10 Hardest Courses at Manchester Community College

10 Hardest Courses at Manchester Community College

Everyone always says that college is the best years of your life. But the classes that you take can really make or break your great college experience. Some prefer easy classes because of the low stress levels. You can get an easy A and maintain a good GPA while still being able to go out and have fun. Others prefer hard classes; they like a challenge. If you’re a student at Manchester Community College, you should check out this list to help you decide whether you want to take on a challenging class or not. Here are the top 10 hardest courses at Manchester Community College.

1. ACC 276 – Principles of Intermediate Accounting II

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If you dislike math and memorizing vocab terms and formulas, then this might not be the class for you. This course covers plant and equipment depreciation, reevaluations, intangibles, long-term liabilities, stockholder’s equity, analytical processes, statement of cash flows, pensions, leases, and publicly held companies. Students may work on computers on some exercises, exams and projects during classes. Introduction accounting classes are challenging, so you can expect this intermediate accounting course to be even harder.

2. BIO 260 – Principles of Genetics

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Do you like science and learning about living things? Biology is all about studying life and living organisms. Your ancestors and parents pass their genetics on to you, and those genetics make you who you are. This intermediate level course is designed to extend the understanding of college level biology students to encompass an understanding of heredity and of the hereditary material with particular attention to current theories. This class is said to be difficult because there’s a lot of memorization required, and it can be hard to understand something you can’t even see.

3. BFN 202 – Corporate Finance

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Don’t underestimate this class; just because you are good with money doesn’t mean this class will be a piece of cake. This course is the study of the principles and techniques of financial management, covering money and capital markets, financial analysis, working capital management, long term financing, time value of money, risk, leverage, and cost of capital. You have to be able to read and understand charts, as well as memorize terms and do math.

4. CHE 212 – Organic Chemistry II

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If science isn’t your strong suit, then this class is going to be a challenge. Chemistry is the study of elements and compounds composed of atoms, molecules and ions; the study of matter. This class is a study of the structure, properties, reactions, and nomenclature of aromatic compounds, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and their derivatives, amines, addition and condensation polymers, and biochemical molecules. Additional topics will include the role and use of spectroscopy, reactions involving carbanions, and alpha-beta unsaturated compounds. Prepare yourself for some late nights of studying, studying, and more studying.

5. CSC 286 – Microprocessor Assembly Language

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A lot of students mistakenly think computer science is easy because they grew up using a computer, but it’s much harder than you think. This course is an introduction to the programming and interfacing of a microprocessor. Topics include assembly language programming, bus architecture, the datapath, addressing methods, memory systems, interrupts, analog to digital and digital to analog conversion, use of a Multifunction Multiprocessor Support Controller, data acquisition and process control systems. You will have to code in this class, which means you’ll have to learn a whole new language if you don’t know how to code already. It’s a lot of time-consuming work, so make sure you have the time for it before signing up!

6. LGL 216 – Administrative Law

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Law is difficult for many people because of all the Latin terms and memorization of said terms and definitions required. This class presents a basic understanding of legal concepts affecting public administrative agencies, including the way in which administrative agencies fit into the United States system of government, delegation of authority and separation of powers, the types and organization of administrative agencies, sources of administrative law, rule making, legislative oversight, agency actions, controls on agencies, appeals, adjudications, judicial review, and legal ethics. Specific areas of agency action are explored, such as environmental law, Social Security, civil rights, immigration law, and Workers’ Compensation. This course requires you to put in a lot of hard work and time commitment.

7. MAT 285 – Differential Equations

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Even those who are good at math will be challenged by this advanced class. This is a course in differential equations. Solution methods for differential equations including selected first order equations, nth-order equations, and systems of linear equations using matrix techniques, Laplace transforms, and numerical methods. Series techniques for selected linear differential equations including Bessel’s equation will be considered. If you find yourself struggling in this class, check out the notes linked in the course title for some extra help!

8. PHY 223 – Calculus-Based Physics III

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This course is difficult for many because it involves science and math, so if you struggle with both subjects then you might want to avoid this course. 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. Principles of quantum radiation and modern physics, including electromagnetic waves, relativistic mechanics, and quantized radiation are studied. Physics and calculus are arguably two of the hardest subjects, so consider this class a real challenge.

9. PSY 245 – Abnormal Psychology

Image of a drawn head with a puzzle piece missing from the top of the head, and three puzzle pieces sitting next to the head.

Psychology is the science of behavior and mind. It’s like your brain is trying to understand other brains. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the phenomenon of psychopathology and to the field of abnormal psychology which attempts to understand and treat it in its many forms. The course will provide students with a basic understanding of this field and survey a number of the more common psychological disorders that have been explored within it such as clinical depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and personality disorders. Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment will also be addressed. The hardest part of this class is the memorization required to know and remember all the different terms and definitions, so if memorization isn’t your learning style, then good luck in this class.

10. SUR 225 – Advanced Seminar in Surgery

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Performing surgery is NOT for everyone. Some people can’t even look at blood without fainting. This course will review the basic principles and practices taught in the Surgical Technology program. This course will focus on the objectives of the National Certification Examination for Surgical Technologists (CST) using an online learning system, lecture and practice tests. If you’re squeamish, then this is probably not the class for you.

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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