Debra Burg - Grand Valley State University

Professor: Debra Burg
Department: Science
College: Grand Valley State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: BMS495
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class is an easy A, but you will not know your grade until the end of the semester (slow grader). She cares a lot about her students and is a great person. That said, I personally was always very bored in her class.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: BMS495
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Burg is an amazing professor. She cares so much about your success and will work with you through anything. Her capstone course was a walk in the park and so much fun. Grade is based on a few papers, discussions, and assignments, all extremely doable and fun. I am beyond grateful that I took her for my capstone section & I would recommend it.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: BMS410
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Burg is one of the best professors I have ever had at GVSU! Her lectures are well structured and she truly cares that you learn the material well. Very accessible and responds to emails in a timely manner. Exams are directly from study guides practically, make sure you study and go to class! Records her lectures too!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: BMS410
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Her lectures are rough bc she has a very sleep-inducing voice but when going over her PowerPoint presentations and lecture videos she gives very good explanations. Her syllabus indicated I think 10 quizzes or something and we only had 3 in the end. Also stated we would have multiple assignments, only had one. Exams are tough but not meant to trick.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: HNR247
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I would definitely take her class again. Dr. Burg is very caring and straightforward about grading and expectations. She gives very helpful study guides, and as a person who hates biology, this was a biology class I actually enjoyed. If you go to class and do the study guides, it's an easy A.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: HNR247
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I absolutely loved my class with her. It was in part because the material was so interesting but also because she presented the material in such a straight forward and easy to understand way. Her lecture may be monotone at times but other than that she is a great professor and I definitely recommend her!
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: BMS410
  • 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:
She was great! I took this class specfically for her (I had her for Micro 212) She is an all around awesome professors. Gives you opportunity to change you grade, cares if you learn, super accessible, gives good notes, and makes the class interesting!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Dr. Burg is the sweetest gem there is! She is extremely understandable and accessible. She posts recordings of her lecture, but randomly gives out attendance in-class worksheets, so go to class! Hard test questions and there are short essays for exams but if you write down main points of a process and details from the book, you will get all points.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: HNR247
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Burg is one of the kindest profs I've had at GVSU. She is very caring and goes out of her way to make sure you understand the material. She even has exam study sessions outside of class that help A LOT. You have extra credit opportunities and the exams are not difficult if you study the guide. She also makes the material very interesting.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: HNR247
  • 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:
Going in as a non-science major into a science class can be intimating, but she selects and teachings the material so well. She is very understanding and will also work to help her students succeed. Gives helpful study guides for each exam and will hold study sessions with students, too. Expectations are always clear. amazing prof and class!
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
For lectures, she reads from her own notes and only have pictures to present to you. It's really hard to follow, she doesn't explain things well. Wasn't very friendly when I went to go see her in office hours. The exams are also difficult. She has essay questions and even though you write everything you learned in class, it would be half credit.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Really cares about your learning and understanding. She makes the class as interesting and informative as possible. She posts her slides and recordings of lectures, but most people that relied on those got behind and failed. Go to class and try your best to actively engage in class and it will be your favorite part of the week!!! Loved her so much!
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
She is awesome! The class is tough but she made it so easy to see her outside of class and was very helpful when doing that. She explained things well in general, easy to learning from. She kept on topic and always made sense. Love her!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • 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:
BMS 212 is a tough class to begin with, and there are not many good profs. Burg is definitely the best option. She gives extra credit quizzes/activities occasionally, and she provides review sessions every single week to help better understand concepts. In addition, she records her lectures so that you can review them. She's very understanding.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Extremely dedicated to her students. She has review sessions, records lectures, and even came in for extra office hours the Sat. before finals! Doesn't use power point much, and lecture can be a bit hard to follow, but the book was helpful when I didn't understand the material in lecture. Exams included essay questions, so be prepared to study!
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I would prefer to take Burg over the other professors, but that does not mean much. All the professors are not ideal especially for this advanced course. The exams were extremely focused on very specific topics so you really need to know the material inside and out in order to pass. Not warm and fuzzy but helpful in office hours.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Prof. Burg is so sweet and kind. She truly wants her students to do well. Get to know her and visit her outside of class. Must study for exams cause they are not easy.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: BMS212
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Didn't really use the book other than to supplement some notes she skipped. Gives study guides and vocab lists and the study guides are somewhat helpful but there they don't go as in depth as she does on exams. Micro is a hard class be prepared to work for it.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: BMS410
  • Grade Received: C-
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
She provides a notes outline, which is helpful, but her powerpoint slides are not very directive. I find that I don't know how to categorize what she's saying and it's hard to figure out what is important to know. She knows her stuff and provides current research information, but is a tough professor. Lectures are recorded, but I would go to class.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: HNR247
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Awful, don't take her unless you have to. Drones on for hours with a whisper of a voice. No intonation either, does she even care about the subject? Clearly not. One of the worst professors I have had in terms of keeping up with grading and communication as well. Beware!
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