William Towne - Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

Professor: William Towne
Department: Biology
College: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Towne is obviously very passionate about biology, which makes the class much more interesting. Attendance is mandatory, and he makes a point to tell you if you don't go to class, you will not do as well. Although he posts the powerpoints, he explains things in class that are not on them. The class is challenging, but not impossible to pass.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Every week he gives one or two online homework assignments that are very simple, they let you keep trying until you get 100%. He puts the power points from class online and as long as you read them you will do well, but make sure you go to class because he will mention things that aren't on the slides. Very easy, and he's super nice and patient.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIO310
  • 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:
Very clear; cares about students understanding the material. If you're lazy, you're going to have a hard time.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Towne was excellent in Principles of Biology. He expects that you learn and understand the material, but it's really not that bad if you have a real interest in biology. Tests are very thorough. I wrote down practically every word he said and there were still a couple that seemed to come out of nowhere. Great lab proctor as well.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: PRINCIPLESOFBIO
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Towne (despite what other people have posted about his easiness) is a great professor and is very devoted to his classes. Principles of Biology was a piece of cake with him. He's extremely helpful and even handed out extra credit. Take good notes, show up to class, and do the occasional homework assignment, and you'll have an easy A.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLOGY104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Towne is a very good professor, however some times his lectures are hard to follow if biology is not your strong point. He is very willing to help his students to do well. I went to him a lot through-out the semester and he helped me so much.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class will be a challenge, more so if you do not have a study technique. The amount of content you need to know is a lot, so understanding is key to memorizing what you need to know. The book and online tools really help so utilize them! He's an amazing teacher who's very eager to help students any way he can. I'd definitely take him again!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: 106
  • Grade Received: D+
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Took him fall 2014 semester. You'll need to study and read much more than in other classes. In order to do well on his tests, you'll need to know the concepts inside and out, a basic understanding of the material on tests will get you no higher than a C- ( so if you're confused on something get help or be prepared to earn some disappointing grades)
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLOGY
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He's a great professor but he is sometimes unclear on the point he is trying to get across. He's a hard grader. The tests killed that class for me. I did well in lab, the quizzes in class, and the homework, but I could NOT take the tests to save my grade. The studying saved my grade.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: POL103PS
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
So awesome. Learned so much. So respectful even when you disagree.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A great prof in lecture, but very unhelpful in lab. Test material is straight from lecture. Expects you to already know exactly what to do in lab despite being a STUDENT. He's overall a nice, funny guy but I'm glad I won't have to take another course with him. Like I said, thumbs up for lecture, thumbs down for lab.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Biology. Dr. Towne makes it enjoyable. Yes, his tests are hard and lengthy, but they should be. This course is for science majors only, and it is meant to be a challenge as compared to BIO 10. He lays everything out at the start of the course, and if you go to his office hours, he will do everything that he can to help you. Great guy.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BIO
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I took him for genetics lecture and lab and also had him for environmental biology lab. He is a very difficult teacher. He will rip your papers apart. I would not recommend taking him if you can avoid it.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: GENETICS
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His tests are really hard. But he's a really good teacher.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIO216
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Intelligent guy but very anal with grading & with writing. I understand he wants his students to do well but he looks down on you a lot. I did decent in the class but every student learns differently. I would not want to take a course with him again, ever.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIO216
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Genetics is tough stuff, and while Dr. Towne has a bit of a stutter, he gets points across very well. You will ABSOLUTELY NEED to study outside of class, but he genuinely wants his students to succeed. Given the choice for lab instructors, take it with Towne. I made the mistake of taking lab with another professor and she did a poor job.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIOBIO
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worked so hard for him. He is a great teacher, but very tough. Hsd trouble getting some help...a required course for me...but rough. Nice man...glad it is over. He talked more of Moravian than of Kutztown.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO100
  • 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:
Dr. Towne is a great prof. always helpful, but is a very tough grader.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Towne is a helpful and a dynamic professor. He makes a 100 level bio class fascinating and he is chalk-full of relevant material to even the non-bio major. People complain that grading is difficult and sometimes overly harsh - not the case at all! He simply is one of the few professers at Kutztown that doesn't stoop to inflating his grades.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIO104
  • 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:
Kind of a hardass with grading. Consistently results in at least half the class scoring under 75%, yet Towne always puts it on the students. No review sheets to speak of. Very knowledgeable, but not great at making sure his students succeed.
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