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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
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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81 Student Ratings
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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.

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