James Nichols - Abilene Christian University

Professor: James Nichols
Department: Biology
College: Abilene Christian University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL112
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Nichols will call on you in class without you raising your hand and sometimes if you dont know the answer well, he can come across arrogant but its just how he is. You have two tests in the class and weekly quizzes. Study the lecture material and the book, know your stuff especially if you are not a pre-med or biology major.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL492
  • 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. Nichols is an incredible professor. I was nervous to take him, but I'm so thankful I did because I always looked forward to class with him. His passion for the subject was obvious and he did an amazing job explaining the material thoroughly. He also always had life lessons, stories, and spiritual mentoring for us which I really appreciated.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL492
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Nichols is one of the best professors at ACU. He genuinely cares about his students. However, his class will no doubt make you work extremely hard for an A or B. He doesn't do this out of meanness, but wants to know future scientists, doctors, etc. had to put in effort for their career. I took 2 of his classes to help prepare me for med school.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Decent guy, horrible professors. If you think the previous writers were over exaggerating, think again. Even for the most diligent student, his classes are outrageous. Do not take him for a short course. He purposefully makes the class difficult for non-majors. For all 12 days of the short course, you will have a test. Avoid at all costs.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL492
  • 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:
The best biology professor I've ever had at ACU. He is a phenomenal teacher and man of character. Don't get me wrong - his class is hard! Many 4 am study mornings... BUT. You will learn so, so much. If you are preparing for med school, I absolutely recommend him. Take good notes and study consistently, and you will come away with so much. Great!!!
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL492
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Exams are extremely difficult, inconsistent grading. Sometimes gives partial credit, sometimes doesn't even for the same question on same exam. If you ask for help, he tells you to go over the material again or change your study habits. My final average was 79.8 and he refused to bump me to a B, even though I missed 0 days of class and worked hard
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: 10102
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Nichols is the nicest man there is but he makes you work for that grade!! He has a wonderful sense of humor but you have to make sure that you are there in class and you take notes!!!! I would recommend him!!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
You have to pay attention in this class and take good notes. Especially if you want a B or above. Put down the iPad, pay attention and take detailed notes. I recommend typing them. He is so kind, but a hard teacher.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • 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: Mandatory
Comment:
He was a nice guy, but horrible teacher! He was not helpful at ALL. If you are good at learning material on your own you will do fine. If you actually want a lecture or need help he is definitely not the teacher for you. If you have this class switch ASAP or good luck.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: BIO101
  • 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:
This class is super frustrating and very hard. He is not willing to work with you, jumps around from different topics in his lectures making it confusing, and gives a quiz every week. If you ask for help all says is change your study habits or read the book. Not willing to work with or help you what so ever. He's a great person but HORRIBLE teacher
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLCELL
  • 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:
I had Dr. Nichols for Cell Biology and found that he is a really good teacher. However, a lot of people don't like his testing technique because you really have to stay on top of the material. The only grades you receive are pop quizzes, so you have to be ready everyday. However, he is a great teacher and overall a great guy. Take his class!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL492
  • 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:
Dr. Nichols is brilliant but his classes are ridiculous. He's funny and entertaining during class and you do learn a lot, but the exams are horrible. If he's your only option...good luck.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: CELLBIOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I'll never take a class with this teacher again. You have to study the notes and reading assignments before EVERY class period in case there is a pop quiz. He is a very picky grader and its hard to figure out what he expects. He teaches as though everyone already knows the subject. Almost half the class dropped by the end. Good luck if you take him
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL312
  • 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:
In his classes, it is extremely hard to tell what to study. He is a nice guy, but his classes are HARD!
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL112
  • 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:
Highly intelligent and highly recommended. He makes fundamental concepts of biology easy to understand. His class isn't a walk in the park but he makes himself available for questions. A+
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BIO45763
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
His Physiology class was exceptional. The best upper bio class I have had yet. He lectured clearly and if you are diligent and work hard, you can learn a lot. I feel like i learned more from that class than all other bio's ive had. Great teacher, great role model, smart dude!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BIOL
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Nice guy and fun. But teaches like you know the material already and is prone to randomness. Its never clear which material you should know for the course. Bizarre grading system which left me frustrated especially when I know I studied. Unfortunately had to take 2 classes with him.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BIO112
  • 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:
This man is very intelligent and a great person. My fondest memory was the time he took us to Harold's.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BIO112
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
is pretty unclear on what you need to know, and then grades ridiculously hard. just getting the general concept DOES NOT get you ANYWHERE in his class. but, he's pretty fun and is a great person, he just expects everyone to be insanely intelligent and completely devoted to biology. which i, for one, was not and therefore failed the class.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: BIOLOGY
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: N/A
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prepare to work hard, but if you are serious about wanting to learn things that will help you for professional school (M.D., D.D.S.) then use this guy as much as you can.
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