Biology Classes

02.26.2012Hello, all! I hope you had a great weekend! My weekend was nice and relaxing! The past two weeks I had non-stop tests and assignments, so now I am free of stress until next Monday. I realized that I haven't been talking much about my semester, so you might be wondering if I am actually going to school or just pretending! Anyways, this semester I am taking philosophy of American education, environmental geology, comparative anatomy and lab, invertebrate zoology and lab, microbiology, and senior seminar. Some of you potential biology majors may be wondering what some of these biology classes are like, so I will try to shed some light on what upper level biology classes are really like. At UD, it is not required that you take lab with the lecture, so I am taking comparative and invert. labs but not micro. I really like the labs for upper level biology classes because I feel like you learn the material in a whole new way. For instance, in my comparative anatomy class, we are learning all about the structures of vertebrates and how the design of the creature serves a function. In lab, we actually get to dissect a sampling of critters, so you can actually see these things. At this point in comparative, we have dissected a lamprey, a shark, and we have begun dissecting cats. In my invertebrate zoology lab, we looked at tons of specimens and make a variety of different permanent slides. To this point we have looked at a variety of cnidarians (jelly fish, sea anemones, corals, polyps, etc), mollusks (clams, oysters, scallops, mussels, squid, octopus, etc), and platyhelminthes (tapeworms, flat worms, flukes, etc). Obviously, if you are into biology, you would find these labs quite enjoyable. I feel like I have learned more this semester than I ever have, and I am really enjoying it! I just thought I would give you a taste of what I am doing in my classes/labs. I am sure I will tell you more later, but for now I must get to work. Have a great week!