U2 Courses

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Please note that course information reflects the 2019-2020 (in-person) school year and COVID-19 has likely affected these curricula.

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BIOC 311: Metabolic Biochemistry

  • Lots of opportunities for questions/problem solving

  • Lots of tutorials which are attended by prof. Denis if you have questions

  • Content is not very interesting (may be interesting to some, though) and not at all enjoyable to memorize, you really need to know your stuff/know the details to do well in this class

  • Exams are long and fairly difficult

  • Some professors are better than others

  • GO TO THE PROBLEM SOLVING LECTURES! Denis and other profs often will ask similar questions on the exam or ask questions in such a way that requires you to know stuff from those sessions.

  • Practice drawing out and understanding pathways

  • 50% midterm

  • 50% final

BIOL 301: Cell and Molecular Laboratory

  • This course was redone in Winter 2020 and is much more useful/interesting than it was before

  • Cool premise in that you are essentially working on one project throughout the semester so it really feels like a research experience

  • TONS of hands on experience (pipetting, using PCR, loading gel, at the end you get to send your results to be genotyped with Genome Quebec)

  • No final

  • Easy pre-lab quizzes

  • Most labs don’t go 7 hours

  • Lots of free time so you can do other work or work on projects

  • Even though they are shorter, labs can still feel like they go really late (especially when dark)

  • TAs don’t help you with lab reports much/aren’t very helpful

  • Lectures are so useless and don’t correspond with what’s going on in the lab so they aren’t even helpful when you write lab reports

  • Rigorous/nitpicky grading

  • Start your written assignments early because marking is fairly rigorous and you’ll want to make sure it’s well-thought out

  • 60% Lab reports

  • 15% Research proposal

  • 15% Research project

  • 10% Oral presentation on both proposal and project

PHAR 300: Drug Action

  • Really interesting

  • Nice mix of anecdotal and empirical studies to keep it more engaging

  • If you do poorly on an exam Dr. Zorychta will schedule a one-on-one to go over the exam with you

  • Prof doesn’t post slides

  • Questions test on every detail of the lecture and sometimes it will feel like you’ve never heard of something mentioned

  • Not much text on slides so you have to really listen + interpret what she’s saying

  • Type C questions can be tricky

  • If you can, get the NTCs, they help summarize + synthesize what can sometimes seem like a disorganized lecture

  • Make note of small random details the prof mentions – she will likely test this

  • 35% Midterm

  • 65% Final

PHAR 301: Drugs and Disease

  • Very interesting

  • Cool because you learn about the disease for half the class and then you talk about the drugs to treat it, so the lectures flow well and are organized

  • Lectures tend to have some discussions, which is engaging

  • Sometimes profs try to stump you on exams

  • Lots of drugs to memorize

  • Make quizlets or flashcards for ALL the drug names!

  • 35% Midterm

  • 65% Final

PHAR 303: Principles of Toxicology

  • Straightforward material, usually pretty interesting

  • Profs (Hales and Dr. Robaire) are super sweet and understanding, genuinely care about the students and having them understand the importance of the class

  • Pretty easy midterm, there are short answer responses so be prepared for that

  • Interesting guest lecturers

  • Each week seems like a new/random topic so class can seem disorganized

  • Some lectures can be quite boring

  • Start your presentations early, it makes it way easier to juggle your other courses in the winter

  • 30% midterm

  • 45% final

  • 25% oral presentation

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BIOC 373: Biometry

  • Designed to give students the ability to use statistical software like systat or SPSS.

  • Combined lecture and laboratory.

COMP 204: Computer Programming for the Life Sciences

  • Useful skill to learn

  • Not too difficult if you keep up

  • Lots of ways to answer the same problem

  • Lots of work (quizzes with every lecture and assignments)

  • Syntax is very important and easy to mess up

  • Simple bugs in programs can be hard to find. Pay extra attention when first programming

  • Quiz after each class, drop lowest 10 (5%)

  • 5 assignments (40%)

  • Midterm (20%)

  • Final (35%)

  • Alternative scheme: Final counts for midterm and final (55%)

PSYC 204: Intro to Psychological Stats

  • Not too much information all at once, comes parcelled out

  • A math course that is actually designed for all students

  • Do the mindtap homework assignments because the questions are taken from it

  • Weekly assignments 30%

  • Midterm exam 30%

  • Final exam 40%

MATH 203: Principles of Statistics

  • Straightforward content

  • Assignments are helpful in applying the concepts and good practice for exams

  • Professor Yang is very slow and might not cover the entire course content

  • Take the assignments seriously

  • Midterm

  • Final

  • If you do significantly better on the final, the final will be worth 85%...again, this is only if it works in your favor

Note: this will be updated after the Fall 2020 Semester, as both courses recently went through a revamping period.

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CHEM 203: Survey of Physical Chemistry

  • No calculus required

  • It feels like you’re always studying for some assessment

  • Lecturer is unorganized and the content can be boring

  • Take it early if you can and take it with Dr. Pat

  • 3 Midterms 20%

  • Final 50%

CHEM 204: Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences

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