Winter 2017 - Okay, here's the deal. I think the reviews of this class are polarizing because it mashes up two opposite sides of the academic spectrum: humanities (history, philosophy, literature) and science (neuroscience, psychology [which could swing humanities], and neuroanatomy). Some of the basic neuroscience concepts swing nearly on the side of chemistry-type ideas. It's interdisciplinary and if you find yourself skilled on one end of the spectrum and are not willing to stretch out of your comfort zone and work hard to learn the concepts on the other end, don't take this class. I began this class fully expecting it to AP Psychology 2.0, and in some cases it was (if you took AP Psych, you're set for quite a bit of the neuroanatomy and psychology), but in many cases it is not. I find myself pretty well-rounded in that while I lean more humanities, I can switch to the more science-based concepts with a bit of work. Learning the neuroscience is a steep learning curve, even for those in science majors. However, if you go to your TA's office hours, the professors' office hours, and make sure to ask questions, you WILL get it. This class takes effort and I think very few would say its an easy A, but it is 100% worth taking. It was the best experience of my life and I learned so much. I think the first quarter is much harder than the second quarter because by the second quarter you can apply the knowledge from the first quarter to real concepts like movement and mental illness, which I found incredibly interesting. The seminar was also good, just be sure to choose a topic you really like. Fall and winter quarters have a midterm and final (multiple choice/short answer style), weekly quizzes, a final paper, and a midterm/shorter paper. It's all doable. The tests can be challenging, but if you do the weekly study questions they are very manageable. If you don't put in the effort, you will be miserable and get a poor grade. This isn't a class you can just skate by in, not study, and not do the readings. However, it is a class that will enrich your freshman year and put you in a great place for your subsequent studies at UCLA.
Winter 2022 - Incredibly interesting class. All professors are clearly passionate about the material. There is some disconnect between the professors and their sections of the course. The assignments, quizzes, and tests are somewhat difficult, but if you rewatch lectures (Bruincast!) then you should be fine.
Fall 2017 - This class was the most engaging and interesting, however Fall has a heavy workload of weekly readings. Lectures switched professors often, and material was always something new and intriguing but this is no easy A. Definitely worth it, as we covered neurophysiology fairly in depth which has complex concepts. However, there was a variety of material being taught, and there was never a sense of boredom. If this class seems interesting to you, I would definitely recommend it, but do not think that this class is a walk in the park. Studying for the midterm and the final is essential, as they are challenging, and it is important to read the article reading assignments for questions on weekly quizzes and the midterm and final. Very doable, don't be frightened, but definitely put the work in.
Fall 2021 - Chandler is a really nice guy, cracks many jokes, and overall quite entertaining to be around. His material is on electrophysiology, so a lot about ion channels and gradients and some applications of physics - he goes quite in-depth with this stuff because he likes to treat it as a puzzle, giving you piece by piece until the whole picture is created. So it really is hard to understand what you need to know for the exam, so I recommend grasping the big ideas. He likes to advertise his reader as like the holy grail for this class - I didn't find it too helpful, but it's the best study/review resource you've got, so use it! His exam is 9 short answers in an hour-ish so you better know your stuff and be able to convey it in a concise manner. The mean was an 82. Grading Scheme (out of 400): 300 points - 100 for each module's exam 80 points - 10 points for each of 9 quizzes, lowest dropped 10 points - two clinical correlations (summaries of a presentation) 5 points - seminar attendance + summary 5 points - discussion participation
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