Science Course Overload?

  1. How many science courses are too many in one semester? Is two too many? (i.e. 2 bio classes or bio and chem)

    I'm asking because I've just decided to get into nursing. It seems like all of the pre-requisites have pre-requisites. I'm just trying to figure out the quickest way to get through them without overwhelming myself.

    Any advice?
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  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   PhoenixGirl
    I did two science courses last semester, and one of them was accelerated! It's doable if you allow yourself a good amount of study time every single day. I did the bio 156 and chm classes. Plus I had a psych class. I don't think I'll ever give myself a load like that again if I don't have to, that accelerated class was tough. But I made it! I don't work though, I am a SAHM so maybe that was the key, I had plenty of study time.

    Good for you for deciding to go into nursing!

    Rebecca
  4. by   smk1
    it is going to depend on what kind of student you are, do you procrastinate (be honest here), do you have to work or have kids or other family obligations? The classes will require a lot of study time and lab time, so if you have time available to devote to these classes and you have a good memory, you could be just fine. If you have a busy schedule, this is probably not a good idea. It REALLY isn't a good idea if you nursing programs in your area are GPA based acceptance programs. (you will have to de very well in both and not just slip by. Take a look at the time you have and see if it will work out.
  5. by   SusanJean
    I think a bio and a chem are reasonable in a semester. I don't think I would put more than one of each, esp if they have labs as the labs and write ups can be time comsuming.

    Good luck w/ your schooling!
    SJ
  6. by   bioniclewoman
    Quote from Miss_Priss
    How many science courses are too many in one semester? Is two too many? (i.e. 2 bio classes or bio and chem)

    I'm asking because I've just decided to get into nursing. It seems like all of the pre-requisites have pre-requisites. I'm just trying to figure out the quickest way to get through them without overwhelming myself.

    Any advice?
    I'm taking chem and A&P 1 this semester plus psych and dance app. I don't work so I have lots of study time. I haven't had any test yet but I have been studying everyday and feel confident (as of today). Later in the semester I might be frazzled. My chem class is really basic so I think it won't be to hard. We spent the first two weeks learning how to round, measure, and estimate.
  7. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    It all depends on YOU! I have chosen to take one at a time, but I don't have to do the pre-reqs. I started college in '91, and have taken most of the pre-reqs' pre-reqs, or the actual class itself, before the made the required courses.

    (Does that make sense?) lol



    Good luck in your decision!
  8. by   dontknowwhen
    Thank you all for replying to my post and for your advice. I feel like I will be able to do it and I will definately take all of your advice into account.
  9. by   CAguy22
    Next Semester I am taking chem 101 and general microbiology. I am also taking 6 other classes fpr my teaching degree at my university which is on the quarter system (which I like much better). Luckily I don't work or have any kids.
  10. by   amber74
    Well, Im going to be honest. I am a good student (3.9 GPA )and I have three kids (10,8,4) I am in school from 9am-2 M-Th and on Tues and Thurs nights I have Anatomy.
    I also have algebra,Nutrition(take over because Its been too long) and college study skills.
    I am finding Im studying Anatomy every chance I get and thats still not enough.I cant imagine trying to do physiology and micro together anymore!
    At my school you MUST have a 3.0 GPA in the sciences to be considered.I am not willing to cram that in just to save a semester. I have not worked this hard to ruin it.
    Sure,if you have no kids,no life and are a good student...good luck!
    Just my lil ol opinion
  11. by   smile123
    Quote from Miss_Priss
    How many science courses are too many in one semester? Is two too many? (i.e. 2 bio classes or bio and chem)

    Any advice?
    I agree many of the posters; it depends on how much time you have and how focused you can be. I took Anatomy & Phys and Microbiology in 1 quarter. That was evening class 4 nights a week with 2 labs until 10pm. I had no social life, but that was the only way I could get through my classes and hold down my full time day job. I've been taking 2 classes every quarter for the last 5 quarters with the exception of summer quarter. For summer quarter, the school takes 11 week classes and condenses them into 6 weeks, so a single class met 4 nights a week with labs.

    The happy ending to the story: I got into program I wanted (Accelerated BSN/RN MS/NP program) and will be starting school in June 2005. I just didn't want to have the pre-reqs drag on so long.

    You can do it - even with kids, a job and other obligations; it just depends on badly you want to get your pre-reqs over with quickly.

    Smile123
  12. by   Maisie
    I am taking Physiology and Microbiology together now. I actually like them together, but it is a lot of hard work. I would not recommend it to anyone who has constraints on their time.
  13. by   dontknowwhen
    Thank you Smile123 and Maisie for your responses.

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