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Bio I, Chem I, and Physics I at once?

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If I were to only take these classes for fall semester, and no other classes, would I be able to survive... And do well?

Or is this a terrible idea?
 

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You can do it. But from what I hear, adcoms don't enjoy seeing semesters with low credit hour/work loads, so it may be advantageous to add another class, or take physics the next year.
 

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Depends on how much free time you have, work schedule and such. I think you can do it with good time management, even with labs for all three.
 

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Very doable. Even with labs, as the person above me stated. Know your strengths, attack your weaknesses early, and stay organized.
 

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Depends on how much free time you have, work schedule and such. I think you can do it with good time management, even with labs for all three.
If I'm a full time student... I would work minimal hours a week.. Just enough to save up money to pay for the next year of school (super cheap in state tuition). I would be helping in my professors lab too. But that's it
 

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If this is your first time taking classes of these sorts I would spread them out. I have taken semesters with harder course loads and did well, but I already knew that I could handle science courses at that time. If you're a first semester freshman, it might not be a bad idea to take one out and replace it with sociology or psych.
 
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If this is your first time taking classes of these sorts I would spread them out. I have taken semesters with harder course loads and did well, but I already knew that I could handle science courses at that time. If you're a first semester freshman, it might not be a bad idea to take one out and replace it with sociology or psych.
Thanks for the response. I'm actually a nontrad with a degree already. My B.A. is in English though, so I do not have a lot of science experience... Aside from AP classes years and years ago....
 

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Thanks for the response. I'm actually a nontrad with a degree already. My B.A. is in English though, so I do not have a lot of science experience... Aside from AP classes years and years ago....

Might be beneficial to dip your toes and start by taking Bio I w/lab and Chem I w/ lab ( and maybe a nonscience prereqs you may need) and then see if you feel comfortable increasing it the next semester with Bio II w/lab, Chem II w/ lab, Phys I w/ lab, and possibly Calc I (or whatever math class you may need). I don't think this will set you back time-wise as you can still finish prereqs within 2 years either way. It is better to do well in your prereq courses than to over load yourself.
 

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I did this this fall while also working as an intern. You can do it but expect a smaller social life.
 

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Thanks for the response. I'm actually a nontrad with a degree already. My B.A. is in English though, so I do not have a lot of science experience... Aside from AP classes years and years ago....

You violate 3 of my long time rules for nontrads by doing it

Summary of Rules For Non Trads

Rule 1: Take a Breath
Rule 2: Trust Your Gut
Rule 3: It Depends
Rule 4: Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew – Logistics of Life
Rule 5: Do Not Risk Bad Grades By Taking Too Much – Good Grades Get You In
Rule 6: The MCAT Is Your Friend – As Important As GPA
Rule 7: Learn To Be a Student – Study Skills, Lecture Skills and Exam Skills
Rule 8: Premature Application – Don’t Rush To Apply Before You Are Ready
Rule 9: The “6P” Principle – Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance
Rule 10: Beware of FUD -- Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
 

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If I were to only take these classes for fall semester, and no other classes, would I be able to survive... And do well?

Or is this a terrible idea?
Left swipe.
 
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I almost did this, but decided against. I ended up doing only chem and physics this year (with non-science courses), both with labs. I've had some difficulty, but I am very weak in math. YMMV

All those lab reports though...
 

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I'm glad this came up, these three courses were recommended for my first semester by the admissions counselor at the school I'm transferring to in the Fall. I didn't think it'd be so bad, but now I'm considering adding Spanish and I'm concerned that if I mess with it I won't be able to graduate when I've planned.
 

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It depend on how you manage your time, but definitely not too much.
 
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