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    Oct 10, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    Professor Paulson is a fair instructor. I would recommend all interested science students to take at least one of her classes and pick her brain! She is friendly, helpful, but she also won't hand you your grade; you have to earn it. General Biology is a time-consuming course no matter where you take it. This is simply the structure of the course. However, I couldn't imagine taking it with another Professor. She answered my questions whenever asked, and truly helped me to understand what I was learning. Of course, I wanted to learn, not just pass the course. I would encourage students pursuing a degree in science to do the same, as it will make learning enjoyable, and make harder, upper level classes more manageable. For your first science course, Professor Paulson is a great place to start.

    Course highlights:

    I learned a lot of study skills; as a biology student taking an introductory course, one must learn how to learn a lot of general information about a variety of specific topic. After taking this class, I learned how to focus on the general topic of different subjects, instead of getting caught up in the details. I honestly felt less scared to ask questions in class, because Professor Paulson never made a student feel stupid or silly for his or her questions.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest you focus on the general concepts, not the details. Knowing the general idea of each section and chapter is more important than knowing every detail. I would recommend reading the textbook, but not re-reading it too much; instead, review your notes, go over the practice problems, or go over the section or chapter summary. Things like note-cards or drawing your own diagrams will also definitely help.

    • Fall 2013
    • Tracie Paulson
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Aug 31, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The course is very helpful for any student looking into biology or medical field. The course covers a range of subject from bacteria to viruses and is applicable to the real world such as environmental safety/ health and medical industry. The lab is a bonus: it demonstrates to students how to practice safety in a particular environment and the proper protocols for bench lab work.

    Course highlights:

    For my experiment, a great professor would help. The professor I had was very thorough with his instructions, therefore diffused a lot of confusions. He was fair in his grading for the course and would happily explain any miscommunication or errors made on his behalf. Bacteria and virus play a major role in our ecosystem as well as health, therefore learning its life cycles and several major genres of bacterium and virus definitely add to background knowledge for future medical professions, researchers, and environmentalists.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    It is a standard college course. Be on top of your readings and powerpoint slides presented by your professor. What helps me study as a student is forming study groups. Study groups help motivate you to study and most importantly, understand the material. If you can explain the topic, you will be solid like gold.

    • Summer 2016
    • Dr. Lee
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Jan 31, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class is an easy C+. Advis is a good professor, and he knows a lot! DO THE RECITATION HW THROUGHOUT THE SEMESTER! HE IS A TOUGH GRADER ON THEM. DONT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST WEEK AND GO TO HIS OFFICE HOURS. Exams are multiple choice and he repeats some questions on the next exams.

    Course highlights:

    Integrative Physiology was the hardest class I took up until now. Don't expect it to be easy, but you'll learn a lot. Dr. Advis teaches you how to study and expects the best you can give. He forces you to think and I thought that was really good. DO THE RECITATIONS EARLY, DON'T LET THEM ADD UP! It was pretty hard, but I actually enjoyed the class.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Integrative Phys was the hardest class I've ever taken, but I'm SO glad I took it! His lectures are very interesting and he gives "stupid stories" to help you remember concepts. THE RECITATIONS ARE A NIGHTMARE but if you keep up with it week to week and edit with him, you'll get a great grade. DON'T SKIP LECTURES!! Sit up front and ask questions!

    • Winter 2014
    • JP Advis
    • Yes
    • Many Small Assignments

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