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BIOL 2120 Intro to Cellular and Molecular Biology

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    Jun 27, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend it because it is usually a required course for most students who are interested. Unfortunately, the professor was impossible. He was unreasonable, harsh, a very tough grader, asked questions that were out of the scope of material we were asked to study. If the student doesn't research the material thoroughly, it's difficult to do well.

    Course highlights:

    I gained a lot of knowledge. It was mostly from the textbook. I learned a lot of specific details about processes that are taught in introductory biology courses from earlier (including high school). Some concepts include photosynthesis, cellular respiration, genetics etc. It's a great course in terms of the material we learn, but the professor made it unpleasant for me and a lot of my classmates.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    I would recommend being VERY proactive about the material. Make sure you read the textbook ahead of the class in which it is covered, and review it during class while it is being somewhat explained, and then go through it again before the exam. It's a good idea to go into extreme depth because the exams are very difficult, so after reviewing the textbook and presentations, look deeper into the material. Google it, research it in other textbooks, talk to other people about it, and connect it to the labs. If you do this and don't procrastinate, you will be good to go!

    • Spring 2017
    • Rutledge
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Requires Lots of Research
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    Aug 23, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It was probably one of the toughest, yet most rewarding classes that I have taken during my time at Rensselaer. The class is very textbook heavy and requires a lot of self teaching.

    Course highlights:

    Being that the class was extremely textbook heavy, I essentially learned how "learn from a textbook." After being assigned hundreds of pages a week of reading, it was important to learn how to be engaged in difficult text and not waste your time by mindlessly reading.

    Hours per week:

    12+ hours

    Advice for students:

    Even though most of the learning can be done outside of class, it is still important to attend lecture, as there are some in class assignments that are graded and randomly assigned. There are also some test questions that appear from his lectures, so it is important to pay attention.

    • Spring 2016
    • Rutledge
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jun 09, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    While this class is difficult and requires you to learn a lot of material in a short amount of time, the application of concepts and the lab section is beneficial to those looking to go into the medical field or doing research.

    Course highlights:

    Aside from learning about the biology of a cell, the professor forces you to apply what you are learning in lecture and reading. You realize why diseases affect people in certain ways and why doctors take specific courses of treatment.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure to read the textbook and understand the diagrams and tables.

    • Spring 2016
    • Rutledge
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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