hello, again! Here's a little archive of some past questions I've gotten, with my responses. Hopefully this will help someone, and if you have any questions about anything you see, or something else, ask away!
Can you tell me what classes I would need to take my fresham year if I am exempt from taking calc.1 and chemistry? - if i were to take 16 credits(Neuroscience major).
is 18 credits the maximum?
If Im thinking about going into pre-med, do you recommend a biology major or a neuroscience major? or are they pretty much the same?
Great questions. Let me actually address your second one first. If you're intending to follow the pre-med track, any natural sciences major would allow you to meet the requirements. In fact, you can major in anything you want, just as long as you take the classes required for med school. Here's a list of what most medical schools want you to have taken as an undergraduate.
1 yr. of general chemistry with associated labs
1 yr. of organic chemistry with one associated lab
1 yr. of biological science coursework with associated labs
1 yr. of general physics with associated labs
1 yr. of English (composition and/or literature)
1 yr. of mathematics (calculus and/or statistics)
1 sem. of biochemistry (required by 30+ schools) with associated labs
Up to 24 credits in social sciences and humanities
from the office of pre-professional advising, here: http://web.jhu.edu/prepro/health/overview.html
Let me also direct you to this other message thread where there's more discussion on the pre-med track. http://z14.invisionfree.com/Hopkins_Forums...p?showtopic=244
As for the neuroscience question: Unfortunately, there aren't really many neuroscience classes offered for Freshmen. There is a class called Physiological Psychology, which is an introductory-level course on relating brain structure to function, basically. This is NOT a pre-requisite for other later neuro classes, so I actually did not take it. In the spring, the freshman class is called Cognitive Neuroscience, which IS a pre-requisite for later classes, so if you intend to major in neuroscience, you really should take this class in the spring.
Freshman year is a great time to take classes that are of personal interest to you, since there aren't too many requirements that you have to get in. This is from the office of academic advising, it's a great place for an overview of the Neuroscience major, and you can check out other majors as well. It has links to the department's website as well. http://www.jhu.edu/~advising/majors_neuroscience.htm
So for you, personally, it all depends on what you're interested in. There is a writing requirement (12 credits total), so I took an Expository Writing class first semester. As far as the Calculus goes, I'm pretty sure they offer Calc II in the fall, so you could take that if you wanted. Biology with lab is another good one to take, especially if you don't have to take Chemistry and lab at the same time. One thing I'll have to say--if you got AP credit for Chemistry, I would NOT recommend taking Organic Chemistry freshman year. I took it this year, but only because I took Chem I and II at a state university during the summer. Organic Chem is extraordinarily hard, not just content-wise, but also because it requires taking a different approach to it, one I was not ready for. Many freshmen who take it end up very stressed...heck, many sophomores and upperclassmen who take it end up stressed! It's hard..I'd suggest waiting until after you've figured out what works for you in university-level classes and once you've established a good learning technique.
And about the credit limits: For freshmen in the School of Arts and Sciences, the limit is 16, but I think 17.5 is allowed IF you take a foreign language. I think that's right...hm..It's only for the engineering students that the freshman limit is 18.