- BMZ 115.H – 11:00 to 11:50 Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
- August 21 through December 12, 2001
- Professors: Dr. Hickey, Dr. Hooke, Dr. Blair
- My Grade: B
- My take on the course:
I signed up for BMZ by mistake. See, I thought that it would be easy because it was required for three majors. I thought, “if it’s so broad, it’s got to be pretty simple.” Plus the course description said the class was “a general introduction to basic concepts of species, evolution, and DNA.” I should have stopped to consider that the three majors this class was required for… they were all pre-med. I also should have considered that the course description calling this class basic was written by honors professors. And they can sometimes be a little off on the precise definition of “basic.”
Anyway, for all the horror stories of BMZ it turned out to be a good class. To be quite honest, it was my favorite class of the semester — granted, it didn’t have much competition but nonetheless I didn’t think it was too bad. I have always liked science and I do ok in science classes. Plus the professors were very good, which makes sense because after all I did have an honors section. Still…I didn’t study much or read the book at all so I was lucky to get out of there with a decent grade. Unless you have to take it for your major or you really like science, avoiding BMZ is probably a good idea.
ps. Dr. Hickey is hilarious especially when he’s defending himself from ferocious honors students who have just been told they did poorly on a test. He’s in the botany department and comes highest recommended of all the science professors I’ve had.