Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I recommend this course because it encouraged me to search for connections between very different groups of animals and to understand their adaptations to life in a broad context. For example, my professor gathered insights on how people deal with stress by studying stress in toadfish, who have the same stress hormone (cortisol) as we do. Dr. McDonald is also a very cheerful person who encourages questions and class participation, which I appreciate because it helps me learn, and I know how difficult that can be in a large, lecture hall class setting.
I learned how different animal groups are uniquely adapted to their life and environment, the pros and cons of various modes of respiration, water and salt regulation, temperature regulation, vision, auditory sensing, taste/olfaction, and more. I learned how to compare these across different animals, and how this could be used to advance human medicine and technology.
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Advice for students:
Take handwritten notes - she lectures extremely quickly, but I found that writing my notes forced me to abbreviate and process information during class rather than trying to type out her lectures verbatim. While you could probably get by without the textbook, it was very useful because she used a lot of figures from the book that had more detailed explanations, which helped when I couldn't catch something she said. I honestly wish I'd kept my book, but I only rented it. Study with a friend - I helped a friend who was struggling with the course, and I think it improved my score as well as hers because there's no way I would have studied as much without her asking me for help.