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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.
Complementary courses (tap to expand/hide)
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ANAT 321: Circuitry of the Human Brain
Taught by David Ragsdale who taught part of PHGY 209, who is the best! He is literally the best human being.
Questions are straightforward and unlike most PHGY profs he is not trying to trick you
Makes anatomy (boring) fun and interesting!
Hard to get into the course, easier if you have advanced standing/credits
Sometimes Dr. Ragsdale will let people into the course who attend initial lectures even though they aren't registered. Go to the first lecture or two and see if he mentions anything!
Final written assignment (short) 2%
PHAR 599/598 D1/D2: Pharmacology Research Project
A good way to develop skills in independent learning
Looks amazing on grad school and medical school applications
Generally the course administrators are very low-key and flexible
No mandatory lectures unlike some other honors research courses
Need to be an independent learner/self motivated
Progress report (1page) 10% • Manuscript 35%
Doctor stuff!! You get to learn about pathophysiology of different diseases.
Although the content is interesting the teaching could be old school and a little dry
Buy NTC or take DETAILED notes if this course is taught by Dr. Zorychta.
BIOT 505: Selected Topics in Biotechnology
A chill class to take and only one lecture every week, guest lectures from different lifesci departments
Hard to get in unless you are in biotech minor
Email course coordinator if you are not in biotech minor (simply switching on minerva doesn’t work)
PILS-approved electives (tap to expand/hide)
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CCOM 314: Communicating Science
Class consists of lectures with in-class discussions and easy assignments
Easy and fun! Take it seriously your writing will improve as well
Multiple writing assignments in class, no exams
CHEM 183 World of Chemistry: Drugs
Long lectures if you’re attending in person 1x a week in the evening
Watch the lectures at home on 3x speed
Two midterms and a final, non cumulative!
OR CHEM 181: World of Chemistry: Food (same thing, pretty much, just with food)
The professors are super cool
PPHS 511: Fundamentals of Global Health
The professor is AMAZING: he’s passionate about teaching, flexible with due dates, and just overall a super great man
Exams are super straightforward
a LOT of readings, which are covered in the exam, but they can be interesting as well
Do the readings & watch the assigned videos