Winter 2020 - I took this class as an MCDB elective. It was such an easy class. The topics for this course are soo interesting- such as learning about how acne is caused, how antibiotic resistance happens, comparing gut microbiome of obese and lean people, etc. The professor wants everyone to get an A!! He made that clear on day one, when he gave us an extra credit assignment that same day. He has two midterms: one week 5 and one week 6. They cover the same material, and the higher grade will be kept. This helps greatly especially when you don't know how the exams are. The exams are about experiments he talked about in class and about the papers we read in class. If someone does poorly on both midterms, then they have another opportunity to do well, by writing a mock grant proposal on how you would ask the NIH for a grant about a microbiome research project. The final is on the second half of the course and covers week 6-10. Then, there are homework questions, which you write a question and an answer to the paper of that day and of the past lecture. It is meant to get you thinking about the material. Discussion is going through the past lecture and papers. This class is really an easy A. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants an easy elective. Only thing that sucks is you have to take mimg 101 before taking this.