Top 10 Hardest Courses at the University of Colorado Boulder

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There are many courses that students can pick from, some that are required for their major and some they can avoid because of the challenges. As many are aware there are really tough courses for which students don’t tend to do well in, especially if it is a subject they are not interested in. To give the students a heads up of which courses are hard here is a list of the top 10 hardest courses at University of Colorado Boulder.

1. CSCI 1300 – Computer Science 1: Starting Computing-Engineering Application

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This can be a hard course for students that don’t have a lot of knowledge in computer science as it teaches techniques for writing computer programs at a higher level to solve problems of interest in engineering and other programs. It would be advisable for students to take an easier level courses before taking this one.

2. ACCT 5250 – Advanced Financial Accounting

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Advanced financial accounting is a higher level course where there are pre-requisites to be taken. This is an advanced course that examines theory and practice, emphasizing U.S. and international business and accounting. One that you can avoid or take as a challenge.

3. ASEN 2001 – Experimental and Computational Methods in Aerospace Engineering Sciences

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This course requires requisites in multiple courses, so doing well in them will help you do well in this course. It introduces statistical, experimental and computational methods in aerospace engineering. If you are able to use the MatLab comfortably it would be great as this course uses it a lot.

4. ARAB 3110 – Advanced Arabic 1

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This is an advanced course, so if you are struggling in writing, speaking, reading and listening in Arabic than this is not the course for you as you will struggle keeping up with content and result in a bad overall grade.

5. DNCE 1020 –  Beginning Ballet with Experience

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For those students that are interested in ballet but had no previous experience than you are better off with choosing beginning ballet as your first course before taking this one. As those will show you the fundamentals before going into the next step with this course.

6. ENGL 1500 -Masterpieces of British Literature

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This course introduces students to a range of works in the British literature. This course may be fun for some but it requires a lot of time put into this particular course in order to get a good mark, as you would have a lot of reading to do as well as analyzing which can be time-consuming.

7. CEES 1626 – Introduction to Central and East European History since 1770

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If you are the type of person that is not at all interested in history than this is not the course for you as it takes back to all the past events that occurred in the late 1700’s. A lot of material and dates to memorize which can be difficult.

8. LAWS 6886 – Legal Analysis

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This is a course that is restricted for the first year law students. It teaches you how to develop analytical skills for law school and to strengthen written communication skills and the ability to retain information.

9. MSBC 5070 – Business Analytics

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This course requires students to complete a prerequisite. It teaches students to use the tools to approach analysis of data though hand on exposure. It uses a lot of various applications online so if you are not familiar with them than it can be a hard course for you.

10. MATH 1080 – Calculus for Social Science and Business

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Math in particular can be hard for many students and are something they do not look forward to. This course covers differential and integral calculus of algebra, logarithmic and exponential functions.


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