10 of the Hardest Classes at JMU

JMU is a liberal arts college, which means our hardest classes aren’t limited to just math and science. Nope! Instead we have a whole plethora of challenging subjects across the board. Go ahead and pat yourself on the back if you see any that you’re all too familiar with. Here are 10 of the hardest classes at JMU:

1.ARCD 200: Architectural Design Studio


Architecture may not be one of the most well known programs at JMU, but it sure is one of the toughest! This is the first of six classes you will be required to take as an architecture major beginning your sophomore year for every semester until graduation. Not intimidating enough? Each class consists of a semester long project on an assigned type of building or construct. Professors often encourage up to 20 out of class hours working on this project, and some even suggest at least one all-nighter!

2. PSYC 335: Abnormal Psychology


If you love reading, memorizing, analyzing, and taking loooooong tests then you’ll love PSYC 335.  In this class, you will become very familiar with the DSM, enough to recite it and be able to compare every disorder given to you on a test.  Be careful about reading too much into this class or you may develop a little bit of hypochondria yourself!

3. CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry I


Any student at JMU who’s taken organic chemistry can tell you it’s easily one of the hardest sciences or labs JMU has to offer.  With mandatory three-hour lab sessions and weekly lectures about chemical language, molecular electronic concepts, theories of organic reactions, stereochemistry and structure elucidation of organic compounds, it’s not difficult to see why students may prefer Professor Snape’s potions class…

4. THEA 481: Theory and Performance Studies


Although theater is probably one of the most enjoyable majors at JMU, it’s not all opera and tapdancing.  This upper level class is the second of two required for the theater major.  Rigorous grading by professors and various research projects on the history of performance and playwrights may induce a few dramatic episodes. Break a leg thespians!

5. POSC 492: Senior Seminar in Political Science


This class is not for the faint of heart, with weekly readings and assignments, online exams, numerous papers, and tough research projects.  In the end, it’s all for the best though, and seniors leave feeling well prepared and knowledgeable about their area of study as they enter the real world.  Just don’t slack off or you may have to delay graduation!

6. HIST 395: History Seminar


History majors beware! As a prerequisite to all 300-400 level history classes, HIST 395 is well known for being a challenging course amongst history buffs, even generating its own t-shirt that jokingly states, “I survived HIST 395.” This class will test your limits as it essentially teaches how to read and write history, ending with students handing over a semester long thesis dissertation, which can range from 17-25 pages. Yikes!

7. GEOL 387: Stratigraphy, Structure, and Tectonics


Orrrr not.  Perhaps one of the most hands-on courses JMU has to offer, in this class students go on five all day field trips to learn about the history of the Valley’s geology.  At the end of the course students compile their data and research into a rather hefty paper that includes three structural cross sections of certain areas.  That does sound like a lot of work, but I bet they know where all the rock type Pokémon are hiding…

8. COB 291:  Introduction to Management Science


At JMU, the College of Business is one of the most populated.  Ask almost anyone, and they can probably tell you two things about Business majors: 1) They have a grueling course load. 2) They literally never leave Showker. Like ever.  COB 291 is one of those dreaded classes that all Business majors despise. Math, graphing, programming, decision theory…ain’t nobody got time for that!

9. BIO 290: Human Anatomy


“Heaaad, shoulders, knees, and toes, knees and toes!” Ok, so not quite.  In fact, this class is much harder, like I hope you have photographic memory, because there’s a lot to know.  With so much to learn you should expect tests about every two weeks.  Did I mention this class comes with a lab too?  Those bi-weekly tests also apply there… BONE appétit! 

10. CS 149: Programming Fundamentals (Accelerated)


This Computer Science course covers the same material as 139 but at an accelerated pace for those with previous experience.  It teaches students the basics of coding by introducing a programming language called Java.  It’s commonly known as a “weed out” course as the dropout rate is around 50%!! 

12 of the Hardest Classes at FGCU

The most difficult classes in school tend to be related to math, science, and engineering. With over 50% fail rates and lots of stress filled nights, coffee breaks, and tear stained notecards, these classes are no joke. Here are 12 of the hardest classes at FGCU:

1. IDS 3920: Colloquium

This may very well be the most difficult course at FGCU due to the fact, no matter your major, everyone must take it to graduate. If you’re not a fan of outdoors, mud, bugs and critters of all shapes and sizes, this class will be the death of you.

2. ANT 3520C: Forensic Anthropology

If you are going into the crime fighting business, you might as well be a doctor when it comes to this course. You must analyze all the bones in the human body, and determine the sex, age and what trauma occurred. Get your note cards ready!

3. FIN 3414: Financial Management

This class is one we all SHOULD take, but is left to the pros. Learning the effective and efficient ways to management money is an all-important skill. This class takes it to the next level and learns the mechanics behind do this for an entire organization! I bet they are making big bucks doing so.

4. BSC 1011: Biology

As a very common Gen. Ed. Course, this tends to dishearten all freshmen who are not science majors. From cells, to the citric acid cycle, to learning the taxonomic levels of the Kingdom Animilia and Planta, this will test all the want-to-be doctors to see if they have what it takes.

5. PCB: Genetics

Genetics seems scary due to its complexity, I mean, its dealing with inheritance and our DNA! This class is for the determined and who are not afraid of handling bugs all year.

6. PHY 2048C: Physics

Physics can either be Calculus or Algebra based, and oddly enough, people say the algebra one is tougher! Numerous theorems and laws to remember, plus being able to wrap your head around gravity and motion seems like a daunting task.

7. MAC: Calculus

The make it or break it point for a lot of students. Derivatives, Limits, and L’Hospital will haunt you forever. Calculus will have you pulling all-nighters, watching Mean Girls and quoting Lindsay Lohan.

8. MAP 2302: Differential Equations

This class is like a mash up of Physics and Calculus. Relating different variables and trying to work things that seem to have no correlation…what else could send shivers down your spine?

9. BSC 1086C: Anatomy and Physiology

FGCU’s nursing program is one of the top nursing programs in all of Florida. This being said, A&P is designed to weed out the weaklings and only let the strong survive. Be ready to know your organ systems, bones, and hormones from A to Z.

10. EGM 3420C: Engineering Mechanics

As a branch from mother Physics, this class deals with applying mechanics to real-world scenarios. Newton will become your best friend, and so will study hall.

11. ECO 3203: Economics

FGCU has a variety of economic classes: Micro, Macro, Price Theory, and Econometrics. All deal with our unstable and often unpredictable economy…Good Luck.

12. CHM 2210: Chemistry

Finishing the list is Chemistry. From the basics in Gen. Chem to Organic, Analytical, and Physical Chemistry. Trying to understand the tiniest of particles, understanding how they interact and make new molecules…blows our minds. Water for instance, dihydrogen oxide is the real G.O.A.T.


10 of the Easiest Classes at Simon Fraser University

Here at SFU, we have to do what we can to keep our GPA’s out of the gutter while still fulfilling our requirements. So the next time you’re looking to fill some requirements and pump up that GPA, give this list a look! Here are 10 of the Easiest Classes at Simon Fraser University:

1. ARCH 100: Ancient People and Places (B-SOC)

From the pyramids to the ancient aztec culture, this class has an emphasis on the cultural relevance of past civilizations, and less so on their dates and weird scientific names for the soil types and found artifacts.

2. ARCH 131: Human Origins (B-SOC/SCI)

If there’s any part of you that can handle a minor amount of memorization, ARCH 131 is for you. Darwinism, dates, and apes. That’s it.

3. PUB 101: Publication of Self in Everyday Life

Imagine a class where you get the freedom to write/blog about whatever you want, on a blog of your own choosing. Look no further than PUB 101, a class that asks you to set the standards for yourself as you work to understand what it actually means to be active on the internet. We all do it everyday- Why not get a grade for it?

4. CMNS 110: Introduction to Communication Studies (B-SOC)

Much like PUB 101, this class covers a wide range of incredibly relevant topics, meaning you can write on things that you actually want to write about. The study of communication is broad, I don’t think there’s any answer you could give to a question that isn’t technically right in some way… Or at least, that’s what the marks seem to reflect.

5. BPK 140: Contemporary Health Issues (B-SCI)

This fail-proof kin class usually features open book exams and common-sense knowledge, meaning students usually get that GPA booster they were looking for.

6. HSCI 160 Global Perspectives on Health (B-SOC)

A passionate professor who makes her quizzes and exams straight from the lecture slides? Uhm , yes please?

7. HIST 102W: Canada Since Confederation (B-HUM)

Often taught by Mark Leier, he manages to spice up what sounds like a fairly dry and sleep-inducing topic. Combine his enthusiasm with clear marking guidelines and a willingness to help, and you find yourself enrolled in a great breadth course minus the GPA headache.

8. PHYS 190: Introduction to Astronomy (Q/B-SCI)

Howard Trottier is also known for his enthusiasm and his willingness to help where and when help is needed. This course is designed for students who don’t exactly have a background in physics, or astronomy, and therefore perfect for, well, most students.

9. PHYS 192: Logarithm and Blues (B-SCI)

Only taught by Michael Hayden, a dedicated and enthusiastic prof who not only makes class entertaining, but accessible to students outside of the physics world, this class is not only considered one of the coolest at SFU, but one of the easier classes. The course content is more than manageable, and peaked interest levels only help to make this course a great friend to you GPA.

10. REM 100: Global Change (B-SOC)

Known for having short papers, interesting lectures, and at times, NO final, what more could you ask for?

10 of the Hardest Classes at Laurentian University

Don’t beat yourself up, let your classes do it for you! When picking your classes for the year it’s important not to give yourself an overbearing workload. Knowing what classes are the hardest can be a big weight off your shoulders. Laurentian University’s hardest classes usually fall under the sciences and engineering fields, and if you are like me just thinking about these classes can make your head spin! Here are 10 of the hardest courses at Laurentian University:


You can’t spell chemistry without “try”, and that is exactly what the students in this course are doing. Organic Chemistry has a well-earned reputation for being among the most difficult of classes, whether it’s the labs or the class itself that brings students stress levels up is uncertain. But to new students: don’t expect an easy A when it comes to this class!


Don’t let the title fool you, this may be an introductory level course but it is no easy grade. Much like other chemistry courses at Laurentian University, this class is known for long lectures, intense labs, and a rather heavy workload. To art students looking for that one science class you just so happen to need, keep on walking.


If you thought the first-year calculus class was hard well then get ready for year two! Advanced Calculus has all those mind-boggling questions, and then some. The course starts by luring you in with a simple review of vectors, lines and planes before slamming the full wrath of calculus on you in a mathematic suplex. If math is not your thing, maybe avoid this.


This class focuses on physics with specific regards to biological and clinical applications, and we all know the human body is no simple thing. The good news is, because it’s about our bodies it’s an interesting topic at least. Just get ready for long nights and intense study sessions!


This class is extremely interesting, the topics and lectures are mind grabbing and sometimes interactive. Trips to the planetarium are among one of the best things you can experience in class. The downside of this class is that all tests are multiple choice, and for every question you get wrong the professor takes off an extra quarter mark. So, I hope you are good at fact memorization. 


Laurentian University has an amazing nursing program, but this class has a reputation for being among the hardest in the branch. For those who don’t know, pharmacology has to do with the study of medicine, and this class focuses on its use for those who live with cardiovascular diseases. If you take this class pay close attention, you just may need to help your own heart.


Engineering as a program in and of itself has a reputation for being a pain with an insane workload; this class is one of the reasons why. This class takes that regular engineering headache and kicks it up a whole new notch. With focus on temperature and how it effects this feild. It’s probably best to bring coffee to this one.


This class may seem like a throwback to high school biology, with the discussion on both prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. When it comes to the structure of cells this may seem like a walk in the park, but get ready for a textbook weighing as much as a small child, and a mountain of homework to match. Remember: the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell!


Organic chemistry may have a reputation for being among the hardest of courses, but inorganic chemistry can be just as stressful. Have fun memorising the periodic table of elements, and each elements atomic number and mass. The good news, is if you are good at memorization this class may not be so bad.


Yet another course in the engineering field. This class focuses on mineralogical, textural, and compositional components of the earth in regards to the engineering field. Of course, studying something as big as our planet comes with its difficulties; so if you find yourself taking this course, remember that focus and good study habits are key!

10 of the Hardest Courses at U of T

Whether or not a course is a hard really depends on the program and the students within them. However, there are still classes where majority of students struggle or an intensive course where procrastination is unforgiving. Here are 10 of the hardest courses at U of T, either for you take a challenge or avoid them like the plague and save your GPA. 

1. ROP 299 Research Opportunity Program

ROP is a research opportunity program that offer second year students in the Faculty of Arts & Science to work closely with a professor on a research project in return for a course credit. Students have the opportunity to be involved in original research and can gain valuable experience and knowledge. What makes it difficult is being able to get offer a position for the course, as it is very competitive with limited spots. To get in the program, students are usually required to have an outstanding GPA. But getting in the program is just the beginning. ROP projects usually require a huge amount of time and dedication, and you also write a good amount of papers too.

2. STA 410/2102 Statistical Computation

Statistical computation is a course about computational techniques used in statistical inference. To excel or pass the class, significant programming experience and a graduate level understanding of stats seems necessary. The class begins with a full enrollment but ends with less than half of the students taking the exam. However, the course is very useful for students in statistic majors, so if you’re up for a challenge it’s always worth a shot.

3. MAT257 Analysis II

This math course is completely theoretical and proof heavy based with little to no computational math. You are expected to memorize around a hundred proofs to big theorems. MAT135/136 do not prepare you for MAT 257 at all. A portion of the class will use theory from differential forms. It is a difficult class to gain mathematical maturity. But if you’re interested in math theories and proofs, then the course maybe somewhat manageable.

4. MAT 357 Foundations of Real Analysis

Students who successfully passed MAT257 usually go on to MAT357. However more than half of the class end of dropping MAT 357. Even students who have done well in MAT 257 ends up either dropping the course or did poorly on the final exam. Quizzes and assignments are not as easy as they were in the 100-levels and the course requires a good amount of time investment to pass. In order to do well, the best preparation is to start reading the textbook, understanding the concepts and practicing the problems over and over before school even begins.

5. PSL 300 Human Physiology I

PSL 300 includes a lot of memorization with many detailed information thrown at you all at once. If you don’t procrastinate and is good at keeping up with readings and materials given during lectures, you’re more likely to struggle less. Fortunately, the course has been getting easier and easier over the recent years.

6. CIV102 Structures and Materials – An Introduction to Engineering Design

Never underestimate a 100-level course as it can be overwhelming for incoming first years who are adjusting to whole new academic system. CIV 102 is probably the hardest course for first year in Engineering Science with the amount of content and information it has. Even though this course is equivalent to many upper year courses, it is important to remember that these 100- level courses are usually taken by students who are not prepared with the amount of work load to start university.


7. PHY 294 Quantum and Thermal Physics

A second year hard course for Engineering Science is PHY 294. This year course is split into two topics. The first half of the semester is about development of quantum mechanic while the other half focuses on classical statistical mechanics and radiation. It is conceptually more difficult and requires a good amount of time commitment in order to pass.


8. ECO 100 Introductory Economics 

Another 100-level course that should not be under looked is introductory Economics. Many first years enter the course confidently thinking that it will be similar to high school economics. However, the concepts in ECO100 are more abstract thus people try to memorize rather than applying it to a set of fundamental concepts. The course includes both micro and macro is one full year unlike other universities in Ontario where they split micro and macro into two separate courses. 

9. CSC265 Enriched Data Structures and Analysis

This course is very mathematical in nature as it requires a significant amount of deep understanding on how to write good mathematical proofs. The course doesn’t only teach pure theory but also practical knowledge about algorithms and data structures. However, if you think you can handle a good amount of proofs and feel confident in your math abilities, it’s always worth a shot as this course is very useful and helpful in preparation for 300/400 level classes.  

10. PHL345 Intermediate Logic

Unlike PHL 245 which teaches logical/critical thinking, PHL 345 is all about theorems of modal logic requiring students with an intermediate level of understanding in logic. The assignments and midterm are harder but the final exam is more forgiving. To do well in this course, it requires a good amount of time commitment and effort as an assignment typically take around 10 hours each.  


10 of the Easiest Classes at University of Florida

Looking for a few classes to boost your GPA without having a panic attack at University of Florida? Have no worries, here are 10 of the easiest classes at University of Florida:

1. FOS2001 – Man’s Food

This is one is notorious for being an easy A. It’s completely online and is a great way to fulfill your gen ed requirement. Also, if you buy Smokin’ Notes then you’ll be set for the semester!

2. WIS2040 – Wildlife Issues

Who doesn’t want to save the earth’s animals? This course not only teaches you about resolving issues in ecology but it also satisfies a gen ed credit. So, go ahead and take this course without having to stress to much about it.

3. MUH4016 – History of Jazz

If you like jazz or just need to raise your GPA, then you’re in luck. This class is completely online with several quizzes, assignments, and two exams. Fortunately, all of these assignments are incredibly easy and the professor seems interesting too.

4. ARH2002 – Introduction to Art

All you do is learn about different art forms from different cultures and time periods. There also isn’t any form of drawing or painting required, so that’s a plus! This class is just an easy and fun way to appreciate art.

5. BCN1210 – Construction Materials

This class is literally what it sounds like, you learn about materials used in construction. This course just consists of quizzes and homework and doesn’t have any exams. It’s a great way to boost your GPA!

6. PLP2000 – Plants, Plagues and People

This course is a no brainer when it comes to deciding if you want an easy A. There are several exams and quizzes but the quizzes can add up and replace a test grade! Not only that but there is a ton of extra credit.

7. DAA2331 – West African Dance

This class is pretty self-explanatory, all you do is show up and dance.

8. PEN1136 – Open Water Scuba

This one is pretty interesting, you actually get to learn how to operate scuba equipment and get your certification! Not only that, but you get the chance to scuba dive in the Florida Keys!

9. ENY1001 – Bugs and People

Don’t let your dislike of bugs deter you from taking this class, it’s really interesting and effortless. There’s a ton of extra credit and the professor is very enthusiastic and passionate about the course.

10. HUM2305 – What is the Good Life?

Of course, saving the best for last is this wonderful gem of a class. It’s just a mix of quizzes, writing assignments and two exams. Just be sure to stay on top of it and don’t get a really early section.

9 of the Hardest Classes at UMass Amherst

You might think “the zoo” is always chill, and classes are easy, but we take academics just as serious as a partying. Here are 9 of the hardest classes at UMASS Amherst:

1. Organic Chemistry

Orgo, more like org-oh my god why am I taking this class?!

There is so much to memorize your head will be spinning for days

2. Chemistry 111

Ok, I’m sure all the sciencey-folks are rolling their eyes right now, but this class isn’t just for you, it’s considered as one of the easier and more popular ways to fill the gen ed requirements, but it it so much harder than you think, especially since it’s clear none of the professors WANT to be teaching this intro class.

3. 233 Multivariable Calc

The name itself sounds scary enough. Just one X is enough to make my palms clammy, why are we adding more letters, what happened to good old numbers?

When just the name of the course sounds like a boring dissertation you know you’re in for a rough ride.

female student looking at a black board with calculus formula

4. Chemical Engineering 220

Yikes. Just the intro website for this class has links to 6 specialized databases, 4 peer-reviewed (and scary looking) journals, even more links to encyclopedias. Who knew a such a math heavy major would make you read so much, this isn’t what you thought you signed up for, huh.

chemical engineers in a lab

5. Organic Chemistry 2

These poor souls have survived through, and even passed orgo, but they still come back for more. This course is an even longer lab, and more memorization than the one before it.

Can’t really feel as bad since anyone taking this has already been complaining about Orgo so much.

6. Thermodynamics 230

If you mix physics and temperature, you’re not getting

You don’t need thermodynamics to know you won’t look especially hot the night after studying for a thermo test.

 7. MIE (engineering) 413

Homework is do almost every class

(Unless there was a major project or test – not that you are given enough time for those)

Problems require reasoning skills, but don’t expect to learn these skills from the prof, it’ll be guess and check from there

8. Com Sci 230

Brains are binary machines sure, but that doesn’t make coding any easier for most of us, it’s a language foreign to our own species. It’s like teaching a gorilla sign language, difficult but not impossible.

A Software Engineer doing coding on computer

9. Math 545

For anyone who is into math, the concepts aren’t all that hard, but be prepared to stick to the crummy text book and read it cover to cover if you want to figure out how anything works.

mathematical equations

All in all, UMASS Amherst students are smarter than people give us credit for. The real take away is that if you know an engineering major, they probably need a hug.

8 of the Hardest Classes at San Jose State University

1. Chemistry 30A/B: Introductory Chemistry

A warning for any student taking this course: it is very lab-intensive. If chemistry isn’t your strength, the three to six hours you spend in lab each week will pass by extremely slowly. On top of lengthy lab hours, the lectures are only 50 minutes long, compared to a normal 75 minutes, so most of your learning will have to happen in lab, when you’re already supposed to know what you’re doing. For a lab-less chemistry alternative, which is essential to general education requirements, keep reading!

2. The Humanities Honors Program: Humanities 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B

This 24-unit course sequence is quite possibly the most reading-intense program on campus. On its own, each class is worth 6 units, instead of the normal 3. Each lecture is nearly twice as long as normal lectures at San Jose State. According to the Humanities Department at SJSU online, the point of this program is to examine “ the interrelationship of the arts, world literatures, philosophy, and social institutions” from antiquity to the modern era. At home reading assignments are just as killer as the lengthy, fast-paced lectures. So why would any student subject themselves to this kind of torture? Completion of this program covers all but 6 General Education requirements and often counts for several upper division GE classes depending on a student’s major.

3. Math 42: Discrete Mathematics Lecture and Workshop

When students enroll in Math 42, they must also sign up for the Discrete Mathematics Workshop, which is the math equivalent to a lab in a science course. The workshop is designed to let students work together on what they learn in lecture, which has more value to some students than others. The workshops, however, are not supervised by professors. Equations in Math 42 are wordy and long, and most students still can’t explain what exactly discrete mathematics is even after taking the course.

4. Science 002: Success In Science

While this is a 3 unit General Education course, the class consists of a 2 hour lecture plus a 2 hour activity per week. Many advisors recommend this course to freshman because, according to SJSU online, this class is designed to help students develop “study skills, time management, and personal growth needed to transition from high school to university.” So basically this class has nothing to do with science. Also, this course is run by miscellaneous SJSU advisors and staff, not professors or lecturers. While this may not be an intellectually challenging class, it requires a lot of time and work with little academic value.

5. Mexican American Studies 10A/B: Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government

This is one of those times when the the textbook is necessary to pass the course, as is nearly perfect attendance. Falling behind in this course will haunt you until the end of the semester, as the information in each intense lecture has an equivalent piece of reading (100+ pages a week) that is never really due. However, the information in the readings plays as big of a role in essays, exams, and assignments as anything you hear in lecture. One of the trickiest things about this class is that there aren’t many assignments, which means that each essay, quiz, and exam is worth an even bigger percentage of your grade.

6. Physics 51: General Physics/Electricity and Magnetism

When the material itself is hard, there’s not much you can do. Redditors have commiserated about this class since 2 and a half years ago, proving that the course has always been a challenging one. For some it was the professor, for some it was the copious amount of notes. Multiple students have reported exam scores as low as 7/27 being graded as high as a C due to extremely low test scores. Some recommend reading the textbook extra carefully, as the concepts are rudimentary, but for most students the Physics 51 course is a challenge no matter what.

7. Psychology 30: Intro to Psychobiology

If you’re a student who’s been forewarned about this course, you won’t take it until you have to; most students in this class are upperclassmen who have been putting off this General Education and major required course as long as possible. The other half of students enrolled in this class are fearless second-years who end up totally caught off guard at the speed and vocabulary of the lectures. However, this is a required class which must be faced eventually. Embrace the biology!

8. Math 071: Calculus for Business and Aviation

Most people just don’t get along well with calculus. Still, this course is incredibly major specific, but it still counts toward General Education requirements. Especially for those outside of the aviation or business programs, this calculus will prove to be extra challenging. Coursework is spread out evenly throughout lectures, so missing a day or two of class will be fatal. The textbook is no replacement for a skilled professor, so unless you know calculus like the backside of your hand, make sure to pay as much attention as possible in class every day.


10 of the Hardest Classes at University of Oregon

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 1. Chemistry 221 – General Chemistry I

CH221 is infamous for being one of the most difficult classes at the University of Oregon, with some graduating students even citing it to be the most difficult class they had during their time in college. It is the first of three classes in a chemistry sequence which must be completed to move on to higher level classes. Students taking this should expect extremely difficult formulas related to components of matter, quantitative relationships, atomic structure, and thermochemistry. That said, despite the hours upon hours of studying for this class can be grueling, those who complete it will walk away with a plethora of knowledge that is well worth having.

2. Intro language classes

Learning a second or third language is not an easy task, least of all in the beginning. Language classes that bear the numbers of 101, 102, 103, 201, 202, and 203 are all remarkably difficult not because of the material but because of the workload necessary to give students a proficiency for later classes. On top of being expected to show up to the same class at the same time five days in a row, often early in the morning, students will have hundreds of vocabulary words and grammar rules to master even in just one quarter. It is not uncommon for there to be as many as six assignments due in one night. Then again, who doesn’t want to learn some French?

3. Psychology 303 – Research Methods

Not all classes are difficult because of workload or course material, though the course material is quite challenging for many. PSY303 involves spending hours sitting in a dinky, windowless basement room in front of a computer screen while trying to learn how to plug in a slew of terrifyingly similar variables into a complicated computer program that then spits out statistical results. Psychologists have found that humans struggle to pay attention for more than ten minutes, especially if the task is mundane. PSY303 is one of the classes required to progress to upper division level psychology courses, but it is by far the most mundane of the classes one will ever sit in.

4. Writing 121 – College Composition I

A required course to graduate, what might seem like an easy class at first surprisingly isn’t. It’s quite common for the class average on the first assignment to be a C or worse. This is almost entirely because of a writing construct called an enthymeme, wherein students must replace a thesis statement in essays with a sentence going something like, “This is true because of this.” Though a simple concept at first, the restructuring of the entire essay which is forced to take place afterward is not always straightforward and is sometimes quite vague, damaging the grades of students who are slow to realize that this isn’t a high school English class. On the other hand, rejoice! Except for WR121 and WR122, no other class in the entirety of the University of Oregon requires, recommends, uses, or even acknowledges the enthymeme.

5. Psychology 309 – Psychopathology

PSY309 is not inherently difficult in terms of subject matter, but the structure of the class sure is! With grades compounded into three very short 10 point essays and a series of 15 question quizzes, it’s all too easy to lose a huge chunk of one’s grade just by missing out on one or two points from each quiz or essay. If you take this class, bring your A-game and try to aim for perfection!

6. Political Science 455 – Theories of International Politics

PS455 is a fascinating class which discusses the theoretical frameworks political scientists use to interpret, respond to, and even predict the actions of various nations around the world. Despite this, students entering should do so only with a huge mass of pre-existing knowledge about international relations, lest they get lost in talk about meta-theories and the cult of the offensive. Put on your critical thinking caps for this one, folks.

7. Astronomy 122 – Birth & Death of Stars

What sounds like an amazingly cool class at first will shockingly turn into the worst nightmare for students who hate math. From parallax to the doppler effect, this class is full of astrophysics style calculations and equations. Though physics students will find this class to be no problem, those who walk in unacquainted are in for a rude awakening. Beware, the textbook is also massive and heavy.

8. Gateway Sequence

Part of the process for getting into the Journalism School, J205 (Media Professions), J206 (Grammar For Communications), and J207 (Media and Society) form an infamous series of classes known as the Gateway sequence. While the material is not difficult, the workload is. Any student that has taken this can attest to how rigorous it is and how life consuming it can be. Pro tip: Bring a flash drive everywhere you go and store all of your documents on it. You will need it.

9. Mixed Martial Arts II

One wouldn’t expect a PE class to make it onto this list, yet many students struggle to learn, let alone find proficiency in the material of this class. A continuation from MMA I, students taking this will find that the material is no easier for them. Because of how difficult it is to master as well as the policy of not having real sparring, those who take this class will ultimately only learn skeletal details at best, and will not emerge capable of actually fighting. That said, there’s only one teacher for this class, and he’s a great guy! 10. Math 111 – College Algebra

You would think that a subject as simple as algebra, something many of us learned in middle and high school, wouldn’t be that tough. Yet for many students, this is their first math class in years. Combine that with the extremely fast pace at which it moves and the way many teachers take understanding of the material for granted and you’ve got Math 111. In Fall of 2015, of 1215 students who took this class, 307 of them received a D, F, or W. This means 1 in 4, making Math 111 the most failed class at the University of Oregon. So buckle in, freshies. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride!

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10 of the Hardest Classes at UNL

With more the 150 majors to choose from at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the selection of classes is endless. And although some seem like a quick intro class or an easy fill for an undergrad requirement, beware. Several of those so-called easy breezy classes have dragged your fellow classmates down under. Here are 10 of the hardest classes at UNL:

1. Finance 361

This class would have been fine in itself had the professor known what he was doing, or even knew basic math. Students were repeatedly told that the answer they got may have been right, but the professor was never sure because he forgot his calculator and wasn’t really good at math anyways….

2. NUTR 486: Exercise Testing

Students described this class as “basically a full time job. Barely anyone got above a B on exams, and the lab required 6, 40+ page papers, complete with statistical analysis, interpretation, and supporting research.” YIKES!

3. BIOS 214: Anatomy

Everyone knows the dread of a 3hr lab along with a lecture. Now how about 2 labs per week on top of the class lecture. Not to mention, anything spoken or written down anywhere was fair game. You had to memorize everything. You think you have a good memory because you know the Preamble by heart? Think again!  

4. Soil 153

“Why was this one of your hardest classes?”

“Because attendance was mandatory”


5. WMNS 315B: Women in Popular Culture

It never should have been this hard. The homework load was absurd and the test questions were oddly specific when the only thing we talked about in class was Beyoncé.

 6. CSCE 428: Automata, Computation, and Formal Language

With a class title like this, I would just slowly walk away.

“It was an abstract class. I was supposed to understand things that don’t actually exist.”

7. RAIK301/302H, RAIK401/402H: Design Studio

This is for the senior capstone project which takes 2 years to complete. You are required to work 12 hours per week of logged time on the project. No thank you!  

8. Finance 367: Fixed Income Investments

In one semester, this class covers 25 chapters……there aren’t even 25 weeks in the semester! Students complained that it was hard enough to understand and on top of that you had to work your butt off to keep up.  

 9. Math 208: Calc III

“It was like Calc I….only all in 3D”

10. HIST 368: History of Terrorism

First of all, what a depressing class.

Secondly, the class provides a great workout due to the weight of reading and papers due each week. Well, a good workout for those who make it out still standing.