I am trying to plan out a class schedule for the next few years and was wondering if anyone had any good advice about taking BIO 172 in the summer, I am planning on taking 171 in the winter semester and want to do the next over the shortened summer semester. Is it a lot harder than a regular semester? Does anyone have any advice?
I hope you are doing well!
The content covered in BIO 172 remains virtually the same when looking at Fall/Winter vs. Spring/Summer, but the challenge with taking it during the Spring or Summer semesters is the fast pace it moves at. BIO 172 is a memorization-heavy class that covers a good chunk of material in one semester. In the summer, this would be accelerated because of the shortened time frame, with there being 6 hours of lecture/week and 3 hours of discussion/week.
However, as long as you stay on top of the material and make sure you don’t fall behind, you should be successful! Also, I have heard great things about the professor who teaches BIO 172 in the Summer! One thing I did when I took BIO 172 was reviewing the lecture again the night it was presented before going to bed (for example, if there was a lecture on Monday, review those slides Monday night), which helped me with retaining the info! Since the Summer semester moves faster and you don’t have as much time to learn the information presented for the exams, I would recommend doing this or finding another method that works best for you to retain the content efficiently.
Additionally, we generally recommend only taking one STEM or pre-med class during the Spring or Summer semesters, since they require more time on your part. So, I would recommend just taking BIO 172.
I hope this helps! Feel free to stop by our advising hours (on Sunday – Wednesday from 6 PM – 10 PM) if you have any further questions!
Raheem, PMH Advisor