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PDBIO 120 Science of Biology

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    Kooyman, RickJellen, JamesPorter, unknown, judd, Geary, AllanJudd, porter, JuanArroyo, Koooyman, DavidHansen

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Always Do the Reading

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    Aug 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Nice guy. He'll go to any length to help you, and he gives you 4 options for grading in the class (different balances of homework and tests), so it's easy to get an A. His accent does make it hard to understand him sometimes, but I really liked that he posted all of his lectures online. I would take another class from him anytime.

    Course highlights:

    If anything you do gain a foundational understanding of PDBIO which really sets you up for the upcoming science classes if that is part of your major.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Go in to talk to him. He's one of those professors who will work with you and really does care about the students success.

    • Fall 2016
    • JuanArroyo
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Participation Counts
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    May 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Hansen tests on what he teaches, and he teaches in a way that will make anyone enjoy Biology.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights were the genetics portion and the linking of energy systems in plants to how it feeds the mammal.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keep your notes and tests through out the course because they are great reference material for the final.

    • Fall 2015
    • DavidHansen
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Group Projects
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    Oct 18, 2015
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Kooyman is a great guy but his class takes a lot of work. He seems to have a hard time teaching the material clearly so going to the TAs is a must which requires time. The tests can be tricky which he says is "critical thinking" but the problems seemed to just be worded weird. His rubric is unique and your whole grade can be based off the final test if you choose.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to prepare for tests well and how to fully use the TAs. As far as the material goes, it covers parts of the cell in Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes, cell replication, mutations, transcription, translation, how the mitochondria works and such. I learned a lot but tests require lots of studying.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    If you take this class, which I don't know if I recommend, go the the TAs and study hard for the tests.

    • Winter 2013
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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