Pre-Med Q&ACategory: Scheduling and Classesphysiol-404-vs-bio-226
AvatarLori asked 8 months ago

Hello!  I am trying to decide between taking Physiol 404 vs Bio 226 and was wondering if you had any initial thoughts on either class. I have taken Physiol 201, so I believe that I have enough background for either course, but is there a difference in structure or workload?  Thank you for all your help!

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AvatarPragathi answered 8 months ago

I haven’t taken Physiol 404, so I can’t really speak on it, but I took Bio 226 a few semesters ago. It was a pretty easy class! There was a presentation, a few lab reports/assignments, and daily homeworks that are due before each lab. Overall, the lab itself was manageable, but you did have to put in a bit of work and there weren’t that many points you could miss. If you’re having trouble deciding, I would compare the grade distributions and even take a look at their past syllabi to see how each class is structured. This might help you decide which one seems like a better fit for you! Good luck! 

AvatarPre-Med Hub Staff answered 8 months ago

Hey Lori!
Going off what Pragathi said, I took physiol 404 last fall and enjoyed it! The first day of class you are split into groups that you keep for the rest of the semester. Every lab has a prelab quiz and a report that are both very manageable. There are also two multiple choice exams. Dr. Houchin is a good teacher and gives a good idea of the things you should understand in the class to do well. I’d be happy to tell you more about it during advising hours too (typically on Sundays)! 
Best,
Nick

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