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    Dec 18, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Dr. Sterle is an amazing professor who genuinely cares about her students' success in the class. She may seem a little intimidating at first, but she is truly the sweetest person you will meet. The class material can be challenging, but there are many resources to help you study including weekend quizzes over the weeks material, an online textbook, and of course Dr. Sterle's office hours. The information you learn in this class as an animal science major is extremely valuable due to the fact that your other An S classes will build on the information you learn in this course.

    Course highlights:

    A big highlight of this course is the fact that there is a final exam but you don't have to take it unless you have three or more unexcused absences throughout the course of the semester. There are about four cumulative exams but they only include two to three species discussed in class. If you have not initially come from a farming background like myself, this class will teach you so much about a lot of species stemming from beef and dairy cattle, poultry, swine, domestic animals, horses, and the production systems of farming. Even if you have come from a farm background, this class is still interesting and you never know if you might learn something new. One of the most interesting things I learned in this course was during the chapter on horses and their nutritional requirements/digestive system. I never knew how complex their digestive systems were and how much you really have to watch what and how much you feed them. This may sound a little gross but I was intrigued by the fact that they are not able to vomit if they eat too much which can then lead to colic (abdominal pain) that in some cases can be fatal if not treated right away.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure you read the chapters associated with the lecture slides. A lot of the questions on quizzes and exams will come from the readings, but will include material from the lecture slides, as well. DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK QUESTIONS! Dr. Sterle is extremely thorough in explaining things to students who make an effort to ask thoughtful questions. She loves when students engage with the material. Make sure you set aside time to study for this class with methods that work for you. Personally, I would go back and look over the lecture slides and notes I took right after lecture if time permitted, and I would set aside at least two hours to read the associated e-textbook chapters.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jodi Sterle
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Nov 29, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    It is a great class! She throughly explains things and it is fun to learn about animals early in just the first year at Iowa State. Tests are hard and require reading the textbook but overall I enjoy the class. Also, if you miss less than two classes you don't have to take the final which is nice.

    Course highlights:

    Went in depth about each type of animals: Beef cattle, dairy, equine, sheep and goats, swine, and companion animals.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the chapters before the test. Some information she doesn't go over in class is on the tests from the book.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jodi Sterle
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Great Discussions
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    Jun 12, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    Very good course for people who want to be a Veterinarian in the future. It applies what you learn in class to real life.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite part was extracting a strawberry's DNA and looking at it at the microscope. Our teacher also brought in a sheep which he showed how to castrate it. He also asked if there were anyone interested to give the sheep a medicinal shot. Though many people were scared, I was very interested in it and volunteered to do so.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    What you learn in class will be applied to labs, real life demonstrations so it is important to listen to the teacher. There's a difference about learning and memorizing just for a test and memorizing lessons to just get an A in a test will get you nowhere. You have to actually learn it.

    • Fall 2016
    • Mike
    • Great Intro to the Subject Meetings Outside of Class Great Discussions

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