Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This is a fantastic foundation course. It'll give you all the information you need, but it's not for those who won't come to class on non-lab days, or those who don't have a motivation to learn. If you take this class and plan to enter one of many fields of medicine or science, doing well will be a boon. Many of the students who struggled the hardest in the infectious disease portions of my graduate coursework didn't do well in their micro classes. I'm glad to say that this class really helped me in those later courses.
My favorite parts of this class revolved around the labs. I'm a very tactile learner so being able to take the lectures and apply it to something physical - to look at the bacteria beneath a glass, to watch them change different substrates as they used them for metabolism - it was pretty cool. And there are things I will never forget because of those application exercises.
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Advice for students:
Do the reading and the pre-labs. If you don't understand something, go catch Dr. DeJarnette in her office hours. She's got a sassy sense of humor, but she really cares about her students on an academic and personal level. She'll do what she can to make sure you excel. Take advantage of that. You don't always find people who really give a damn about your success.