Winter 2016 - Professor Friscia's lectures were fun to attend, and the concise notes that he projected were helpful when studying for the exams. Most of his lectures about macromolecules were clear and straightforward, but things started to fall apart when he taught the sections on Embryology and the Immune System. He mixed up some terms, jumped from topic to topic, always seemed to be in a hurry, and didn't explain the concepts well enough for the students to follow and comprehend. Overall the last few lectures never really came together for me, and I had to listen to his podcasts a few times to catch the big picture.
Friscia is a funny guy. I like his "I don't care if you're not here" attitude. I took his dinosaur class, and it was awesome! He is a good lecturer, even though, sometimes the lectures were kind of boring. For the most part, I loved the class, and he was a great professor. I took E & S Sci 17.
I took the Dinosaur class with Professor Friscia, I liked him and his is funny during the lecture. Overall not a too difficult class but the lab every week can be a pain in the ass. Make sure you understand the material and memorizing everything and I think you will be fine. I would recommend him
GE Cluster 70AB Professor Friscia did a pretty good job teaching. He only taught in the winter quarter. His lectures were pretty organized. The material was very interesting. The field trips were definitely an enjoyable part of the class. The reading was a little too much at times. He prepared you well for the final. Overall, I would recommend the GE 70 Cluster.
Winter 2021 - Doctor Friscia is a great lecturer, his exams are fair, and he cares about his students learning. This class has weekly quizzes, one midterm and a final (quizzes were super easy, midterm and final were doable and not tricky). For the lab portion, we had 2 presentations instead of practicals. I would recommend taking any classes with doctor Friscia, he is one of the best professors I ever had in undergrad.
Course taken: LS2 I think Dr. Friscia is a really fair professor. I certainly didn't do so well on the first midterm, not as close to as my fellow whose comment is under mine here, but that is because I have underestimated the difficulty of LS. Study everything on his lecture slides, including the diagrams! Everything is there for a reason! Do not overlook anything and you will excel in his class! His lectures are OK for me. They went a little slow, but they are really concise and to the point. Overall: Great and really fair lecturer!
Fall 2020 - Cluster 70A is a great class for non-stem majors. It is super interesting and you can really learn some fascinating and interesting things if you open yourself up to it. Throughout the quarter the main grades were five quizzes, a paper, and some lab assignments. The quizzes were 10 multiple choice questions and a few free responses. The free response was generally straight forward, but sometimes the wording could be a bit confusing on the MC. The paper was also not too difficult and there was a lot of opportunity to work on it. In addition to these assignments there were lab assignments. These were not too difficult but could all build up if you procrastinate. Professor Friscia was a great lecturer. He was super informative, answered questions well, and used his slides effectively. Overall, he was really clear and covered a lot of information without the lecture feeling too dense.
Winter 2019 - I loved Winter quarter of this cluster, especially because I really enjoy biology (though not a bio major) and it was therefore also much easier than Fall in my opinion. The big change from Fall quarter is that Friscia lectures on evolution instead of Larkin lecturing on astronomy. Friscia is hilarious and great at explaining the concepts he presents. The textbook (Tangled Bank) is "mandatory". If you have a good grasp on the bio concepts, you can probably do without it, but it's definitely a good resource if you struggle with bio. It's not a difficult read so it's worth having around. Again, they guide you through the paper throughout the quarter so that it's not so daunting. I would definitely recommend going on the field trips (there were 3 in Winter quarter alone when I took the class), as they are all paid for (in terms of transportation, lodging, etc. except food). The overnight one to Nevada was super fun and we got to collect fossils. I would say this is one of the few classes that has a field aspect to it. I would recommend sticking it out for Winter even if you struggled with Fall because the material is more familiar to most people, especially if you've taken some sort of biology class in high school. Overall a great class and one of my favorites.