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Dr. Evans was amazing! Highly recommend this class he's super nice and understanding. There's only one big project in this class where you read a research paper and create a presentation over it with your group which sounds scary but it was kind of fun. And before the presentation Dr. Evans was kind enough to take the time out of his day to let the group practice presenting and give critiques so you can edit the presentation before you do it in class so you know what to change and how to get an A on the presentation.
The lectures are really interesting but sometimes dense in the way that it is neuroscience but honestly out of all the neuro classes i've taken thus far this is by FAR the easiest one i've ever taken. The midterm and final were challenging in the way that it was helpful for me to basically transcribe verbatim all lectures into a doc but once I had that the exams were a breeze and I found myself not needing to even refer to it all that much more so for clarification of the questions that asked about complex systems with a lot of connections and if u mess up one part u mess up the whole thing type of questions. But the exams were more than reasonable, they weren't trying to trick you or purposefully make you fail it (*cough* unlike *cough* M101 series...) I'm pretty sure the majority of the class got A's.
Class discussions were also super interesting, granted I took it over zoom so i don't know how that would operate in person but people were constantly typing in the chat and giving different perspectives and it was super cool that the profs would just join in the conversation in the chat with you and were very casual with it. Normally I have a lot of anxiety w/ talking in class since I don't want to like say a wrong answer or anything like that and look stupid but this class fostered a very welcoming environment and I really enjoyed it.
This class was taught in conjunction with Dr. London, and in my opinion, both professors did a wonderful job on teaching me about how different classes of drugs are metabolized by the brain and also what the long-term effects of these drugs are. I like that this class not only taught us the science behind how drugs have specific cell targets (think g-protein coupled receptors) but also we delved a bit into the social consequences of drugs and the different programs in place to stop drug abuse. I found the subject so engaging that I ended up taking an honors seminar taught by one of our guest lecturers, Dr. Christine Grella. Dr. Evans is an engaging lecturer who welcomes comments and questions at any time, and never made me feel like any question was too simple or "stupid." I found the exams to be fairly graded, and if any of us had issues with a particular question, we would go through the exam as a class and discuss the questions that tripped us up. Often times, Dr. Evans and the TA's would throw out questions that over half the class got wrong. Overall, I think Dr. Evans is a wonderful professor and mentor, and I would love to take another class of his. I highly recommend this class as one of your Neuroscience upper divs, I have taken knowledge from this class and relied upon it long after graduating UCLA!
Neuroscience C177 is a fantastic class and Dr. Evans is a great teacher. I recently graduated from UCLA as a neuroscience major, and I can confidently say that this class was the most interesting and applicable neuroscience class I took and overall one of the best classes I've taken at UCLA. The tests are fair, there is very little to no required reading, and if you do your work you will do well. Each student gives a presentation on a drug of their choice, and I learned a lot from doing my own research and from listening to everyone else. Walking out of the final for the class, you have learned how every major drug works and the legality behind it, which is pretty cool. Dr. Evans is an expert on the subject, and his lectures are informative and engaging. I am by no means a morning person, but I enjoyed waking up and going to this class. He intersperses humor into his material to make it fun, is very open to helping students (he always responded to my emails promptly), and is a genuinely nice person who cares about his students' learning. I'm not sure why he has any low reviews; I could not recommend this class higher, and I have recommended it to all the neuroscience majors I know.
I just graduated from UCLA with a major in neuroscience, and I can confidently say that this class was the best class I took as a neuroscience major. Dr. Evans is wonderfully engaging and presented the material in such a way that was both informative and fun. It is clear how much he values teaching and how much he cares about his students. At the end of the course each student presented on a particular drug that hadn't yet been discussed, which was a different but effective way of learning and presenting the material. I left the class having learned so much about not only the mechanisms and long-term effects of different drug classes, but also inspired to explore this field as a potential career interest. I would highly encourage any neuroscience major to take this course. You will not be disappointed!
Dr. Evans is a wonderful professor. I really enjoyed his lectures on prairie voles and addiction. He was insightful and engaging in and out of class. I highly recommend his teaching and this class in particular!