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BSCI 170 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology

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    Jun 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in the science field. It is very detailed and the way Professor Simon teaches it, it is not simply memorization. She makes sure you fully understand the material so that you are able to use reason to come up with responses. I've taken several biology classes throughout high school as well as college and so far this class has definitely been the most interesting and useful.

    Course highlights:

    This class pretty much taught me the basics and a little bit beyond of everything I need to know about cells and molecules for my future college career. From the structure of proteins to metabolic pathways to genetically modified organisms, this course did an excellent job of introducing fairly difficult topics. Dr. Simon specifically discussed ways to apply the material learned in this class to future careers and professional paths.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    First and foremost, it is incredibly important to attend every class. The material is taught very fast--missing one class is enough to substantially affect your ability to understand the information. Second, Professor Simon offers many help sessions and office hours that are critical to really making sure you know as much as you think you do for the exams. Lastly, study with other people! This is the kind of class where study groups are extremely helpful. Simply reading over the textbook and rewriting your notes are not enough to pass the class.

    • Spring 2017
    • Anne Simon
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours
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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
    • Yes
    • 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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