Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this class because although it is a rather large class, the professor does dedicate time to helping students one-on-one. She always asks whether or not students understand the material and answers questions they might have. She even allows students to set up appointments to review the exams so that you can be fully prepared for the final at the end of the semester. Attendance is required which is not necessarily a bad thing, although many college students would believe it is. Attendance is recorded using an I-clicker remote to answer practice questions appearing a few times throughout the lecture. These practice questions combined with attending all of the lectures allows you better solidify your understanding of the material. Also, you will use the I-clicker remote to take tests as well, so doing these practice questions gives you somewhat of an indication of what test-taking is like for this course. There will be a lot of homework. However, I personally think the homework is the easiest part about this course. It very informative, supplying diagrams and animations if you are a visual learner. Overall, I would definitely recommend this course as well as this professor if you are a science major or even if you just need a science class to meet your general education requirement.
Just as in any other course you take in college, this class will teach you a lot about disciplining yourself. Yes, the teacher is there to introduce the material and explain the concepts, but it’s up to you to take the time and effort to ensure you comprehend it. This class mainly focuses of the cellular part of biology, such as cell division and reproduction, so if that is your main interest or something you might be interested in, then this class can help you decide if you still want to pursue it. Since I personally have an interest in the cellular aspect of biology, this course allowed me gain more knowledge of how our cells work to keep our bodies functioning from cell-to-cell communication to cellular respiration. However, if that is not what you particularly had in mind or just want to explore other parts of biology, then this course will also delve into the topics of evolution and Mendelian genetics both which explain how species as well as populations are influenced by their genes. There will even be some parts of photosynthesis that will be covered, so no matter what you might consider studying, this class will provide you with a lot of opportunities to find what you’re truly passionate about.
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Advice for students:
For any student considering taking this course, I suggest making sure you read the textbook so you know the material that will be reviewed in the lecture. Please, if you can, go to the SI sessions. These are basically out-of-class study periods where the teacher’s assistant reviews the main topics of the lecture, goes over more practice problems, and answers any questions you may still have. Again, it is really important that you do the homework, not just because it is graded, but because it provides excellent study material for the tests. Also, start studying early! There is a ton of material to be learned and cramming the night before a test will not benefit you at all. Especially if you have no prior knowledge on biology. I suggest reviewing notes and concepts, as well as answering a few practice problems for at least an hour each day.