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BIOLOGY 135 Evolution for Everyone

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    Jul 21, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I took this class in freshman year and it is still my favorite class and my favorite professor, even though it is outside my major. It is a lot of work outside of class and the tests are difficult so you must start studying for them when Dr. Mass indicates. Dr. Mass holds study sessions and it's a great chance to ask you last minute questions or just go to test your self so you know what to study! But if you do the work, you will have a lot of fun learning about evolution and a bit of biology! In New Paltz, you have to take two natural science courses and this set me up perfectly for my other course. I highly recommend!

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot, there's no possible way to write any answer that does it justice in this box. I learned EVOLUTION is REPLICATION with VARIATION over (deep) TIME. This formula for evolution outlines each key part of the class, first about reproduction, then about random mutation that actually creates diversity in species and can be beneficial, then about how long all of this takes to implement a society. I learned that humans have a great responsibility to keep other animals safe, because while it may seem out of our best interests, we rely on the ecosystems we grow up in. I learned that to simplify evolution and biology to a question of NATURE or NURTURE is grossly understated, because oftentimes evolution requires understanding of both of those concepts. I learned to recognize humans haven't been around all that long in the history of the Earth and I learned how to visualize just how tiny I am in the great spectrum of things and the past. This class was especially beneficial to me as a freshman because it was a lot of work, but it showed me how rewarding that work can be. Last but not least, I enjoyed this class because it was right before my Comp Honors course where I was reading Hemingway and other classic American authors for the first time, in which a lot of the values in what I read had religious undertones. Therefore, to juxtapose religion to science on such intimate levels was extremely helpful to opening my mind for the Philosophy classes I would soon take.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the work. Listen to Dr. Mass. Ask questions. Have fun. These are rudimentary answers, but they work for just about any class. You are in college because you enjoy learning, so you pick the classes you like and you learn everything you possibly can and you have fun doing it. Otherwise, it's going to be difficult to learn to the best of your ability. I've also found that professors are just are important as the classes themselves. This class was a lot of work-- maybe the most work I have had my whole college career, but it was a good experience for me, because Dr. Mass made it intriguing and fun. So when considering which classes to take, look into the professors!

    • Fall 2014
    • SpencerMass
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts Great Discussions
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    Apr 29, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    Boms is an amazing professor who really cares about the health of his students.

    Course highlights:

    We watched countless eye-opening documentaries about proper health and Boms was a lot of fun.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Do the practice exams on Blackboard and take notes on his slides.

    • Spring 2015
    • Boms
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions

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