This class was tough.
I would recommend because the professor is engaging.
Learning more advanced processes about how life works can be challenging and interesting.
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Reading the book is not required BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. The textbook contains information that will be on tests that is not covered very well in lecture, homework, or lab.
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
While a bit more advanced, this course is a very detailed and interesting introduction to macrobiology. Of course, you should take its precursor, BIO 181, first to brush up on microbiology. But together, the two courses give you a thorough understanding of the basics of biological sciences including its major themes, fields of study, findings, landmark studies, and of course, the diversity of life on this planet. BIO 182 in particular is very enjoyable and quite interesting as a the majority of the class is spent exploring the many different life forms that exist on Earth. You learn their similarities and differences, the evolutionary tree of life, what makes each species and type of creature unique, and even the Latin names of these groups (you'll finally be able to understand species naming). It is simply fascinating to learn how strange and inventive life on this planet is, and you'll find that even the microscopic creatures are fun to learn about. There are just so many creatures to examine and understanding what make them special and how they evolved in truly a marvel. You'll also learn about evolution and how it works, giving you a better understanding of why life is the way it is. The course ends with ecology, giving you a thorough understanding of how life interacts on this planet with other life and with non-life. You truly garner an appreciation for the intricacies of this planet's ecosystems and learn your place in it all. The lab portion allows you to examine these creatures head on and seem them in person. There's just something exciting about watching a microscopic creature do its thing in real time. While admittedly the lab isn't like most others with more just taking observations than actual experiments, it is an exciting experience all its own that really helps contextualize the information learned in lecture.
As explained above, you learn about the diversity of life. The highlights of this course include taxonomy (how to classify life), evolution and how it happens, ecology, and of course just exploring the kingdoms of life. There's a lot of strange creatures on this planet that have weird looks and truly bizarre biological processes, and you're bound to find one that intrigues you. Because it touches on many fields of biology, you could even use it to determine which field you'd like to go into, whether it be ecology, entomology, zoology, or even anthropology. The Lab was also a highlight. While lacking in actual experiments, there was lots of opportunities to observe real specimens and get an in-person look at the life forms you learned about. Finally, the professor of the course is full of energy and absolutely passionate about the material. Though he moves rather quickly, it isn't too difficult to follow long or catch up after class if needed. His delivery simply makes the the material fun to learn and leaves you wanting to know more.
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Go to lecture! For many of these classes where the notes are available online or the teacher doesn't take attendance, it's easy to think you don't have to go. But trust me, the lecture is incredibly helpful. The notes online aren't all that complete and are missing materials and important information you would only know if you went to lecture. Even if you read your textbook, the professor adds a certain flair and depth to the material that makes it more interesting and easier to learn. Speaking of textbooks, purchase digital copies if possible. It's much cheaper and since the homework is online anyway, it would be easier to reference specific passages when you need help. The digital copies also come with study tools that could help you better learn and study the material for tests. Finally, find a study group. You're bound to miss or forget things from the book and lectures move fast enough that you might miss some of the notes, so studying in a group allows you to address each other's holes in knowledge. It also gives you a chance to get confusing concepts explained by someone who can explain it in terms you understand and you can quiz each other much more effectively than you could ever quiz yourself.