Roger Strand - Northern Michigan University

Professor: Roger Strand
Department: Science
College: Northern Michigan University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BI305
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Forget about ever attending lecture, you won't get anything out of it. He's constantly late and routinely goes over, and the moment he gets to a slide which has a side-note about something he is personally interested in, that's all he'll talk about from then on. Good dude, love his enthusiasm, but he's totally useless as an instructor.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BI465
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Strand definitely knows his stuff about aquatic insect ecology, but I found it hard to follow along during lecture because he gets off topic a lot about stuff that isn't on exams. You must be dependent on lectures because he doesn't give homework and his slides are mostly pictures. A lot of memorization on taxa.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BI112
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Grade is based entirely on exams scores and labs, no homework. Half of the exam answers are given out every time. While he is very passionate about the subject, his tangents in lecture make it difficult to know what we need to study for on the exams, and he doesn't give much guidance in that regard.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BI112
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Goes off on a lot of tangents during lecture so it's super hard to know what to study for the test. Gives you half of the test questions to memorize beforehand though which is cool!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BI112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the best professors I've had! Yes, the class can be difficult, but Roger makes himself available to help students if the need be, so it's not the end of the world if you are having trouble in his class. I wouldn't reccomend skipping, though. Roger is the sweestest guy and he is so quirky in class. I'd take a bullet for him any day.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BI112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Strand is one of my favorite professors! Lectures are really good, although I will admit that he sometimes goes off on a tangent with biology stories. They are interesting and fun to listen to. He is always available to answer questions about the material and is truly passionate about all things biology!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BI305
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Strand is one of the most dedicated ecologists i have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He loves to talk insects, fish, trees, plants and most importantly caddisflies. He loves caddisflies, expecially the hydropsychids. He has extremely in depth exams that quiz you not on only the material but how to apply what you know. A true Gem!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BI424
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Strand is passionate about Entomology, which is BI424. However, his lectures are hard to follow, and usually when you review your notes from lecture, they make little sense. He's always late to lecture by at least 15 minutes, and there's little to no guidance on what to study for. The exams are very difficult, along with the papers.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BI466
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Strand is the best. He reminds me of Michael Stipe. Very nice and always willing to help. The class was interesting and I learned a lot. He is a hard grader, but he has a review session before each test, so there are no surprises. Highly recommended!!
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BI465
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Strand is a great teacher, probably the best I've had in my college experience. His classes are not easy by any means, and attendance is definitely needed to do well, but the material, along with his knowledge, makes for an awesome yet interesting class.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BI305
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
great professor extremly smart
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Don't ever miss class because you won't get the information off of his slides since he only puts pictures on there. Also, he uses some kind of animal in every example of what could be a simple definition. He's very unclear.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
A refreshing change after Bird. I love fishing and fish, and he is obsessed with fish so that made it real interesting for me! Very down to earth and understandable man. Makes class fun, ESPECIALLY after Bird! I'd reccommend him for any BIO class.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
After Bird, anything was better. He gives you test questions in his powerpoints, so make sure you look through them.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Strand(the better half of bi111) was a really cool teacher. He gives you half of the exam questions. If i come apon the option to take another one of his class, I will sign up with that class within a heart-beat.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
great guy! I would take another class with him.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Thank God he comes in for the second half of the class!!
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Strand is a very cool guy. Makes the class super easy because he gives you half the questions that will be on his test beforehand. He can be kind of unclear, but he is a little bit better than Bird.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO465
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Strand is a very dedicated professor who is always interested in his work. He is very energetic and fun during lecture but pay close attention to what he is saying. Study hard, know the scientific names, know the identifing features, and only take this class if you are truely interested in a future entomology career
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BI111
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He loves his topics, and I learn a lot from him...Not always whats on the test but I do a learn a lot from him. His power points are cool but lack information
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