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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
    • Yes
    • 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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    Jan 19, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Drew is undeniably the most engaging, humorous and dedicated teacher in the science department. He provides you with many resources, a clear schedule, clear assignments, and weekly help sessions. He is more than willing to give up his personal time to help with any sort of coursework, and he is even willing to act as an emotional advisor when you are troubled. He is a mentor, a role model and a friend. His passion for science is infectious, and I pray I get to take many classes with him in the future. This course was incredible, as we learned about the underlying functions of genes, and we applied our knowledge to real-world debates and topics such as reproductive and therapeutic cloning, eugenics, gene editing, and reproductive technologies.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about how genes function on all levels. I learned about the roles of the genetic code and proteins, I learned of the components of the immune system and other non-genetic parts of a human DNA strand, I learned the role of a genetic counselor and got to speak to actual genetic counseling students in class, I learned about countless genetic disorders, and far more topics that I cannot list because of their quantity. Others found this course difficult, but I was healthily challenged by it. My independent group conference project centered around Huntington's disease. My partner and I examined its pattern of inheritance, how it works, and hypothetical cures in addition to how genetic counselors deal with affected people.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always take notes from your notebook before class and then take light notes during class. Some students only took notes during class and therefore they could not focus on the lecture and absorb information. Additionally, you must review your notes DAILY. When I mean daily, I am serious. You will need to retain a lot of information for the tests. Additionally, be sure to plan out personal deadlines for your independent group conference project. It is easy to wait until the last minute to do everything, and come out with a poorly done project, since it is independent work.

    • Fall 2015
    • Drew Cressman
    • Always Do the Reading Group Projects Meetings Outside of Class

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