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BIO 001 Contemporary Biology

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    Ardell,David, Carey,Chelsea, Carolan,Molly, laurabeaster-jones, Dulai,Kamal, Al-Kuhlani,Mufadhal, Manilay,Jennifer, Staff,The, Sarah S. Abboud
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    • Hard 42%

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    Always Do the Reading

    Great Intro to the Subject

    Go to Office Hours

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    Aug 01, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Even though it's a required class for my major, the discussions are worth going to!

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed the involvement of everyone in the class. We really get in depth about learning different subjects on contemporary biology which I really enjoyed.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study notes and review everything in the syllabus.

    • Fall 2017
    • Sarah S. Abboud
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jul 17, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is vigorous and allows a student to get the college feel. It is not an easy class, but it introduces the fast pace of classes and expectations of professors.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed the atmosphere along with learning about life at a fast pace.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to read textbooks, study and find someone to study with.

    • Fall 2016
    • laurabeaster-jones
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Great Intro to the Subject Participation Counts
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    Jul 03, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend taking this class in your second semester if you are not sure if you want to get a Biology degree. This course is also known to be one of the most difficult courses in UC Merced when combined with the lab that pairs with this class. I took both the class and the lab at the same time and as long as you manage your time well - you can pass the class at least. Though for me, the lab helped me relate to the material taught in the lectures as it makes it more physical - it's best for the kinetic learners to take both if they are able to juggle the assignments between the two. If you want a class that is for the science class requirement, I recommend choosing a less intense course. However, if you love Biology and love learning a lot about it all at once then take the class.

    Course highlights:

    The class focused on giving a lot of topics that are being studied in Biology. If you took biology classes in high school, some of the material will be a review. It covered a lot about cells, evolution, plant biology, animal biology, etc. There are a lot of terms to memorize, but it is easy to learn once you can connect the material to each other.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be sure to study and read the textbook since most of the exams are based on the textbook. Also, attend the review sessions that the TAs host to be engaged in reviewing the material. As long as you keep up with the professors then you'll be good. For exams, the questions can also cover the challenging questions that most people missed in the last exam, so be sure to study those. If you have the professors that I had (Professor Manilay & Professor Beaster-Jones), go to Manilay for animal biology and Beaster-Jones for plant biology - they divide the learning material between each other, so go to the ones who taught the material you had trouble with.

    • Fall 2016
    • Manilay,Jennifer
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Lots of Writing Always Do the Reading

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