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    Third Year PHPY Courses

    Hello again, Thank you for the responses. Although, I’m not particularly frightful of getting a single 3.9. Haha. I was just curious as to how difficult some of these courses were. Also, are fourth year courses generally the easiest? I’ve heard many people say that since the class sizes are small, there is more student-professor interaction, thus people end up doing better. Furthermore, are professors a bit more lenient in giving people A’s / 90’s / 4.0’s? I remember hearing one of my professors from the UofC say that he was told, by the department, to put 30% of the students in the A- to A+ range in first year, but more fourth year students received those stellar grades (40-50% from what I recall). Is this largely because of the small class sizes, or do you guys feel professors generally want more of their students to succeed in their academic endeavours in upper years? For anyone who has done fourth year courses in PHPY, how were 403, 404, and 405? These course really piqued my interest, and I wanted to have a little insight of what to expect early. Also, the syllabi for 403 and 405 don’t seem to be available online. Once again, I appreciate all the feedback!
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    Summer courses

    Hey again, From what I understand, the UofS uses the most recent 120 credit units, leading up until the awarding of your degree, in their GPA calculation. I would assume this includes any courses attempted in the spring and summer, as long as they fall within that range, and within five years. Having spent my first year at the UofC, I can confirm that spring and summer courses do not get inputted into the UofC’s GPA calculation. As such, you could have a 4.0 in the fall and winter terms (minimum of eight courses each academic year), and do worse in the spring and summer semesters and still have a 4.0 when they calculate your wGPA for admission purposes. That being said, not every school follows the same policies, and even the UofC has methods of determining whether or not you are just “gaming the system,” i.e., they do a “subjective academic review” and measure the rigor of your courses, and how you did in them holistically. Ultimately, your z-score can vary across universities, either in your favour or against, depending on the policies of the given institution. Hope this helps!
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    Third Year PHPY Courses

    Hello everyone, Thank you for your responses! I feel pretty good about the coming year, and I hope to study alongside you guys. Although, I have one last question pertaining to the relative difficulty of a course. Is BMSC 240 really as difficult as everyone says it is? One of my friends said the highest mark in his class was an 89%, which is ridiculously low for the highest mark. Wouldn’t that also offset anyone’s intention of getting a perfect “4.0” after the OMSAS grade conversions for anyone wishing to apply OOP? According to the OMSAS scale, 89% = 3.9. This is the last of the “BMSC” courses that I need to take and was a little hesitant about taking it the previous semester. Thanks for reading this and I hope to see you all next year!
  4. Hello everyone, Long time viewer, first time poster. I am a student going into my third year of undergrad, and was wondering if anyone could give me an idea of how third year PHPY courses are like. Specifically, I would like some information regarding PHPY 303 and 308. I concluded the previous year with a 90+ average, and I hope my future years are just as fruitful. Any information would be very much appreciated! Thanks, Nocturnes
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