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Courses 6 courses per semester

  1. Sep 17, 2007 #1
    Do you take all courses prescribed for the particular semester (full load) like in my case 6 courses for this semester or you take less; like 4 or 5 or maybe 3?
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    You're really going to have to be specific if you want an answer! For example, which country are you in, which year in university, which subject...
  4. Sep 17, 2007 #3
    Ontario , Canada
    3rd year ,5th semester Electrical Engineering. Thanks
  5. Sep 17, 2007 #4
    Shouldn't your course supervisor or someone in a similar role be the better person to ask? The likelihood of someone on this forum understanding enough about your timetable and course to be able to give better information and advice is slim.
  6. Sep 17, 2007 #5
    During my undergrad year, I took on average 7 courses per semester.
  7. Sep 17, 2007 #6
    In the 5th semester I took 6 courses.
  8. Sep 17, 2007 #7
    I take 4 a semester. 4 is more than enough for me, cuz Im dumb.

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  9. Sep 17, 2007 #8
    haha nicely said cyrusabdollahi.

    Freshman year, sophmore year I could handle 6, jr. 4.

    Since I'm transferring (and I need to graduate ASAP) I'm going to take 5 core comp sci courses it should be fun.
  10. Sep 17, 2007 #9
    I'm in my last year of Mathematical Physics, I've taken 5 courses/semester every year so far, and I'm registered in 5 each for my last two semesters as well. It really varies from school to school, and even program to program.
  11. Sep 17, 2007 #10
    4 courses per semester. We are allowed to take at most 5 courses per semester but very few do.
  12. Sep 17, 2007 #11
    I found that 5 is a good number, and 6 is good if you want to take more classes. 7 sounds like a stress that is unneeded.
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    2 or 3 is about all i can follow.
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    I am currently taking six, but it's tough. I'd much rather have taken five, but there were some courses that are cycled every other year and I had to take them.

    I guess I'd say five is my ideal. It's enough to keep me from getting bored, but not overly hard to keep up with all of them.
  15. Sep 17, 2007 #14
    But do you want to know the subject more deeply? If so, 3 is max for me too. After that, is just to keep up with the system and a constant fight to go above the mediocre level. and I'm not talking about marks for which I can't complain. Just look at it this way: you went through high school, but if you pick up any decent problem solving book with basic maths, you will be scared to see that what you know is nothing.
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    please consult my algebra 843-4-5 notes on my website. this is one course. do any of you really think you could successfully follow 6 such courses? bahh. nonsense.
  17. Sep 18, 2007 #16
    Graduate courses are different mathwonk, but anyone should be able to follow 5 or 6 undergrad courses at once (as long as they don't have any other constraints on their time).
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    well i agre it all depends on how much time you want to sopend on them, but to me spending so little time on each makes it not worth doing them, unkless they are for plkay, like art appreciation.

    even in undergrad school, some of us began with grad courses, i enrolled in ym first one as a firsts emester freshman, and my more advanced colleagues took them for several years as undergrads.

    so for advanced science students, it is often advised to take grad rstehr than udnergrad courses, and then they would be facing the same time demands as grad stduents, onlky without the commitment.

    i.e. a successful undergrad career at the high level, often involves taking grad courses, and one needs to do well in them.

    anyway i do not agree that rgad courses are so much harder for the grad student than undergrad courses are for the undergrad. i just do not believe there are many undergrads out there who can profitably take honors calculus ala spivak, and honors physics ala feynman, honors chemistry, plus honors writing, maybe a language like russian or german, and also a demanding philosophy course which reads a book or more a week like the illiad or republic.

    these were the kinds of courses we took as freshmen at harvard, and i think we were taking too many of them at 4 1/2, much less 6. i gues it is my turn of mind but i like to think about what i am taking, not just listen to surveys, and never get into it.

    i.e. to me learning is about understanding, not just exposure. and i think for most undergrads, the last two years are also about deep investigation, maybe writing a thesis. 6 courses at that time seems silly to me.

    in fact i question how much oppenheimer got out of his vaunted 7 harvard courses. i tried unsuccessfully to see a list of what he took last night. but apprently he was a voracious reader who did little else but study.

    in my day too, there were a few people who entered the library in the morning and left only at night when it closed, every day. this may even be thought unhealthy, and i worry abiut some of our young members here who speak of nothing but study.
  19. Sep 18, 2007 #18


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    oh and the notes for my "grad" course in algebra will reveal that it is considered undergrad material at many schools. e.g. at brandeis in the 1960's such material was taught to honors sophomores, out of bourbaki. also the book by chi han sah which i often recommend, was written as notes for a sophomore course at harvard in about 1963.
  20. Sep 18, 2007 #19
    I don't understand why undergrads take grad level courses. If they take grad level courses after they've completed all their undergrad courses, why not just graduate early and go to grad school?
    Or do they take grad level courses in place of their equivalent undergrad courses? for example, instead of taking undergrad real analysis, do they take graduate level instead? and in the process skip alot of undergrad courses. if so, wouldnt that be extremely difficult?
  21. Sep 18, 2007 #20


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    to get an undergraduate degree requires a certain number of hours. these hours may be taken from graduate courses if one is qualified.

    you cannot stop and receive an undergraduate degree just because you are advanced enough to take grad courses. also undergrad school is more fun than grad school and it is prudent to spend all 4 years there among friends and girls, and extracurricular activities.

    yes it is difficult, but that is what top people do at top places. it was fairly standard for the better math majors at harvard to take graduate reals and complex and algebra and algebraic topology, as juniors and seniors.

    if you look at the content of the grad courses now given at harvard in these topics you may see that their grad courses now assume one has already had what are considered grad courses at other places. e.g. at other places grad comple teaches cauchys theorem, residue theory and elementary matters like that, and at harvard they may do sheaf cohomology, oka's theorem and nevanlinna theory.

    so to even aspire to admission at a top grad school, one may need to arrive knowing hat is called graduate material at ones own school.

    i once had a high school student who was also enrolled at uga in my graduate algebra course. he was the ebst in there, and graduated somehow simultaneously from high school and uga undergrad, and went straight to UCLA grad school at 17, without ever actually enrolling as an undergrad on campus.

    i thought this a serious mistake, as he lost a lot of fun time from his life, indeed is probably the most fun most people ever have. they are pon campus with thousands of other kids, young and energetic, amonf=g stimuaklting people, and with ideally none of the responsibilities of adults.
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