10 Hardest Courses at North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University

North Dakota State University of Agriculture and Applied Sciences is a public research university in Fargo, North Dakota. It was founded in 1890, has a 94% acceptance rate, and a 56% graduation rate. Some notable alumni from NDSU are Carson Wentz, IIhan Omar, and Rick Berg. Just like any institution, this school has harder courses, some of which may be required for your major. Take a look at the 10 hardest courses at North Dakota State University:

1. ACC 200 – Elements of Accounting I

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This course is required for business majors. The course is so difficult because students need to completely understand the information to do well in this course. The class is worth three credits and students will learn the basic concepts of accounting applied to businesses as well as the use of accounting information as a basis for decision making.

2. BIOC 260 – Elements of Biochemistry

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Biochemistry is a difficult course because there are a lot of different things that students need to memorize. This course is four credits. The course teaches about protein structure, function conformation, and dynamics.

3. BIOC 487 – Molecular Biology of Gene Expression

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This undergraduate course is very complex and considered very advanced. It is three credits and is designed to help students analyze current information regarding biochemistry and molecular biology of gene expression and regulation in prokaryoates, eukaryoates and archea, with primary emphasis on eukaryotic systems.

4. CHEM 354 – Majors Organic Chemistry Lab II

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Organic chemistry is one of the toughest courses for science majors and this one is no different. It is a two credit course that goes over the more advanced aspects of organic laboratory operations, synthesis, analysis, and structure determination using spectroscopic techniques.

5. CHEM 743 – Reactive Intermediates

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This course is unique because it is a half semester course that is worth two credits. The prerequisite for this course is CHEM 741 (Physical Organic Chemistry I). The course teaches about radicals, carbenes, nitrenes, arynes, carbenium ions, and survey of other reactive intermediates.

6. CSCI 160 – Computer Science I

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This course is four credits and is an introduction to computer science. It includes problem solving, algorithm development, and structured programming in a high-level language. The courses puts an emphasis on design, coding, testing, and documentation of programs using accepted standards of style.

7. ECON 410 – Econometrics

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This course is an introduction course for econometrics and it’s worth three credits. Students will learn about estimation, hypothesis-testing techniques and econometric applications in economics. There is an emphasis on ordinary least squares regression analysis.

8. ENGR 121 – Principles of Engineering

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The course is three credits and is the second foundation course in the “Project Lead the Way Sequence”. The course helps prepare students for the engineering field. The course topics include energy, power, materials and structures, control systems, as well as statistics and kinematics.

9. MICR 453 – Food Microbiology

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Food microbiology is worth three credits and can be a graduate credit as well. The course goes over the study of the nature, physiology, and interactions of microorganisms in foods. It also covers foodborne disease, effects of food processing, principles of food preservation, and more.

10. STAT 331 – Regression Analysis

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Stats is a course that most business majors need to take. STAT 331 is the second course taken for stats and is worth two credits. Students will learn simple and multiple regression techniques and correlation coefficients with an extensive use of SAS.

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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