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BIOL 2027 L 1 Human Genetics

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    Dec 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Drew is an amazing professor and I highly recommend you take his class if you are interested in sciences. His subject matter is very interesting and he is very engaging, even if his classes meet at 9 in the morning.

    Course highlights:

    I think the highlights of the class were doing the labs with our own genetics, such as finding out if we were carriers for certain things, extracting our own chromosomes to create a karyotype, and more.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to talk with Drew when you have a question. He's always in his office and wants to help his students so don't be confused in silence- just ask him!

    • Fall 2016
    • Drew Cressman
    • Math-heavy Go to Office Hours Competitive Classmates
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    Nov 15, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Drew Cressman is an enthusiastic and caring professor, even when he lectures. This was one of my favorite courses at Sarah Lawrence because of how Drew lectured the material. He was always clear, he had a sense of humor, he could engage every student (even at nine in the morning), and his midterms were always made you think through what you knew. The material, while complicated, was fascinating, and Drew loved to share his fascination with us students.

    Course highlights:

    I will never forget the tests; a lot of the questions were worded like puzzles that made you think. The group conferences posed really interesting reading on the ethics of human genetics, too, and in those classes I learned about my favorite geneticist, Dr. Doudna. This course is one where you get out of it what you put into it, and putting in the work provided lots of rewards.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take notes. Attend every class. I missed a class once and missed out on learning about the immune system. Each class you learn something new: there is no review class. Drew does organize study sessions where he will do practice problems and answer questions: GO TO THOSE. They're very helpful. This would be a great course for anyone mildly interested in biology who needs to fulfill lecture credit: this is one of the most engaging lectures you could take at Sarah Lawrence.

    • Fall 2016
    • Drew Cressman
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    • Background Knowledge Expected A Few Big Assignments Group Projects
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    May 17, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this comprehensive introductory to Human Genetics because it was structured well and the professor made the information easy and accessible. I learned a lot and was inspired by the current and cutting edge technology within the field of Human Genetics.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a general knowledge for how genetics worked, but I also loved that we learned so much about the application of the information we were learning. It didn't just feel like we were stuck doing busy work or reading from a textbook. It was current and relevant, just how college courses should be.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you study well for the exams! It is good to create an outline of the material you feel as if you've covered and then cross reference it with the professor's outline.

    • Fall 2015
    • Drew Cressman
    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions

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