This class was tough.
This class was probably the hardest class I've ever taken in college so far. The average grade on the first exam was a C+. However, this class is really dependent on how much work you put in. I was terrible at POB and made a C+ first semester and a C second semester. I worked really hard in MCB and even though MCB is probably 20 times harder, I pulled off a B. I suggest not taking this in conjunction with Orgo. Definitely watch all the videos he posts, going to lecture is pretty useless. A lot of the class has to do with modern techniques for sequencing and research. The first two exams are fair game if you study but the final is incredibly difficult.
The best part about the class is that the lectures are recorded. You really go into depth on transcription initiation and he expects you to know a lot so definitely take good notes. I learned a lot about biology and how you can apply biology to medicine. This is a great gateway class in case you wanted to get into research because every molecular biology research method is pretty much at least mentioned in this class if not covered in depth.
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Advice for students:
Keep up with the study question because using them as study material before the exam is NOT a good idea. Definitely do them as you go along. Take notes on the lectures as you watch them. I wrote down every word they said and when it came time for the exams I studied by taking more condensed notes of my notes on the lectures. Rewatching the lectures for exams are pointless as they take up way too much time and the content can be extremely dry.