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Marin Brewer
Professor (2009 – 2015)
Georgia (UGA)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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2.1538**
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Rated by 78 students
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Fall 2015 Schedule
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BCMB 3100
BCMB 4030L
BCMB 6030L
PBIO 3010
PBIO 4200
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PBIO 6200
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4****
BCMB 3100 - Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Make sure that you write very fast when taking notes. As soon as he is finished with a page, he erases it and continues forward. Don't ask him which structures, etc. you should know because he will always tell you it is your responsibility to know ev...
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Professor rated by: Biology / Biological Sciences Student on 8/10/11
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1*
BCMB 3100 - Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Scored a 95 on the first test. Just memorize all your amino acids from the book. Memorizing old tests for this exam works. However it is not that effective for the rest of the tests. Book material is heavily used, and there is a plethora of informati...
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Pros: Heavy curve at the end...even then you might not be lucky.
Cons: Think of every negative experience in every class that you've ever had and roll it into this one. Now add a useless sack of flesh- the professor.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on 5/18/11
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: Heavy curve at the end...even then you might not be lucky.
Cons: Think of every negative experience in every class that you've ever had and roll it into this one. Now add a useless sack of flesh- the professor.
Scored a 95 on the first test. Just memorize all your amino acids from the book. Memorizing old tests for this exam works. However it is not that effective for the rest of the tests. Book material is heavily used, and there is a plethora of information that you must go over, and truthfully it's near impossible to go over it all unless this is the only class you're taking and have all the free time in the world. Scored a 71 and a 56 on the next two tests. I have no idea what I made on the final, but I did end up with a B+ in the class, no thanks that senile old man. He's probably so cranky, because he hasn't been laid in the past 70 years.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on May 18, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: Heavy curve
Cons: Doesn't announce curve. Very hard. Very very very low test average.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on December 9, 2010
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: There are no pros besides the curve at the end.
Cons: Tests are extremely detailed and super hard. As long as you are above average you will pass. I never got higher than a 75 on a test, failed the final, and I got an A in the class.
Brewer's voice is like Ben Stein's and he basically reads straight from the book. Extremely boring.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on April 2, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3***
Pros: Notes and class are very structured and organized. Most of the material is from the book and if you take notes and study, you will know exactly what is on the test.
Cons: The sheer amount of material you need to know is staggering. Brewer is reluctant to answer questions. Teaching style is extremely dry.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on April 26, 2010
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
4****
Make sure that you write very fast when taking notes. As soon as he is finished with a page, he erases it and continues forward. Don't ask him which structures, etc. you should know because he will always tell you it is your responsibility to know everything. My advice is attend class regularly because he gives you old test questions, especially during the break-out sessions.
Professor rated by: Biology / Biological Sciences Student on August 10, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3***
Pros: Has a ton of old exams on his website which he picks questions directly from.

Cons: Not really sure what to study, lots of material on every test.
A lot of information is covered in the class and with Brewer, you aren't sure of what to focus on when studying. His review sessions are helpful as he gives you exam questions. Grades are based solely on class averages. Go to class, take notes, and memorize the old exams!
Professor rated by: Biology Student on May 8, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2**
Pros: He does go over some test questions at the review sessions.
Cons: He doesn't really like interacting with students. He doesn't speak up sometimes, hard to hear. His tests are crazy, the hardest portion of the tests were the T/F questions.
Professor rated by: Food Science and Technology Student on May 6, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: Only have to endure him for half a semester.
Cons: Insanely anti-social

Very hard to understand

Voice is very easy to fall asleep to, in a bad way (boring voice, not melodic)
This teacher will definitely go down as one of the worst teachers I've ever taken. Convenient how the worst teachers in Biochem, Ochem, or Biology are also the only teachers that you have to take, isn't it?



He is INSANELY boring and monotone. He has no care for sociability, all he cares about is teaching what is required and that's it. Don't even bother listening, he is so monotonous and tough to understand with boring and difficult material. All of his notes are in black and white, and he goes WAY TOO FAST for you to be able to record them. He doesn't post notes online either, so if you fall behind, then you are out of luck. If you use a computer to type, he has some slides of drawn molecules so you can't possibly record everything. To make things even better, his tests are entirely note and lecture based, and his material barely follows the book, so even that will barely help you.



The only personality I've seen him show is just rudeness; he asks the class if they have any questions, but seems to be agitated whenever someone raises their hand. I remember someone asking, "Why can't you do it this way?" and he answered, "You can do it that way, but you'll be wrong."



I just don't understand why some people go on to be professors when they obviously show no intentions of caring about their students.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on October 11, 2012
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: HUGE ASS CURVE
Cons: Awful teacher
Brewer is hands down the worst teacher I've ever had. I learned little to nothing in a class that is pretty much supposed to be the basis of my entire major, and the material is interesting but he makes it super dry and boring. I think the lecture actually caused time to stop moving. He sneezed in class once and it was the most exciting thing that happened all semester. If you want to be induced into a coma every MWF, take this course.HOWEVER, fear not: there is a massive curve. My test scores were: 72, 59, 45, and my final was a 78 and i got an A- in the class. the whole semester will be torture though, memorizing cycle after cycle while learning nothing in the process. I think this class made me cry on several occasions.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on January 22, 2015
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
5*****
Pros: Gives great notes

Old tests (can be found online) are very helpful
Cons: Can be a bit cranky

A bit dry
I'm not sure why everyone complains about him. Yes, he can be a bit cranky at times, but it's often funny. My friends and I really enjoyed his tests. His notes, while often unreadable, line up really well with what he tests you on. His old tests (online and the one posted outside in the glass case) should help you get a minimum of 75 on the actual tests. Like most UGA science classes, you get what you put into the class. I'm pretty sure that the ones who gave him horrible reviews didn't put enough time into the class. The grades that I made on Brewer's tests pretty much saved me from the massacre that occurred in the 2nd half of the class.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Student on September 14, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
5*****
Pros: Teaches you about study ethic (Must in college). Tests are something he discusses in class. Very straightforward if you listen close enough. I think theres a curve?
Cons: No tests are dropped (so be careful)
I don't understand why people complain. His class has been one of the few classes who I learnt about study ethic. He's very straightforward about his expectations from his students. He's really generous and truly cares about his students if you approach him about any questions or concerns. But you better have done your work too, otherwise he doesn't care at all. After two years I've had the courage of asking for recommendation letter, but hey he cares about his students.
Professor rated by: Ecology Student on June 3, 2014
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
3***
Pros: Strongly Curves all the grades

Posts previous tests

Some review session problems show up on the test
Cons: Very boring

Doesn't post slides
Brewer is very boring to listen to and pretty condescending when people ask questions. That said, he curves the grades a lot at the end so that you're pretty much guaranteed to pass. Avoid him if you can, but if you get stuck with him you'll be ok in the end. To study, find his old tests, especially the ones he gives you, do the book problems, and suffer through the review sessions. Those are where most of his test questions come from.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on February 25, 2015
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PBIO 3010
Fungi: Friends and Foes
5*****
Pros: Interesting

LOVES fungus?! lol
Cons: Quiet sometimes
THIS IS NOT JOHN BREWER IN THE BIOCHEM DEPARTMENT. Marin Brewer is a woman who teaches plant pathology. JOHN BREWER is in bcmb and is awful (you'll still pass but only because of a curve). MARIN BREWER is very nice and her classes are great!
Professor rated by: Biology Student on January 19, 2016
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: Boring and misanthropic
Cons: Extremely difficult
Sometimes, there comes a point in your life where you just have to bite the bullet and take a really bad professor. Fortunately he only teaches half of the BCMB 3100 course and the other professor is good.
Professor rated by: Journalism Student on November 29, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: Class was majorly curved. My test average was in the 70's and I ended up with an A-.
Cons: SO BORING. Impossible to listen to, illegible handwriting.
Professor rated by: PHARMACY (NONDEPARTMENTAL) Student on April 16, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2**
can't understand what he is writing on the screen. very hard to understand. exams very difficult
Professor rated by: Biology Student on May 1, 2011
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2**
Pros: You knew what was coming on the tests.
Cons: Not personable or friendly. Archaic teaching style.
Professor rated by: English Student on December 7, 2010
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PATH 4200
Mycology
5*****
Pros: - Really passionate/knowledgable about the topic

- Interesting class

- No busy work

- Class projects are fun

- Clear expectations for exams

- Great professor
Cons: - Group project

- Class is information dense
If you have any interest in fungi, I would recommend taking this class! Dr. Brewer is a really interesting teacher who has a lot to say about the topic with enthusiasm. She teaches from a powerpoint and has recommended supplementary readings, but no textbook is needed. Because of this, it's a good idea to attend all of her classe . She goes over a lot of material for each section and the exams cover a lot, but she is very clear about what needs to known for the exam. She even posts the study guide a week ahead of time. There are two projects, one which involves collecting mushrooms (which is a blast) and the other is a group project, the only unsavory part of the class so far. Labs are interesting and usually end before the time period but give you time to look at the material/work on your project more if you want to. Like I said, if you're thinking about it and like long walks in the woods, I would recommend taking this class.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on November 13, 2016
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
1*
Pros: Exams follow old tests
Cons: Not helpful at all

Doesn't care about the class

Tests are very difficult

Hates everything that is good in this world
Do you want to succeed? Then don't take Dr. Brewer. He rushes through his powerpoint slides and doesn't post them online, so you can never copy down the notes. People in my class resorted to having to take pictures of the slides on their phones just to get his notes down. He also has the worst attitude I have ever seen in a teacher. He hates it when you ask questions and will sometimes ignore them. He doesn't post your grades online, so you have to go in and see him in order to get your grade, which is just a such a treat.



Bottom line, you're going to have to teach yourself this class. And seeing as how this is BioChem, good luck. Maybe if no one takes Brewer, he can go live out his dreams of sitting in a house with only his cats and his non-existent wife to keep him company.
Professor rated by: Biology Student on October 28, 2013
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BCMB 3100
Introductory Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
2**
Pros: notes/reviews straight from (old) tests - study them and you will do well. study more and its possible to get a 100%
Cons: goes really fast with notes so don't expect to write everything down - do expect to READ A LOT for this class, and plan to keep up with his lectures from the book
Brewers section of the class is not so enjoyable, very dry, and seemingly difficult at first. Just make sure to listen in class (basically jot down everything he says - computer notes are good in order to keep up with his speed) and he will tell you everything that is going to be on the exam. Then fill in the notes in order to know what the heck he's talking about (don't really expect for him to explain that). He is kind of a grumpy old man, but he gets the job done. Can't say it seems like he really cares about the class or the students though...
Professor rated by: Biotechnology Student on December 19, 2012
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