Post # 1
I’m currently in my junior year working on a BS is electrical engineering. And honestly its hard but it has been totally doable. However, I just had my required advising session for spring and I need to take 20 credit hours of strictly engineering course if I want to graduate with the emphasis’ I am interested in. Basically, there are 13 credit hours I need to take to be able to advance in the program at all and there are 7 credit hours worth of engineering electives I want to take. These 7 credit hours of classes are only offered in the spring and the higher level versions of these courses are only available in the fall. So if I want to specialize instead of just taking general courses I need to take them now or I won’t have another opportunity before I graduate. The thing is one of these class is, and I quote “The hardest EE course we offer at the school. Most students spend 20 hours a week on this class alone and another 10 on the accompanying lab.” I don’t know if I can survive 30 hours of homework a week in addition to whatever the other 17 credit hours of classes give me. Anyone else tackle something similar and come out of it ok? I’m I insane for considering this? Is it worth getting a specific emphasis?
Post # 3
I’m surprised your university allows you to take that many credits in a semester. How many classes would that be?
Post # 4
at my university, you would have to get an override for that many hours. personally, i couldn’t do it, but if you think you can, I would go for it. You could always drop if it was too much
Post # 5
I was a Biomedical Engineering major and did one 21 hour semester (3 of those hours were working in a research lab for credit, the other 18 were classes and accompanying labs). It sucked but it was definitely doable. It isnt how I’d want my schedule every semester but for one semester to allow you to specialize how you want, it’s doable.
Post # 6
Only you know your own limitations. There’s nothing wrong with admitting that it’s just too much and doing something else. You don’t want to trash your GPA or end up with mediocre grades and learning very little just for the sake of completeing these classes.
If I were you, I’d try to come up with a back up plan. Before the course drop deadline, evaluate your course schedule and drop out of one or more of the courses if you think it will be too much.
ETA: Remember that the exact number of credit hours isn’t as important as the difficulty and time-commitment for each class. I’ve taken 20+ credit hour semesters and coasted, but really struggled in some 12-15 credit hour semesters because of the specific courses.
Post # 7
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I’m a Mechanical Engineer and it wasn’t too unheard of to take 20 credit hours in a semester when I was at school. I definitely wouldn’t recommend it if you can avoid it. If you’re really set on specializing and taking those specific electives, I would do it. Just be prepared to completely hate life for a semester.
Post # 8
Personally, I wouldn’t have been able to handle that many credit hours. For us, 18 was the max we could take unless there was a special circumstance. If you think you can do it, though, I would go for it just to get it done. Good luck!
Post # 9
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@bluegreenjean: I got permission to take 22 credits one semester, 21 two other times, and 18 almost every other semester.
Post # 10
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OP, Don’t think about the credit hours. Think about the intesnity of the coursework. Talk to other students, see if you can get advance copies of the syllabus, etc. so that you can access whether the workload will be manageable.
Post # 11
Thank you for your input everyone. Now that I’m had some time to chill and really think things over and I think I will be ok. I just got a little overwhelmed (I’m already taking 18 credit hours and hating my life) and panicked for a minute. My average semester is 18-20 credit hours so this isn’t really anything new for me I was just a little intimidated by what my advisor said. But this is what I want to do so I’m going to do it.
It is 8 classes, 2 of which are labs.
Post # 12
I took 22 credit my last semester of college and lived to tell about it! It’s doable, that’s for sure. It’s just exactly what you think it will be: LOTS of work.
Post # 13
I’m not Engineering but I’m Computer Programming/Networking, and I just finished the 8-week versions of my capstone courses.
I’ve been taking the maximum load pretty much every semester until this one, and I was kind of freaked out about the courseload and expectations of the courses for capstone.
And you know what? It sucked balls.
But I got through it. I wasn’t spending 20 hours a week on it, but all my homework time was going to the capstone courses, for sure. I think if you’ve been doing the maximum load up to this point, you’ll be fine. But you know yourself better than anyone else. I’d personally just get it out of the way.