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BIOL 240 Biology of Microorganisms

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    Jul 21, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because Dr. Aguilar makes the material interesting to learn, and helps us understand why microbiology is something that is around us everyday, even if we don't know it.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about how easy it can be to get sick from an infection, and how thorough we need to be when it comes to keeping the environment around us.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would tell students to not be psyched out when it comes to learning the material in this course. There is a lot of material to understand, but that they can do it! Don't be afraid to ask for help, because the professors only want to see you succeed.

    • Fall 2016
    • Cristian Aguilar
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    • Background Knowledge Expected Meetings Outside of Class
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    Jan 05, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is a very interesting rigorous course that would most likely appeal to Pre-Med students. It is a very time consuming class because there is an extensive amount of material being taught and tested on. The tests are overall fair except there are an extravagant number of drugs the students are expected to memorize.

    Course highlights:

    This course was very centered around diseases. We learned about over 50 different diseases ranging from: bacterial, fungal, protozoan, multicellular, and viral diseases. We learned about their causal organisms, history, life cycles, symptoms, complications, and antibiotics / treatments. We also touched on the immune system, sewage filtration, and etc. Overall it was a very interesting course and I learned way more than I expected I would have.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    This professor barely puts any information on his power points, unless they are life cycles or diagrams / charts he expects you to memorize. He usually verbalizes a lot of the material you are expected to memorize. It is really difficult to jot down everything he saids word for word and not miss any material. However, I used to record his lectures and then re-listen to them outside of class and take notes over my notes. As time consuming as this sounds, I felt like it helped me a lot.

    • Fall 2016
    • Scott Kinnes
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    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments
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    Oct 03, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a very challenging course and those who do not do well typically do not continue as a science major. However, for those who create good study habits and put in the work that is necessary to do well, this will be a very rewarding class

    Course highlights:

    In this class, I love learning about all the diseases. It was very interesting.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Record the lectures and always review the recordings after class while taking notes.

    • Fall 2015
    • Scott Kinnes
    • Yes
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