Fall 2023 - Professor S. G. Clarke taught the first half of the course, which covered all of the protein stuff (think amino acids, peptide bonds, peptide conformations, protein folding and structure, protein kinetics and catalysis) as well as the section on carbohydrates. His lectures were really interesting, although I will say that the tests could get a little weird in what they tested- sometimes, we'd get tested on things that were kind of implied to be not as important, while not getting tested on what were seemingly the most important parts of the material. You won't need to buy any textbooks or software for his class- just using the slides is often good enough. Do keep in mind though that there is no cushion when it comes to your grade- it's all based on your midterm and final scores.
Dr. Clarke is actually better than what these evaluations say. My research trainer actually said that I was lucky to have him for a professor. I never write evaluations, but I had to for Dr. Clarke, because he is my favorite and best professor at UCLA, and I am a senior. His class is challenging, but hey, it's 153C and you don't have much other options. Go to all the lectures, study before the quizes everyweek, because they are really big part of your grade and it's easy to get good score than midterms and the final. He is estremely passionate about teaching and you can tell, because you will really be paying attention during the lectures. Overall..take him for 153C and you won't regret.