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BIOLOGY 101 General Biology

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    Always Do the Reading

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    Oct 30, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Took Bio 100 with E. Castro in the summer of 2015. Very good professor knows what she is talking about. Read the chapter and you will do fine. She offers plenty of extra credit through out the semester.

    Course highlights:

    Basics of science and began intro to chemistry. You will definitely know your plant and animals system.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Ask questions and do not miss your chance for extra credit.

    • Summer 2015
    • castro
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Competitive Classmates
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    Aug 16, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Personally, I love science. I find it explains most of what we see day to day, and even what we may see in the future. The best thing about this class is that it is not just biology; it also incorporates chemistry and physics into the curriculum, so that it is not one note for sixteen weeks. The course has two parts: lab and lecture, and they are on alternating days so that it is also, again, not just one note. I would recommend this class, not just for it being a required general education class, but also because it is fairly fun and you get to do things you thought you would never do on your own.

    Course highlights:

    Perhaps the biggest and most amazing thing we got to do for this class was figure out our own blood type! It does sound crazy, but there are liquid solutions that do not mix with certain blood types or Rh types (which is what determines if the blood is positive or negative). We used these solutions with our own blood, which we had to obtain by stabbing or finger with a lancelet, but it didn't hurt too much. I learned that I am an O-, a universal donor, but others were all across the board. It was very fun to apply what we were learning in the class to our own persons, our own biology, if you will.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    So because this class has two parts, lab and lecture, the student must do both. Honestly, it was more like two classes than one, so be ready for that since each class is over 3 hours long. Also, the grading system is strange: 25% is from the lab portion, and 75% is from the lecture portion. The lecture portion is where each of the four tests are given, not including the final exam. Strangely enough, you feel as though you do more in the lab, but don't be swayed by it. However, you do need to be at every lab, but the lecture professor couldn't care less if you show up or not unless it's a test day. For the tests, though, the lecture slides he teaches from are not enough. READ THE BOOK! I was always either the highest or second highest grade on each of the four exams because I read the book, and that was without the insane extra credit. Basically, for each chapter one test covered, the extra credit was to handwrite 4-5 pages of summary on each chapter, which wound up being an average of 30 pages per test. And he reads them, so you can't just write whatever and hope you get away with it.

    • Spring 2016
    • Kaiser
    • Yes
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments Group Projects
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    Jul 07, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course was very easy and very enlightening in regards to the languge used in the medical field. Not only do you learn much about the language of the field, but the instructor guides your creation of a notebook that is entirely practical when one is entering the medical field. I still have my notebook and I plan to keep it because it is well organized and easy to understand for when I go into the medical field later in life.

    Course highlights:

    In this course, one learns the basis of medical terminology. They learn how medical terms break down into what certain roots mean.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Flashcards will do you wonders. They take hardly any time at all to create and they are extremely effective. The tests are also pretty easy, and they cover the exact material that is taught in class. Also, don't forget to do the notebook. The instructor is pretty easygoing, but she does check notebooks often. There are a few assignments every week that don't take long but are still pretty labor intensive since you spend a lot of time flipping through the textbook and writing down answers.

    • Winter 2014
    • Hedi Shaw
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments


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