This class was tough.
Although some people may consider Biology: Diversity and Ecology a waste of time, I enjoyed it. Some people believe it is no help to them as they are going into the medical field, but we discuss a lot about bacteria disease and fungi, which someone in the medical field could someday see in their practice. It was also a good course to start out with because I've heard it's one of the easier biology courses, so you're able to kind of ease into the really hard courses as you figure out how best to study for big tests. The lab also went very well. I find dissections to be some of the most interesting things seeing how the body and the organs in it function, and we did many dissections, so I enjoyed it immensely.
I learned a lot about taxonomy, the classification of living organisms. There is a lot of memorization of phyla, sub phyla, and orders. You learn a lot of different species names, and see how everything is connected. You also look at the differences between species and how that impacts their classification. Too, you learn the general characteristics of each phyla and why those characteristics are important. You start with the most basic of bacteria, protists, and archaea, and then move to plants and then animals ending with learning about mammals.
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Advice for students:
Study all along, and don't give yourself only a day or two to cram before one of the big tests. You really don't have to read the textbook because everything you need to know is on the presentations that Dr. Lewis gives to you. I would still take notes in class though, just so that you can stay focused and your mind doesn't wander. I've found the best way of studying for the test is going through the study guide and writing down all the information from the presentations that goes under each question in the study guides. It's a great way to review, but like I said give yourself a good amount of time because his presentations are sometimes 100 slides or longer, so it takes a while to get through them and write down/review all the information you need to know.