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    Jul 26, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Very challenging, but worth the effort. The difficulty is what I expected out of a college level biology course. The professor, while harsh at times, honestly cares about her students and wants them to succeed.

    Course highlights:

    Throughout the course, I had the feeling I would fail. No matter how hard I seemed to try, I continued to receive bad marks on exams and quizzes. However, after having a one on one discussion with my professor, she offered help and study tips. I began to pull my grades up, slowly but surely. This class is the perfect "slap in the face". What I mean by this, is that it is the shocking class that shows that you are now in college, and high school habits need to be reevaluated. This was the turning point, where I realized that simply sliding through would not cut it, but I needed to run as fast as I could to keep up. And it was amazing to feel so challenged.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take advantage of the textbook. While it may seem confusing, read through your chapters. If you do not understand, ASK!!!!. Go to office hours, put in that extra hour studying, and go to tutoring. In the end, the class is tough, but you will only fail if you do not try.

    • Spring 2016
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    May 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Taking this course with Dr. Major is the right way to go. His main goal is the make the students fall in love with biology and see the beauty and excitement in what seems like such minute details of how the world works. If you can, take him for lab as well. You'll get to do a dual experiment with Dr. Fair's organic chemistry lab students and you will have to do a presentation on it. It seems like a hassle at first until you remember that Dr. Major will definitely give you an A in lab, poster presentations are a great experience for any science student, and that you can put that experiment/presentation on your CV. It's worth it, trust me.

    Course highlights:

    My highlight of the course was when Dr. Major had covered all the material he needed to, so he allowed students to present PowerPoints on whatever biology topic they wanted. They weren't graded or anything. He just wanted to allow students to share their biological interests. It was a nice change of pace, seeing him so willing to learn from us as well.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    All of his exams are multiple choice. Just make sure you know how to apply the information he's taught you. His questions want you to think, not just regurgitate facts. Also don't bother with the book. He even told is it was a waste of money. He'll be sure to teach you everything you need to know.

    • Spring 2015
    • Robert Major
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Great Discussions

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