Not too easy. Not too difficult.
It is an GE course for anybody to take. Half of the grade consists of labs and quizzes, while the other half is based off of 2 midterms (30% total) and a final (20%). There is also a chance for 10 points extra credit on the final! This course does a great job of teaching you the basics of geology and climate change, while being general and easy enough that anybody can take!
Most of the course dealt with the geology side of the Earth. This includes, rocks/minerals, glaciers, water, and earthquakes. It was extremely interesting and Doctor Sawyer did a wonderful job teaching. It also presented the issue of climate change and what humans could do in order to reduce CO2 emissions.
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Advice for students:
Although the course is easy, you do need to put some effort in. We met in lecture 3 hours per week. A lot of the time, lectures were necessary and so was notetaking. The slides usually have pictures with no words, so writing what she says is very important. There are also quizzes that are open note and count for 20% of the grade (they are used for attendance and she gives you the answers) Aside from the lectures, lab met for about 2 hours per week with an assignment was due at the end of the period. The exam questions are not vocabulary based; however, most of the questions on the exams are used from statements she says in class based on the lecture slides. So take notes parallel to the lecture slides.