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This class was tough.
I would recommend this class to anyone. Professor Pickens is very thorough in his information, but he makes sure he personally knows all of his students and helps them out in every way that they can. The class requires a lot of dedication, but the hard work definitely pays off when you get your grades back, and further when you're watching Grey's Anatomy and can understand what they're talking about.
The highlight of the course for me was definitely the fetal pig dissection. It's one thing to see diagrams of the systems, but to see them in front of you and physically be able to touch everything puts the whole class into perspective. It's truly mind boggling how simple bodily functions like breathing and urinating is such an involved process. The in depth nature of this class takes you into every cell of the body, and shows you the importance of every single detail in order for our bodies to work as well oiled machines. Now when I take a deep breath in I can think about the gas exchange in my alveoli as the blood rushes through my lungs, into my pulmonary vein and as the oxygenated blood enters my left atria before it is systemically pumped throughout my body by the left ventricle. You will walk out of this class thinking about everything your body does in your everyday life, from your stomach growling to your blood clotting when you cut your finger, which is key to understanding the details of this course.
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Advice for students:
On the first day of school when your professor tells you to study 2 hours for every hour in the class, please do not think he is joking. This class is incredibly rewarding, but you need to put the work in. Everything you do in this class from index cards to pig dissections is for your benefit so absorb it to the best of your ability. Take every opportunity to review material, and definitely form study groups! Forming a study group was the best thing I decided to do for this class, because if you don't know something chances are someone in your group does. So study hard, but take it all in, this class will make you see your body in a completely different way.