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Karen Kabnick
Professor (2009 – 2014)
Drexel (DU)
Bioscience & Biotechnology
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3.4146***
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Rated by 82 students
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Fall 2014 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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BIO 100
BIO 102
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BIO 151
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4****
BIO 122 - Cells and Genetics
Pros: Learnsmart homework is nothing but participation
Aims to get to know some students before lectures
Cons: Tests are hard
Talks fast during lecture
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on 12/31/13
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3***
BIO 122 - Cells and Genetics
If you want to do well in this course, you don't necessarily have to go to class but you will probably have to read to the book and study the slides. Her exams are difficult because they're application based so you're going to apply the concepts that...
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Pros: Curves first two exams and final grade
Homework isn't graded but counts toward final grade
Cons: Exams were difficult
Lots of work
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on 1/6/14
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
3***
Pros: Curves first two exams and final grade

Homework isn't graded but counts toward final grade
Cons: Exams were difficult

Lots of work
If you want to do well in this course, you don't necessarily have to go to class but you will probably have to read to the book and study the slides. Her exams are difficult because they're application based so you're going to apply the concepts that you've learned throughout the course. With that being said, she curves the first two exams as well as your final grade, so it's not impossible to do well.
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on January 6, 2014
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BIO 244
Genetics I
2**
Pros: Attend all 30 classes you get 2 points added onto your final grade/total points, not sure which. She makes class entertaining sometimes. Exams are mostly multiple choice with some open ended that are math problems. The material is really interesting.
Cons: She changes class every year based on the complaints she gets (which are probably numerous) so her tests have changed over time to include some definition stuff as opposed to application questions. She really has an incredible knack for pulling the most obscure information possible from her lectures and putting it on the exam. If you have taken reasonable teachers like Duran, Avery, or Saunders then you know that an average multiple choice question contains two absurd answers and two possible answers with one of them being way better as long as you studied the slides. Well toss that out the window with Kabnick, because she takes 4 things you studied for that are complicated and throws them all in one question and all of them might seem like a right answer since she expects you to master the material even though the slides are bare. She talks way too quickly and if you are typing a note from her last spoken sentence then you could miss an answer to an exam question. No point in studying the slides or her homework because her tests are so hard that hours of studying will not even get you a B. She rarely curves the grades even though the averages are terrible. Curved the final exam by 5 points... woohoo.



Homeworks legitimately took about 10-20 hours PLUS per week for 6 weeks. This is unacceptable for a 3 credit class and it will leave you immensely stressed. You also get assigned a partner in the beginning of the term and if you don't like them/they suck at working then you are SOL since you must find the right answers. She is a consistent grader and by that I mean consistently harsh.



She gives out a review before the exams but I laughed after each exam since the review was useless. I don't know why she even makes the effort to 'help' her students even though you'll be unprepared no matter what.



You get a big project that takes less time to complete than the biggest homework so it's very doable. Honestly though avoid this class if you can and do not take it as an elective. I learned a lot but the grades I got tell the opposite story. Her exams make you feel like you're taking an exam to get into grad school or something. Say goodbye to your GPA.
Don't read the book. Don't buy the book. You might want to consider taking Bio 444 instead of this class as I heard it was much more doable.
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on March 25, 2014
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
4****
Pros: Learnsmart homework is nothing but participation

Aims to get to know some students before lectures
Cons: Tests are hard

Talks fast during lecture
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on December 31, 2013
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
4****
Pros: homework assignments can be done twice to get a higher grade



shes curves exams like no other

Cons: tests are hard

labs are easy but lab reports are annoying
Kabnick is a good teacher depending on your learning style. She teaches mainly from powerpoints. She always posts the ppts before lectures so I suggest downloading them and during lecture, take notes on the slides as she talks so when you review them, you won't be confused. I really suggest studying her ppts b/c she doesn't really use stuff from the textbook on exams and she takes things straight from the slides. She talks fast in lectures so if you have questions, go to her office hours. Homework assignments can be done twice so don't worry if you do bad the first time, you have a second chance. Lab reports are tedious but pretty easy and groups just turn in one lab report unlike in chem where everyone does one. Oh and she curves all the exams except for the final but still try your best. I ended with a B+ in the class from just studying her slides and the homework assignments.
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on December 24, 2012
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BIO 244
Genetics I
2**
I liked Professor Kabnick as a person but not as a teacher for this class. Out of all the professors I have ever had, she gave the most homework and worded her questions in the most confusing manner. She is poor at writing directions because they are open to several different interpretations. The exams I feel did not adequately test all the material. Most of the questions involved probability and inheritance math problems as opposed to questions about the topics (such as animal models and genetic diseases). She will however be more then willing to help you with any questions you have and is quick to respond to emails. Overall, if math does not come easy for you, I would not take her for genetics. Also, if you do not like teachers who are openly buddy-buddy during lecture with a select few students in the class, I'd avoid her.
Professor rated by: Veterinary Medicine Student on March 28, 2013
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BIO 244
Genetics I
4****
Pros: -Very friendly and energetic

-Knows what she is talking about

-Will be willing to help if asked for it

-Lots in information to learn in the course, slides are application-based

Cons: -Can be condescending if you don't know the material and ask her about it...

-Assumes a level of biology background higher than necessary at the 200 level, leaving people confused.

There are numerous homework assignments with inadequate introduction to them, ie you don't have the proper background to complete them. Need to look things up and think hard about solving the problems, because you didn't learn how to approach them or even solve them in class. One big project is easy points, is a research project. Overall Kabnick is a good person and okay teacher.
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on June 11, 2015
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
5*****
Pros: Extremely smart and likes meeting students sitting in the front row

Will help you if you come to her office hours

Everything you need to know is on the slides/in the book

She will curve grades
Cons: Talks very fast

Homework is not related to the exams
In order to get an A in this class takes a lot; take notes before class, know all of the diagrams and understand what the pictures mean, I liked to record her voice on each slide so when I was studying I was not looking at a picture with no context, her office hours help a lot and she loves talking about it so she'll explain thoroughly. I would definitely go to her before finals week because its pretty likely you will have to learn the 15th chapter on viruses by yourself but its not that bad.
Professor rated by: Health Sciences Student on February 20, 2018
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BIO 102
Biology I: Cells and Tissues
5*****
I can see where the people from below are coming from, but honestly it is not her fault. The 151 courses overall are ridiculous. I took physics before with a different teacher and it was the same case. We got to the exam and were like did we learn this? But Dr. Kabnick is a really good professor. She explains topics really well, and cares about her students. Her exams were from the slides she posted online. She did reviews which included a questions really similiar to those on the exams. Plus the labs were really easy. She really is a good professor. I would recommend taking her.
Professor rated by: Student on June 10, 2010
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BIO 212
Biotechnology
5*****
She is an awesome teacher to say the least. The grading was straight forward, two debates about topics you cover in class, two midterms and a final. She wants the class to do well so she does not require hours of memorization, but will test your understanding of the topics in class. The book was not necessary, and she even said she was not a fan of the book herself but it was the best out there. This is a good elective class with a great teacher and it will not hurt your GPA a bit.
Professor rated by: Student on May 20, 2010
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BIO 151
Applied Biology
1*
I am usually really understanding to professors because I know they can't please everybody, but this was out of control. I got a 60 on her first exam which I actually studied for, and then she curved 9 points, so I know had a solid D+. I went to talk to her about it, she say your in college act like it. Are you serious??? I dropped that class, I am not going to runi my GPA over a survey Bio course that she takes to another planet, should have looked here before I signed up...
Professor rated by: Student on May 3, 2010
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BIO 212
Biotechnology
5*****
Pros: Interesting Class, She is a great teacher and she cares about the students. She did her best to keep the course interesting, she is energetic and this comes out in lecture and class discussions.
Cons: She is sometimes disorganized and often gets off topic.
Professor rated by: Biotechnology Student on December 14, 2011
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BIO 223
Parasitology
4****
Exams get specific. Read the questions thoroughly because some are open to interpretation- definitely ask for clarification. She's a sweetheart and a good teacher. I would take her again.
Professor rated by: Bioscience & Biotechnology Student on August 1, 2011
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BIO 101
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
2**
Sweet woman but her exams are impossible, but she curves and the final is online and is just your weekly quiz questions mashed together. That grade saved me.
Professor rated by: General Business Student on July 30, 2012
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
3***
Pros: extremely knowledgeable

curves nearly all exams, except for final, by almost 10 points if exams have low average

Cons: lectures way too fast for anyone to grasp the information quite well to have solid notes

not a professor that you would want to go talk to
you really have to dedicate at least 2 hours before or after her lecture if you want to understand her slides,

slides are mostly images that she explains very well but you may not catch all her words, so you could record the lecture (probably need permission) or just pay attention without writing or take shorthand notes whatever works but i can guarantee you will end up missing chunks of important notes regardless

for me the course was extremely hard because I took it fall term of my freshman year when i was not really prepared for the college pre-med bio workload,

this course will teach you everything you want to learn (if you are a bio major), the labs are fun and recitation helps a LOT,

but this course requires serious dedication.

You have to mentally prepare yourself for the workload and understand that this is harder than the next 2 bio courses in this series (BIO 124 and 126)

study a lot for this course cause the exams will blow your mind, my advice would be to study everyday for at least one hour the material you cover and will be covering
Professor rated by: Public Health Student on June 22, 2017
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BIO 101
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
1*
Pros: -no,,,
Cons: -Speaks too fast which renders your memory retention useless (I thought she was a PhD, and yet she doesn't understand how the brain works)

-Tests are difficult enough that you'd think that you're studying for Bio engineering

-Sassy as FUCK

-Arrogant to the point where she just assumes that she is correct, even if given evidence from current research to show otherwise

-Unintelligent, to the point where she can't scroll down in the email chain (like 2 paragraphs down)

-Would never take again and am thinking of filing a complaint for unprofessional manner and disdain for learning
If you want to learn all the intricacies of how each process works (and I mean all the molecules that go into it), and learn it on your own time, don't take her. She is literally being paid to grade tests, not a single bit other than that.
Professor rated by: Finance Student on April 23, 2013
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BIO 100
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
5*****
Pros: Easy going personality and tries to keep the class entertaining. You don't need the textbook as long as you pay attention and take notes in class. I never bought it and went to all the classes and ended up with an A at the end of the course. As long as you pay attention and put in the effort you'll be fine
Cons: You NEED to come to class and take notes. Trying to understand her slides yourself won't be easy.
As a business major this class was pretty fun outside of the normal business classes you need to take. Kabnick really tries hard to explain her slides which makes it easier for you because her lectures are helpful and you can learn a lot of Bio in this one introductory course
Professor rated by: Accounting Student on August 10, 2012
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BIO 223
Parasitology
4****
I liked Kabnick - she's very laid-back, course doesn't really require a whole lot of work at all. But the tests are not a walk in the park either - they can be pretty tricky and it's easy to lose a lot of points quickly. The course wasn't that bad, you just have to watch yourself when it comes test time because it's going to be harder than what you're expecting. Some of the material was interesting, but reading through the research reports and analyzing figures and graphs was not too much fun. In any case, I ended up with an A.
Professor rated by: Public Health Student on April 2, 2012
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
3***
Pros: She is lively

Tries to make it fun

Anything but mono toned

Nice when you get her one-on-one

Knows her stuff
Cons: Sassy

Can be a bit testy at times in class

Doesn't give much of a review
She is a good teacher. She is a bit paranoid about people cheating and stuff. She was always nice to me, besides the occasional shushing in lecture, but I have heard stories about her being very sassy with other students. Overall, a descent teacher. You can do well in it if you study hard and look at the powerpoints.... REALLY look at the powerpoints.
Professor rated by: Biomedical Engineering & Sci Student on November 26, 2012
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BIO 100
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
1*
Pros: no class attendance

quizzes help your grade
Cons: impossible exams

think everyone knows bio
If you are a business major, do not take this course. This woman thinks that everyone in the course already knows everything about biology. I only chose this course because I had to, just like pretty much everyone else in the class. She does not like the fact that most of the students aren't bio majors. Does not really teach or explain, only follows her slides. Her powerpoints are unbearably long and impossible to study as well.
Professor rated by: Business Administration Student on April 29, 2011
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BIO 122
Cells and Genetics
2**
Pros: She knows what she's talking about.. keeps all lecture slides online
Cons: so rude.. even if you go to her office hours she will make you feel stupid for not knowing the information. She talks too fast in lectures and when students call her out she doesn't care
if you are taking kabnick STUDY FOR TESTS ONLY FROM THE POWERPOINTS. she says herself that she doesn't cover all the info from the book so don't even waste your time reading it, unless you're going over something in more detail from the powerpoints.
Professor rated by: Chemistry Student on August 16, 2013
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