What was the hardest class you've ever taken in college?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by MusicEnthusiast, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. MusicEnthusiast macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2010
    Los Angeles
    Mine is most likely Radiative Transfer. The atmosphere has so many constituents that dictate how radiation in the shortwave penetrates the atmosphere and is either scattered, absorbed, or emitted, and how it affects the atmosphere in the longwave infrared. These equations manipulate Planck's function and have a ton of integrals. So interesting! But our class is so in-depth that we have taken leaps of faith from derivations that go as far back as Maxwell's Equations and how molecules rotate and induce electric fields. I never would have thought that today's supercomputers have a difficult time plotting absorption lines to fit global climate models. Some of these models take years to run!

    Well, enough of my little rant, I need to study for this class's final tomorrow morning. Share your tough college experiences!!!!
  2. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
  3. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Mine is nowhere close to the OPs, but mine would be discrete mathematics.

    Most peoples experience in this vary widely since the subject itself varies widely but we had to deal with all kinds of things like patterns in sets, logic, pathfinding, gambling odds, etc etc.

    What was tough was not only did we get some nasty questions, but we had to write programs to solve the questions because it was too much for a human to do.

    Even worse is some problems had no answer so you could have programs running for days and it could mean its just taking that long to solve, or that theres no answer so it was like a giant guessing game.

    I magically somehow passed with an A but its not a class I want to repeat!
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2007
    Hardest part of college I can recall, is fitting into those desks designed for 82 pound girls.

    Subject matter is tough - but when shallow breathing just to remain concious - that will slightly compound things... :confused:
  5. Sideonecincy macrumors 6502

    Sep 29, 2003
    What a fun topic. I had to take 3 courses of discrete math...hated every day of it.
  6. Surely Guest


    Oct 27, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
  7. 184550, Jun 3, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2012

    184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Foreign languages. GMU requires undergrads to complete 9 credit hours of a foreign language.

    I suck at science too.
  8. bruinsrme macrumors 603


    Oct 26, 2008
    My toughest class was qualifying in submarines.
  9. Hylekmi macrumors regular

    Dec 8, 2010

    Im currently studying my butt off for a Discrete Mathematics final... I got a 43 percent on the midterm and i need a 73 to pass.
  10. shinobi-81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    DM is the coolest math class I've ever taken, but I had a good teacher, though. We were never required to write programs either (algorithms in pseudo-code at most).
  11. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    That sounds seriously cool.

    As for me, I went to law school. Pick one.

    Though those classes was more psychologically hard rather than intellectually hard. For classes that was legitimately hard, I have many more classes to go, but I'll say Calculus.

    I bet Calculus II will take its place soon enough, however. :)
  12. senseless macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2008
    Pennsylvania, USA
    French. La, Le, Feminine, Masculine. What's the point?
  13. fireshot91 macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA
    Oh hey, I live about 7-10 minutes away from there. :p.

    Well, I'm entering into college this fall, but so far the hardest class I've had to take would be AP Chemistry. Somehow I passed with a solid B, and got a 4 on the exam.
  14. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Oceanography sucked. Spanish is going to suck coming up soon...
  15. shinobi-81 macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2012
    I dropped out of Law school after the second year of five (too much dull stuff to memorize drove me crazy), then I started on a B.Sc. instead, of which I have a year left. Calculus is probably one of the hardest ones to get a good grade in, no matter how much effort you put into it.
  16. callmemike20 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 21, 2007
    Biology 101. I got an A with little effort, but I hated the class. I don't think I learned anything until the day before the tests when I filled out the study guides.
  17. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    for my BA Arthurian Literature was the hardest since it was kinda boring but the teacher was into it way more than anyone else. Math 101 was a bit too fast paced for me since math was never my strong suit but nothing else was a real struggle for me.
  18. 184550 Guest

    May 8, 2008
    Fairfax/ DC area in general is awesome.
  19. InvalidUserID macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2008
    Palo Alto, CA
    Business statistics was rough partly because it was the first class Monday morning.

    Some of the general ed courses that were required yet weren't interesting to me were tough to get through.
  20. xboxer75010 macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2006
    Carrollton, TX
    I'm an undergrad in Electrical Engineering and my 3 hardest classes so far have been:

    Electronic Devices - Theory and application of solid state electronic devices. Physical principles of carrier motion in semiconductors leading to operating principles and circuit models for diodes, bipolar transistors, and field effect transistors. Introduction to integrated circuits.

    Electronic Circuits - Large-signal and small-signal characteristics of diodes, BJT and MOSFET transistors. Analysis of circuits containing diodes. Analysis of the DC and small-signal characteristics of single-stage BJT and MOSFET amplifiers. Analysis of circuits with an operational amplifier as a black box. Introduction of high-frequency models of BJT and MOSFET transistors and methods to analyze amplifier frequency response.

    Electromagnetic Engineering I - Introduction to the general characteristics of wave propagation. Physical interpretation of Maxwell's equations. Propagation of plane electromagnetic waves and energy. Transmission lines. Antenna fundamentals.

    Glad I got them out of the way. :D
  21. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    Just finished my Electrical Engineering undergrad.

    Hardest class I think was probably Electromagnetic Theory (involving triple integrals, partial differentiation, and exams requiring knowledge of roughly 100 equations). Advanced Digital Logic using VHDL/Verilog to program FPGAs was fairly difficult too.

    Something I struggled with that others may have as well was Intro to Programming. My school uses Scheme to teach programming. I wanted to throw myself in front of a bus by mid-term.
  22. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    My 1st year Biology I and II subject. So many hot girls take biology, it was difficult to concentrate on anything but anatomy. :eek:

    And then there was Quantum Mechanics. It's.......well.....it's quantum mechanics. *shrugs shoulders*
  23. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Economics & statistics.

    I hated both and struggled mightily
  24. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Life - 101.

    I went to the School Of Hard Knocks.


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