Systems Biology and Mechanisms of Major Cardiometabolic Diseases
Actual class taken: LS30 (the second part of the 2-part series) If you, for a time, or still believe that you are not competent in mathematics, you clearly have not taken Professor Garfinkel's Mathematics for Life Scientists class. You see, there is no such thing as being "good at math" or "bad at math". It's either you didn't try, or you didn't care enough to try. Why would you do that to yourself, let alone, why would anyone do that to themselves? Mathematics is one of the most beautiful subjects to ever trigger neuronal connections within your plastic brain, and it is one of the few keys to understanding our limitless universe. I too, never understood why people always said that mathematics is crucial for everything- afterall, when am I ever going to use calculus as a businessman, or algebra as a chef? Hey, I'll admit it. I was wrong. Chaos is everywhere, and let this class open your eyes to what you have been blind to for many years. Let this man breathe new life into your unsatisfied brain, because you know what? It's perhaps that you have not yet had a proper math class in the past that prevented you from enjoying this wonderful subject. It's perhaps that you did not have Garfinkel as your mentor, your spiritual guide that made you fail that geometry class. But hey, everyone's got to start somewhere, right? You enter the classroom fearing mathematics for your life, and you leave feeling a need to do something with what you've learned. That is the magic of Professor Garfinkel's teachings. Oh, and the friends that you make in class? They're some of the nicest, most genuine kids that you'll ever encounter at UCLA. Trust me. I've taken enough pre-med requirement classes to understand the true nature of the so-called "pre-med competition". There is no competition in this class. Everyone can get As, everyone can get A+s. It's just a matter of how well you're going to know the subject once you leave the course- and trust me, you're going to want to know every little aspect of it. When you leave Professor Garfinkel's lecture halls at the end of the quarter, you will leave the room knowing that you learned something that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Something, that I guarantee, will profoundly influence the way you see the world, forever shrouded in chaos.
Spring 2020 - Dr. Yang is amazing. She was very considerate during the pandemic and really just wanted us to learn something new. She constantly updated her slides with the latest research and was super relevant. The class was not overly difficult, but the material was not always easy to understand.