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BIOLOGY 101 Molecular and Cellular Biology

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    Jan 10, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    The class is intimidating, and known for being difficult. However, it is extremely rewarding and you get back what you put in to the course. There is lots of opportunity to explore topics that you specifically are interested in with the projects, and one bad test won't hold you back from showing what you really know.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights for me personally were the projects we did where we could explore something for ourselves, such as the final paper where I did a lot of research and learning about neurons and synapse development in relation to learning.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Keep studying regularly, even on the days when you don't have class. Don't procrastinate, especially not before tests because there is TOO much material to learn in 2 hours before you will be quizzed on it.

    • Winter 2017
    • Don Dosch
    • Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments Requires Presentations
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    Dec 28, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend it if your interests lie in biology. It is one of the most rigorous courses at IMSA so it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to do well, but it is definitely possible.

    Course highlights:

    Similar to SI Biology, we went over the cell cycle and replication processes but its much more in depth in comparison. We learned about the pathways in a cell and how various functions are performed. MCB is always improving and adding new things so it is extremely modern and applicable.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Really pay attention the first few weeks. When studying for a night test, give it your all because the first night test really determines your grade. I did not do well on the first night test, and despite getting an A on every assignment that followed, I still received an 87% in the class. With hardwork and dedication, it is very possible to do well in this course.

    • Fall 2016
    • O'Leary
    • Go to Office Hours A Few Big Assignments Requires Lots of Research
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    Apr 06, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would definitely recommend this course for students with an interest in Biology. Although this is a difficult class, you learn a lot from this course. I'm not talking about things like memorizing all the proteins and their signal pathways involved in the cell cycle, or the disruption of pathways involved in Glioblastoma. I'm talking about the ability to learn information. Once we leave high school and the early years of college, we won't have textbooks and reference books to teach us everything. We need to become adept at reading and understanding complicated research papers. This course requires that you often read research material for projects. Although you have to put a lot of effort in this course, and it technically requires background knowledge, I find this to be an introductory course, especially if you take it in high school. Not in the informational sense but in the sense that teaches you how to learn

    Course highlights:

    Do you remember the cell cycle? Learning how a cell goes through prophase, metaphase, etc. One of the biggest things we did was memorizing the cell cycle. How can this be big? There are like 6 phases. Well, we went in depth learning about all the proteins involved and their signalling pathways that lead the cell through replication. Signalling pathways were also a new thing in this course. They are the path that proteins take in order to activate or deactivate certain proteins and allow a function to happen. On the note of proteins, we also learned in depth how DNA replicates, of course including the proteins involved.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be willing to put in a good amount of effort for this course. Although from the description above it just sounds like a lot of memorization, there are also a lot of concepts involved. Make sure to understand the concepts as you work.

    • Fall 2014
    • Don Dosch
    • Background Knowledge Expected Requires Lots of Research Requires Presentations

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