Peter Nonacs

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EE BIOL 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars: Evolutionary Medicine: How Natural Selection Helps Us Understand Why We Get Sick See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 5.0 Workload 4.5 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 4.5

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This class is heavily presentation-driven. It met five times this quarter, with the first being an introductory presentation by Professor Nonacs. The other four were reserved for group presentations of about 3-4 people each that went for about 25-30 minutes. Prior to each presentation, Professor Nonacs would give a presentation on background material to lay the foundation for the group.

The workload wasn't too bad, but was more than the other fiat lux that I've taken. The fact that my group members did their parts was very helpful, but group presentations can always be a roll of the dice. Professor Nonacs was very accommodating in terms of when we wished to present and on what subject, which was nice, and his presentations were always very engaging. As the other review for this quarter said, all of us passed.

(Winter Quarter 2020)
MCD BIO 100
Introduction to Cell Biology See Full Profile

Overall 1.9 Easiness 1.0 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 2.4

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For EEB 100 he really knows his stuff and his lectures are not all that bad. However, the midterm was absolutely nothing like the practice midterm and the questions ended up being so convoluted and confusing that the midterm killed me even though I knew my stuff well. He only curves if the class average is below 75% so watch out!

(Feb. 12, 2009)
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EE BIOL 100
Introduction to Ecology and Behavior See Full Profile

Overall 3.1 Easiness 2.4 Workload 3.1 Clarity 3.7 Helpfulness 3.3

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I studied with much effort and dedication and despite all the work and time I had committed to this course alone, i received a grade that was much inferior to my classmates' grades (I should note, by the way, that these classmates hardly studied). I know that the grading system of professor nonacs is unfairly biased and rigged (the hardly-studying students just went to office hours and got As). Even though I did not attend oh other than 4 or so times (work schedule often conflicted with oh times), I know I studied more than these other classmates **and I should note that I'm not referring to all the classmates, but only to these specific acquaintances**
Not only is his grading system very biased, but his tests are too tricky and confusing. You need to pay attention to the utilized words and the wording/syntax of the question because nonacs intentionally makes his exams by means of asking u tricky questions, essentially tricking you.
Save your time and GPA and stay away from this pretentious, condescending, egotistical bigot!

(Summer Quarter 2019)
EE BIOL 100L
Introduction to Ecology and Behavior Laboratory See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 3.5 Workload 2.0 Clarity 2.0 Helpfulness 2.5

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While taking classes during the summer are generally easier and more enjoyable than taking classes during the year, EEB 100L might be an exception. In my opinion, this course is not designed well for a short 6 week summer session. We are required to do a class project and group project in just 6 weeks, during which you have to of course run your experiment and also must ensure that your materials arrive on time (many things may have to be ordered depending on your project). I felt pretty rushed and was always worried that we would not finish everything on time.

The class overall is not that difficult. There are no tests, just one short quiz in class. You basically come up with an experiment to test, conduct it, and then present your findings and write a scientific paper about it. Professor Nonacs is pretty strict with grading though, so you're going to want to make sure you put some effort into your assignments. While we did have a TA, Nonacs was quite involved with grading and stuff, which is not how it is during the year. During the year, basically everything is graded and looked at by your TA.
The class consists of 500 points, 100 of which come from participation. Make sure you attend class, but also make sure you are ACTIVELY engaging with your TA/professor, otherwise you will lose points. 150 points come from the final presentation/paper, and the rest of the points come from the class project (in the Botany Garden), quiz, as well as small assignments that lead up to the final project (methods and materials write-up, hypothesis, etc).

The grading is as follows:
Participation: 100 points
Class Project (Quiz + Presentation): 100 points
Group Project Assignments: 150 points
Final Paper and Presentation: 150 points

Overall, not the hardest EEB class you will take, but this professor is a bit strict with grading. All things considered though, I would still recommend this class if you're looking to satisfy one of your EEB class requirements.

(Summer Quarter 2019)
EE BIOL C126
Behavioral Ecology See Full Profile

Overall 5.0 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.0 Clarity 4.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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This class is wild. One of the most unique courses I ever took at UCLA and I loved it. Now, if you are taking this class, be prepared for some crazy tests. They do not require a ton of studying, and the class itself is a small work load, but it really requires you to think critically. For example, on one test, he allowed the entire class to work together to submit one test. Others times, he will have you group up into small groups for the test. He really emphasizes these types of atypical tests. The tests test not for memorization, but for the deeper understanding. This course is great for an ecology or evolutionary biology oriented student who is passionate about animal behavior and how it can connect to a variety of more worldly concepts. If you are a pre-med looking for an easy A, do not take this. But, if you are passionate, this class will change your life.

(Winter Quarter 2019)
EE BIOL 126
Behavioral Ecology Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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EE BIOL 126
Behavioral Ecology See Full Profile

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EE BIOL 129
Animal Behavior Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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EE BIOL 129
Animal Behavior See Full Profile

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EE BIOL 132
Field Behavioral Ecology Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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EE BIOL 132
Field Behavioral Ecology See Full Profile

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EE BIOL 193
Journal Club Seminars: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology See Full Profile

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EE BIOL 200C
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EE BIOL 200C
Advanced Animal Behavior See Full Profile

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