10 Hardest Classes at De Anza College

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De Anza College is public community college that is located in Cupertino, California. It is known as one of the tougher community colleges with alums including Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. This article will help both current and potential students know which classes are the toughest at De Anza College.

1. ACCT 1A – Financial Accounting

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Financial Accounting is one of the toughest classes at every university because of the complexity of balancing the books, audits, and etc. This course at De Anza is five hours lecture (60 total per quarter). The objective is to help students learn how accounting meets the information needs by developing, and communicating information that is used to make decisions in the workplace.

2. ADMJ 53 – Criminal Law II

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ADMJ 53 (Criminal Law II) is four hours lecture (48 hours per quarter). It is a tough course because there are four different prerequisites and students have a lot of memorization to do for the course. It is an advanced course in criminal law emphasizing substantive California statutory criminal codes.

3. BIOL 40C – Human Anatomy and Physiology

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There are three different BIOL 40 courses (40A, 40B, 40C) with a focus on different parts of the body. This course is four hours of lecture with three hours of lab (84 hours per quarter). The course focuses on the endocrine system, lymphatic system, digestive system, metabolism, urinary, and reproductive systems.

4. CHEM 12B – Organic Chemistry

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The course is three hours lecture and six hours labs (108 hours total per quarter). The course is an exploration of the physical properties and chemical behavior of important classes of organic compounds. The lab hours of this course involve the synthesis of simple compounds and the characterization of those compounds using chromatography and infrared (IR), Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis), and nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR)spectroscopy.

5. ECON1 – Principles of Macroeconomics

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ECON 1 (Principles of Macroeconomics) is the first econ course students have to take. It can seem much simpler than it is because the content may not be the toughest, but the amount of terms and formulas needed for the class makes it very difficult. The course is four hours lecture (48 hours per quarter).

6. HTEC 60H – Advanced Medical Terminology II

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Advanced Medical Terminology II is a tough course because of the sheer number of terms that are in the course. The course is two lecture hours (24 hours per quarter). The students learn about the application of medical terminology to the cardiovascular, respiratory, blood and lymphatics, musculoskeletal, endocrine, oncology, pharmacology, and psychiatry systems.

7. HTEC 185 – Clinical Chemistry Practicum

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Clinical Chemistry Practicum is a course with 18 hour lab (216 hours per quarter). The course provides entry-level clinical lab practice in the department of both general and specific chemistry. There is an emphasis placed on technique, accuracy, and precision.

8. MATH 22 – Discrete Mathematics

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Discrete Mathematics is a course with 5 hours lecture (60 total per quarter). There are 2 prerequisites for the course and students need a C or higher in both courses. This course goes through the elements of discrete mathematics with its applications to computer science.

9. NURS 83P – Pharmacology III

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Pharmacology III is a course that is 1.5 hours (18 total per quarter). It focuses on pharmacology and how it is related to the mother and child population. It goes over the legal/ethical issues and safety principles in the nursing practice regarding these populations.

10. PHYS 4B -Physics for Scientists and Engineers: Electricity and Magnetism

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Physics is a course that most students take at least once and generally they tend to struggle in it. Physics for scientists ad engineers: electricity and magnetism is no different. It is five hours of lecture and three hours of lab (96 hours total per quarter). The course is an introduction to classical electromagnetism.

Author: Steve Racinski

I'm from Detroit, Michigan and lived in Canada when I went to high school. Now I am a freshman entrepreneurship student at the University of Tampa and play lacrosse here as well.

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