So, for a lot of yesterday and fragmented parts of other days, I’ve been trying to create suitable schedules on UBC’s SSC. Currently, I am planning to take 31 credits in 2010W with 5 lecture-based courses per term and a 3 hour weekly lab in my second term, which I suspect will be slightly easier than my first term.
The three hardest courses I am taking this year are probably:
1) Math 220
2) Chem 233
3) Micb 201
Not extremely sure about the order, but Math 220 is definitely not the easiest out of the above three, with an annual average of 58% or something. I’ve heard Chem 233 is killer, and the grades distribution agrees. Same with Micb 201.
Right now, I have a schedule that goes from 8-1 on MWF for both terms, which means I get Tues and Thurs off. The good thing is that I get Tues/Thurs off (obviously). The bad thing is that I have to sit through 5 hours of lectures starting at 8 in the morning on MWF. I’ll have to sneak in snacks somewhere to substitute for a lunch, and I’ll have to wake up at around 5:30 in the morning. Also, if I plan to stay up on MWF (since I have Tues/Thurs off) then I might end up messing up my sleep schedule.
And on Term 2’s Wednesdays, I will have 3 more hours of lab work to do – that’s 8 hours total of school time for my Wednesdays.
As of now, the courses I am planning to take are:
Biol 200 (which did I mention has somewhat awful time slots for such a popular class)
Chem 233 (see above)
Math 220 (it’s gonna be fun times… not)
Chem 235 (the organic lab)
So, there’s a lot of serious courses in here, and we’ll see – if I get overwhelmed I will definitely consider switching some of the Math with other elective courses. For example, something from the following list of “known GPA boosters”.
PHIL 220 (or 120) – logic based
Many upper level PHIL courses don’t have prereqs
Upper-level PSYC with 60 or higher in the last two digits of the course code count as Science credit
ANAT 390/391 (now CAPS 390/391)
STAT 200/BIOL 300/BIOL 301
BIOL 343/344/346 (some of these have high averages but are only available to non-Life Sciences)
CPSC 101 (how to write an e-mail and other easy stuff)
CPSC 110/121 (I heard CPSC 121 has many similarities with PHIL 220A and MATH 220) — unfortunately, most people who take these courses consider them to be difficult, esp. 121
CPSC 301 – no prereqs!
IHHS (any, but esp 200)
PATH 375 (or similar)
EOSC 326, 340 (also 310 – 315 for non-Sci/Apsc students) or 112/114/116/118
CHEM 341, 302
Check the Grades Distributions if you want to know averages for any course/subject in any year.