Introduction to Chemistry of Biology
Spring 2017 - Pointing out to a slide that referenced a publication from 2015, Professor Sletten said "Well, this is rather outdated.." This class is fantastic. Ellen's style of teaching is great, the class is organized rather well. The best thing about this class, however, is the content. The recentness of the discoveries made in chemical biology makes this class the most thrilling class I have taken at UCLA. Chemical Biology is a loosely defined field. Therefore, to do justice to teaching an intro course on chemical biology, a broad range of topics must be covered in relatively superficial detail. Prof. Sletten however manages to expose her students to a lot of important topic in chemical biology while not making it seem at all superficial. In this class, you will study off of primary sources. The textbook is relatively unhelpful, since Prof. Sletten starts from the basics and builds her way up. I was initially intimidated by the fact that this class was mostly grad students, but this did not matter since again, you do not need a depth of prior knowledge to do well in this class. Chemical Biology is a fantastic field, and I can't stop raving about it. Prof. Sletten, and her past and present in the field makes her the ideal candidate to teach this class. If you're interested in knowing where biology becomes chemistry and where chemistry becomes biology, look no further and take this class.