10 Hardest Courses at Pearl River Community College

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The classes that you take can really make or break your great college experience. But while easy classes are fun and stress-free, there will come a time when you’ll eventually have to take a harder course. Luckily, if you’re a student at Pearl River Community College, you can use this article as a reference to figure out what tough classes you want to take on or avoid completely. Here are the top 10 hardest classes at Pearl River Community College.

1. ACC 2223 – Principles of Accounting II

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If you dislike memorizing vocab terms and formulas, then this might not be the class for you. Accounting or accountancy is the measurement, processing, and communication of financial information about economic entities such as businesses and corporations. The topics to be covered include corporate accounting concepts, managerial accounting concepts and internal business decision making. Besides the math, there’s a lot of terms and definitions to memorize, so if that’s not your learning style, then you may struggle in this class.

2. BAD 2413 – Legal Environment of Business

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Law is arguably one of the most difficult post-secondary education studies. It is essential for future business leaders and entrepreneurs to have an understanding of the role of the law and legal risk in shaping business decisions, achieving competitive advantage, and avoiding legal pitfalls. This course is an introduction to interrelationships of law and society, jurisprudence and business. Topics include an introduction to law, law of contracts, agency, and employment. You might find yourself struggling with legal terminology in this course, since a lot of it is in Latin.

3. BIO 1143 – General Biology II

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Biology is difficult for many people to grasp because it can be hard to understand something you can’t even see. Biology is the natural science that studies the life of individual organisms, their communities, and the systems, cells, and processes that make up living matter, including their physical structure, chemical processes, molecular interactions, physiological mechanisms, development and evolution. Topics covered include evolution, classification, ecology, detailed consideration of each group of organisms and viruses, study of animals and plants including their basic anatomy and physiology. If you are struggling in this class, check out OneClass’ Biology notes linked above for some extra help!

4. CHE 2433 – Organic Chemistry II

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If science isn’t your strong suit, then this class is going to be a challenge. Organic chemistry is a sub-discipline of chemistry that studies the structure, properties, composition, and reactions of organic compounds, which contain carbon in covalent bonding. Study of structure determines their chemical composition and formula. This is a lecture course that covers spectroscopy, aromatic compounds, carbonyl compounds and other complex compounds, with emphasis on reactions, reaction mechanisms, and nomenclature. Prepare yourself for some late nights of studying, studying, and more studying, because this class is difficult and time-consuming.

5. CSC 2144 – Programming II with C++

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Don’t be fooled; just because you know how to use a laptop/computer, doesn’t mean you’ll find computer science easy. This course is designed to be a continuation of program and algorithm development and analysis, search/sort methods, dynamic memory management, abstract data types and object-oriented design, designing and debugging larger programs. C++ is a general-purpose programming language that was developed as an extension of the C language, or “C with Classes” and has since been vastly modernized. It has imperative, object-oriented and generic programming features, while also providing facilities for low-level memory manipulation. If you’re new at coding, you’ll basically be learning an entirely new language.

6. EPY 2513 – Child Psychology

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Psychology can be hard because you’re trying to use your brain to understand how and why other brains behave and think the way they do. Child psychology is one of the many branches of psychology and one of the most frequently studied specialty areas. This particular branch focuses on the mind and behavior of children from prenatal development through adolescence. Child psychology deals not only with how children grow physically, but with their mental, emotional, and social development as well. This class is a study of the various aspects of human growth and development during childhood. Topics include physical, psychosocial & cognitive development from conception to emerging adolescence. The hardest part of this class is the memorization required to know and remember all the different scientific terms and definitions, so if memorization is your weakness, then good luck in this class.

7. HPR 1761 – Nutrition & Wellness II

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Health classes can be quite rigorous, but if you’re passionate about staying healthy and eating right, then this might just be the class for you. Nutrition is the study of nutrients in food, how the body uses nutrients, and the relationship between diet, health, and disease. This course delves into nutrition as it applies to health and disease prevention. The course has an overview of good nutrition principles that are necessary for physical and mental wellness and a long, healthy life. If science is one of your weaker subjects, then this class might be a challenge.

8. MAT 2913 – Differential Equations

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Even those who are good at math will be challenged by this advanced calculus class. The study of differential equations is a sub-discipline of calculus. A differential equation is a mathematical equation that relates some function with its derivatives. In applications, the functions usually represent physical quantities, the derivatives represent their rates of change, and the differential equation defines a relationship between the two. This course includes the following topics: solutions of first and higher order differential equations, existence theorems, Laplace transforms, and applications. If math and numbers aren’t your strong suit, then this class is going to be difficult for you.

9. PHY 2524 – Engineering Physics II

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Physics is the natural science that studies matter, its motion, and behavior through space and time, and that studies the related entities of energy and force. Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines, and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves. Engineering physics or engineering science refers to the study of the combined disciplines of physics, mathematics and engineering. This is a combined lecture and laboratory course covering electricity, magnetism, optics and modern physics. The most difficult aspect of this course is that it’s a calculus-based physics course, so if you’re bad at math, science, or both, you might want to stay away from this physics class.

10. PSY 1513 – General Psychology

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This is another science-related course, so if science is your weakness, then you might find this class hard. Psychology is the science of behavior and mind. Psychology is a multifaceted discipline and includes many sub-fields of study such areas as human development, sports, health, clinical, social behavior and cognitive processes. This course is an introduction to the scientific study of human behavior and mental processes, and includes history and theories of psychology, research methods, biological bases of behavior, the principles of learning, personality and abnormal behavior. It may sound easy, but there is a lot of memorization in this class. You have to remember every vocab term and what those terms mean and do in relation to psychology and behavior.

Author: Brittany Junkins

Brittany Junkins is a Business Advertising student at the University of South Florida. She is in the Honors College and the Zimmerman Advertising Program.

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