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BIOL 150 Principles of Biology I

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    Hankyel t. Park, AntonioF.DelCastillo-Olivares, Valerie A. Lantz
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    Always Do the Reading

    Background Knowledge Expected

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    Jun 05, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class has a full program of learning and covers essential topics of biology. I found it extremely interesting but it requires a lot of studying and involvement. This specific professor is dedicated to making his students succeed while making sure that they study and master the topics so they can follow in later biology classes.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot about chemistry, cells, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics. These are the most important topics for continuing an education in biology. Because the class is intense, the students get close and build good relationships, which is important moreal support.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you fully master the content of the class. Understanding is key to succeeding, especially in Principles of Biology 150 because the exams are very tricky. I found the lab part easier because the content is narrowed. The summaries asked by the professor are very important but they can become very hard to complete because there is already so much to master in the first place. Having prior knowledge in biology is extremely helpful.

    • Spring 2017
    • AntonioF.DelCastillo-Olivares
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Mar 19, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's like high school biology but 20 times more in-depth. Labs are always the fun part.

    Course highlights:

    Learning basic chemistry and how metabolism works.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Never be afraid of asking for help. Always find time to see the instructor during office hours or see a tutor.

    • Spring 2017
    • AntonioF.DelCastillo-Olivares
    • Yes
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    Feb 28, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor is passionate about his subject and wants to help you succeed. He gives study tips and willingly answers any questions you may have.

    Course highlights:

    This is a critical prerequisite course for anyone wanting to take upper-level biology courses. In this class we went in depth with cell functions, chemical reactions that happen in the cell, the stages and details concerning mitosis and meiosis, and how DNA replicates. These are just a few things we discussed in lecture and lab, but these are some of the most helpful things I learned because I have to use that knowledge constantly in the other classes I'm taking currently - genetics, and anatomy and physiology. The professor called this course a "make or break" class - if you don't succeed in this class, you may want to reconsider your major or career focus.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book. Although the professor did not stress this as much as other professors may, it will help you further on when you do have classes that require you to read 40+ pages before class. With this specific class and professor, you're encouraged to print out the power points and take notes on those. Look through the power points ahead of time so you can come in with questions you may have. The tests he gives are based on the power points and on what is discussed in class.

    • Fall 2016
    • Hankyel t. Park
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions

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