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March 9, 2007 11:11 AM

My Favorite Classes are...

My favorite class at Cal has definitely been Bio 1B field studies section! Best class ever! We got to go outside and do field work and walk around in the streams and collect insect samples rather then sitting in a stuffy room for 4 hours to look at phylogeny work sheets! :(

Through the field studies section I really starting forming my critical thinking skills. Truly, Ecologists are the unsung geniuses in the realm of science. They do really intense work, and are not as well respected as doctors or pharamcists or cellular biologists. BUT they should be just as respected if not more! For instance, if you are looking to restore an urban stream there are so many factors that must be taken into account. You have to look a flow, temperature, algal bloom, tree trajectories, macro invertebreate communities, geomorphology, and so much more. Essentially you are a "doctor" for the stream, except this time your "patient" can't say, "Oh it hurts here, right under the north fork step pool." It is extremely complicated, but I enjoy ecology very much because it is the most challenging type of science to me. To be honest I think Microbiology and Organic Chemistry are easier than Ecology, but I guess I am just drawn to a challenge. Anyways, you all should take the Bio 1B field studies section because it really helps you develop your analytical skills, and is truly life altering!

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