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Old 03-16-09, 11:12 AM   #1
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The easiest intro lab science course?

I need to take one lab science class in order to graduate. I can't say I have much of an interest in doing this, so I'm just going to take it this summer. What is considered the easiest intro lab course?
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Old 03-16-09, 11:22 AM   #2
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Organic chemistry. Hands down.
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i would probably do biology or geology. The introductory courses for those classes are relatively easy. I wouldn't touch a chemistry or physics class unless I had an interest in them.
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Bio--you get to dissect stuff, yay!!!!
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All the introductory courses are easy enough... why not take physics since you used to have quite an interest in that subject matter? If you've got to take the class anyways, it's nice to pick something you have at least some interest in.
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Old 03-16-09, 12:19 PM   #6
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Old 03-16-09, 12:26 PM   #7
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I thought the same; my roommate is a bio major and is blessed with the opportunity to take this course. I feel his pain from across the room.
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Does your school offer Ecology? You get lots of practical biology, and the lab sessions (at least at my school) are almost all outside. Sure beats sitting on an uncomfortable stool for three or four hours.
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Yeah, take Biology. The lab write ups never seemed very time intensive.
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Old 03-16-09, 01:44 PM   #11
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Chose the one that interests you the most. None of them interest you but at least chose the one that is most interesting. If you like to go on hikes and pick up rocks and look at them take geology, if you like to look at every creature you can find on the beach take ecology etc...

I once took a business class as a filler. I lasted about 2 weeks it was the most boring thing I think I ever had to sit through.
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Organic chemistry. Hands down.
I actually enjoyed the organic chem lab. The lab reports took a lot of time, but the labs themselves were pretty interesting and fun. After taking that lab, I really wanted to have my own glassware set. The lecture portion of the class sucked ass though.

If all you want is an easy lab course, go with introductory biology.
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I hear you can make a killer bong with those glassware sets
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Any class that does field trips would be fun. Or a biology class that does dissections.


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Nerd. Oh hold it, you're talking about the labs. You probably like to inhale. Or you're designing the next undetectable performance enhancing drug.


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i would pick chemistry or physics. in my experience, the math is easier in chemistry - but the labs are easier in physics (i've taken chemistry, physics and biology, fwiw).
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Nerd. Oh hold it, you're talking about the labs. You probably like to inhale. Or you're designing the next undetectable performance enhancing drug.
nah, nothing that complicated. Maybe just extracting caffeine from my coffee, or doing small batch alcohol distillations.
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All the introductory courses are easy enough... why not take physics since you used to have quite an interest in that subject matter? If you've got to take the class anyways, it's nice to pick something you have at least some interest in.
Define 'introductory.' Intro to Data Strcutures and Algorithms (for graduates) is FAR from easy, though it's awesome material. Calculus I can also be a shocker if you haven't taken pre-calc or some form of it.

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Organic chemistry is also a sleeper. Aced it with my eyes closed.
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Is biology just a lot of memorization? I took this in high school and got that impression. I'm leaning toward physics. This will be a summer course, so it'll be just 5 weeks long. Consequently, everything is accelerated; we'll meet 8 hours per week for class, plus lab.
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Biology is usually pretty easy, as is Introductory Physics. Chemistry requires a lot of memorization.
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Hmm. Being just 5 weeks, I won't have a lot of time to memorize. I've already taken physics once, so I think that taking it again wont be as bad. Then again, it is calc based this time.
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