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Great Intro to the Subject
Meetings Outside of Class
Pretty easy, overall.
This a great course for beginners in biology. The professor is very understanding and reasonable with grades and it is not a very work-intensive course. Rather, the professor wants the students to be engaged and actually enjoy and understand the subject instead of just assigning unnecessary amounts of homework.
The professor did a good job of trying to make this subject interesting to students from all majors by discussing not only the biology of the "DNA revolution" and the technologies of it, but also including media studies and policy changes for genetics as well. Only about 1/3 of the class involved straight science while the rest was analyzing the information and our views on it as well as the future of genetics in science and society.
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The test questions can be worded strangely at times but Professor Taylor is very generous with grading so don't stress out about it. There is not much homework throughout the semester which can cause some to slack off for the tests but it is definitely necessary to study as much as one would for any other class. There is one group paper at the end of the semester but it is very short and not difficult at all so overall this is a very low-stress class that I would recommend for any non-science majors.