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BIO 1500 Biological Essentials

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    Dr.N.Morvillo, Dr. Kristen Taylor, NancyMorvillo, Dr. Foxson, Dr. Banks, Dr. Brandon
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    Mar 06, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course to any Biology majors. I know that they are required already to take this course, but this course is a beast. This course really makes students work. It is extremely difficult and really pushes a lot of students. This course is extremely helpful in the fact that it helps students see that biology might not be the track they want to follow. I was one of these students. I struggled with Bio 1500 as well as several other peers. I really enjoyed the class, for I loved Biology, but something wasn't clicking. I realized by the end of the course that I wasn't enjoying biology as much as I once did. I came to the conclusion by the end of the semester that biology wan't the road i wanted to go down anymore, not because the course was too difficult, but because my love for biology was fading. I want to have a job in my future that I am very passionate about and I am glad I have found that in psychology.

    Course highlights:

    I learned all about the cell. I learned all about proteins and the way they fold. I learned about respiration and photosynthesis. I learned about antibiotic resistance. I learned about evolution and genetics.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Don't give up on this course. I personally had a D in this course for the entire semester, but because I worked hard, I ended with a 78%. This course scares a lot of people away. Half of my class dropped out by the middle of the semester, but I promise you, if you finish it, you will feel so proud of yourself.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Banks
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Jan 23, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    I would recommend this course because, as a course many STEM majors have to take, this is a great introduction to any life science. If you are considering skipping it because you have an AP credit in Biology, I would suggest against it. Taking this course elaborates on any high school bio course and helps prepare you for future courses.

    Course highlights:

    The highlights of this course was a solid foundation in microbiology as well as evolution.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Study more than you think you need to study. Visit office hours plenty; Dr. Brandon is a very accessible person who really wants to help his students. Go to peer review sessions, study with friends, and get out there and get that A!

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Brandon
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Group Projects
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    Jan 23, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    For those who are biology majors, it is a requirement to take it, but there are some perks. For those who are incoming Freshman, or Sophomores, it is an "easy" course. When I say easy, for those who actually study it is easy. It is the basics of biology that you might have learned when in High School, but it is necessary that you study. You are not just being tested on your knowledge, but on how well you can apply it to a real life situation. That is what makes it difficult for most students is that they can get the general foundations of biology, but trying to apply it to something that you never learned about is what is difficult. BIO 1500 is basically your average weed out class. It sounds terrible, but understand it like this. BIO 1500 covers basically all areas of science (excluding the specific areas like marine). You go over micro biology, you go over the theories, you go over parts of zoology, you go over genetics. Now when you are a major in biology, if you choose to stay in biology, then you can choose to major in a specific field (e.g. genetics, micro biology, zoology, marine), but if you take 1500 and you honestly cannot stand any of the topics that are being covered, this might be a sign you want to possibly look at another course. Now this does not mean that biology is absolutely terrible if you hated BIO 1500, but it is a stepping stone into the bigger majors.

    Course highlights:

    Overall this course is an overview of what biology is. You learn some chemistry, micro, genetics, zoology, botany. There really was nothing specific that I took away, because I found that everything was important to the larger picture. Since I am a general biology major and do not intend on specifically majoring in anything within biology, everything I learned I can take away from. From the small bits about why there are telomeres, to how cellular respiration works. It is all important and I don't personally think I can single out anything in particular. To me it was all interesting and exciting.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Rely on both the notes that you are given and read some of the textbook. I also advise go to the teacher if you have any questions. If you do not understand something, that could be the difference between getting a A-B on the exam to getting a C-D. I also found study groups are a great help. Find someone who can help you, or possibly find a tutor. Sometimes teachers will teach in an "adult" way where it seems so complicated. Tutors and/or people your age who understand what they are learning, can simplify it. Not everything in Biology is overly difficult, it just depends on who is teaching you.

    • Fall 2016
    • Dr. Brandon
    • Yes
    • Background Knowledge Expected Go to Office Hours Many Small Assignments

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