10 Hardest Courses at Tuskegee University

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The classes that you take can really make or break your great college experience. Every student wishes all their classes could be easy, but let’s face it, that’s just not realistic. Since you’re going to have to take a difficult course eventually, you might want to start figuring out which classes you’re willing to challenge and which you want to avoid completely. If you’re a student at Tuskegee University, then check out this list of the top 10 hardest classes offered at Tuskegee. Just be careful not to take them all at once!

1. AENG 0346 – Fundamentals of Propulsion

Diagram of an aircraft propulsion system.

Have you ever heard the phrase “It’s not rocket science”? A standard phrase used to indicate that something is not very difficult when compared to rocket science. Well, Aerospace Engineering pretty much is rocket science. Aerospace engineering is the primary field of engineering concerned with the development of aircraft and spacecraft. This course is an introduction to the fluid mechanics and thermodynamics required for the analysis and design of aerospace propulsion engines. Topics include: elementary propeller theory, thermodynamic analysis of various types of jet, rocket and other engines in aerospace use, effects of installation, velocity and atmospheric conditions on engine performance, noise, emissions, environmental considerations and appropriate standards.

2. BIOL 0360 – Biochemistry of Cell Regulation

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Biochemistry is difficult because it combines both biology and chemistry, so if science is your worst subject, then you might want to avoid this class. Fundamental principles of biochemistry (protein structure and function, conformational change, kinetics, thermodynamics, equilibrium, etc.) are covered in this class. Cell biology topics will include plasma membrane and membrane proteins, cell signaling cascades, regulation of gene transcription and translation, regulation of the cell cycle, cancer and oncogenes, nerve transmission, and immune response. There are a lot of terms, definitions, equations, and formulas to memorize, so good memorization skills are necessary to succeed in this class.

3. BUSN 0376 – Advanced Accounting

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Accounting deals with a lot of numbers, equations, and formulas. Besides the math, there’s also a lot of terms and definitions to memorize. Special units are included on accounting theory and external reporting, partnerships, special sales procedures, consolidation, and fiduciaries. Introduction and intermediate accounting classes are challenging, so you can expect this advanced accounting course to be even harder. Be prepared for many nights of hours of studying.

4. CHEM 0321 – Organic Chemistry II

Diagram of chemical molecules and compounds.

Chemistry, like biology, can be difficult for many people because it can be hard to understand something you can’t actually see. 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. Topics in this class include nomenclature, physical properties and reactions of carbon compounds; reaction mechanisms; conformational analysis of cyclic and acyclic compounds, including spectroscopy for the elucidation of chemical structures. If you are struggling in this class, check out OneClass’ notes linked above for some extra help!

5. CSCI 0385 – Security Engineering

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security engineer is tasked with the monumental role of protecting the networks and computer systems of a company from any security threats or attacks. This course fills the gap between the theories of secure systems and the skill based training of System Administrators. The focus is on the security technologies used to implement security policies. Topics include Introduction to Security Engineering concepts, Security Protocols, Access Control, Cryptography, Multilevel Security, Multilateral Security, Biometrics, Network Attack and Defense, Security in Banking, System Security Engineering Capability Maturity Model, Security Requirements, & Risk Analysis. Many find this course difficult because you need to know and understand how to read and write code.

6. ECON 0352 – Microeconomics

Diagram of supply and demand on a price/quantity graph.

Microeconomics is harder than macroeconomics because it’s a more narrow, specific study of the economy while macroeconomics is a broad study of the economy. This course analyzes the behavior of business firms, industries, consumers and resource owners. It investigates how the market system determines the composition of national product, the amount of the productive factors used by firms and industries, and the distribution of income. It evaluates the extent to which various market structures (e. g. pure competition, oligopoly, etc.) function in the interest of social welfare. Not only do you need to be able to analyze a graph, but you’ll have to memorize all the different scenarios that affect and shift things in the economy.

7. MATH 0307 – 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. 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. This course teaches solutions of ordinary differential equations with applications to geometry, physics, and engineering; solutions in power series; systems of linear differential equations; introduction to Laplace Transforms. Even those who are good at math will be challenged by this advanced class.

8. PHYS 0311 – General Physics II

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The main goal of physics is to understand how the universe behaves. This course is difficult for many because it involves science and math. This class is a more comprehensive course designed to meet the needs of physics majors as well as advanced students in chemistry, engineering and other areas. Topics related to heat, thermodynamics, geometrical optics, electricity and magnetism are rigorously presented. There’s lots of equations and formulas to memorize, so prepared for studying, studying, and more studying.

9. PSYC 0306 – Psychological Statistics

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This is another science and math-related course, so if is you like math and/or science, then considering taking on this challenge. This class is an introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics for the psychological sciences. Topics covered include descriptive and inferential statistics, including chi-square, t-test, analysis of variance, correlational techniques, and when those techniques might be applicable in psychology. If you like testing hypotheses, analyzing data, and learning about the mind, then this might be just the class for you.

10. SOCI 0370 – Social Psychology

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Sociology is the study of society, patterns of social relationships, social interaction and culture of everyday life. This course is the study of the development of human nature and personality as a product of social interaction and the nature of the socialization process. Special attention is given to the role of such factors as membership and reference groups, group values, attitude, norms, language in the development of personality. This course is like your brain trying to understand other brains. If human behavior and interaction interests you, then you might actually like 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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