Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I am currently taking this course and from the first day of class I knew I would enjoy it. The professor works as a hospital microbiologist and her knowledge on the subject is part of what makes the class fun. She applies the material to real life situations that make textbook facts not only memorable but entertaining. If my heart was not set on veterinary science Professor Ceglarek's passion for her work would have me considering microbiology as a future career path.
Some highlights of this course are the yogurt lab, where students use Koch's Postulates to determine if being Greek yogurt is caused by a disease (in comparison to milk), and learning how to gram stain microbes.
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Advice for students:
The classes are at night since the professor works in a microbiology class during the day. This coupled with the fact that the classes are three hours long makes lectures formidable. However, they are fun, or at least interesting. Many of the lessons include hand motions to help remember subjects and funny anecdotes that help liven up the long lectures. The best advice I can personally give is to not buy the book unless you have not had any prior biology classes. Outlines are passed out at the beginning of every lecture that basically replace the book. I have not opened by book once for this class.