Metabolism and Disease

Andrew Scott Goldstein

Metabolism and Disease

Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology department

Andrew Scott Goldstein

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Overall 5.0
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Easiness of class 3.4
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Workload 3.2
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Clarity of professor 5.0
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Helpfulness of professor 5.0
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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again

Grades

Fall 2019
38.8%
32.3%
25.9%
19.4%
12.9%
6.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2018
44.6%
37.1%
29.7%
22.3%
14.9%
7.4%
0.0%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2017
45.0%
37.5%
30.0%
22.5%
15.0%
7.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Winter 2020 Submitted Dec. 24, 2020 Grade Received: A

An absolute class act. I can say without a doubt that professor Goldstein was one of the best professors I've ever had and I've never even talked to him. His lectures are really thought out and structured, and he was super considerate because the class was online. I can imagine the class being more difficult when taught in person for sure.

If you're reading this and unsure whether or not to take this class: DO. the material is super interesting and Professor Goldstein and the TAs are fantastic.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 17, 2020
Grade Received: A

This is an awesome class with really fun and engaging content, and a great professor. Some of the topics were literally mind-blowing to me. We talked about warburg effect (cancer), gut microbiome, immunotherapy, and at the end of the course, we got a couple of guest lecturers (low stress). This class is mainly comprised of quizzes after every lecture (easy), 4 worksheet assessment (a little challenging, but fair), and a final assignment proposal (which was challenging, but we got a lot of help from TAs). Professor Goldstein was amazingly understanding and accomodating of our situation during COVID, and he is also such an amazing professor that very obviously cares about our learning and wellbeing. He is very accessible to students. Would recommend this class.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 23, 2019 Grade Received: A-

Taking a class with Professor Goldstein should be a requirement for every MCDB major in my humble opinion. He is clear, concise and he focuses more on you knowing concepts rather than brute memorization.
Pros: He allows you to bring a sheet of paper full of notes for every exam, discussion section is not required, and there are lots of interesting guest speakers (that he does not test you on!).
Cons: Both midterms and the final were out of 18 points (each worth 18%) so any small mistake could bring you down a letter grade, there are no free clicker days (there were 15 clicker days and 15 lectures so missing one class would knock you down by 1%), and he tends to call on random people to answer questions (I'm a little introverted so I hated that).
Overall, the exams were all very fair (the final was a little more tricky). There is one large research proposal we did that was worth 20% of our grade which involved researching a topic in depth from lecture and writing about how we could expand on it. He described it as a difficult paper, but it wasn't so bad (Chem 153L lab reports were way worse). I loved this class and learned so many valuable things. If you need an elective, take this class!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted May 8, 2018 Grade Received: N/A

I LOVED THIS CLASS. I thought the topics were all very interesting and the difficulty level/work load was just right! After taking this class, I'm way more interested in cancer than I was before. Although the research proposal was new and tough, I thought it was good assignment (vs. a traditional test) and helpful for us in preparing for our apps, careers, etc.
Professor Goldstein is very approachable and nice. His presentations skills are very clear and his slides are very organized. I also loved the guest speakers! This was the first class I was able to go to class and just listen to a presentation without freaking out about taking notes, and really just absorbing the information and actually following along with the speaker.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2017 Submitted April 17, 2018 Grade Received: A+

Dr. Goldstein is an absolute rockstar. Took the class because I just needed another MCDB elective but ended up loving it so much. His lectures are extremely clear and engaging. His tests are about understanding the material overall rather than fixating on specifics. In fact, he proved this point by letting us bring in a one-page cheat sheet for the final. He genuinely cares for his students and about teaching and it shows every single time hes lecturing.

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Tags

  • Uses Slides
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
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