10 Hardest Courses at Siena College

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Every student wishes all their classes would be easy. But let’s face it, that’s just not realistic. So when choosing courses for an upcoming semester, it’s important to find a good balance between hard and easy classes. You don’t want to take five hard classes in one semester; you’ll get overwhelmed and burned out. If you’re a student at Siena College, you should check out this list of courses so you don’t accidentally end up taking a bunch of them all at once. Here are the top 10 hardest courses at Siena College.

1. ACCT 305 – Intermediate Accounting II

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Accounting deals with a lot of numbers, equations, and formulas.
If you dislike math and memorizing vocab terms, then this might not be the class for you. This course is a continued study of contemporary accounting theory and the application of generally accepted accounting principles to various financial statement items. Introduction accounting classes are challenging, so you can expect this intermediate accounting course to be even harder.

2. ASTR 392 – Principles of Astrophysics II

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Astrophysics is the application of physical principles to astronomical systems. Astrophysicists use their knowledge of physics to explain observations of astronomical phenomena, drawing upon a wide range of subjects in physics, including classical mechanics, quantum and atomic physics, thermodynamics, electromagnetism, chemistry, and nuclear physics, among others. Students will learn how to use a variety of physical principles to understand the characteristics and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies and the Universe as a whole. This is an advanced science course, so if science is your Achilles heel, then you might want to steer clear of this class.

3. BIOL 425 – Molecular Biology

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Biology is all about studying life and living organisms. The course will cover the principles of gene structure, function, organization and expression in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Some specialized aspects of eukaryotic genes such as gene mobility, gene rearrangement, cancer genes and animal virus genetics will be studied. Molecular biology is difficult for many people to grasp because it can be hard to understand something you can’t even see.

4. CHEM 310 – Thermodynamics and Chemical Equilibrium

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If science and math are your worst subjects, then consider this class a real challenge. This course deals with the application of mathematics and physics to the solution of macroscopic problems in chemistry. Topics include the properties of ideal and real gases, extensive and intensive properties, the laws and mathematics of thermodynamics, the chemical potential, chemical equilibrium of single and multiphase systems, ideal and real solutions, ionic solutions and electrochemistry, introductory chemical kinetics and kinetic molecular theory. There is a lot of memorization requires in this class. Prepare yourself for some late nights of studying, studying, and more studying.

5. CSIS 415 – Software Engineering II

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Don’t underestimate the difficulty of this class just because you know how to use a laptop/computer. This isn’t an introductory class so it’s a little more challenging.This course extends the concepts introduced in Software Engineering I and introduces new topics important to software engineering profession, such as secure coding, ethics, intellectual property, copyright, cloud computing, and software maintenance. It’s lot of time-consuming hard work, so make sure you have the time for it before signing up!

6. ECON 490 – Seminar in Advanced Economic Theory

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This class is an analysis of selected topics on an advanced level. Topics are drawn from micro and macro-economics. The course is designed to acquaint the student with advanced subjects and original literature. Since this is an advanced class, it’s even harder than the intermediate and introductory class. You have to be able to read and understand charts, as well as memorize terms and do math.

7. FINC 425 – Advanced Corporate Finance

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If you like math, money, and analysis, then this just may be the class for you. This is an advanced Finance course designed to outline theories and techniques for effective financial decision-making and for the assessment of the impact of these decisions on performance. Specifically, the course develops tools for effective capital budgeting and financing decision-making, and for firm valuation. Special attention will be paid to developing a comprehensive approach to solving financial problems. You have to be able to read and understand charts, as well as memorize terms and do math.

8. MATH 260 – Differential Equations

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If math and numbers aren’t your strong suit, then this class is going to be difficult for you. This course is a study of ordinary differential equations, including first order equations and linear homogeneous and non-homogeneous equations of higher order. Applications of differential equations are emphasized throughout the course. Standard solution techniques, including the Laplace transform, are introduced. If you find yourself struggling in this class, check out the notes linked in the course title for some extra help!

9. PHYS 260- Thermal Physics

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Physics is arguably one of the hardest studies of science there is. This course is a study of thermal phenomena from a macroscopic point of view, including the development and applications of the first two laws of thermodynamics, entropy, thermodynamic potentials, and equilibrium phenomena. The concept of distribution functions is developed. This is followed by a study of classical statistical mechanics and the statistics of Bose-Einstein and Fermi-Dirac. If you love science, then consider challenging yourself with this advanced physics course.

10. PSYC 225 – Health Psychology

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Health psychology is a basic research and clinical practice area within psychology that focuses on understanding the scientific relationships between social, behavioral, and psychological processes and health. Topics will include health beliefs and health-enhancing behaviors, the effects of stress and coping on illness and disease recovery, adjustment to chronic or terminal illnesses, and clinical interventions such as pain management, behavioral management of diseases like HIV-spectrum illness and cancer, the relationship between the health care provider and patient, and cross-gender and cross-cultural variations in prevention and development of disease and in the factors related to positive coping with illness. The hardest part of this class is the memorization required to know and remember all the different scientific terms and definitions, so if memorization isn’t your learning style, then good luck in this class.

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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