10 Hardest Courses at William Paterson University

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Do you prefer easy classes or challenging classes? Some prefer easy classes because of the low stress levels and the easy A. Others prefer challenging classes because they find easy classes too boring. Whether you like challenging classes or not, you’ll have to take one eventually. Luckily, if you’re a student at William Paterson University, 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 William Paterson University.

1. ACCT 4300 – Advanced Accounting II

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Accounting or accountancy is the measurement, processing, and communication of financial information about economic entities such as businesses and corporations. If you dislike math and memorizing vocab terms and formulas, then this might not be the class for you. This class is an in-depth study of principles used in accounting for parent and subsidiary companies, partnerships, and other specialized areas of accounting. There is an intensive review and analysis of basic and advanced concepts, skills, and principles. Introduction and intermediate accounting classes are challenging, so you can expect this advanced accounting course to be even harder.

2. BIO 4740 – Neuroscience

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If you like science and you’re fascinated with the brain, then you might actually enjoy this challenging class. This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to present an understanding of interdependence between the deep brain structures and proper functioning of the nervous system.  Emphasis is on obtaining a thorough working knowledge of the physiology of the nervous system and the emergent behaviors which result from their neural interactions. The most difficult part of studying neuroscience is the sheer volume of information. There are a lot of terms and definitions to memorize, so good memorization skills are necessary to succeed in this class.

3. CHEM 4280 – Biochemistry II

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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. This course elaborates on biochemistry to include the primary catabolic and anabolic pathways. Topics covered include the TCA cycle, electron transport chains and the mechanisms of replication, transcription and translation. This course covers many of the key techniques used in metabolomics and in the elucidation of biochemical pathways. If you are struggling in this class, check out OneClass’ notes linked above for some extra help!

4. CS 4100 – Artificial Intelligence

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Artificial intelligence is intelligence demonstrated by machines, in contrast to the natural intelligence displayed by humans and animals. In computer science, AI is the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks that normally require human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. This class is a study of classical and modern approaches to artificial intelligence including knowledge representation, search strategies, inference systems, logic programming, list processing, machine learning, natural language processing, and neural nets. There will be exercises in programming using current tools, COMMON LISP, or PROLOG. Many find this course difficult because you need to know and understand how to read and write code.

5. ECON 3700 – International Economics

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This course examines the trends, theories, and policies of trade using a global perspective. Emphasis will be on the relationship between disparities and differences among cultures and their impact on trade. In particular, the course uses a comparative perspective to analyze principle concepts and theories of trade, trade policies, and the interactions between trade, culture, and the environment. This course is difficult because not only do you need to be able to read and analyze a graph, but you’ll have to memorize terms, definitions, and all the different scenarios that affect and shift things in the economy.

6. FIN 4360 – Investments II

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Investing is the action or process of investing money for profit or material result. The course will examine Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) issues. It will elaborate on different concepts of rate of return and risk. It will talk about valuation and management of fixed income and equities. It will analyze security markets and institutions as well as instruments. It will discuss security and industry analysis. Furthermore, it will study investment policy determination, portfolio construction and performance evaluation. This class is considered hard because not many people know much about the stock market, trading stocks, or analyzing stock graphs/charts.

7. MATH 3220 – Differential Equations

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If math and numbers are your weakness, then this class is going to be a real challenge. This course is a study of the methods of solution and applications of ordinary differential equations. Topics include first- and second-order equations, existence and uniqueness of solutions, separation of variables, exact equations, integrating factors, linear equations, undetermined coefficients, variation of parameters, transform methods, series solutions, systems of equations and elementary numerical methods. Even those who are good at math will find this advanced math course difficult.

8. PBHL 4000 – Epidemiology

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Epidemiology is a difficult class because there is a lot of memorization. You will have to know and understand many different medical terms and definitions, as well as solutions to different scenarios. This course provides an introduction to the discipline of epidemiology and its role in public health practice and decision-making. The course will address the distribution and determinants of disease/injury in populations and will explore how epidemiologists make inferences about risk factors and etiology of disease/injury in populations. Health courses are extremely rigorous, so prepare yourself for some late nights of studying and doing homework.

9. PHYS 4030 – Modern Physics I

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Physics is one of the most fundamental scientific disciplines (and one of the hardest), and its main goal is to understand how the universe behaves. This class includes spectroscopic and other representative phenomena that form experimental foundations of modern physics. Topics include special theory of relativity, dual properties of electromagnetic radiation. Young’s diffraction, blackbody radiation, photoelectric effect. Compton effect, specific heats. Frank-Hertz experiment. Rutherford scattering. Bohr’s atomic model, quantum mechanical description of a particle, elementary theory of nuclear structure and reactions. There’s lots of equations and formulas to memorize, so be prepared for studying, studying, and more studying.

10. PSY 4550 – 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. This course provides a broad overview of the related fields of health psychology and behavioral medicine. Various theoretical perspectives are examined to understand how biological, psychological, and social factors interact with and affect the health of individuals. This is another science-related course, so if science is your weakness, then you might find this class hard. 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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