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    • Profile picture
    Dec 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Pacovsky is, by far, the most knowledgeable professor in his department! It's like he knows everything. His notes and his lectures are very extensive, and he is a very energetic man. With humor and wisdom beyond your imagination, it's impossible not to enjoy his class, and his tests are fair and incredibly simple.

    Course highlights:

    I especially enjoyed learning about the cell structure and about DNA replication. His drawings are very extensive and he does a great job of explaining any topic.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study your lecture notes! Always go to the professor if you have any doubts or questions. He is more than willing to help you.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Ray Pacovkski
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Competitive Classmates Great Discussions
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    Oct 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Professor O'malley is very enthusiastic about the teaching material. She is experienced in the field of Biology and has been studying it for many years, therefore has much insight to share. She creates PowerPoint notes that she goes over in her class periods.

    Course highlights:

    Principles of Biology 1 is essential for understanding the concepts discussed in Principles of Biology 2. Many topics that were discussed in Principles of Biology 1 are presented again in Principles of Biology 2, but they are not reviewed nor elaborately explained. Therefore, it is critical that you learn the material of Biology 1 thoroughly, if you plan on taking Biology 2. I learned a lot about the differences between eucaryotes and prokaryotes, differences in type of reproductions, and how DNA and proteins are formed. The topics of Meiosis and Mitosis are explained thoroughly, with in-depth, detailed discussions about the stages that lead to Mitosis and Meiosis.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    There is a lot of material that is covered throughout the course, so it is vital to read the chapter and study notes in order to pass the class. Relying on Professor O'Malley's PowerPoint notes alone is not enough to ensure that you pass the class with a B or higher. You have to make time during the week to study for four hours at least per week in order to absorb all the information that is presented, and to prepare for the tests. There is no homework given in the class; your grade depends on attendance, tests, and midterm and final exams.

    • Spring 2016
    • O'malley, Chasity
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    May 16, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Great professor, she was so helpful, so knowledgeable. Her exams consisted of everything we studied in class and was always ready to help.

    Course highlights:

    From taking this course I learned the principles of biology, and am using these basic terminologies and what I learned in couses in classes I am taking now, such as Chemistry and Physics.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study, take notes and learn what is important, because you will need it for life.

    • Fall 2015
    • O'malley, Chasity
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions

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