Winter 2022 - Really easy. Everyone gets assigned a chapter from the book Parasite Rex or a video, then they lead discussion on the content. Show up to 9/10 classes to get the pass. Professor often will listen to the discussion and not say anything, I think he just enjoyed watching people interact with each other. Reading was pretty interesting but not at all necessary (unless you were presenting that part), you could say nothing and still pass. Attendance is taken.
Fall 2019 - That shit was wild. Honestly hardest class I’ve taken at UCLA and the most time I’ve ever spent on a class. But like ... also such a good feeling and worked really hard and did really well. This class almost seems impossible at times, but I’m unsure of how I felt about it. Don’t take this class if you have anything else that is a big part. I was regularly in the lab until 1 am for several days before the practicals. HOWEVER this was a really cool class and you go fishing 2ce and everyone in the class is tight af bc you’re all struggling together. If you work hard and memorize everything , you can do it for real. The grade distributions will be weird for this quarter bc we dropped to 10 people by the final (from like 26) and the group that was left went hard af and got mostly As. The past years are more accurate distributions. Bruno the TA is awesome. It was a wild class overall. Not bad but wild. Lots of memorization. Also u need to read the textbook for the lecture tests but he tells you exactly what pages to read, and essentially what questions he’s gona ask.
Dr. Buth is the worst human being alive, as far as I'm concerned. Maybe that's a stretch, but he has treated me so badly I literally cannot believe it: it's entirely surreal. He is an absolutely insane megalomaniac. This is NOT a stretch. He put me through HELL over a file he refused to right-click to get to work because he refused to "follow my directions" on how to use it. HELL, I'm telling you. His attitude about his own place in the world is completely unbelievable; I'm sure he thinks he is the One True God. He deserves to be fired right away, and I wouldn't mind seeing him behind bars either.
For some reason, Bruinwalk won't let me choose the right class. But I had EEB 112, which was ichthyology. It completely changed the way I think about research, studying, and marine biology! It motivated me to work so hard and in the end I got an A. He says he'll give letters of recommendation to anyone who gets an A as long as they go in and have a meeting with him. The lab practicals require a TON of studying, but without them I wouldn't know nearly as much about fish. He tells lots of stories about fish and research and stuff too. And the number of handouts he gives out is kind of ridiculous, but it's good to know the material on each and every one. Also, the TA for that class, Chris Chabot, was probably the best TA I've had at UCLA.