Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would definitely recommend taking this course, whether or not you need it for your major. As a nontraditional student who is returning to get science prerequisites that I avoided when I obtained my original liberal arts degree, I can attest to the fact that science classes are valuable no matter what field you may decide to pursue and MUCH harder to complete once you're older and working. Biology is also an interesting field and applies in so many facets of your life, that you will most likely find something that interests you and if not, you'll learn some valuable information anyway! It's a win-win! Interesting classes do not equal easy, however, and you'll need to be prepared to work for your grade. Ms. Deevksa makes this work a little less painful by be very encouraging of her students and their learning through animated lectures, group work, and numerous extra credit opportunities that you won't get in every class. If you have an interest in learning the material and are willing to earn your grade, then Ms. Deevska will help you find success!
This class was challenging throughout the semester I was taking it, but by the end, I felt I had a strong grasp of the material. I didn't breeze through the class but instead had to be an active participant. There are quizzes throughout the semester over the reading material so you are responsible with keeping up with the reading. This is extremely helpful when exam time approaches and you realize you won't have to cram 6 chapters you procrastinated on the night before the test. There are also many group assignments and since no one wants to be the only person that doesn't understand the conversation, you're more likely to try to know what you're talking about. Between keeping up with the reading, showing up to lectures regularly to gain credit for the quizzes, group assignments and homework assignments, you won't have much opportunity to veer too far off course. There are many courses where you don't feel like you have been given the grade you earned but luckily, this will not be one of them!
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For those who want a solid foundation in biology and the sciences, this is a great starting course. Take advantage of an interesting course with a professor who wants you to succeed and will respond to the efforts you show. She takes the material straight from the book and her lectures and the tests are a fair reflection of that. Nothing too surprising! The material is time consuming but does not have to be overwhelming. Come to class (really!), read the book, and actively listen and you'll be amazed how easily the quizzes and tests will be for you. At the end of the semester, your grade WILL reflect your dedication.