Brain Made Simple: Neuroscience for the 21st Century
Fall 2019 - Overall I think the class was definitely fair and not too bad for a GE. There is a lot of material to cover and the lectures can feel long sometimes, but Dr. Babiec gives a break in the middle, can sometimes be funny, and is clearly passionate about what he's teaching. As some other people have said there are 4 non-cumulative tests that are weighted equally, so you don't have to worry about cramming for a final or anything, and as long as you study the slides you're good. There's no discussion for the class and some coloring assignments for homework, which can admittedly take a while but are really easy ways to boost your grade. It's a decent class and I definitely felt like I knew what was expected throughout the quarter.
Dr. Watson is very knowledgeable in Neuroscience (and that is why he totally deserves to be VP of the undergrad program). As a teacher, he is clever and amusing. He even sometimes does these little dance movements that are (surprisingly) memorable when you need to remember terms for ID on tests. As a person, he is approachable. The only thing is that he is quite softspoken, even with a microphone. Although he walks up and down the aisles (front to mid-aisle), please make sure you sit toward the front when he's your lecturer.