November 08, 2010

Olsen, Paul
Dinosaurs and the History of Life

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

Literally the most amazing class I have ever taken. Even as a Classics major, this class was understandable and an amazing amount of fun! I originally decided to take this to help fulfill my laboratory science requirement simply because it seemed more unusual than any of the general sciences (biology, chemistry, etc.) and I loved it. While there is very little personal interaction with Professor Olsen unless you initiate it, he still knows how to present a lecture and keep class interesting. I suggest taking this class and the lab, just because the lab helps clarify and expand upon a lot of the info presented during lecture. Also, we do fun things like play with legos and and dissect pigeons in lab. Absolutely recommended for anyone not science-oriented, and I'm sure it is just as interesting for those who are.



Very few homework assignments, no mid-term exam, one really long and really difficult final exam, and one 10 page paper on the topic of your choice- first draft due at midterm and second draft due on the last day of class.