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Fields of Concentration



The Field of Biology is one of the best in the University for Undergraduate to enter. The faculty is on the whole both brilliant and interested in students. The laboratory facilities are superb. concentrators will be expected, however, to put in unusually long stretches of laboratory time (estimates run as high as 15 hours a week in one course, throughout their course of study, and these laboratory hours must be carefully budgeted year by year to avoid inhuman schedules in the last two years. Biology D should definitely be taken Freshman year if possible, and more advanced courses such as 1, 2, and 3, should be entered cautiously by the Freshman whose previous work in Biology has not been extraordinarily thorough. The first half of D has been given to Dr. Darrah for next year and it is hoped that the botanical may in time approach the high level to which Professor Hisaw has pushed the zoological portion of the course.

The frame work of the department rests on four fundamental courses for which Biology D is the prerequisite. At least two of the three now given are required for all concentrators.

Biology 1 requires a god deal of drawing ability, but well coordinated laboratory work with remarkable lectures from Professor Weston and pretty good ones from Professor Wetmore make the course eminently desirable, for any further work in botany though fairly difficult.

Biology 2 is well taught. Associate Professor Rand is a better lecturer than Professor Romer who does not seem to organize his material as well. The laboratory work is interesting though long. Estimates run from 8 to 10 hours a week.

Biology 3 follows closely the physiology course in the Medical School, but is not considered t be redundant, but rather to be valuable for men intending to go into medicine. The reading material is good, the lecturers, Redfield, Stier, and Wald are all above average, and the laboratory work is remarkably interesting both for the scope of physical equipment and god organization. Time estimates run from 10 to 12 hours per week.

Biology 4, the remaining foundation course, Biological Chemistry, has never been given, owing to the lack of anyone to teach it. Concentrators must make up the deficiency by taking Chemistry 2 and 15, the first not intended primarily for biologists, the second not half comprehensive enough. There is a definite need for this course, particularly for those in the field of Biochemistry, and its absence is the only serious weakness in the whole department.

The field is a good one for anyone intending to go into medicine, course 2, 3, 24, and 25, being particularly recommended, but no one should enter it unless biology per se interests him actively.

The faculty is on the whole available, though shyness on the part of a few might lead to the impression that they resented intrusions. They are all pretty active in research and are definitely interested in the undergraduate and his problems if he manifeats real interest in the subject.

New Courses in the field-- 23b . . . Parasitology. Should be good. Given by Associate Professor Cleveland.

112 a . . . Problems of Evolution . . . Given alternately with 112b by Professor East.

Summary of comments on men in the department encountered most often by undergraduates.

Rand--Excellent lecturer in a difficult subject to teach. Very helpful when approached.

Amen--Personable. Economic Botany should be more widely taken.

Easton--Dull lecturer for undergraduates.

Allen--Dull lecturer in interesting courses.

Bigelow--Not inspiring. Course in Oceanography interesting but not invaluable.

Broues--Poor lecturer but helpful and inspiring for individuals.

Raymond--Fair lecturer. Course valuable as background.

Weston--Fine lecturer. Inspiring to work under.

Redfield--Fair lecturer. Improving. Helpful.

Hisaw--Superb lecturer. Inspiring but exacting to work under.

Dawson--Good lecturer. Vigorous research man. Helpful to those really interested.

Sachs--Inspiring for students well prepared.

Romer--Enthusiastic and lively lecturer. Not always easy to follow.

Hoadley--Lectures poorly, but very interested in undergraduates. A good person to come in contact with.

Upton--Poor lecturer, but helpful individually.

Wetmore--Poor lecturer, but helpful individually.

Welch--Pleasant but not invigorating Allows tutees to work as they please.

Wyman--Fair lecturer. Improving. Excellent tutor.

Thimann--Fair lecturer in a specialized field. Good tutor.

Castle--Inspiring and agreeable. Allows tutees to follow their bent.

Carpenter--Good lecturer. Helpful and inspiring.

Clarke--Fair lecturer. Capable but uninspiring tutor.

Wald--Good lecturer.

Stier--Fair lecturer. Improving. Helpful.

Renn--Best tutor in field. Exacting but pleasant and inspiring.

Livingston--Beautiful technician. Helpful when contacted.

Vestal--Fair lecturer. Improving. Stimulating as a tutor.

Darrah--Helpful. Should do better than Beadle in Biology D.

Fevold--Hisaw's assistant. inspiring to work under in endocrinology

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