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BIO 404 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

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    Apr 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend it. Dr. Wilga is very thorough and uses many different resources to teach this course content. Furthermore both she and her TAs have plenty of office hours and are very involved and knowledgeable about the course content. My only regret is that I wish I knew how much time and effort goes into studying anatomy so I could allot more time to studying for her exams (which although they were very hard, were very fair). This course focused on the evolutionary changes of anatomy in vertebrates and the different body systems and functions in vertebrate animals.

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    The highlights of this course was the texts and methods she used to teach this subject matter. She used a autobiographical account from a scientist in addition to our anatomy text. We had a 3 hour lab which was very hands-on but very independent in that you were given a body system to study that week and you decided how best to study the parts of anatomy. There were subjects to dissect as well as a textbook with plenty of photos and hand drawn pictures of the subjects we were dissecting. In general I learned about the body systems of vertebrates, how the environment changed evolution of an animal, and general dissection techniques. Most importantly though I learned different study methods and how to make the most of my study time.

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    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell them to be prepared to study a lot. I would tell them that this course does include dissections so if they have any moral problems with that, they should probably stay away. I would inform them that they need to read the text book, AND the anatomy book for lab since there is a lot of content she will go over in not a lot of time. Additionally, make the most of the TA hours and go back to review the systems. Dr. Wilga is tough but she is fair and she cares a lot. If you need help, she is always willing to lend a hand and she tries to know your name so she can address you properly. The classes are small so being anonymous is basically impossible. Also there are weekly quizzes but you shouldn't blow them off because those points add up and are very helpful in your final grade.

    • Spring 2013
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