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    Physics 133

    The Physics of Sports

    Difficulty: 1.7, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Evanth 260

    Human Cognitive Evolution

    Difficulty: 1.9, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Evanth 101

    Introduction to Evolutionary Anthropology

    Difficulty: 2.1, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Physics 127

    Physics and the Universe

    Difficulty: 2.1, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Evanth 221

    The Ape-Human Transition

    Difficulty: 2.2, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Physics 131

    Introductory Seminar

    Difficulty: 2.3, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 261

    Race, Genomics, and Society

    Difficulty: 2.3, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Evanth 220

    Human Evolution

    Difficulty: 2.4, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 262

    People, Plants and Pollution

    Difficulty: 2.5, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Evanth 212

    Social Structures in an Evolutionary Framework

    Difficulty: 2.5, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Psychology 450

    The Psychology of Trauma and Memory

    Difficulty: 2.5, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Bio 157

    The Dynamic Oceans

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Psychology 101

    Introductory Psychology

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Evanth 230

    Bodies of Evidence: Introduction to Forensic Anthropology

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Linguistics 115

    Games and the Brain

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Evanth 363

    Evolution of Primate Social Cognition

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Physics 137

    Energy in the 21st Century and Beyond

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 2.8
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    Bio 321

    Primate Sexuality

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Physics 160

    Frontiers of 21st Century Physics

    Difficulty: 2.6, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 310

    Primate Evolutionary Genetics

    Difficulty: 2.7, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Physics 138

    Physics Research and the Economy

    Difficulty: 2.7, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Physics 153

    Applications of Physics: A modern perspective

    Difficulty: 2.8, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Bio 218

    Biological Clocks: How Organisms Keep Time

    Difficulty: 2.8, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Evanth 231

    Anatomy of the Lower Extremities

    Difficulty: 2.8, Overall Quality: 2.5
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    Psychology 257

    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

    Difficulty: 2.8, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Bio 180

    Plants and Human Use

    Difficulty: 2.8, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Bio 228

    Food and Fuel for a Growing Population

    Difficulty: 2.8, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Bio 158

    Plants and Human Use

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Evanth 355

    Food For Thought: The Biology of Nutrition

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Psychology 273

    Behavior and Neurochemistry

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 2.0
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    Bio 344

    Plant Diversity: a Field Approach

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Bio 319

    Coastal Watershed Science and Policy

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Evanth 257

    Ecology and Adaptation of Hunters and Gatherers

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Evanth 235

    Primate Anatomy

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 450

    Genomics of Adaptation: A Modern Look at Evolution

    Difficulty: 2.9, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 154

    AIDS and Other Emerging Diseases

    Difficulty: 3.0, Overall Quality: 4.0
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    Bio 347

    Plants and People

    Difficulty: 3.0, Overall Quality: 2.8
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    Neuroscience 267

    Neuroethics

    Difficulty: 3.0, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Bio 325

    Genome Technologies

    Difficulty: 3.0, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Evanth 236

    The Primate Skeleton

    Difficulty: 3.0, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Neuroscience 101

    Biological Bases of Behavior

    Difficulty: 3.1, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Music 126

    Acoustics and Music

    Difficulty: 3.1, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Bio 273

    Marine Ecology

    Difficulty: 3.1, Overall Quality: 2.7
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    Neuroscience 201

    Fundamentals of Neuroscience

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Evanth 253

    Primate Ecology

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 2.7
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    Bio 250

    Population Genetics

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Neuroscience 352

    Social and Affective Neuroscience

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Neuroscience 282

    Neuroscience of Movement and Athletic Performance

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 4.1
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    Evanth 344

    Primate Field Biology

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Bio 329

    Principles of Animal Physiology

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Neuroscience 212

    Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

    Difficulty: 3.2, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Physics 417

    Advanced Physics Laboratory and Seminar

    Difficulty: 3.3, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Physics 174

    Introduction to Frontiers of Biophysics

    Difficulty: 3.3, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Physics 151

    Introductory Mechanics

    Difficulty: 3.3, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Bio 427

    Current Topics in Sensory Biology

    Difficulty: 3.3, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Evanth 285

    Human Health in Evolutionary Perspective

    Difficulty: 3.3, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Physics 134

    Introduction to Astronomy

    Difficulty: 3.3, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Chem 101

    Core Concepts in Chemistry

    Difficulty: 3.4, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Bio 304

    Biological Data Analysis

    Difficulty: 3.4, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Psychology 102

    Cognitive Psychology: Introduction and Survey

    Difficulty: 3.4, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Neuroscience 363

    Behavior and Neurochemistry

    Difficulty: 3.4, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Science and Society 256

    Science and Society

    Difficulty: 3.4, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Neuroscience 277

    Looking Inside the Disordered Brain

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Neuroscience 223

    Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Physics 142

    General Physics II

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Bio 205

    Marine Megafauna

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Bio 207

    Organismal Evolution

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Bio 267

    Behavioral Ecology

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 346

    Symbiosis: From Organelles to Microbiomes

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Bio 415

    Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Colloquium

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Physics 152

    Introductory Electricity, Magnetism, and Optics

    Difficulty: 3.5, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Neuroscience 258

    Decision Neuroscience

    Difficulty: 3.6, Overall Quality: 4.1
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    Physics 264

    Optics and Modern Physics

    Difficulty: 3.6, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Physics 320

    Optics and Photonics

    Difficulty: 3.6, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Psychology 302

    Brain Waves and Cognition

    Difficulty: 3.6, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Neuroscience 350

    Pharmacology: Drug Actions and Reactions

    Difficulty: 3.6, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Physics 161

    Fundamentals of Physics I

    Difficulty: 3.6, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Chem 202

    Organic Chemistry II

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Physics 271

    Electronics

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Physics 141

    General Physics I

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Evanth 334

    Human Osteology

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Chem 311

    Physical Chemistry II

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Linguistics 211

    The Neuroscience of Reading & Language Comprehension

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Neuroscience 366

    Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Bio 376

    Marine Mammals

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Chem 301

    Elements of Physical Chemistry

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Physics 162

    Fundamentals of Physics II

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 2.7
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    Physics 363

    Thermal Physics

    Difficulty: 3.7, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Bio 373

    Sensory Physiology and Behavior of Marine Animals

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Evanth 333

    The Human Body

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Physics 346

    Introduction to Methods and Concepts in Particle Physics

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Physics 414

    Introduction to Biophysics

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 385

    Integrative Neurosci Lab

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 2.8
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    Bio 445

    Climate Change in the Marine Environment

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 2.8
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    Bio 202

    Gateway to Biology: Genetics and Evolution

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 2.8
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    Philosophy 314

    Philosophy of Biology

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    CS 260

    Introduction to Computational Genomics

    Difficulty: 3.8, Overall Quality: 3.9
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    Neuroscience 380

    Functional Anatomy of the Human Brain

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 2.8
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    Chem 210

    Modern Applications of Chemical Principles

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 2.5
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    Bio 414

    Experiments in Developmental and Molecular Genetics

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.6
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    Neuroscience 355

    Visual Perception and the Brain

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.8
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    Neuroscience 385

    Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Bio 420

    Cancer Genetics

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 4.1
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    Physics 361

    Intermediate Mechanics

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Psychology 376

    Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 2.6
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    Physics 362

    Electricity and Magnetism

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Bio 213

    Cell Signaling and Diseases

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Chem 401

    Analytical Chemistry

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Bio 361

    Field Ecology

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.2
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    Physics 305

    Introduction to Astrophysics

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Neuroscience 383

    Brain Waves and Cognition

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Bio 421

    Biology of Nervous System Diseases

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Neuroscience 333

    Neuroscience and Nutrition

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 4.0
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    Bio 380

    Marine Molecular Microbiology

    Difficulty: 3.9, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Bio 201

    Gateway to Biology: Molecular Biology

    Difficulty: 4.0, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Bio 220

    Cell Biology

    Difficulty: 4.0, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Bio 454

    Physiological Genetics of Disease

    Difficulty: 4.0, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Neuroscience 360

    Drugs, Brain, and Behavior

    Difficulty: 4.0, Overall Quality: 4.2
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    Bio 377

    Marine Invertebrate Zoology

    Difficulty: 4.0, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Neuroscience 376

    Contemporary Neuroscience Methods

    Difficulty: 4.1, Overall Quality: 3.7
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    Bio 212

    General Microbiology

    Difficulty: 4.1, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Philosophy 353

    Neuroethics

    Difficulty: 4.1, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Bio 416

    Experimental Molecular Biology

    Difficulty: 4.1, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Chem 201

    Organic Chemistry I

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 3.3
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    Physics 465

    Quantum Mechanics II

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Chem 310

    Physical Chemistry I

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 3.5
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    Bio 364

    Advanced Experimental Physics

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 2.9
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    Physics 415

    Biophysics II

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Bio 417

    Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 3.4
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    Physics 464

    Quantum Mechanics I

    Difficulty: 4.2, Overall Quality: 3.1
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    Chem 410

    Inorganic Chemistry

    Difficulty: 4.3, Overall Quality: 3.0
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    Bio 412

    Sensory Signal Transduction

    Difficulty: 4.3, Overall Quality: 3.4
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