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BSCI 170 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology

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    May 24, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a great introductory class for biology, especially for first year students. This class exposed me to what to look forward to in science classes and how much time and effort it would take. Before taking this course, I wish I knew that college is nothing like high school. Especially as a first year college student, it is very hard to know what is headed your way. Although I wish I knew this, UMD does their best with assisting students through tutoring and other networks.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was that it was challenging. Previously in my other classes, I was used to memorizing information and then using this information throughout the class. This class is shaped in a way where you learn the information and then apply it, and everything builds on another. Another highlight of this course was the Wednesday activities. These were interesting because it gave us hands on experiences to gain better knowledge on previous material that we learned. This was also fun because we were able to work in groups, and ask questions if we were confused. Because this was a very large class, the Wednesday activities gave us a space where we could feel more comfortable in asking questions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Never memorize Go to GSS sessions Start studying early Utilize the study applications Work together READ THE BOOK Always ask questions

    • Spring 2017
    • Michael Keller
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class
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    Feb 22, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Sniezek is a very enthusiastic instructor. The class covers a lot of material and dedication is required to succeed. Sniezek is very knowledgeable and is excellent at analogizing complex principles to every day life experiences so the student is able to intuitively internalize some concepts. You will definitely hit some challenges on a certain topic (i.e., cellular respiration) which will require questions to be asked! Great course and instructor.

    Course highlights:

    Highlights of the course were when Sniezek ran around pretending to be a molecule and mentioned how your bodyfat protected you from life threatening damage if you were stabbed-hilarious yet brilliant examples to help you remember concepts.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Apply yourselves and desire to learn the material. Motivation is everything!

    • Fall 2016
    • James Sniezek
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    Jan 14, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The course was a little difficult, as it felt very squeezed into one semester, but if you study and take the right approach then it's not too bad, a lot of fun actually.

    Course highlights:

    I really enjoyed starting with the little details and pieces of each concept. Then as the unit slowly progressed you can begin to piece everything together, for instance the process of photosynthesis, we started with one part at a time, explaining that the first process takes place in chloroplasts, and going outwards until we can see a bigger overarching theme come together.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    This course is a lot of fun, but you really need to do the readings before class and come prepared to ask questions during the lecture, it is also very helpful if you go over the information you learned during class when you get back home and do extra research if you don't understand something.

    • Fall 2016
    • Michael Keller
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading


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