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BIOL 208 Intro to Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology

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    MelissaRowland-Goldsmith, Dr. Rowland-Goldsmith
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    Jul 29, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I am not going to lie, this course is pretty challenging. It requires a lot of studying and a lot of your time. Midterms are terrifying, but going to the SI sessions are extremely helpful. Dr. RG is pretty intimidating and it makes it hard for students to ask questions, but she truly does want everyone to succeed in the class. She has office hours each week for students to come in and ask her questions on what they may be confused on either in the reading or in lecture. She is very detailed in her lectures, and it definitely helps to take notes and attend the review sessions.

    Course highlights:

    What else is there really to say except that you learn about molecular genetics in BIO 208? You learn about genes of an individual, you learn about how prokaryotes and eukaryotes express different genes, how genes are passed down into the offspring, how tests can be done to see how proteins interact, etc. There is honestly so much to learn about molecular genetics, and I honestly found it all very interesting. Not only did I learn about the subject, but I also learned how to better use my time to study and it really helped me develop studying habits that I would use in my other classes.

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    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would definitely recommend to take a lot of notes and to review these notes. Also, look at the lecture notes ahead of time to know what is going to be discussed in class. READ! I cannot stress that one enough. Tutors are available for this course every week, and there are also SI sessions every week as well. If you do not want to go to SI sessions all the time, at least make sure to go to the midterm review ones. There are quizzes almost every week, so be sure to stay on top of what is being taught in class. Dr. RG only tests you on what she talks about in class, even if it's not in the book, so always be paying attention and attend her classes.

    • Spring 2016
    • Dr. Rowland-Goldsmith
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    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments

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