I will be in my second year next fall semester. I was planning on taking MCDB 310 and PHYSICS 150/151 and/or BIOLOGY 225. Is it possible to take all three at the same time? My 4th class would be a non-STEM, 4-credit class (probably a humanities course).
If not, what class should I take with biochem? For context, I am planning on majoring in either MCDB or Neuroscience and trying to graduate in 3 years rather than 4.
Typically, it is recommended that you take 2-3 (max.) STEM classes per semester. In this case, MCDB 310 is a heavy workload and relatively difficult class, which is why I would recommend only pairing it with one other science course. Physics 150/151 should be a good option since it is less memorization (in comparison to biochem) and more application of equations. Bio 225 is more memorization-heavy but still manageable with MCDB 310. Either way, taking only one of those classes with MCDB and two other humanities/non-science courses is probably the best best way to go! Of course, if you do want to take all 3, it may be best to do so without any extra humanities classes so you can focus your attention on the science courses. However, I wouldn’t recommend that simply because MCDB is relatively challenging.
I hope that helps! Let us know if you have any other questions!
Leen, PMH Advisor