10 Hardest Classes At Syracuse University

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Syracuse University is ranked as the fifty-third best university in the nation and has a 48.3% acceptance rate which means that its staff and faculty are dedicated to helping students succeed. Classes may challenge students and might not always be easy. However, if you want to avoid these classes or just know what they are, continue reading this guide to find out.

1. CHE 546 – Molecular Spectroscopy and Structure

a visualization of moleculesJust the name sounds difficult! Students get to pick three specific topics from a prepared list to study each semester. This topics include atomic spectroscopy and angular momentum, laser chemistry, symmetry and group theory, nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, and more! On the bright side, these topics all sounds quite interesting!

2. ARC 133 – Introduction to the History of Architecture I

a building designed by architecturesPrevious SU students claim that one of the hardest majors offered at the university is architecture. Considering this class is required for all architecture majors, it must be difficult. In this class, students will explore themes, concepts, in problems in architectural history spanning from Egyptian times to the 1500s.

3. ANT 311 – Anthropological Theory

anthropology shown through the evolution of humansThis course is offered through SU’s College of Arts and Sciences. Students learn about anthropological theory ┬áwhile focusing on debates about human nature, cultural diversity, and racial diversity. While the class seems interesting and informative, it definitely also seems difficult.

4. BCM 484 – Biomolecular Modeling

software used to create biomolecular structuresYou know a class is going to be difficult when its prerequisite is Structural and Physical Biochemistry. Students will gain experience with working with biomolecular modeling of proteins, nucleic acids, and drug candidates. In addition, they’ll learn about fundamental structural and physical structures.

5. BIO 326 – Genetics

a gene and its informationIn order to take this class, students must have already taken both General Biology I and General Chemistry I. In this class, students learn the principles of inheritance, structure and synthesis of nucleic acids, enzymology, and microbial genetics. This course serves as an introduction to genomics.

6. CHE 325 – Organic Chemistry II

a cartoon of two scientists doing chemistryMany students struggle with chemistry or find it difficult and this class is no exception. It acts as a continuation of CHE 275 (Organic Chemistry I). This class places focus on reaction and mechanism in organic chemistry, multi-step synthesis, and structural analysis.

7. CHI 312 – Introduction to Translating Chinese

some Chinese textChinese is one of the most difficult languages to learn. Students who choose to take this learn will learn how to translate written Chinese to English and English to Chinese by using texts written by native English or Chinese writers.

8. AEE 442 – High Speed Aerodynamics

an airplane flying over waterPeople often go on planes without thinking about how they work or how they’re designed. In this class, students learn about theories of airfoils and wings, linear approximations, singularity distribution, and vortex lattice methods. Sure sounds confusing!

9. BEN 433 – Drug Delivery

bottles of prescribed medicationBioengineering is difficult to begin with but this class is particularly tough– it’s a combination of biology, chemistry, and engineering. In this class, students learn how medications are delivered to the body and how they behave once they’re there. Students will also learn about drug formulation, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, controlled release, and targeted delivery.

10. CIS 428 – Introduction to Cryptography

a cartoon depiction of cryptography and where it's usedWhile this class is difficult, it is certainly useful and relevant in today’s world. Students must take (and pass) either Introduction to Analysis of Algorithms, Introduction to Abstract Algebra, or Introduction to Number Theory in order to take this course. In this class, student will learn about cryptosystems, cryptanalysis, pseudo-random sequences, and other relate ethical and social concerns. While difficult classes might be challenging and you might not get the grade you want in them, they are certainly worth taking. Harder classes are often interesting and will help prepare you for future classes. But if you need a quick GPA boost, avoiding these classes might be best for you.  

Author: Katelyn Heuer

Hi, I'm a sophomore majoring in computer science and minoring in mathematics. My interests include music, reading, and fashion!

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