Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Holland is extremely passionate about Microbiology which makes the class more fun and interesting. She is straightforward on what to expect during the exams and assigns no homework for the lecture portion so doing well on the exams means doing well on the course.
The course teaches evolution, life cycles, pathology, and differences between many types of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the vectors responsible for transmission, and how to prevent spreading or being infected by many diseases. The course gives a historic overview of mankind's progress in understanding pathogens. Modern science has found many ways to kill all types of bacteria and hinder many viruses but HIV still remains too complex because it's mutation rates are too high.
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Advice for students:
Take organic chemistry first! The class takes organic chemistry concepts and then applies them to bacteria and viruses which makes the class smooth sailing if you have that knowledge already. Sometimes during lecture half the class would look extremely lost and it would be apparent who took and did not take Ochem beforehand. The only difficult part is the lab section because you won't be able to make flashcards of the many images that you'll need to be able to identify. Taking pictures with smartphones and labeling them to review later is the only option for study, but the lab is only a small portion of the final grade, and the identification part is an even a smaller portion so an A is easy to achieve if you excel at everything else. If you took a human anatomy course, this lab identification portion is similar to histology identification but not as difficult.