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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for William Eigel

William Eigel
Professor (2000 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Food Science and Technology
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4.1509****
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Rated by 53 students
3.11
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across 6 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
All Classes
ALS 2984
FST 2014
FST 4504
FST 4524
FST 4534
FST 4984
FST 5514

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FST 4504
Food Chemistry
5*****
Pros: Like one of the other comments I do believe Dr. Eigel is one of the best professors in the Food Science department. That being said he was extremely patient with our class despite the challenge we have him grade wise. Our averages were very low so our curve helped a lot in a very difficult subject like food chemistry. I found out if you simply listened to him in class, read the readings, and took amazing notes during lecture... you were golden. Test are hard but his curve saves you but don't be too concerned with the curve. You can easily do well in the class if you apply yourself and you won't have to worry about any curve.
Cons: None really, one of the most hard working and caring tenure professors in Food Science.
Professor rated by: Food Science and Technology Student on December 17, 2014
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
4****
Pretty interesting class, there's a lot of information about how food is made and it actually is pretty useful. The online lectures are really long (20-30 minutes), which is WAY longer than necessary because the Eigel tends to repeat himself or just keep talking about a topic after he's already made the point.



Grades are HEAVILY curved, so if your average is in the high 60's, you get an A.



So Basically, if you can take an entry level food science class, do it, they're fun.
Professor rated by: Computer Science Student on February 26, 2007
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Pros: -no textbook

-VERY light workload

-grade heavily curved

-exams are not cumulative

-drops 2 quizzes
Cons: -many reading assignments
I took this class because I need 2 free credits for my Engineering degree, and I have to say it was an excellent choice. I took the online version of the class, so I don't know if the in-class version is any different.



Contrary to what some people say, the workload of this class is actually very light. All you have to do is a quiz and a complementary assignment every week (besides exam weeks). The quiz has a time limit of 10 minutes, so that is the maximum amount of time you will on the quiz each week, but they are pretty hard. The complementary assignments are much easier and you are only graded on completion, but they tend to take a bit longer than the quizzes. Most of the time, the comp assignment will take less than 30 minutes to complete, unless it is a forum post, in which case it may take 1-2 hours just because there is some reading to be done. There were only 3 forum posts during the whole semester if I recall correctly. So for a maximum of 2 hours for 3 weeks of the semester, and around 30 min for the remainder of the semester, that is not much work at all, even for a 2 credit class. By the way, the 2 lowest quiz scores are dropped



The maximum amount of time I spent listening to the lectures each week was about an hour and a half, but most weeks it was less than an hour. Considering this is a 2 credit class (which would normally be an hour and 40 min in class each week), that is not bad at all. The annoying part was the reading assignments, but I never did them.



The exams are extremely hard because they can cover almost anything he says during the lecture, plus whatever was in the reading assignments. Exams consist of matching, multiple choice, and T/F questions. For the matching part, there were more answers than questions, and for multiple choice, there were always more than 4 answers. If you are really good at memorization, you will do fine in the class. I passed the class with an A without doing any of the reading assignments, and I actually missed one of the complementary assignments, so it is a pretty easy class overall. Highly recommended!
Professor rated by: Electrical & Computer Engineer Student on May 14, 2014
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
I took Eigel's online class and it was pretty good you need to keep up with the online presentations and reading though but its not that bad. The quizzes are pretty hard and you only have 10 minutes to take them but they really dont affect your grade the tests are what count and if you just study for them you should be all set overall not a difficult class and he also grades on a curve which is a plus
Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on August 29, 2008
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FST 4504
Food Chemistry
4****
Professor Eigel is probably the best professor in Food Science department. He is good at teaching. Although his lectures could be a bit dull sometimes the information he gives in class are very helpful in understanding the topic. So, it is important to make it to class every day. He organizes class materials for students to access easily. He himself spends a lot of effort and time and expect students to do the same. He is a very though grader. His exams are extremely intense, but he curves the exam grades.
Professor rated by: Food Science and Technology Student on December 28, 2011
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
I took the online class so I did not have too much personal experience with him, but he is very fair, very flexible with exam times, and makes the class nice & interesting. Just do the work, and study a decent bit for the exams (which are really hard) and you will be fine because the grades are curved A LOT.
Professor rated by: Student on April 26, 2007
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Pros: No textbook, he uploads short documents online to read before. Easy quizzes, test are difficult but he curves A LOT

He makes the class really interesting and its very applicable to everyday life
Cons: if you aren't a science major, some of the molecular components might be harder to pick up
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on March 25, 2015
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
4****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 12, 2010
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Food Science and Technology Student on April 30, 2010
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
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Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on February 23, 2010
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on January 19, 2010
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Management Student on May 7, 2009
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
4****
Professor rated by: Communication Student on April 8, 2009
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on March 22, 2009
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on March 3, 2009
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on February 26, 2009
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on December 17, 2008
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
4****
Professor rated by: Management Student on December 15, 2008
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Civil and Environmental Engin Student on December 10, 2008
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FST 2014
Introduction to Food Science
5*****
Professor rated by: Chemical Engineering Student on October 13, 2008
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