I am a chemistry major and I want to shift towards the more computational and "data-driven" side of things later on. Towards that end, I have started taking relevant courses outside my major. However, since we are only allowed a limited number of electives per semester, hence I thought about taking the remaining related courses as audits.
Now in my university, taking an audit course has very strict evaluation guidelines. You have to attend all the classes (that is, pass the 70% attendance criteria), submit all the assignments regularly, and appear in all the examinations (including mid-semester and end-semester exams). All these evaluations will be graded in a similar fashion as credited courses, and a final grade will be issued which will be printed in my transcript under an additional section called "Audit/Additional Courses". In fact, the only difference between "regular" credited courses and such audit courses is that the final grade obtained in the latter will not be considered for CGPA calculation.
Barring that, all modes of evaluation are held at the same standard as the actual credited courses (meaning that you can even fail audit courses if you don't clear the exams)
Given the "rigor" of imparting audit courses at our university, will taking up such courses help in making graduate applications more competitive in such a scenario?