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BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2014)

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16 27 0 0 84

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2014)

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69 66 75 50 60

Comment: His exams were pretty close to his practice exams so make sure you understand that. I went over all the slides and realized how useless they were and how I should've spent more time with his practice exams.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2014)

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82 67 96 74 82

Comment: I really enjoyed Professor Fischer's portion of the class! He keeps concepts simple but at the same time teaches us about the relevant details at the molecular level. Everything you need to know for the exam are in his lectures and his notes, so as long as you take good notes you should be set. Use the textbooks as reference if needed. However, I have two complaints, one is that the homework assignments were unnecessarily tedious compared to the difficulty of the exams. The majority of his exam questions are recycled every year so as long as you take the practice tests, you'll be fine. My second complaint is that his tests were too straightforward, to the point that there an A was a 95-100. Perhaps he should make his tests a little less predictable for the benefit of the students.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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100 50 35 76 50

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: Better than Weisblat, worse than Prof. Pauley. Overall is a decent lecturer but still a bit hard to understand. Test was straightforward though

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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78 64 75 88 90

Comment: Fischer is a great professor for the genetics section of Bio 1A. He is very responsive to questions during lecture, and had good use of iClicker questions, although the online MasteringBio could be lengthy. Tests were very fair if you study from the slides and have good memory, as some of the material was recycled year to year. I loved that he played student recommended music, made going to class that much better!

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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92 80 77 80 95

Comment: He talks really fast in lecture because he has a lot of material to cover, but if you re-watch the lectures on webcast, you will realize that his lectures are clear. Some of his MasteringBio assignments were fair, but some of them were really long. His exams were a bit difficult, but fair. If you study everything in the lectures and do his old exams for practice, you should be okay for his exams. The exam questions tend to be very similar to those on the practice exams, and he even re-uses some of the exact same questions from his old tests! Added bonus: he plays music before each lecture.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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91 80 81 98 98

Comment: Fischer was a very good lecturer. I felt that his midterm was a bit tough compared to the other exams but was fair nonetheless. I recommend doing the assigned readings for his section and to go over the mastering biology questions. He is a sweet and personable guy.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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100 50 100 100 100

Comment: Really good lecturer and very approachable. His exams are very fair. The only thing I didn't like was how he assigned a lot of Mastering Bio.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2013)

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84 78 100 71 79

Comment: Fischer's portion of Bio 1A (genetics) was the easiest one for me since Bio 1AL was also covering genetics simultaneously.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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90 34 83 67 40

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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75 94 74 64 66

Comment: Decent professor. Can be boring at times, but is a good lecturer, knows his materials, and is good at teaching it. You may not exactly enjoy what you're learning, but you'll know it.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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63 55 40 45 43

Comment: His test was pretty complicated and tricky but I think he was a decent lecturer. He's funny but also a bit boring

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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75 70 71 81 69

Comment: A little monotonous in his lecturing, but overall did a decent job. MasteringBio assignments were sometimes way too long. A decent professor.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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100 74 88 76 72

Comment: Excellent instructor and my favorite out of the three (Pauly, Fischer, Weisblat). Fischer was really clear during lecture and office hours. His exam on genetics was straightforward as well.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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93 80 80 89 100

Comment: He spoke very fast during lecture and covered a lot of material, but he was overall a good professor. I learned a lot about genetics, and the test was what you would expect (just study lectures and be able to solve genetics problems). He was also straightforward.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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87 83 28 83 100

Comment: This professor is passionate about what he researches and teaches. It shows in his lectures and it captures many of us. His exam could have emphasized concepts more than memorization.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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93 92 91 94 96

Comment: Fischer is a really good lecturer and is very knowledgable on the subject. His exams are difficult but fair.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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80 50 58 76 71

Comment: Fischer was kind of scattered in his lecturing, which made the already challenging material more difficult. He seemed like a really nice guy and was really helpful in office hours. His exam was pretty hard I thought. Also, he plays music before each lecture, and it helped wake me up a little haha.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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94 97 50 93 88

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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89 67 72 89 85

Comment: very nice old man

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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73 78 79 85 72

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2012)

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BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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87 67 50 74 81

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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71 66 73 70 69

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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78 50 65 50 78

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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74 75 74 75 73

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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65 50 50 72 79

Comment: nice, kind of confusing lecture notes style

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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62 51 31 50 76

Comment: Funny professor, kind of. I don't like his lecture style however. Powerpoint slides are somewhat disorganized, unlike the other 2 professors I had. He also writes a lot of concept on the board, but I cannot read his handwriting AT ALL. That makes it harder to study for his part. He was teaching genetic, and I think I did the worst in this part of bio 1A. The information still helps now I'm actually doing research on DNA and protein expression in Lawrence Lab. (I'm not genetic emphasis) Exam was difficult. Study it as much as you possibly can. Bio 1A could be THE most challenging class you'll take in Berk.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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90 94 61 85 77

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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72 71 64 68 70

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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80 73 72 70 74

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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89 75 66 74 100

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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69 66 47 74 90

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: :) Wonderful. Very clear on his lectures and what he expects from students on the exam.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2011)

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74 89 78 82 77

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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74 50 31 50 90

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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73 73 67 75 68

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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78 58 45 92 74

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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84 68 73 66 89

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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88 84 77 85 98

Comment: My favorite professor out of the three. Clear lectures, reader was the best for note-taking and midterm was fair (wasn't intentionally tricky)

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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84 74 65 77 70

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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84 82 64 69 100

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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56 54 57 53 52

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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60 45 46 46 58

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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50 50 50 50 50

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2010)

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91 80 82 85 91

Comment: His lecture seemed to go a little fast because that's how he tends to lecture. Make sure you review your reader/materials a few times and definitely watch the YouTube videos that he refers to. He's really nice so you can ask questions and not feel stupid.

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2009)

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64 76 61 61 62

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2009)

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92 82 91 82 99

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2009)

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63 50 59 71 57

BIOLOGY 1A (Fall 2008)

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64 72 53 83 71

Comment: Hard class. Be prepared to study.

PLANTBI 160 (Spring 2011)

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86 76 80 87 87

Comment: Extremely helpful teacher. Very open ti discussions and ideas. Really nice too. If u do assignments and HW, that will give you about a B, but you REaLLY have to understand the concept if you're aiming for an A.

PLANTBI 160 (Spring 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

PLANTBI 160 (Spring 2010)

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99 85 85 93 100

Comment: I really enjoyed this class. Both Bob and Jen taught the course really well and you can tell that they have passion for what they teach. They provide handouts with the slides and tend to go through things thoroughly. However sometimes the material will get confusing, but the discussion usually clarify it pretty well. The HW may be a little tricky at times, but the exams aren't too bad. They're straightforward.

PLANTBI 298 (Fall 2012)

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