about some of the hardest classes offered at GSU.

1. CSC 1302 – Principles of Computer Science II

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GSU students all agree that CSC 1302 is a class you should stay away from if possible. Students will learn the fundamental principles of computer programming–expressions, variables, data, input, and output. The course is split into three main sections: an overview of computer science, programming in Java, and data structures.

2. BIOL 2107K – Principles of Biology I

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While this is an introductory class, it’s still challenging. The class starts off with simple and well-known topics like the scientific method, theories, and experiments. However, it delves into more complex topics such as cell chemistry, enzymes, metabolism, photosynthesis, genetics, and evolution.

3. CHEM 1152K – Survey of Chemistry II

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This course is the second half of a two-semester series for students in the physical education, business, humanities, social sciences, and health fields. Like most science classes, students must attend a weekly lab session. The course covers topics like general, organic, and biochemistry.

4. CSC 2510 – Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science

a textbook for foundations of computer science

This class is a survey of the topics students need to know for all computer science disciples. Some of these topics are logic, logic programming, database querying, and program verification. Students will also learn about the importance of induction, recurrence relations, combinatorics, graph theory, sets, relations, functions and more.

5. MATH 2215 – Multivariable Calculus

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Calculus is a universally hated class. This specific class covers multi-variable functions, limits, differential equations, derivatives, partial derivatives, the chain rule, and integrals. In addition, students will learn how to apply these new concepts to different questions and problems.

6. NEUR 3000 – Principles of Neuroscience I

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While this class is an introduction to neuroscience, that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Students who take this class will learn about different parts of neuroscience like the structure and function of the nervous system, neuronal communication, sensory perception, and motor control. However, don’t let the class’s difficulty level steer you away, it’s certain something worth learning about.

7. MATH 1101 – Intro to Mathematical Modeling

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Math is known for being hard, no matter what specific course it is. This particular class focuses on using functions to explore and analyze problems and questions using mathematical modeling. This entails using graphical, numerical, and symbolic techniques to describe data and phenomena.

8. LGLS 4060 – Internet Law

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While this course is interesting, it’s also challenging. Students who choose to take it will examine how our country’s legal system is changing to accommodate how the internet affects business practices, society, and other societal values. The course mostly focuses on Internet-related legal issues like intellectual property, online commerce, taxing online products, privacy, defamation, cyber-security, and more.

9. CSC 2720 – Data Structures

a cartoon showing different aspects of data structures

This course will introduce students to the basic concepts and analysis of data representation. In addition, students will learn about different algorithms such as linearly lined lists, multi-linked lists, trees, searching, and sorting. If you’re thinking about taking this class, beware!

10. CHEM 2410 – Organic Chemistry II

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This chemistry class is the second half of a two-semester organic chemistry source. Some of the topics included in this class are molecular spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, the synthesis of complex molecules, and more. While this class was made for science, engineering, medicine, dentistry, or pharmacy majors, it’s welcome to all students as long as they take the first half of the course.

Sure, college is supposed to be challenging but you don’t want to overwork yourself. By reading this post, you’ve informed yourself of what classes to stay away from or what classes to be cautionary about. Keep this guide in mind when you’re picking your classes for next semester!


Katelyn Heuer

Hi, I'm a sophomore majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. My interests include music, reading, and fashion!


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