Haruhiko Itagaki - Kenyon College

Professor: Haruhiko Itagaki
Department: Science
College: Kenyon College
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIO109
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Itagaki is great. As long as you do the reading and study hard for the tests, you will do well. He expects you to know what he teaches but makes class interesting. Would definitely take him again!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIO115
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You'll need to study like mad to pass this class. Read/take notes on the textbook chapters before class, take notes at every lecture, do study questions, review chapters and all notes, makes your own study guide, study in groups, etc. Lectures are rather boring, unless he's talking about something he's passionate about (then he's too fast).
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: 266
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Itagaki is awesome.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIO115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He expects you to be at a level in which you know everything and by everything i mean EVERYTHING. doesn't help much during office hours and is not very approachable. However in general he is a very nice guy but not someone to really talk to....
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL358
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hard but it makes you learn. Too bad he never answers your answer and will make you feel inferior. He will humiliate people in class and even during office hours. He has ruined plenty of biology and pre-med students.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL115
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Difficult grader but not so bad exams (open book/open notes). Very condescending towards students and went to office hours but he acted as if he didn't have time to explain anything.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIOBIO
  • 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's a really great guy. He can seem intimidating because he's not as warm and friendly as a lot of teachers and he's a harsh grader. Itagaki does have a tender side, you just have to prove you're willing to work and he'll show compassion. If you're in intro bio your tests wil be open book but this does not make it easier.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL266
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The way he truly enjoys embarrassing and degrading students is absolutely disgusting. A disgrace...
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL114
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He makes you work--A LOT-- but it's worth it because you really learn the material. He's great about answering any questions you have during the weekly review session and is always available during office hours.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIO109Y
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
God this man makes me want to die. For starters, he expects you to know the lab booklet and exactly how to do everything in it prior to even entering the class. If you ask for help, he'll either do one of two things: Help you grudgingly, or ream you out for not knowing EXACTLY what you should be doing. Not a pleasant teacher. Don't get him.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL109
  • 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:
Itagaki was the most challenging professor I had in college but also the best. I credit much of my current academic motivation and success to this man. The Friday afternoon lab was teh best
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Horrible teacher.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLAB
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I'm sure he's great for upper level classes, but his classroom behavior borders on cruel. Insults and humiliates students, gives very vague guidelines and then ignores them, and grades assignments very strictly. Do NOT take him for lab! DON'T! He is very smart, but should stick to research. On the upside, he can be very funny sometimes.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIOSECT
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He actually insults students when they ask questions. You can tell he does not want to be at Yale, not Kenyon. Take him for lecture, maybe, but not lab. Sarcastic and demeaning comments are his thing.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLAB
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very smart, and knows it. Basically likes only the cream of the crop. I've learned a lot in his class, however. He is a VERY harsh grader and gives pretty useless advice on rough drafts of papers. Also, has the habit of NOT answering questions he thinks you should know. But, worth taking.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL366
  • 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:
He challenged me to go far beyond my abilities in the classroom, while he simultaneously encouraged career perspectives and real world opportunities in the science field. If you give him a chance & be brave, you will learn so much!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: INTROBIO113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a great teacher and really knows his stuff. However, he is the most intimidating professor I've had and that made him really unapproachable for most of our class.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
HI is great. He knows a great deal about a wide range of topics and is able to speak to these topics well. I think he is incredibly interesting. Too many students are put off by him simply because he has high standards.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO113
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a tough teacher but he knows what hes doing and is pretty good at teaching it but he can be scary.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CELLPHYS
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
As an alum and a scientist, I owe him alot. He didn't just teach me the material, he also taught me to think critically. He instilled in me a passion for learning about cells too!
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