Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would highly recommend this course because it gives you a great foundation for any higher level biology course. It is a great course to take after completing AP Biology in high school as both classes follow the same layout. Also, it makes this course much easier as the material is still fresh in that individual's mind. This course makes you memorize many structures and as painful as it may seem this gave me an additional level of understanding of the material.
The highlights of this course would include being able to dive into the details on topics that interest you because the instructor is very knowledgeable and enjoys explaining unclear material. You are no longer taught materials in the same cookie-cutter way. The professor never explains the mitochondria as "the powerhouse of the cell" or the immune system as "a warfront." I learned the structure and functions of the major biological molecules, cellular structures, an in-depth view of cellular respiration and photosynthesis, and the genetic mechanisms of organisms.
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Advice for students:
I would advise students to dedicate at least an hour everyday to this course, especially in the beginning of the semester when most of the material involves memorization. Also, it would be helpful to purchase a small whiteboard. It as incredibly helpful to me when I had to learn the structures of the amino acids and intermediates of glycolysis. I would advise students read ahead of lecture and print the lecture notes before class as this makes everything during class much simpler. It is a good idea to take notes from the textbook. Finally, I would advise students to stick with the class. Yes, it will seem very overwhelming in the beginning, but the professor doesn't try to trick you on exams and takes questions from class notes. It becomes very easy to get into a routine for how to study for this course.