I had planned to take the beginning chemistry class with lab (Chem I) and the beginning biology class (Bio I) my first semester in college, along with spanish 1 (3 hours), college algebra (3 hours), and maybe some easy athletics class. My mom said I should only do chemistry (assuming I decide on doing pharmacy) and save biology for later to keep from getting overwhelmed. I know this is not a heavy course load even with both science classes & labs, but I haven't been to "real school" since fourth grade (homeschooled), and I think it might take a while to get adjusted to teachers I can't rewind, and new books, and taking notes and stuff like that. Also, I want to work on CLEPing out of stuff I don't like or already know- english Lit, economics, history, etc. I might not need as much biology for pharmacy, but I am not certain that that is what I want to do. I just don't want to get behind if I go for dentistry, PT, optometry, etc. and not be able to finish in four years because of putting off biology. If I put off Bio 1, that will just make my course load harder next semester, so maybe it doesn't matter all that much? On one hand, I figure I should get used to lots of science classes at one time; but then I don't want to screw up my GPA my first semester either. Opinions please? Thanks!