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    Sep 14, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a two year, intensive study of biology that challenges the students to develop a broader approach to learning. Science is approached from different perspectives including the gathering of historical understanding, new research and future possibilities.

    Course highlights:

    The course is unique in that it allows students to work together as well as independently as we develop an integrated way of understanding the sciences. Ms. Wallace encourages her students to work together over time but also to delve into topics deeper than a simple textbook level of understanding in order to develop the ability to apply knowledge gained in a more holistic manner.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    develop the ability to have strong note-taking skills and organizational skills that can be accessed and reexamined over a two year period.

    • Fall 2016
    • Wallace
    • Yes
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    Jul 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It is definitely a difficult course. However, if you love Biology and have interest in a science career I would recommend it.

    Course highlights:

    This course is very involved but it is very helpful for someone hoping to study in the science field. You learn in depth about biological processes

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the book chapters more than once. Have large group study sessions with your classmates. Ask your teacher any questions that you have to really understand a subject.

    • Fall 2016
    • Robert Martino
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Meetings Outside of Class Final Paper
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    Jul 26, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a two year (4 semester) course that covers several major biological concepts essential to any student interested in pursuing a higher education in biology. As a student of the first year, I have learned the basics of biochemistry, cellular structure and function, basic genetic processes and the subsequently occurring mitotic processes, Mendelian genetics, and an overview of evolutionary principles.

    Course highlights:

    The great part about each lesson was when we learned about specific current technologies and how they were applied to benefit their specific field of study. For example, we learned how PCR machines split and replicate fragments of DNA and how gel electrophoresis was used to study different lengths of DNA. These bits of information on newly created tools are highly inspiring for thoughts on how to use them to certain scientific or medical ends. For example, my current independent research project is about gene therapy for angelman's syndrome, and I would have never begun it had i not learned of the advancements made in retroviral DNA integration in this biology course.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    We have few dates and deadlines other than serious final ones, so I would advise to stay on track and study every day to learn more material in the most efficient and least stressful way. There is a LOT of material and the tests require not only a thorough knowledge of it, but for you to use it in practical problems and apply it in situations external to the ones presented to us in lectures. Basically, if you stay on top of things and do a little work every day, you will be more successful than having to struggle with a lot of work last minute. The payback of academic success in this course is well worth the extra time spent every night. It has been extremely insightful.

    • Spring 2016
    • Wallace
    • Always Do the Reading A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions


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