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Ann Stevens
Professor (2001 – 2014)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Biological Sciences
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4.2667****
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Rated by 15 students
2.98
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across 4 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
No classes for this semester.
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BIOL 2104
BIOL 2604
BIOL 4634
BIOL 4984
BIOL 5174
BIOL 5604
BIOL 5634

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5*****
BIOL 4634 - Microbial Physiology
Dr. Stevens was a joy to have as a teacher. She hands out papers that follow along with her lecture before class (which are also availible outside her office, but you will miss what you do and don't need to know on them). She is extremely flexable an...
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Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on 5/20/07
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3***
BIOL 4634 - Microbial Physiology
Didn't do as well as I liked in this class because I relied too heavily on the practice tests (which were pretty easy) she tests alot more on specific detail than broad understanding. There is a biochem portion so definitely recommend to take biochem...
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Pros: Like her straightforward lecture style
Gives HW extra credit
Cons: Only 3 tests, none dropped
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on 5/14/16
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
Dr. Stevens was a joy to have as a teacher. She hands out papers that follow along with her lecture before class (which are also availible outside her office, but you will miss what you do and don't need to know on them). She is extremely flexable and easy to get in touch with. The tests are mostly short answer, but fairly easy if you studied. I would definately take her course again.
Professor rated by: Biochemistry Student on May 20, 2007
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
Pros: Great teacher. Cares about students. Makes the subject matter more stimulating than I could have imagined. Work hard and it will pay off!
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on April 29, 2011
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
3***
Pros: Like her straightforward lecture style

Gives HW extra credit
Cons: Only 3 tests, none dropped
Didn't do as well as I liked in this class because I relied too heavily on the practice tests (which were pretty easy) she tests alot more on specific detail than broad understanding. There is a biochem portion so definitely recommend to take biochem or just prepare yourself for heavy memorization.

Overall not a super hard class just didn't put my back into it as much as I should have!!
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 14, 2016
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
4****
She's a really great professor with a healthy interest into her students. She is very willing to work with you if you need help.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on April 20, 2012
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
4****
Pros: Dr. Stevens is a really nice professor and wants to see her students succeed. She's very approachable, so if you're struggling (which half the class is), she'll schedule one on one office hours to help. She recorded her lectures from the previous years so I watched them to study for exams. Homework is extra credit.
Cons: This is a very hard class. Most people tend to get C's and D's on the first few exams. Her notes are pretty messy so going over them again before the test can be confusing sometimes.
This is by far the hardest class I've taken at Virginia Tech. People had told me that she purposely makes the first exam super hard to weed out people and then it gets easier. This is NOT the case. This class adds on to itself. The things she tests you on for the first exam are built on during later chapters so you need to master the foundation. If you slack in the beginning, it will be very difficult to catch up. This is not a class that you can cram for, you'll need to start studying at least a week in advance if you want at least a B. That being said, she really is a nice professor and if you put in the work, it'll pay off. She told us the story of a kid who got an F+, D+, C, and B on the exams, and an A on the final, and she ended with a B in the class. So if you start out bad, you can definitely move your grade up.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on June 22, 2018
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BIOL 2604
General Microbiology
4****
Pros: You are taught by multiple teachers who focus on what they know best. In theory, you should have the best teacher possible for each subject. Plus, multiple teachers mix things up a bit, make the class more interesting.
Cons: Just because a teacher does research in a field does't necessarily mean that they're good at teaching about their subject.
Dr. Stevens herself is wonderful. I loved the days when she taught the lectures, and I probably remember the most from her lessons.



This class is taught by about six different professors who cover 3-5 classes each. I was exposed to a few professors who I absolutely loved and would like to take a class with again. At the same time, there were a few professors who were really bad at teaching. But when you think about it, this system could be better than taking a class with one teacher - who could potentially be a bad teacher for the entire course.



One word of caution: microbiology is hard! It requires a lot of time and studying. As a biology major it was optional for me. I chose this class because I love cells, but it was definitely way more of a challenge than I was expecting.



Overall, if you're willing to put in the extra work, I recommend this class and teacher(s).
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on December 15, 2013
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
An amazing teacher. She can take the most difficult of concepts and translate them into plain english.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on August 5, 2008
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BIOL 5634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
Pros: Dr. Stevens is an awesome professor. She truly cares about her students and treats them with respect. The content of the class is hard, but she will push and challenge you to learn. She uses handouts that she puts on Scholar and annotates them throughout her lectures (use colored pens!). Her exams mainly consist of lecture notes, though the book can help reiterate, it's not the main source of information. Her class is hard, but worth it!
Cons: She's tough, doesn't curve grades, but generally doesn't have to. The class averages on exams are usually around a B/B-.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on May 12, 2010
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
Pros: Nothing but good things; not much to complain about.
Cons: Old slides. Only thing she should improve on really is updating her notes. Making them more modern and visual.
Professor rated by: Biomedical Engineering & Sci Student on May 2, 2010
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on July 20, 2010
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BIOL 4634
Microbial Physiology
5*****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on March 2, 2009
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BIOL 2604
General Microbiology
5*****
Professor Stevens was amazing! Her tests are very straight forward and she only tests on the important information. She tells you on the first day of class that her tests are mainly from her notes so go to class.
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on February 2, 2009
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BIOL 2604
General Microbiology
1*
Pros: Bravo for trying out a new class style, I guess.
Cons: 1) First of all, the class was in Surge - but that's not Dr. Stevens' fault.

2) The class was split up so that various professors would give 2 or 3 lectures on their area of expertise. Sounds good at first. However, since each professor only gives a couple lectures, they are not very invested in the students and thus half-ass their lectures. Dr. Melville was the worst about half-assing lectures. He used the pre-made powerpoints from the company that made the textbook, and he would quickly skip over things he didn't think were important and would every so often verbally go on about stuff that's not in the powerpoint but that he finds important. Why not just edit the powerpoint so it emphasized and didn't emphasize what he wanted to? I don't know.

3) Additionally, Dr. Stevens puts together the tests, and so the material emphasized on the test does not always correlate with what the professor who gave the lecture emphasized.

4) Alright, now to the heart of the issue: the curriculum. Microbio is a terrible class, regardless of which professor. It goes through so many different areas of biology that it can't go into detail on any of them, leaving students with seemingly unrelated and scattered facts. This means the course forces you to do pure memorization for tests. And people don't learn from pure memorization: they forget it 30 minutes after the exam! There are ways to make questions such that they have to do with learning and so they don't completely depend on memorization.

5) The way tests are curved doesn't entirely make sense. She focuses on the average, while paying no attention to the distribution. Sure, the test averages are in the 70s, but what about the distribution? If there are only a few people in the 90s I don't care what the average is, the distribution is off.

6) This lecture did very, very little for me. Everything I actually learned (as in, not just memorized for the test and forgot immediately after) was from the lab.
Overall, I don't give out 1 star ratings very frequently (so far I've only done so for this and for OChem Lab). I did well in this class, so I'm not ranting because I failed or something. No matter who you have for microbio it's going to be painful. If you're good at memorizing powerpoints, go ahead and take the class. The lab, however, is worth it and it's where you'll learn things that you're going to remember for more than 30 minutes after the semester.
Professor rated by: Dairy Science Student on December 16, 2012
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BIOL 2604
General Microbiology
3***
Professor rated by: Hospitality and Tourism Management Student on December 3, 2008
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BIOL 2604
General Microbiology
5*****
Professor rated by: Biological Sciences Student on August 28, 2008
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