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Dr. Gorlitsky was a very engaging and fun professor! Her lectures were filled with really interesting videos but she tends to go very fast. Lectures are not recorded and lecture attendance is measured by the pop quizzes they randomly give out that are graded based on participation. I came into the class without being as interested in animal behavior but ended up loving it even more! I feel that all the examples are very interesting. For the exam, do not memorize the examples shown in class. Study each of the theories and hypotheses and know how to apply them to various situations and animal behaviors. The animal behavior portion (first 5 weeks) was definitely a bit harder than ecology due to the sheer amount of concepts but the test was definitely a bit easier and was overall more interesting. I would definitely recommend Dr.Gorlitsky!
The lectures were really fun and overall I really enjoyed the class, but the exams were a bit unfair in my opinion. A lot of questions seemed like trick questions, or the wording would just be very very weird. I was very confident before taking the final, but for so any questions it seemed like there was not a good solid answer. Not to mention that the "practice exam" was literally 9 super easy questions and nothing like the real thing.
Gorlitsky loved giving a lot of pop "quizzes" for attendance so participation really matters. Lectures aren't recorded but she never really said anything that wasn't on the slides. I really enjoyed her lectures and teaching style, my only complain for this class would be the exams and how long it took for our assignments to get graded.
Dr. Gorlitsky is probably the best teacher that I have had at UCLA. Super nice, engaging, knowledgeable, caring,.. the list goes on. If you are a biology major and genuinely care about ecology and have a general interest in conservation, you will love this class. The material is easy to understand; many biology majors already have had some exposure to the material. This class was like a culmination of all the conservation efforts that I have heard of in the past.
The tests are fairly easy as long as you put the work in; don't expect an easy A. Dr. G apparently only gives one A+ per class, but don't be discouraged! It's graded straight scale with no real curve, so everybody can do well. I definitely learned something useful for the future and hope to use what I learned to contribute to conservation.
If you need an EEB major class, I highly recommend this over any other! Best class and teacher from UCLA!
Class itself wasn't that bad. The material was fairly easy and straightforward. Leryn would just read off of her slides, but you had to go to lecture because she took attendance every week pretty much. The exams were all multiple choice and the class was graded on a straight scale, but there weren't many people who got As. Lots of B+ and B grades when I took the class. Once again, the material isn't hard, but it's not necessarily easy to get an A either.
I definitely recommend taking Conservation Biology with Dr. Gorlitsky in the summer! She's a young professor so I'm not surprised there aren't any reviews on her yet, but she also teaches EEB 151A and EEB 100. I'll start off by saying she is an amazing professor! Her lecture slides give the perfect amount of detail; they basically summarize everything you need to know, and she will tell you ahead of time exactly what you will be tested on for the midterm and final. Her teaching method tends to be fast-paced, making her lectures more engaging. As long as you pay attention and study your notes, it is definitely possible to get an A or a B. Dr. Gorlitsky has a way of inspiring students to make a difference in the world, and you can tell she truly cares about the well-being of our environment. Overall, she's a chill, kind, and down-to-earth person who will hopefully leave a positive impact with you like she did with me :)