Rick Heldrich - College of Charleston

Professor: Rick Heldrich
Department: Science
College: College of Charleston
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This was by far the hardest class I have ever taken, but it is manageable. I would suggest taking fewer credit hours when taking this class. If you want an A in this class it will require daily practice. His tests are challenging, but you can work with others. Homework is based on completion and it gives you 12 points extra on the tests.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This is an extremely difficult class but also very rewarding. He is very accessible outside of class and wants his students to do well if they work hard. If you are struggling, go to his office hours and ask him to go over studying techniques with you (changed my trajectory in the course). Do all of the textbook problems. He is a good choice.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
It was a pleasure being in his Summer 2020 CHEM 232 class. Organic is hard and he was clear about what we need to know for the exams (which are the only thing you're graded on). That being said, he is very helpful if you come to him for questions and cares about how his students are doing. The quizzes were extra credit for exams and he rounds up!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ORG231
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Heldrich is the best! He really cares about his students, as long as youre willing to put in the effort, and he definitely acknowledges it when you provide it for him. I took him for lab, and I got really sick for a month, but he worked with me on the labs I missed so I could keep up!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
take him if you hate yourself, or if you want to master organic chemistry and willing to work don't take him if you want to pass
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: F
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This man hasn't published a paper since 1995. Is he qualified to nose dive students grades? A complete sham of a professor.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Heldrich wants people to pass and is willing to help, however he is a tough love type of guy. He grades tests harshly and gives no curves. Your grade will be only be tests, with the opportunity to drop the lowest grade if the final is higher than your average. Orgo will be hard with any professor, so Heldrich is a good option.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Not only was this the hardest class I have ever taken, but it was the most rewarding. He is a tough love kind of guy, but cares about the students who put in the effort to do well. He was hard, but he is my favorite professor at this school, and I think he is truly a gem. This is orgo, no matter who you take, this class will be your whole life.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Heldrich is the best professor I've had at CofC by far. Truly cares about your success in the class. If you don't put the work in, you'll drown- no matter who your professor is. 4 tests, one replacement with ACS, near daily quizzes, and always available to help. He will make you an organic Jedi, if you're not a little b about it.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231L
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Heldrich is definitely tough, but an amazing professor, as well. I only had him for orgo lab, but he is very knowledgable and in depth when explaining the material behind the lab-- he knows his stuff! Really funny and respected. If you take him, be sure to do your reading and to be clear and thorough in your work. Highly recommend!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ORG231
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Favorite! By far the best Chem professor at CofC.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231232
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Organic Chemistry is hard so expect to work in any professors class. Heldrich will make you work for your grade. He is super tough, but you will learn this like the back of your hand! If you are just taking this class to get into a Med program, take someone else. If you are a Chem major, TAKE HELDRICH! Protip: Do the problems from each chap in book
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: WD
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr H is rude difficult + unhelpful. His lectures are unclear + confusing. I was in over my head with this class after taking Org 1 over 3 years ago + realized I needed to withdraw. I asked Dr. H to remove me from the roster but he said he didn't know how to do that + refused to make any effort to help me. DO NOT TAKE if you wanted someone who cares
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ORGCHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I'm currently in this class and we have had 2 tests where the average both times has been right around a 40. Hopefully there will be a major curve at the end of the semester but as far right now I would say this, "If you care about your overall grade and GPA, do NOT take Heldrich." This could change and if it does I will post it.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
GREAT PROFESSOR! Absolutely great for both Organic 1 and 2! I recommend him! You will be very glad you took him! Definitely go for it!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM232
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Very very challenging teacher. I had him for Org I & II. In Organic I he was excellent, in II he definately went overboard, and made no intention of making tests where the class average wasn't an F. Still managed decent grades with him thanks to incredible ACS exam scores (you will learn a lot). He also got me a good internship as well.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Hes the best there is. Heldrich is an awesome teacher and if you care about chemistry and want to learn it well take him. You will have to work a lot, maybe even study on some weekends but an A is very possible if you want it. I feel like i know organic chem like the back of my hand. I took him for both org 1 & 2. Hes 1 of the best teachers ive had
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Heldrich is an incredible professor. Go to class and study every day and you should be able to make at least a B in this class. It is not easy, or fun, however if you must go through organic, try getting him...you will at least know the material for the long run. I would take him again.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • 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:
Everyone claims you're lucky to get a C in this class. An A is totally feasible as long as you do a little work every day. Heldrich is a great guy, funny, and incredibly knowledgeable. He's serving as interim dept chair though so his availability was a little disappointing sometimes.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: CHEM231
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Heldrich was a fantastic teacher. I thought he didn't cover enough in lecture compared to what was expected from the text and on the test. I really benefited from his enthusiasm and I would rate him high as a professor. If you want to do well you have to study a lot and put in the time. He drinks coffee a lot, never saw him without a mug.
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