Junior year-- weak looking schedule

kkjjll
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Junior year-- weak looking schedule

Postby kkjjll » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:04 am

Hi all,

I am planning my junior year classes.. so normal course load as it says on my transcript is 4 credits (4 classes)..

For fall junior I plan to take 2 physics, 1 math (pretty high level statistics), 1 physics research credit and one easy humanities class... (5 total)

for spring junior, I plan to take 3 physics, 1 physics research credit and a half credit advanced physics lab.. (4.5 total)

Is my schedule fine? Does it look weak.. since each semester I have THREE serious physics/math classes only with a research credit and a humanities/0.5 advanced lab..

I find it very hard to balance a decent looking course load, research during semester, and getting good grades (i don't want to force too many classes and end up screwing up)...

Thanks.

Ryalnos
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Re: Junior year-- weak looking schedule

Postby Ryalnos » Wed Jul 07, 2010 6:13 pm

It's more important to do well in classes & research (and impress professors) than to pack as many classes as possible into your transcript. You're taking more credits than the 'normal course load' anyway, so I don't think you should be worried.

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twistor
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Re: Junior year-- weak looking schedule

Postby twistor » Sat Jul 10, 2010 9:39 am

No one will care what your schedule looked like. What's important is your overall performance and the classes you eventually take, not their particular order.

kkjjll
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Re: Junior year-- weak looking schedule

Postby kkjjll » Tue Jul 27, 2010 11:25 pm

Thanks. So I need to finish 2 (half credit) advanced labs for my physics major.. do grad schools care that I won't get both done when I apply.. I will be taking the second advanced lab during fall senior.. thanks

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Re: Junior year-- weak looking schedule

Postby grae313 » Wed Jul 28, 2010 6:58 pm

You need to complete the courses you need for your degree before you get your degree, not before you apply to grad schools. Applications have a section where you enter the courses you anticipate to take in your final semester.




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