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  1. #1 Taking General Bio II next semester!!! 
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    I'm excited! I'll get to perform dissections, learn about cladistics, evolution and genetics which are among my favorite topics. The class doesn't start until January but I've already read 3 chapters and browsed a few others. Anyone else taking a similar class at the moment?


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    I'm taking a course called Darwin and Modern Genetics. I'm pretty pumped about it, myself.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    I'm taking a course called Darwin and Modern Genetics. I'm pretty pumped about it, myself.
    Don't you already have a BS?
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    It's for my master's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottspieler
    I'm excited! I'll get to perform dissections, learn about cladistics, evolution and genetics which are among my favorite topics. The class doesn't start until January but I've already read 3 chapters and browsed a few others. Anyone else taking a similar class at the moment?
    It's great to see someone so enthusiastic about learning Biology :-D
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    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    It's for my master's.
    How difficult are things going to get as my coursework progresses (going for a BS in Bio)? How did you cope with Physics and Chem (your focus is in a field of Biology, I presume)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by gottspieler
    Quote Originally Posted by paralith
    It's for my master's.
    How difficult are things going to get as my coursework progresses (going for a BS in Bio)? How did you cope with Physics and Chem (your focus is in a field of Biology, I presume)?
    BS in Bio... More specifically what aspect?

    Am currently in 4th Year of degree in Biochemistry with Immunology. In previous years, found Chemistry interesting and useful but difficult, Maths just plain difficult! Managed a shameful high 50's % grade in them before I got to drop them.

    I remember Bio 2 in second year of my course, genetics and evolution are some of my favourite aspects of Biology, and thankfully (but by chance) they feature largely in my final year project.
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    Semester is almost over (ends May 11th)...I'll probably get out with a B.
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    Got a B!
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    I'm writing a paper on a subject I never studied for.

    Already published a similar paper last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spuriousmonkey
    I'm writing a paper on a subject I never studied for.

    Already published a similar paper last year.

    Self-education rules. Except that I am forced to switch.
    Very true. I feel that undergraduates often aren't taught whats important: implications of what is learned and context. Only reading about subjects in depth gives one that knowledge. I'm learning about apoptosis and cancer research on my own at the moment because I know that these subjects are usually only touched upon prior to graduate school.
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    Learning how to teach yourself now is a good thing. If you go to grad school, you will be doing alot of it. Sometimes even teaching yourself something the night before you need to be an expert on it in public.

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    Hi Gottspieler,

    I'm doing a BS in Brain, Behaviour and Evolution, we don't have to do courses in chemistry or physics at all really, we do need to do stats to be able to choose any of the available bio classes though!

    I did human biology in my 1st semester and we touched on apoptosis and cancer there....
    I guess I am interested in the different requirements for your BS and would like to know more 8)
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    Oh. I think it's because your major is Psych based. I have to take Chem I, Chem II, Organic Chem I, Organic Chem II, Physics, Stats, Pre-Calc and Calc.
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    Well, no actually we don't do any psych...it's based on animal behaviour, it's the 1st course structured this way.

    So basically all my units are biology and it is a Bachelor of Science when I'm done, my main field is evolution and behaviour which involves the brain and it's structure, so we do do a bit of anthropology I guess, but thankfully I don't have to take any chemistry....lucky me I guess
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    Cool. My minor is Anthro.
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    Yeah, I'm pretty happy with the overall course content!

    We do cover the chemical basis of all sorts of things, but fortunalety we are spared dedicated semesters for the subject :-D
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    Un-f'ng-fair lol..well at least I'll have a more comprehensive education
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    OMG scientific-educational fight coming up :wink:

    ...I think I'm quite happy to just learn the bits of chemistry, genetics and so forth that I really need

    The areas for my BS cover : Introduction to brain, behaviour and evolution
    Evolution and human behaviour
    Animal behaviour
    Contemporary issues in brain, behav. and evol.
    Animal communication
    Brain and behav.
    Behavioural ecology

    and I'm also doing :Human biology
    Evolution and biodiversity
    The thread of life (baby-genetics)
    Ecology
    Science of sex
    Invertebrates:evolution, behav. and diversity
    Vertebrate evolution
    Ecology and evolution
    Biology of Australasian vertebrates
    Temperate marine biology
    Human physiology
    and maybe Tropical marine ecosystems

    All this makes up my Bachelor of Science...I'm exhausted just looking at it
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    K...mine goes:

    Animal Physiology
    Cell Bio
    Genetics
    Vertebrate Zoology
    Invertebrate Zoology
    Intro to Physics I
    Intro to Physics II
    Principles of Chem I
    Principles of Chem II
    Organic Chem I
    Organic Chem II
    College Algebra
    Statistics
    Pre-Calc
    Calc
    Genetics
    Ecology
    Mammalogy
    Mycology
    Microbiology

    And for my Anthro minor:

    Intro to Anthro
    Biological Anthro
    African Civilization
    Native American Religions
    Archaeology
    Evolutionary Anthro
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    UUhhh, nice!

    I don't want to do genetics, even though it's an interesting field I don't think that I would use it with what I want to do later and we cover a lot of genetics in my other classes already, don't see myself in the lab playing with primers!

    What field are you aiming at when you finish your studies?

    I guess it's quite obvious by my courses that animal behaviour is the track I'm going down, would love to get some field work in Africa, especially interested in working with Elephants, or Borneo with Orangutans, am not really aiming for cutting edge scientific research to be honest!
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    Don't know yet. I may study primates as an Anthropologist or I may work in lab doing cancer research. I'll be finding out soon. If I fail Organic Chem or Physics II (took I already) or Calc I will think twice about continuing as a Bio major. If I do well, then I will be happy. :P
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    Yeah, passing your subjects might be a prerequisite hehe

    Studying primates would be a preference for me as well, but I'm really interested in Elephant communication, there's a guy in Africa doing some interesting work in that field!

    I can't wait to get into more anthro classes, but I'm not really sure which way I want to go until I'm further down my study path...I only just finished my 1st semester hehe
    I am such a beginner!
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    Viel Glueck!
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    Danke...I will need it :wink:
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