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    Mar 09, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Good natured guy, I enjoyed the class. I don't think Dan's as bad as people are making him out to be. Tests are hard and sometimes ask you about really obscure (species specific) information.

    Course highlights:

    Test were too long and too much detail that you needed to know. Did not seem very interested in teaching the class.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    All of the book is covered in lecture but read the reader or you will miss test points. He goes fast through the slides but they are all online. His exams are tough and detailed - pay attention to what he talks about the most. He's super nice and helpful though so don't be afraid to talk to him after. If you're interested, take this class!

    • Winter 2015
    • Costa,D.
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Feb 25, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend the Biology of Marine Mammals because in this course, the class not only learned about how mammals move, breathe or live, but we were able to apply what we learned inside the classroom to the field trips we took outside of the classroom. By going to Año Nuevo, we observed the sexual dimorphism of elephant seals and saw competition for females taking place; at Natural Bridges State Beach, the class got to see how trackers in sea lions work; and at Moss Landing, the class got to see how humpback whales (mysticetes) use bubble rings to forage for fish when whale watching.

    Course highlights:

    The best part about this course apart from the field trips is that it was taught at the Long Marine Lab, which gave us access to see their research on actual dolphins and seals. I also learned how to make a research poster since the professor made us read an article and then told us to pretend as if we were the ones who wrote the paper. She would then tell us to create a research poster to present to the class, which really helped me practice public speaking.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    To students considering this course, I recommend taking detailed notes, and to review them after lecture. If you get a study guide, start a week earlier to give yourself room to ask your TA's about any questions you may have about the material.

    • Summer 2015
    • Maxine Tarjan
    • Yes
    • Group Projects Participation Counts Requires Presentations
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    Jan 13, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Straightforward exams, interesting topics, TAs are super helpful! There is an assignment where you have to write your own "research" paper, easy points.

    Course highlights:

    The lab was the best part! You get to take a tour of ano nuevo

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take good notes, the exams are pretty straight forward off of the notes. Attend section, TAs are really helpful

    • Spring 2013
    • Costa
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Final Paper

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