This class was tough.
This is a comprehensive course that covers what should be three separate classes into one. Although difficult, it allows students, especially those going into specific health fields, to receive exposure to the general elements of each type of Chemistry they need to succeed in their field. This course is tailored to Kinesiology majors in the Spring, and only focuses on aspects of Chemistry that will relate to this type of work.
I learned everything from general chemistry to organic to biochemistry. The structure of the class flowed well. The first few weeks focused on building a foundation to be built upon within the overall 16 weeks. After the foundation was set, much of the class involved applying these lessons in a laboratory setting and considering how they work in the real world. The most significant material that we went over had to do with metabolism. We went over carbohydrates, proteins, and more in extensive detail, focusing on how nutrition is essential in maintaining the levels of each in the body.
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Advice for students:
This class is NOT easy at all. Like I said, it is summing up three different courses into one. My best advice would be to not procrastinate; this class requires active learning and studying. After every lecture, study the material that was gone over in class. If you do not keep up with the work, it will get overwhelming really quickly. The more you study, little by little each week, the easier it will be to keep all of the information in your head. Also, each lecture builds upon the last. Go to class. Take good notes. Ask questions. Do not ever just pass over something you are confused about, as this could cause you to misunderstand everything that comes after. Be proactive in this class. It is 5 units and you need to spend as much time as possible on it. It would be a good idea to take easier classes the semester you take this class, as you'll need to spend most of your time on it.