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OMG: Can anyone recommend upper year biology courses to take as electives? Thanks!

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  1. PMATH 351

    you learn about balls

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  2. 434 (human mol. genetics) is good: 25%MT, 25% assignment (critique of a paper), 50% final; interesting, not too difficult, great prof (Bernie Duncker)

    484 (adv. euk. genetics) is an acquired taste: if you loved 139/239; getting 80+ isn't difficult, but the course material is hard and a lot (though he only tests you on ~40% of it on exam/MT, lets you know what to study for tests); prof is OK (Bruce Reed), knows his stuff but doesn't teach very well

    499 - great course, but you need to pre-apply and find a supervisor and all that, read more on it. easy 85+ btw, not too much work, no tests.

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  3. BIOL 325- Flowering Plants. Prof is super nice and does not try to trick you on midterms and finals. Everything is straight forward and easy to understand

    BIOL439- 50% midterm 1 and 50% midterm 2(during finals period). Midterms are not cumulative. Prof basically tells you what is on it if you attend class. Also a 10% bonus essay that you basically get 7% on if you meet the requirements.

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  4. Biol 359 (evolution)- the content is interesting and there are only 2 midterms and an exam

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    1. ANNNNDDDD The midterms are optional with no penalty.

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    2. This is a great course, one of my favourites!

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  5. Anything with prof Mayfield, I took BIOL 475 and BIOL 449 and got above 90% in both (with minimal work). One class had a group presentation that was worth a lot (but it wasn't difficult at all) and the other had a midterm and final but previous years are posted, and the same questions are basically used.

    Also, if you're open to other science elections, PHYS 380 is something like "Physics of biochemical systems" and so it's very biology focused. I took it by DE with Frias Mansour and it was great (did minimal work and got 86%).

    I'm not against working, but I want to know that if I put in the time and effort, I won't get f***ed by a stupid midterm or impossible final because the prof wants the average to be at a certain level (Yes I'm looking at you Mungo, histology final of '12 sucked donkey balls)

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    1. Mayfield taught 447 not 449. He also retired 2 years ago.

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  6. Thanks everyone for the suggestions :)

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