(Closed) Freaking out about potential class schedule for spring. Advice?

posted 6 years ago in College
Post # 3
1423 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m surprised your university allows you to take that many credits in a semester.  How many classes would that be? 

Post # 4
853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

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
13099 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

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.

Good luck!

Post # 6
963 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013 - Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

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
986 posts
Busy bee

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
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@bluegreenjean:  I got permission to take 22 credits one semester, 21 two other times, and 18 almost every other semester.

Post # 10
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

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 # 12
2395 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

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
2523 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

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.

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