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Rene Topalian
Professor in the Biology department
at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA
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Overall Quality
3.6
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
2.7
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27 Student Ratings
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08/14/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Bio 272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Very negative experience. Grades on spelling. Avoid this class.

12/19/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO 272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Definitely unlike any other professor I've had, but I would not agree with the negative comments below. Very compelling guy, and his lectures kept me interested the whole time. Take accurate notes, review them before class and you'll do fine on the quizzes. READ THE SYLLABUS EVERY WEEK as he does not give notice as to when things are due.

04/25/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
SCEM 298-10 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's an amazing professor, he's just the right amount of tough. However, it is the kind of tough that makes you want to work harder and harder. He's wise, smart, and funny. Best professor I had so far in LMU. Scary at first, but you will love him in the end.

12/12/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Bio272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

My favorite professor by far this semester. At first he seems a little intimidating and the work load seems like a lot, but stick with it and its not that bad. This is the one class I looked forward to every week because it was always interesting and almost never the same. He keeps things interesting and teaches you a lot about life.

11/29/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
BIO272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Great class, you'll learn a lot. He's very intimidating the first day but just lets you know what to expect. And he gets too many negative reviews on here! He's a smart man.

03/27/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIOL272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Topalian is by far the best teacher i have ever had and he taught me more life lessons and information i will use for the rest of my life in one semester. He is very specific about what he wants in terms of assignments - if you pay attention and do what he wants you shouldnt have a problem. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

03/29/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
BIO272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I don't understand these negative ratings. Human Drug Use is a really interesting class and he is very clear about what he wants. There are 2 books, a few short papers, and a journal - it isn't hard. If you're too immature to be held to a standard then that's your problem, but I highly recommend this class as a core for non-science majors.

12/16/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
BIO272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Class is meant for people who need to fulfill their science requirement..i don't recommend him at all..even though the class is interesting, he made my friend cry and was very rude at times. He also doesn't use a textbook, and never really tells us how he knows what he is teaching..he is funny though but for a core class,I recommend something easy

04/28/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
drug272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

went to every class but got nothing out of it. complete waste of effort trying in this class cause he plays favorites and is extremely creeeeeeepy!

04/15/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
humandrug Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

topalian is awful at teaching. apparently, he's nothing like he was before... really past his prime! interesting course but he ruins it with his rude behavior and creepy personality!!

04/06/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

straight up the worst teacher i have had EVER! including those from high school! just awful!!!

04/06/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
biolo272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

i took this guy based on his old comments but i know now that he is not the same guy as before. i have been in this guys class for over 3 months now and every thursday night i regret ever signing up for this class. it's not worth the work & trouble for the grade. he's old, rude, & just doesn't know enough about what he teaches. don't even bother!!

02/05/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
b272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

DONT TAKE THIS GUY! COMPLETE WASTE OF TUITION AND TIME! I FEEL WORSE OFF NOW THAN BEFORE!

01/31/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
bio272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I can't write enough negative comments about this professor. He is mean and rude! DO NOT TAKE THIS PROFESSOR. He doesn't even deserve to be called "professor!" Horrible teaching habits, cannot articulate his lectures, and doesn't clearly answer your questions.

01/28/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

worst teacher i have ever had at LMU. rude and ugly. doesn't know what he is talking about and never responds to student questions. i never write on professors but this guy was so bad i felt i had to. DON'T TAKE HIS CLASS.

04/17/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
BIO272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

i thought it was going to be easy, but this guy makes you do so much work. and not only that, he gives you pop quizzes and they are fill in the blank. So you have to take down word for word what he says in class cuz on the quiz he will give you a sentence with one blank missing and u have to figure it out. he takes off for spelling too.

04/20/2007
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
bio272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

take this class! even if its thurs night he is far from boring and will keep you interested the whole time! loved it even though i didnt get an a!

09/19/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
drug272 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

take this class.

04/03/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
bio Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

hes a great teacher who knows has stuff. go to class and study your notes and its an easy a

12/28/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
Human Drug Use Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best professor I've had at LMU! I got an A- in the class, but I never cared about my grade the whole time because I was just so interested in everything he has to say. Never before has a professor been so informative, so accessible, and so willing to teach you so much that you'll use in life. I learned more from his class than I have anywhere!

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