Life: Concepts and Issues

Jay Phelan

Life: Concepts and Issues

Life Sciences department

Jay Phelan

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Overall 4.6
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Easiness of class 3.2
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Clarity of professor 4.6
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Helpfulness of professor 4.7
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Is Podcasted
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Tough Tests

Textbooks

Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
Terry Burnham, Jay Phelan
ISBN: 9780465031245
View on Amazon

What Is Life? A Guide to Biology with Physiology
Jay Phelan
ISBN: 9781319065447
View on Amazon
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Grades

Fall 2017
27.1%
22.6%
18.1%
13.6%
9.0%
4.5%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2017
26.9%
22.4%
18.0%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2017
28.0%
23.3%
18.7%
14.0%
9.3%
4.7%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2016
27.1%
22.5%
18.0%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2016
26.4%
22.0%
17.6%
13.2%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2016
27.1%
22.6%
18.1%
13.5%
9.0%
4.5%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
26.7%
22.2%
17.8%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2015
27.8%
23.2%
18.5%
13.9%
9.3%
4.6%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2015
27.6%
23.0%
18.4%
13.8%
9.2%
4.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2014
26.1%
21.7%
17.4%
13.0%
8.7%
4.3%
0.0%
A+
A
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C-
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D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2014
26.7%
22.2%
17.8%
13.3%
8.9%
4.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2014
26.5%
22.1%
17.7%
13.3%
8.8%
4.4%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2013
25.7%
21.5%
17.2%
12.9%
8.6%
4.3%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Winter 2013
26.7%
22.3%
17.8%
13.4%
8.9%
4.5%
0.0%
A+
A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Spring 2013
22.8%
19.0%
15.2%
11.4%
7.6%
3.8%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2012
29.4%
24.5%
19.6%
14.7%
9.8%
4.9%
0.0%
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A
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2009
31.9%
26.6%
21.2%
15.9%
10.6%
5.3%
0.0%
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A
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2006
33.7%
28.0%
22.4%
16.8%
11.2%
5.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
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C+
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 23, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Selling LS 15 textbook: What is Life? A guide to biology with physiology 3rd edition with Mean Genes

- Including all problem sets, graded quizzes, graded midterm/final

$100 for both books
210-693-9195

He's also the best professor I've ever had - highly recommend this class

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Sept. 24, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Selling What is Life? Paperback for Life Science 15!

Text me at 3107797138

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 25, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Great Professor but there is quite some work. Read the book it helps a lot for the test! (What is Life) His lectures are great he is a really funny guy I was never bored it was fun to be in there. There are weekly quizzes and a debate (everyone has to participate). One midterm, one final. Overall it was an okay/good class.

Quarter Taken: Spring 2015 Submitted Jan. 29, 2016 Grade Received: A

Took this class as a GE and really enjoyed it. You definitely need to put in the work to get an A but Phelan is a great lecturer that makes every class interesting with understandable examples. I am not a science person, and I loved this class. Professor Phelan is entertaining and incredibly smart, you can't help but enjoy the course.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2015 Submitted Feb. 10, 2016 Grade Received: A

Prof. Phelan's LS15 is an absolute work of art. You can tell that every single lecture, every slide, every story he integrates into lecture is planned and has a purpose. The course's content is also very relevant to real life and can change your perspective on a lot of things completely. I was genuinely sad walking out of the last lecture for this class. While the exams can be challenging (particularly the final), if you go to his review sessions and spend enough time studying you will do fine. Definitely worth while and by far the most valuable class I've taken in UCLA thus far.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 1, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Selling Textbooks What is Life, and Mean Genes.. New Condition.
I thought LS15 was the funniest, most engaging class I've taken, and would definitely recommend it to everyone who can get in, since it fills up the fastest.
To buy textbooks, text on 4155280065

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 10, 2016 Grade Received: N/A

Selling both What is Life? 3rd Edition and Mean Genes for $90. (Including all problem sets, graded quizzes, and graded midterm) Giving it to the first offer!
424-207-8757

Professor Phelan is super funny with his random stories that apply to the concepts we learn in class. He's fun in office hours and genuinely loves teaching this course, which is evident in the way he lectures and makes it so much more worthwhile. I learned a lot about life in this class and was even a bit sad when walking out of the final lecture. :^( Definitely recommend for a life science GE class if you're not a science person.

Quarter Taken: Winter 2016 Submitted March 10, 2016 Grade Received: NR

Jay is a good professor and he changes my life in some ways. The knowledge in this class can be applied to make a better life.
It's not that hard and super interesting.. I think mean genes is interesting and just decide to keep it but you can get it on amazon with only 10$ or so. Selling What is Life 3rd edition. It is new without any mark so 90$
Text 3107751825 if interested!

Quarter Taken: Spring 2015 Submitted Jan. 28, 2016 Grade Received: A

This class was really great. I have no interest in the sciences, but professor Phelan was extremely engaging and helpful. The course covers such topics of drugs, behavior, friendship, sex, and kindness. It is truly a great course.
Be aware though, it does require you to pay attention in class (although you will want to) and you have to do a debate in your discussion.
Also you don't need the textbook, but you do need an online code from it which can be purchased separately.
Take this course as your science GE. Just take it.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2014 Submitted Jan. 26, 2016 Grade Received: A

Jay Phelan is a really cool dude. This class is a science class for non-science majors, so we talk about behavioral economics and the science of happiness. As an engineering major, it was a new experience for me and I gained a different perspective. The lectures are engaging (once he gave out $20 to multiple students) and his book Mean Genes is a fun, light read. I do not think purchasing the textbook is necessary. Since he wrote it, there is not much different from the text and his lectures. The only bad part about this class is the two hour mandatory discussion. Research TA's and get the best one.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Needs Textbook
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Is Podcasted
  • Would Take Again
  • Useful Textbooks
  • Participation Matters
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Has Group Projects
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Tough Tests

Textbooks

Mean Genes: From Sex To Money To Food: Taming Our Primal Instincts
Terry Burnham, Jay Phelan
ISBN: 9780465031245
View on Amazon

What Is Life? A Guide to Biology with Physiology
Jay Phelan
ISBN: 9781319065447
View on Amazon
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