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Cindy Gustafson-Brown
Professor in the Biology department
at University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA
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Overall Quality
3.7
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.5
Clarity
3.8
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
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0
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05/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIMM 121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great professor & lecturer, and you'll have a great time in her class if you get involved and go to OH's. But yes, BIMM 121 was a lot more work than it should have been for 4 units, as she acknowledged. And her questions/grading can be extremely detail oriented. But overall, you'll learn a lot and you can get an A if you put in the work.

07/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BICD 136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr Gus is a FANTASTIC lecturer. This class has no peer in the BioSci dept, but it is every bit one of the most interesting upper div bio classes UCSD has to offer. She is crystal clear, her reader is interesting, her exams are fair... just keep up with the reading and film material, and you will do well.

12/14/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bimm121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Had Dr.Gus for BIMM 121 and 124. She is an AMAZING lecturer! Very clear and helpful and loves to tell you nerdy jokes/stories. These 2 classes are my favorite at UCSD. Both classes are definitely challenging but totally worth all the studying. It was really fun studying and reading for these classes too! Dr.Gus needs to teach more classes!!

10/28/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIMM124 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Gus taught medical microbiology together with Dr. Aroian. Dr. Gus really knows her stuff and genuinely cares about the well-being of her students. Very accessible outside of class. The course was based in primary literature and very challenging. Thoroughly recommend it thought, since it teaches you to how think.

06/12/2012
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIMM121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I've taken BICD 136 and BIMM121 with Dr. Gustafson. First thing first, shes is a very dynamic and engaging lecturer, probably one of the best I've seen. She makes you want to learn what she presents because she really loves what she's teaching. You will work harder then you have ever worked, but probably won't get above a B-. She's a GPA murderer.

04/23/2012
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIMM121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Everyone on here keeps saying she's a really nice. Well how about this? She's not nice if she's assigning wholly unrealistic tasks for her class. The amount of hours required to get an "A" far exceed her allotted unit credits. We take classes with the understanding that the load will be fair & reasonable compared to our other classes. Not cool.

02/18/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIMM101 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Honestly, people give Dr. Gus a bad rap. To get an A in the class you have to get a solid 90% or higher. There is no curve. That being said, however, she DOES provide clear and thorough explanations. People are caught off-guard b/c she's nice. Just b/c she's nice doesn't mean she should dole out A's. Great professor. Tough grade

08/06/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BICD136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

BEST PROFESSOR IVE HAD AT UCSD! Engaging, passionate, and genuinely interesteed in educating her students about AIDS and Global health. Grading/exams were VERY challenging but fair.DO NOT take for an easy A, take to learn the material!

04/23/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIMM121 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

On first impression, she was nice, but on final impression, she was not.

04/23/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bimm120 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Avoid if possible.

07/02/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BICD136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Loved this class. Dr. Gus is a very clear and tells you all you need to know in class for the midterms. Don't buy the book because she doesn't refer to it. If you pay attention in class, you shoulD have no problem getting an A.

06/22/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BICD136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

My bio class so far. Really interesting lectures. Exams are long and very specific so make sure you know your stuff. Love the guest speakers. Dr. Gus is so cute, it will feel like she's your mom not your professor that's how much she cares! Got an A+ in this class pretty easily. Make sure you do the reading!

04/18/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bicd136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Gus is the best!

03/25/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
BILD36 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Wow, this was seriously the best class I've taken at UCSD. She does make you memorize a LOT of detail for the tests, and it's NOT an easy A class, but def. manageable. The subject material is incredibly interesting and her lectures went by so fast. She did the funniest impressions of the HIV life cycle, it was hysterical! Take her without a doubt!

03/24/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BILD36 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Heard that UCSD is not offering this class next year due to budget class which is a shame because I learned so much from the class. She holds you accntable for EVERYTHING found in lecture, movies, readings. If you don't go to class, at least listen to the podcasts. She really is like a mom. Take her!!

02/26/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
BICD136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I really like Dr. G's teaching style. Her tests are pretty straight forward if u focus on her lectures, and she's always happy to help out. I'm taking virology with Her :)

02/24/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BILDBILD Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Wow! way too much material to memorize for a basic bio class. Test were extremely difficult, I recommend you do not take this class if you just want to get a GE requirement done! Take another class or professor.

01/07/2010
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bild10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Pretty tough class. You definitely need to study. But she is really passionate about what she teaches, and she really knows what she's talking about. Good Prof overall

12/11/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
BILD10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The amount and detail and information expected of students is WAY beyond intro level. Tests are hard and information tested is mainly details barely gone over. This class was a headache and not at all enjoyable. Unless you are planning to major in bio or have a strong bio base to work off of then do not take this class

12/11/2009
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
Bild10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Dont take her for BILD 10. Shes an upper div. teacher and makes this class impossible if your just trying to get a GE done

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