Not too easy. Not too difficult.
While this course is a macro-biology course, it allows students to build upon their knowledge of micro-biology. It gives the bigger picture of biology through an evolutionary and historical sense, yet also paves way to understanding biology through the environment in this day and age with the possibilities of the future of biology; whether it be from molecular data, clocks, technology, or research.
Through tutorials, I learned how to effectively break down and understand scientific literature along with being able to interpret and retain key information and how to communicate clearly. This course teaches you how to understand, create, and interpret phylogenetic trees. We are able to understand the differences between fungi, bacteria, archaea, plants, vertebrates, and invertebrates on an evolutionary, genetic, and anatomic level. This course does not hold back from the tiniest microorganisms to the largest marine animals and insects. It integrates different fields of biology such as ecology, genetics, anatomy, palaeontology, and research. It is broadened through all eras of life on earth to centuries down the future, yet still has an inspiring element of detail and precision. Not only does this class teach you about biology, it helps you become a better student; teaching you how to study more effectively, manage your time, network and much more great advice.
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You will be able to understand the material on a complicated yet comforting level if you allow yourself time to read the textbook chapters. This makes lectures a lot less stressful, but more engaging and interesting as professors give amazing real, past, and future applications of the topics at hand. The study guide and test bank are effective and easy way to study as it allows you to use the information you know in different levels of understanding. Of course if you leave things to the last minute, you will be overwhelmed; so go through lecture slides/notes and the textbook every now and then so it does not pile up. Doing these will eliminate the build-up of stress, and gives you the chance to truly enjoy what you are learning in all sort of senses.