I plan on taking CHEM 210, CHEM 211, BIOLOGY 207 (microbio), WGS 240, and a language class. Does this seem too much? Is it manageable to take orgo and microbio during the same semester since they also include the labs?
Thanks so much for your question!
I think that this schedule definitely seems manageable. In general, most advisors recommend that students take about 2 science classes each semester. While I haven’t taken Bio 207, I’ve heard that it requires memorization and is moderately time consuming. While Chem 210 relies somewhat on memory, it is largely based on practicing with concepts and problems. So, overall, I think that taking these two science classes together will allow you to avoid being swamped with just memorizing content. Also, the fact that you will have 2 courses related to the humanities will also provide a good balance and buffer to your science workload.
As for the labs, these are often linked to what is taught during class in some way, so while they are additional work, I wouldn’t let that deter you from signing up for the classes you have in your schedule. I know that it is an advisory prerequisite to take Chem 210 and 211 together, but I can’t seem to find any similar lab requirement for Bio 207. So, I’d say that although it may not be ideal, if you find that taking both classes with labs is too overwhelming, you could push back taking a lab for microbio to a later semester. Personally, I’ve taken two labs in one semester, and it was somewhat time-consuming (just because I had to be in each lab for a few hours each week), but it was definitely manageable. However, I wouldn’t suggest taking any more classes than the 2 science courses, labs, and the 2 humanities courses you mentioned.
Overall, this schedule seems great, but if you find that it doesn’t seem to be working for you, feel free to drop/switch classes as you see fit! Everyone’s experience and work style is subjective, so don’t feel bad if you think that a class is more difficult or time consuming than what others have experienced!
I hope this helps and thanks again for your question! Please feel free to reach out again if you have any more!
Jasmine, PMH Advisor