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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Erik Nilsen

Erik Nilsen
Professor (2000 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Biological Sciences
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4.1463****
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Rated by 41 students
2.71
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across 5 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
All Classes
AT 0974
BIOL 1105
BIOL 4314
BIOL 5154
BIOL 5304
BIOL 5314
BIOL 5984
PPWS 5304

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5*****
BIOL 1105 - Principles of Biology
Awesome Teacher
Pros: Awesome teacher. Explains the subject really well. Print out the notes and follow them with him on his powerpoint. Read the book and follow these notes and you will do great in the class. He tries to be funny and uplift the class. Do quizes and little EC opportunities.
Cons: Test are difficult. Have to know the concepts really well but the test is fair. Just put time into it.
Professor rated by: Agriculture and Life Sciences Student on 11/14/10
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2**
BIOL 1105 - Principles of Biology
Dr. Nilsen is extremely boring. I am a morning person, and never fall asleep during lectures, but he seriously makes me want to snore. His tests are extremely hard, and he doesn't curve. I don't know if it's new this semester, but it does...
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Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on 10/11/09
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
2**
Dr. Nilsen is extremely boring. I am a morning person, and never fall asleep during lectures, but he seriously makes me want to snore. His tests are extremely hard, and he doesn't curve. I don't know if it's new this semester, but it doesn't happen. If you don't like taking notes, don't take his class. We seriously take about 7 pages a class. not kidding. I never took Biology in High School, and I am struggling. Going into office hours doesn't really help that much either, he can't really give you straight forward answers to my questions at least. If you took AP Bio in high school, go for it. But, if not - I'd avoid. AND, you don't learn that much about animals -- Dude man is a PLANT PERSON.
Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on October 11, 2009
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Pros: Awesome teacher. Explains the subject really well. Print out the notes and follow them with him on his powerpoint. Read the book and follow these notes and you will do great in the class. He tries to be funny and uplift the class. Do quizes and little EC opportunities.
Cons: Test are difficult. Have to know the concepts really well but the test is fair. Just put time into it.
Awesome Teacher
Professor rated by: Agriculture and Life Sciences Student on November 14, 2010
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
Dr. Nilsen is not the best lecturer, especially early in the morning, but he has a generous curve (reflecting how hard his tests are) and makes sure students know the material if they really want to do well. I think we had about an 8 point curve in our class after the final.
Professor rated by: Animal and Poultry Sciences Student on April 16, 2007
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
Memorize the lecture presentation power points for the exams. Almost no point in going to class though, he just reads the power point to you basically.
Professor rated by: Fish and Wildlife Sciences Student on November 30, 2009
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ISC 1105
Integrated Science I
5*****
Pros: Makes bio engaging

nice

defiantly really knowledgeable
Cons: may be hard to follow if you don't like to pay attention in class
don't listen to people saying he can't teach. He is fine, just do the work and pay attention in class
Professor rated by: Nanoscience Student on November 28, 2015
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
His class is sort of difficult, but as long as you attend lecture and do the study guides you will do fine on the tests. He curves your final grade.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on March 12, 2008
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
Nilsen is a good teacher, he knows his stuff and his class isn't terribly boring. Tests are fair and he curves a good amount.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 1, 2008
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BIOL 4314
Plant Ecology
5*****
Pros: Great professor makes himself available and presents the info clearly. Also has all the class lectures uploaded on scholar.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on March 19, 2012
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
Great class if you have taken AP Bio already otherwise the tests are extremely hard!!!! use his office hours
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on September 20, 2009
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Awesome freshmen biology teacher. rewrite the notes when studying. that helps ALOT.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on March 4, 2008
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
very good teacher, always available, somewhat dry at times.
Professor rated by: Physics Student on September 26, 2008
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
He overall is a very good teacher and is very fair.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on April 8, 2009
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Great Teacher, i HIGHLY recommend.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 16, 2009
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Good teacher. Challenging exams.
Professor rated by: Psychology Student on December 11, 2008
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
very intelligent
Professor rated by: Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise Student on February 6, 2008
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on September 18, 2010
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
3***
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on June 4, 2010
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
4****
Professor rated by: Social Work Student on March 29, 2010
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Professor rated by: Spanish Student on March 25, 2010
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BIOL 1105
Principles of Biology
5*****
Professor rated by: Geosciences Student on January 16, 2010
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