Anthony R Friscia
Department of General Education Clusters
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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 23 User s
Easiness 3.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Needs Textbook
  • Is Podcasted

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24.5%
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21.7%
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25.8%
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28.8%
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23.4%
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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A+
Aug. 5, 2019

I loved Winter quarter of this cluster, especially because I really enjoy biology (though not a bio major) and it was therefore also much easier than Fall in my opinion. The big change from Fall quarter is that Friscia lectures on evolution instead of Larkin lecturing on astronomy. Friscia is hilarious and great at explaining the concepts he presents.

The textbook (Tangled Bank) is "mandatory". If you have a good grasp on the bio concepts, you can probably do without it, but it's definitely a good resource if you struggle with bio. It's not a difficult read so it's worth having around.

Again, they guide you through the paper throughout the quarter so that it's not so daunting. I would definitely recommend going on the field trips (there were 3 in Winter quarter alone when I took the class), as they are all paid for (in terms of transportation, lodging, etc. except food). The overnight one to Nevada was super fun and we got to collect fossils. I would say this is one of the few classes that has a field aspect to it.

I would recommend sticking it out for Winter even if you struggled with Fall because the material is more familiar to most people, especially if you've taken some sort of biology class in high school. Overall a great class and one of my favorites.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
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Sept. 14, 2022

My Cluster 70B professors were Jewitt, Friscia, and Brown. This was my favorite class all three quarters. The topics of the evolution of the universe/galaxies/stars/planets/life/ecosystems were SO interesting. I would absolutely take this class again in a heartbeat. It has upended my life plan because now I am debating pursuing a career in astronomy/biology/ecology. GREAT CLASS! GREAT TEACHERS! The workload is soooooo do-able. It is just readings each week and then a quiz every other week.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
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Aug. 25, 2022

As he is the head chef of Cluster 70, I just want to take the time to say thank you to Papa Tony. Thanks to your courses, I was able to finesse my way out of taking any STEM GEs. With that said, 70B was mostly online for me, so there's that to take into consideration before going into my review. The class is okay to be honest, Friscia is a good lecturer and he takes the time to simplify every concept or including a memorable anecdote at least once per lecture. I appreciate the fact he allowed us more freedom for the writing assignment than in the previous quarter, and although his quizzes tended to be worded weirder, the grading still seemed fair. The workload seems really daunting, bust most of it is not at all tedious and can be managed reasonably well. What I really have to give Friscia a thumbs up for is helpfulness though, he gave multiple office hours throughout the week and every time I went he was very patient and respectful. Also, having no final exam was very cash money.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
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June 28, 2022

Overall, I'd say that winter is definitely the easiest quarter of cluster 70. Friscia is an engaging lecturer who's very passionate about the natural sciences and evolution, and his quizzes are pretty easy compared to Petigura & Jewitt. There are even a couple of fun field trips that I'd recommend you hop on with your class friends! Again though, grading really depends on your TA, and you'll have two different ones for this quarter: one for busy work and labs (which are kinda annoying but easy), & one for your final paper assignments. Even if you struggled a bit in the fall quarter of this cluster, I would recommend continuing with at least this next quarter because the benefits of completing everything are definitely worth it.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
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March 30, 2022

this class is extremely unorganized but its pretty easy. When you have 3-4 professors lecturing about whatever it becomes pretty hard to keep up. Also, they are terrible at making slides, your quiz score depends on your attendance in lecture since slides are not helpful/logistical nightmare.

Overall, it's pretty easy, get a good TA and your A is locked in. Bad TA, you better hustle, but overall 50% of the kids get A's.

Attendance is "mandatory" with iClicker. Sitting at home and pressing one button once every class also suffices.

Shoutout Ariel Graykowsi for carrying my grade. She's a great TA and really understanding/willing to help.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: B+
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Oct. 11, 2021

It is super easy if you actually put the work in. I slacked off in this class because it was almost too easy and that ended up not working out in my favor. The teaching team is awesome. Briley is the best TA.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
Oct. 11, 2021

I enjoyed the content of this class a lot compared to the fall quarter content. I like bio more in general and thus found this class to be more enjoyable. The teaching staff is always there for you if you need it and extra support is everywhere. My TA was super helpful and answered all my questions. The pace was very quick this quarter though and it made things a little less clear. Quizzes were pretty manageable.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: N/A
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April 9, 2021

I enjoyed the second quarter of this cluster more than the first, maybe because I found the biology topics more interesting and easier to understand than the physics/space/etc. of the first quarter. So if you struggled a lot first quarter like I did, don't worry, it gets better! The professor is very fun and engaging, he is very knowledgeable and you can tell he cares a lot about the subject and student understanding. Like the first quarter, it can be a lot of information packed into one lecture (which is always very difficult for me). However, the teaching staff is extremely nice and helpful, which made the experience very enjoyable. :)

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
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April 3, 2021

Worth it, totally worth it. Pace gets pretty fast in second quarter of this class (clusters are two quarters for class). Quizzes did got harder, and the labs can be quite weird (make sure don't let your CPU catch on fire!). Lectures can feel quite intimidating but you really don't need any background to know the stuff.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
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March 29, 2021

I liked the second quarter of this cluster much better than the first one. It incorporated a lot of biology and concepts about micro and macroevolution. They introduced reading quizzes (open note), which everyone complained about at first, but then changed it so getting a 2/3 would be 100% and made the time limit longer. The biweekly quizzes were manageable as well and in my opinion so much easier than fall. The writing sections didn't take nearly as long and some parts were intuitive and/or a review if you took a biology class in high school. Those quizzes were also open note/internet due to COVID. The discussion sections and labs were fun, although I wish we would have been able to have real field trips! The teaching team did a good job of responding to feedback and trying to make labs interesting despite challenges posed by COVID.

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Quarter: Winter 2019
Grade: A+
Aug. 5, 2019

I loved Winter quarter of this cluster, especially because I really enjoy biology (though not a bio major) and it was therefore also much easier than Fall in my opinion. The big change from Fall quarter is that Friscia lectures on evolution instead of Larkin lecturing on astronomy. Friscia is hilarious and great at explaining the concepts he presents.

The textbook (Tangled Bank) is "mandatory". If you have a good grasp on the bio concepts, you can probably do without it, but it's definitely a good resource if you struggle with bio. It's not a difficult read so it's worth having around.

Again, they guide you through the paper throughout the quarter so that it's not so daunting. I would definitely recommend going on the field trips (there were 3 in Winter quarter alone when I took the class), as they are all paid for (in terms of transportation, lodging, etc. except food). The overnight one to Nevada was super fun and we got to collect fossils. I would say this is one of the few classes that has a field aspect to it.

I would recommend sticking it out for Winter even if you struggled with Fall because the material is more familiar to most people, especially if you've taken some sort of biology class in high school. Overall a great class and one of my favorites.

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Quarter: Fall 2021
Grade: A
Sept. 14, 2022

My Cluster 70B professors were Jewitt, Friscia, and Brown. This was my favorite class all three quarters. The topics of the evolution of the universe/galaxies/stars/planets/life/ecosystems were SO interesting. I would absolutely take this class again in a heartbeat. It has upended my life plan because now I am debating pursuing a career in astronomy/biology/ecology. GREAT CLASS! GREAT TEACHERS! The workload is soooooo do-able. It is just readings each week and then a quiz every other week.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
Aug. 25, 2022

As he is the head chef of Cluster 70, I just want to take the time to say thank you to Papa Tony. Thanks to your courses, I was able to finesse my way out of taking any STEM GEs. With that said, 70B was mostly online for me, so there's that to take into consideration before going into my review. The class is okay to be honest, Friscia is a good lecturer and he takes the time to simplify every concept or including a memorable anecdote at least once per lecture. I appreciate the fact he allowed us more freedom for the writing assignment than in the previous quarter, and although his quizzes tended to be worded weirder, the grading still seemed fair. The workload seems really daunting, bust most of it is not at all tedious and can be managed reasonably well. What I really have to give Friscia a thumbs up for is helpfulness though, he gave multiple office hours throughout the week and every time I went he was very patient and respectful. Also, having no final exam was very cash money.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A+
June 28, 2022

Overall, I'd say that winter is definitely the easiest quarter of cluster 70. Friscia is an engaging lecturer who's very passionate about the natural sciences and evolution, and his quizzes are pretty easy compared to Petigura & Jewitt. There are even a couple of fun field trips that I'd recommend you hop on with your class friends! Again though, grading really depends on your TA, and you'll have two different ones for this quarter: one for busy work and labs (which are kinda annoying but easy), & one for your final paper assignments. Even if you struggled a bit in the fall quarter of this cluster, I would recommend continuing with at least this next quarter because the benefits of completing everything are definitely worth it.

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Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 30, 2022

this class is extremely unorganized but its pretty easy. When you have 3-4 professors lecturing about whatever it becomes pretty hard to keep up. Also, they are terrible at making slides, your quiz score depends on your attendance in lecture since slides are not helpful/logistical nightmare.

Overall, it's pretty easy, get a good TA and your A is locked in. Bad TA, you better hustle, but overall 50% of the kids get A's.

Attendance is "mandatory" with iClicker. Sitting at home and pressing one button once every class also suffices.

Shoutout Ariel Graykowsi for carrying my grade. She's a great TA and really understanding/willing to help.

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Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: B+
Oct. 11, 2021

It is super easy if you actually put the work in. I slacked off in this class because it was almost too easy and that ended up not working out in my favor. The teaching team is awesome. Briley is the best TA.

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Quarter: Winter 2020
Grade: A+
Oct. 11, 2021

I enjoyed the content of this class a lot compared to the fall quarter content. I like bio more in general and thus found this class to be more enjoyable. The teaching staff is always there for you if you need it and extra support is everywhere. My TA was super helpful and answered all my questions. The pace was very quick this quarter though and it made things a little less clear. Quizzes were pretty manageable.

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: N/A
April 9, 2021

I enjoyed the second quarter of this cluster more than the first, maybe because I found the biology topics more interesting and easier to understand than the physics/space/etc. of the first quarter. So if you struggled a lot first quarter like I did, don't worry, it gets better! The professor is very fun and engaging, he is very knowledgeable and you can tell he cares a lot about the subject and student understanding. Like the first quarter, it can be a lot of information packed into one lecture (which is always very difficult for me). However, the teaching staff is extremely nice and helpful, which made the experience very enjoyable. :)

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COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
April 3, 2021

Worth it, totally worth it. Pace gets pretty fast in second quarter of this class (clusters are two quarters for class). Quizzes did got harder, and the labs can be quite weird (make sure don't let your CPU catch on fire!). Lectures can feel quite intimidating but you really don't need any background to know the stuff.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2021
Grade: A+
March 29, 2021

I liked the second quarter of this cluster much better than the first one. It incorporated a lot of biology and concepts about micro and macroevolution. They introduced reading quizzes (open note), which everyone complained about at first, but then changed it so getting a 2/3 would be 100% and made the time limit longer. The biweekly quizzes were manageable as well and in my opinion so much easier than fall. The writing sections didn't take nearly as long and some parts were intuitive and/or a review if you took a biology class in high school. Those quizzes were also open note/internet due to COVID. The discussion sections and labs were fun, although I wish we would have been able to have real field trips! The teaching team did a good job of responding to feedback and trying to make labs interesting despite challenges posed by COVID.

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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 23 Users
Easiness 3.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.2 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.3 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.4 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (11)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (9)
  • Often Funny
    (9)
  • Would Take Again
    (9)
  • Needs Textbook
    (8)
  • Is Podcasted
    (6)
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