Not too easy. Not too difficult.
As a Kinesiology major, it is a required course for me; however, I know people from a variety of different majors and even class years that have taken the class. You learn how to implement a healthy, effective nutrition regimen alongside an equally healthy, effective exercise regimen. The class is also held in a Team Based Learning (TBL) classroom that promotes group work and active class participation. This has been my favorite class here at UMass so far and I would recommend that anyone with an interest in exercise and nutrition take it!
The TBL classroom is definitely the biggest highlight of the course. However, Gayatri is a new professor (this semester was only her second semester teaching the course) and her young-spirited teaching approach offers a refreshing and relatable take on the course material. She also inspires passion about nutrition and exercise that is both enjoyable and encouraging as a student.
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The only downside that I found regarding this course is the wording and answer choices on exams. Some questions are worded strangely and some answer choices (the exams are all multiple choice) are annoying. Gayatri has a habit of giving two legitimate answer choices and then following those choices with "A and B", "just A", "just B", etc. Something to be aware of but despite that, the exam material is definitely still manageable. The wording and answer-choice style is just something that you have to adapt to in order to be successful. ALSO, if you do find yourself struggling because of the strange wording and don't feel that your grade reflects your knowledge of the material: MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH GAYATRI FOR OFFICE HOURS TO GO OVER THE EXAM!!! She is honestly there to help rather than hurt you. She is more than happy to schedule office hours with you to help clear up any misconceptions.