Agalos, Pete  

Animal Science

3.38/4.00

24 evaluations


ASCI 224


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2006
Pete's no doctor. He really shouldn't even be a professor. He's a nice guy and will answer any questions you may have, but doesn't give much information on his own. He expects that everyone already knows everything about horses, and skips over A LOT of necessary information. He's pretty opinionated and started the class talking about how Shetland ponies should only exist for meat purposes.. nice.. There were 2 Midterms and a Final, none of which are cumulative. He's not hard - as long as he tells you what will be on the exams. Otherwise be prepared for some difficult short answer questions. Oh, and Pete... "And he likes it pretty good" is not proper english.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Jan 2008
Pete is a great guy and a good teacher. He has so much experiences and he brings a lot of knowledge to the course. You just need to take him for what he is and when it comes down to it he is a very interesting person and can really teach you a lot. His test can be pretty tricky but if you study hard enough it's really not to bad of a class.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2008
Pete is hilarious. He is opinionated, but not in a rude way. He knows a ton about horses, and even though there are a lot of weird horse girls who don't like his approach, he knows a lot. They should try listening to him and they might learn a thing or two. His tests were really easy and lab was easy too.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Feb 2008
Pete is a very knowledgable and entertaining teacher. The things he teaches are from experience and not just straight from textbooks which makes it more valuable. I have him for lecture and lab and I think that he is my favorite teacher so far. It seems like he's willing to take the time to get to know you and help you in any way he can and you can learn a lot from him if you don't go into the class thinking you already know everything which a lot of the horse girls seem to do. He also is good at going back and reviewing something and breaking it down if you didn't understand it. Overall, a great teacher and a fairly easy class if you just study a little bit.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2008
Pete is just an awesome guy. A true American cowboy. If you don't like his style your kinda screwed. But he is pretty easy going, he does assume most of the people in the class know alot about horses already, but when people asked questions he was very respectful and answered them clearly. The diseases section was the hardest, there are lots of pieces of information to know, but he was nice enough to exempt some people from the final if you had a 91% or higher before the final which was nice. There were 4 midterms, which sucks but it helps your grade. Lots of writing assignments but again, it helps your grade more than it hurts it. Do well on the lab assignments and put pictures in and you are sure to get an A. He has a lot of information, you can learn alot from him.


Senior
B
Required (Major)
Apr 2009
I liked this class and felt like I learned a lot. I should have studied a lot more for this class. The class is for people who dont know a lot about horses, but he does kick it up for those who do. My problem was that I know a lot about horses, but wouldn't take the time to study. Petes a great teacher, definitely take a class from him if you get the chance!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Jun 2009
Pete's awesome - outside the classroom. The class itself consists of memorizing useless diseases and unsoundnesses that don't really apply, usually, to the horse world. And then you regurgitate that info for the tests. But it's all from Powerpoint. I love Pete as a person, but as a teacher, not so much. He knows a lot about horses, but the tests are weird and while it seems like a straightforward class, it most definitely is not. If you find yourself short some points, go in to office hours with backup, and he'll give you those points. But be persistent!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2010
EVERYTHING you are tested on is on the power points. None of the tests are cumulative and there are only four or five assignments/quizzes pertaining to lab. Most of the class is just memorization and regurgitation. Its not a difficult class but you have to take the time to study the facts.


Freshman
N/A
Required (Major)
Jun 2010
If you don\'t know anything about horses, and I mean jack squat, DO NOT TAKE THIS COURSE. Unless you really buckle down and study the powerpoints, you will not do well. I assumed that the class would be pretty straightforward and \"easy good grade\". No. No. No. Pay attention to when quizzes are, because if you fail one of them, your grade will drop a full letter grade. I must repeat, if you don\'t know ANYTHING about horses/never worked with horses, don\'t take this class. This is a class for people who have experience with them. Ngl.


Graduate Student
A
Required (Major)
Jul 2010
This professor has a lifetime of experience and knows what he is talking about. He conveys ideas clearly and is easily approachable outside of class if you have additional questions or concerns about anything in the course.


Junior
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2010
Pete is an awesome instructor! He makes the material practical and easy to understand, and if you ever want to own a horse or already do, the information you take from this class will be extremely valuable to you. His powerpoints are always on Bb and everything on the test is pulled directly from them. On top of that, for each test he gives a breakdown of how many questions will be on each subject. When he uses a \"horse term\" he always makes sure everyone knows what it means before continuing. Labs are totally awesome and not difficult at all. There are 2 midterms and a final, and all are detailed but straight-forward, and if you study all of the slides and know the info, you will get an A on each exam. Take this course for sure, especially if you like horses and want to know more about them!


Sophomore
A
Elective
Nov 2010
Pete is one of the best horsemen I\'ve had the pleasure of knowing and is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. There was never a question he could not answer. He makes class fun and worthwhile.


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Feb 2011
Pete is a great teacher. he takes the time to explain material well, but assumes most people have some background in horses, if you dont, just talk to him at the start of the quarter and he makes sure to try and explain things out better. He is really open and is always in his office when not teaching and is easy to talk to. He can be sarcastic though so if you cant handle it you may not like him. he is very opinionated, but i personally like that. id rather have a teacher who says something and sticks to it rather than knows nothing. his tests and quizzes are difficult but he gives study guides which helps and if you go to lecture you will do better because there is a lot of information he says that may show up on a test as well as sometimes he tells you a "good test question". In lab he is good as well tries to give those with little horse experience a chance to do things but it can sometimes seem boring or a lot of standing around. you will learn a lot from his course as long as you have an open mind and listen to him rather than stick with your own ideas about things. also if you arent satisfied with a grade he is more than happy to see you in his office to talk about it. he is def one of my favorite teachers and a great on as well.


Freshman
N/A
Elective
Mar 2011
Pete is a great teacher. You are lucky to get him! He can be slightly sarcastic and has a crude sense humor at times, but he is hilarious. He knows alot and is easy to talk to if you have any questions. Although there is a lot of work, he doesn't grade hard. There are 2 midterms and it is super important that you do well on the first few papers in the beginning of the quarter. The midterms are hard and you definitely need to study, but it is worth it. I highly recommend taking any of Pete's classes. You won't regret it. * Note DO NOT take the class if you like shetland ponies... you will not like Pete.


Sophomore
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
I love Pete! Great teacher, very engaging and puts a lot of enthusiasm into his teaching. You will learn so much in his class! I have been riding for years and I still learned tons and I think it was a very good class for those who are pre-vet. Really makes you think, but he is a fair grader and isn't out to get you. Highly recommend!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Mar 2011
He is a great professor. He has years and years of experience and loves to share it. His tests are more detailed than you would imagine but if you study you can do really well. He loves to interact with students and makes it a habit to learn everyone's name. Take him. He's awesome!


Junior
B
Required (Major)
Jun 2012
Pete's years of experience made this class extremely interesting. I couldn't believe how much I learned, there's not a horse question that Pete can't answer. His 2 midterms and final are very detailed so study, study, study! He assigns a couple papers in the beginning so be sure to allow plenty of time to complete them. He makes a point to learn everyone's name (never had a professor do that) and he's not out to get you and doesn't want anyone to fail but you must put in the time to learn the material. His lectures are fun and he's an amazing teacher. This class is a must!!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Sep 2013
One of the most amazing professors I've taken at Poly. Pete has the extremely unusual combination of extensive academic training and the most amount of field experience I have come across in a human being. If you take any of his classes, don't hesitate to ask any kind of equine-related (or agricultural, breeding, repro, anything) question because he most likely has a knowledgeable, science-based, practical, and creative answer for it. The only bad thing about the class it the powerpoints are ridiculously long, so in class only write down what he talks about and go back later to look at all the typed crap (most of it he does not make himself- he has TAs do it, so question any information you find weird)


Freshman
B
Required (Major)
Mar 2015
Pete is the best teacher I have ever had in my life, and I can say that even though I've never had experience with horses before. Coming in to a class that revolves around horses, which I know nothing about, he taught everything as if none of us had much experience and was very gracious to me when I didn't know simple things. He's so funny and sweet and helpful and overall a wonderful professor! I struggled with the material but you can get an A or a B if you work hard, even if you don't know much about horses. I hope I can take another class with him soon, all of his lectures and labs are so much fun! He's a great guy and especially since it's one of the required classes, I'm glad he teaches this class. 10/10 would recommend! Take it!


Freshman
A
Required (Major)
Apr 2015
Pete is my favorite professor so far. He is super funny (making lecture enjoyable) and knows EVERYTHING about horses. I learned so much in this class and lab. The labs are all hands on and never boring. I highly recommend equine science.


Sophomore
A
Required (Major)
Nov 2015
Pete is an effective teacher who presents material clearly and gives fair tests. He sometimes assumes that students have prior horse knowledge, so his classes can be more difficult for those without experience with horses. As an instructor, Pete is average-above average. However, I can't recommend him as a good teacher because I find him extremely difficult to get along with. Students without prior horse knowledge often seem to get along with him becomes he comes across as confident and knowledgeable. But since I've had many years of experience with horses, I do not respect Pete's horsemanship. His teaching and training tactics for the horses are ineffective and often confusing. But most importantly, the reason that I do not like Pete is that he is extremely rude, opinionated, and confrontational. He constantly belittles and bullies students. If he makes offhand remarks or acts rude toward you, its best to just laugh it off and let him do what he wants.

ASCI 228


Junior
A
Elective
Jun 2012
Pete is such a great guy. He really teaches this class purely so people can learn to judge and look at a horse in an objective way. He wants everyone to succeed and isn't out to dock points. Great elective!

ASCI 345


Freshman
A
Elective
Mar 2011
Kinda two-faced. Can be super nice, but then easily makes you feel like crap, and doesnt wanna tell you how to improve. Liked the class, but was totally turned-off by his unprovoked mean comments to the students.

SS 887


Senior
B
General Ed
Nov 2016
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