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What classes should I take with Calculus II? - November 26th 2014, 06:02 PM

Hey everyone. Sooooo, I am preparing to take Calculus II. When I first enrolled in college, I scored into Intermediate Algebra. Since then I've received As in every math course I've enrolled in (Int. Algebra, College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Pre-Calculus, and Calculus I). From my understanding Calculus II is one of the most difficult math courses for most students to pass because it begins dealing with three dimensional models, and beyond.

I've talked to my Professors. All of them unanimously have faith in my to complete this course, but they HIGHLY recommend not taking any difficult courses with Calculus II. '

My dilemma? I am trying to receive a S-STEM scholarship and have to be enrolled full time. So, I was wondering if I should take 3 STEM courses (Calc. 2, Physics, and Chemistry), or if I should take 3 liberal arts courses WITH Calc. 2. I'm debating taking courses that aren't even on my degree plan just to maintain full time status. Any suggestions?

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Re: What classes should I take with Calculus II? - November 26th 2014, 09:33 PM

Personally taking Physics and Chemistry with Calculus two and all that Math in each one would totally stress me out. I'd suggest taking the Liberal Arts courses if you think that would be better. It's really all down to if you can handle all the Math involved in those three classes or not. I couldn't, so I would go with the Liberal Arts.

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Re: What classes should I take with Calculus II? - November 26th 2014, 09:33 PM


I think it's a matter of what you yourself can handle. I know you should also take what your professors say into consideration, but what do YOU think you'd be able to handle? How do you handle under stress/pressure, and how do you deal with difficult situations? It may also be a question of how good you are at physics and chemistry. If you think that you'd be too overwhelmed with doing all of those difficult classes at once, then definitely don't stress yourself out!

Does your school have an add/drop period, where you can drop classes and add others until a certain deadline? It may be worth looking into, so that way if you do decide to do 3 STEM courses and dislike doing them all at once, you can drop one or two of them and add other courses.

With the liberal arts courses, are you sure there aren't at least any on your degree plan that you can take to at least satisfy requirements? Your class advisor may be able to tell you this if you aren't sure.

I'd say perhaps weigh the pros and cons based on your own needs, skill set, and how you're able to handle under pressure.

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Re: What classes should I take with Calculus II? - November 27th 2014, 06:48 PM

Play at your strengths. If stem classes is your strong suit then take that. If liberal arts will hold you back from all the readings and writings then avoid it. But if you find it easy then go ahead. If you must fill up something and doesn't matter what it is, just to maintain full time status or if you need electives try enrolling in a foreign language that you are already familiar with or physical education like yoga/sports/ etc or something fun and a beginner level, preferably in the 100s level and something that isn't intensive in writing. Not sure how general edu requirements work for your school but if you have core requirements try knocking some of those out as well.
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Re: What classes should I take with Calculus II? - November 29th 2014, 03:36 AM

What is your major? I would sit down and look at what is required and make a rough degree plan. There is no point to take classes just to take classes. See what you need to do in order to get your degree. Is calculus the only hard class you will need to take? If it is, then you could take two or three liberal arts with it. However, if there are harder classes down the line then maybe only take one with another science class.
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Re: What classes should I take with Calculus II? - November 29th 2014, 04:38 AM

From my experince, I would suggest taking the liberal arts courses. I'm a graduate of liberal arts but took other courses before settling, amoung them was Calc. I. I had a friend in college that was in Calc I with me, he was also taking physics with it, he was struggling big time. I just took Chem with it, and nearly failed the course. (didn't though) My point, it was just Calc I that cased sruggle, you are taking calc II along with two other course that are math related. It might cause you A LOT of stress which might cause some struggle. Liberal arts courses are easier and less stressfull. Sit down with your Counselor/advisor, their might be courses that will get you closer to your degree under the liberal arts classes.

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