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BIOLOGY BIOL 201 General Biology I

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    • Profile picture
    Aug 09, 2017
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Gary was very knowledgable about the topic, though got sidetracked quite often and moved quickly through topics because of it. I would highly recommend if there was more time in the course to go over topics more in depth.

    Course highlights:

    I learned about the basics of biology and in an interesting way.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the powerpoint and the text book, never miss class.

    • Spring 2016
    • Gary Heller
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jun 19, 2017
    | Would not recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor was not what I would consider qualified and was very disrespectful.

    Course highlights:

    I did learn a lot about biology that I didn't already know but I didn't learn as much as I would've liked for an entire semester course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    This professor changes his class structure a lot so find what works best for you and adjust it as needed because you have to make your own structure with this class.

    • Fall 2014
    • Steve Lysne
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Oct 10, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course was absolutely amazing! If you enjoy biology, then you will definitely enjoy this class. Lysne is by far one of the best teachers I've ever had. He works solely off of discussion; the only time he uses PowerPoint slides is when he summarizes the chapter at the end of the lecture. I know this sounds a little scary, but trust me, this helps the content you are learning become so much clearer. He writes everything of importance on the board and he outlines and draws diagrams so everyone understands what he is teaching. He is dedicated to his office hours and class times, and more than that, he makes biology interesting and fun. He jokes with his students and provides a discussion filled environment. The Bio 201 content is fascinating; you will enjoy this class if you work hard.

    Course highlights:

    I loved lecture time. I understood every single concept we discussed. Bio 201 is mostly about microevolution with an intro into macroevolution, but you don't go into depth about macro until Bio 202. You will learn about evolution at the molecular level, which is necessary for you understand the content in 202. The quizzes were extremely helpful because you are able to take them as many times as you want to get the best score you can. They are less of assignments and more of a study tool, which is super helpful.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    You need to read the chapter and answer Lysne's key concepts before you get to class. This will allow you to get full participation points and do well on the quizzes. Also, take the quizzes multiple times, because a lot of the exam questions are pulled from the quizzes. If you are ever stuck on a quiz question, you can find Quizlet study cards online. Finally, form a study group with your peers; it will lead you to success.

    • Spring 2016
    • Steve Lysne
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions

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