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    I know you are required to take a few Chem's and Physics courses along with statistics..and, naturally, Bio courses....but for those of you who have already earned a degree or are in the process of recieving one...which classes are/were the most difficult for you and why?


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    Comparative anatomy was unforgiving for me. Very difficult at the place I took it. I was one of 3 that passed, we started with 25 students.

    I'd say calculus is up there, but that's for Canadians only. Stats was easy but the curve was a real bitch.

    English for me was painful.

    Without doubt it seems cell biology and genetics to be hard to most students. I avoided both with my amazing degree, but found ecology to be nonsensical at times and a great place to catch some sleep.


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    When I was in my undergrad, the most difficult course was Biostatistics because i can't understand English that the lecturer's utterred....she's from Germany....my English also chaotic, so it make even worst...thank god i passed the exam...


    Zoology is very interesting but the lab works was tiring....I had to draw lots and lots of formalin-fixed animals such as the star fish, birds, snake, turtles and the most difficult on earth was the corals...better take drawing class before taking this course....

    it's true as mormoopid stated that genetics is hard...i took genetics for conservation, it's very hard for me but not for those whom find this course interesting.. :-D
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    don't even get me started on the savegery of labs that I was forced to take.
    Palaeontology labs had a slated 3 hour timeslot, but took around 9 hours to get through because there is SO MUCH TO LEARN! 9 hours to get through, not counting review or study.

    I was just talking about classes, not labs!!
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    Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology.

    But not sure which level you are asking. :?
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    Um for me it was the biochem courses, human metabolism gives me a headache I never want to see a pathway for the synthesis of cholesterol ever again.

    The most challenging bio course I've ever taken was Bacterial Genetics and Physiology, the class average was a D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RathDinen
    it's true as mormoopid stated that genetics is hard...i took genetics for conservation, it's very hard for me but not for those whom find this course interesting.. :-D
    What's your major? I'm a conservation bio major myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samcdkey
    Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology.

    But not sure which level you are asking. :?
    I will be taking courses from every level...I want a BS in Biology. Then possibly get a PhD in genetics.
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    Theoretical biology, because that woman was so frikkin vague she was a smudge on the curriculum..
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    Molecular evolution and systematics - the proabability functions for calculating phylogentic trees made my head spin. My second semester of physics was also difficult (covering electricity and magnetism etc), but part of that was also because I was simply uninterested and less motivated to figure it out.

    Genetics was a little trying but since much of the course at my school was molecular, I still did pretty well. The two semesters of organic chemistry and then biochem also wasn't easy but, in opposition to physics, I was much more interested and came out well in the end. And I almost forgot vertebrate anatomy and phylogeny - I chose to take it in place of the typical class used to fill the requirement, animal physiology. A lot to remember, but fascinating.
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    Systematics was hella boring also
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    Quote Originally Posted by mormoopid
    Systematics was hella boring also
    I don't know about yours, but I would have done better in mine if the theory was accompanied by more examples. If the professors had walked us through a couple of sample analyses it would have been much more interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chemboy
    Quote Originally Posted by RathDinen
    it's true as mormoopid stated that genetics is hard...i took genetics for conservation, it's very hard for me but not for those whom find this course interesting.. :-D
    What's your major? I'm a conservation bio major myself.
    We're the same...I took conservation biology for my degree...:-D
    i thought u're chemistry major
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