Ratings for Biology 1B

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69

Based on 653 ratings for the instructor(s) that have taught this course.

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65
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59
Helpfulness
66
Enthusiasm
70

Instructor Ratings

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Simms, E L (BIOLOGY 1B, Fall 2015)
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50
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35
Helpfulness
34
Enthusiasm
50

Comment: Awful wording of the exams + final. Often not too reflective of the content. She's really into her material though and that is a plus but lectures became long and boring after a while so many stopped going all together. Study both the lectures + book.

Submitted Jan. 27th, 2016

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Baldwin, B G (BIOLOGY 1B, Fall 2015)
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50
Exams
70
Helpfulness
61
Enthusiasm
66

Comment: He tells you straight up that his lectures will be on the exam. More helpful to look at his lecture slides because he puts notes on the bottom that tell you detailed information. So happens that his exams + final were the same. They were specific but at least he told you beforehand to study his notes which made the plant section of bio my favorite!

Submitted Jan. 27th, 2016

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Shabel, A B (BIOLOGY 1B, Spring 2015)
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50
Exams
100
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91
Enthusiasm
72

Comment: (This is a review for Summer '15 Bio 1B, which was taught completely by Shabel.) Taking Bio 1B over summer with Shabel was a fantastic decision. Shabel's relatively light (but quick!) version of Bio 1B felt relaxed for most of the course. Just as in the year, the course has three sections: Biodiversity (read: Plants), Evolution, and Ecology. Biodiversity was the most difficult, containing the most information to memorize. However, if you are used to studying for many hours as per usual for classes like Chem 3AB, Bio 1A, Shabel's exams will feel refreshingly easy. I studied for a few hours before each from my lecture notes and his slides, got mid-high 90's on all of them. Exam averages tend to be in the low 80's, and the class is uncurved (though I did hear a rumor that Shabel added a 1-2% curve at the end). The labs are, well, annoying and most do take all four hours (though after the first section of the course, it's very doable to finish in three if your group is diligent). There are no pre-labs, but there are quizzes that test you over material from the lab to be done and the previous lab. Study the readings and you will be fine. Don't panic if you lose a lot of points on plant labs and/or the lab practical, getting an A over summer even after not doing well in the first section is very doable. Shabel is definitely a slow and dry lecture, but his humor and passion help liven the material up. Overall, Shabel offered a relaxed version of Bio 1B, and I am glad I took it with him this summer instead of during the year.

Submitted Aug. 18th, 2015

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Shabel, A B (BIOLOGY 1B, Spring 2015)
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72
Exams
85
Helpfulness
65
Enthusiasm
67

Comment: Agree that he sounded like he was talking normal at 2x speed. I don't think I could have survived listening to him lecture in person. Labs were pretty boring for this section, but that's not his fault. Exams were okay, but there's some memorization of people and timelines that was a little difficult.

Submitted May 24th, 2015

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Roderick, G K (BIOLOGY 1B, Spring 2015)
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84
Exams
91
Helpfulness
74
Enthusiasm
77

Comment: I never saw Roderick in person.... But I mean his lectures were decent at 2x speed I think. Not the most exciting professor, but I did feel like he cared about what he was teaching. Exam was pretty fair.

Submitted May 24th, 2015

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Feldman, L J (BIOLOGY 1B, Spring 2015)
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76
Exams
100
Helpfulness
100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: The only professor whose class I actually physically went to. He made plants sound interesting, and was super clear in lecture. Labs were time consuming and pretty hard because you have to look at a gazillion things and take notes on all of them, but they were more interesting than some of the other labs we did later on. He also always came in to every lab to talk individually to the students. <3 Such a sweetheart.

Submitted May 24th, 2015

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Feldman, L J (BIOLOGY 1B, Spring 2015)
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100
Exams
100
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100
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: His labs covered a lot of material, but they were very informative. I never went to his office hours because I had class right after, but I came a little early to class to ask him questions. He was an amazing teacher.

Submitted May 23rd, 2015

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Shabel, A B (BIOLOGY 1B, Spring 2015)
Assignments
50
Exams
67
Helpfulness
34
Enthusiasm
29

Comment: Could have used some caffeine. However it was nice because everyone agreed that they could watch his lectures in times 2 speed because it seemed like he was talking normal. I watched his lecture videos so often I could repeat his lecture verbatim. His exams were some what straight forward. He seemed to show little emotion towards his students in office hours, and would cancel last minute. His labs were confusing. The other two sections were more helpful.

Submitted May 23rd, 2015

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Shabel, A B (BIOLOGY 1B, Fall 2013)
Assignments
100
Exams
95
Helpfulness
76
Enthusiasm
97

Comment: Shabel is a good guy, and he keeps the course interesting. His section was ecology, and he knew his stuff and I think he was able to convey the material in an engaging way that was easy to grasp. His tests were pretty damn easy if you studied a decent amount for them

Submitted Oct. 21st, 2014

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Huelsenbeck, J P (BIOLOGY 1B, Fall 2013)
Assignments
71
Exams
56
Helpfulness
81
Enthusiasm
100

Comment: This is one of the only professors I would ever get up for an 8AM lecture for. He's funny without even really trying, and he makes the material really easy to understand!

Submitted July 15th, 2014