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I disagree with the first two posters. Dr. Yeh's portion of the class was actually pretty interesting and I think she was very clear in the material she presented. She talks at a pace where you can take notes easily, which is important sometimes for clarifying or adding to the information on the slide. It is true that the exams are looking for knowledge on the big picture concepts, and I think that while the final was somewhat difficult, the midterm was extremely fair. The questions were all some sort of variant of questions/problems we were exposed to in lecture. This class may not be the easiest, but the material is certainly not all that difficult and it is very possible to get an A. I received a 100 on the midterm and an A on the final and received an A+.
Dr Yeh taught the last section of LS1, after Dr. Alfaro and Dr. Lloyd-Smith. Her section of the class was very interesting, and her exam was pretty fair. I could tell she was very passionate about her field. One good and bad thing is that her voice is very soft. This is a good thing because it makes re-listening to lectures very soothing, but beware, because it may make you sleepy. She was very nice whenever I talked to her after class, and I would definitely take more classes with her.
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If you are an undergrad looking to do research, you may want to look elsewhere. I worked in Dr. Yeh's lab for a few quarters and would like to share my experience... Especially for undergrads, this is a toxic workplace. Your value is quantified in the free labor hours you provide. Firstly, she expects all undergrads to commit 20 hours/week for 6 units of credit (5 graded units, 1 pass/no pass). This is already a bit unreasonable. When I first met with her after getting an offer for a position, she told me very clearly that I should be appreciative of the opportunity to do research with her since she gets "hundreds of emails every week" from undergrads who want to do research. Also, the turnover is really high. If after a few weeks, you aren't performing how she wants, you get replaced by a different undergrad. She doesn't value the students who work for her. I was there for two quarters until she interviewed a different undergrad who she thought could replace me and do better work. I was not invited to continue in her lab. For those who do end up with her, be weary of the fact that she has no qualms with getting rid of you with zero notice or warning.
I did very well in this class but this was not because of the professors (Pang, Yeh). The reason for this is that I studied a lot and was mostly lucky that I was able to read the mind of the person who wrote the test and guess the answer on the exam. Yeh only teaches the first three weeks, which is straight forward. Then she will leave and you will never get a chance to ask her any questions about the topic, because she will not have any office hours. After week 3 Benison Pang starts teaching and then hell starts. Pang just reads off the lectures very fast, so fast that the class most of the time ends early. He is unable to explain most of the topics, whenever you ask him a question he is never sure. He even made a mistake during the final review and it was not until five minutes had past that a student who knew the correct answer had to correct him, then he was like oh yeah you are right. Pang does not know enough to teach this class, for instance he was unable to explain some lecture slides, he would say 'oh I am not sure about this' or something similar. You will never find out why you lost points on the exam, exams are complete bullshit. They will test you on questions that you have never seen before. Like the previous person who wrote a review said " Pang never went over a bootstrapping problem during lecture like the one he gave on the final". Pang would not be able able to do the final, he is that useless and uneducated. Pang & Yeh do not care about their students, they seem to just want to pass time during office hours and get paid. You never know if you will be in a class that they decide to make extremely hard just because too many people have gotten As the quarter before you. Never ever take these two professors, save yourself the headache and stress.
I really wish more people would write bruinwalk reviews for EEB classes... Don't let the grade distribution fool you, this is not the easiest EEB class. The class starts with lectures from Dr. Yeh up until Week 3 and then Dr. Pang does the rest of the lectures. Both professors lectures are pretty dry unless you're really into evolution. I was particularly disappointed with the lack of actual evolutionary medicine in Dr. Pang's portion of the class. The grading scheme of the class is confusing as it not outlined in the syllabus. The book that they require for the class was not very helpful. Dr. Yeh is okay at answering questions, and when Dr. Pang tries to answer questions, you're left more unsure than before. Dr. Pang always ends lectures early which isn't always a good thing because that's time you have to devote to extra studying to understand the material. To study for exams, understand the BIG PICTURE concepts they are trying to get across, you don't need to focus on the details of examples they give. Going to office hours helps because you can get a feel for how they would present a test question. Discussion was super chill-- but ask your TA to go over exam-like questions that have been asked in the past. I wish I did more often.