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    Jun 13, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This course is challenging. It is intended for biology majors and ends up discouraging many. Often, this course is taken by freshmen during their first semester at college. It is possible to pass, I did! It is possible to do well, too. However, you can't go into this class with the first semester test-run mentality. You have to go into this course knowing that putting time into reading the material, pre-printing note guides, doing the online homework, and actually studying is necessary. Dr. Withington does not baby her students, despite the freshmen students and she is harsh. But, with dedication, this course is manageable and you'll be happy when it's over. Bio 181 will be a breeze in comparison, so don't give up!

    Course highlights:

    This course is important because it touches upon MANY important and fundamental topics in biology. I learned about biochem, bonding, carbohydrates, proteins, prokaryotes vs. eukaryotes, cell respiration, photosynthesis, cell membranes, cell communication, DNA & replication, transcription, translation, cell growth, plants, and more.

    Hours per week:

    9-11 hours

    Advice for students:

    Read the textbook. Do the online homework and study those questions before the tests. Go to all the labs and study for the practical and KNOW the concepts. Go to any available review sessions and ask questions. Go to office hours with either the professor or lab instructor. Most importantly, stay on top of the material and actually study. Start studying for tests ahead of time.

    • Fall 2015
    • JenniferM.Withington
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    • Great Intro to the Subject Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading
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    Apr 04, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    It's a common gen ed for freshman and science majors have to take it.

    Course highlights:

    I learned that biology isn't just about animals

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    A lot of incoming freshman will need to take this as a general education requirement and science majors will have to take this regardless. This class, though it is an intro course, is pretty rigorous unless you are spot on, above and beyond on top of you bio material. Be prepared to learn a lot of material in a short amount of time and never be afraid to ask questions. One on one during office hours is the best option. This class "weeds people out" the people that struggle and don't pass this class change there major or continue to struggle. Get help when you need it and even before you need it. This class isn't impossible it's just more difficult than you'd imagine.. Especially with withington as the professor.

    • Fall 2015
    • JenniferM.Withington
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading

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