Pretty easy, overall.
This course gives a wonderful overview of Oceanography sciences, from geology to ecology to the dynamics of coastlines. If you are an active learner, pay attention, do your homework and ask questions, you can really learn a LOT! On the other hand, if you want to just coast on through, you will still do fine in this course.
This course provides a great foundation for understanding the ocean, from its geology to its ecology. I will never look at coastlines the same--now I understand the dynamics of how they change. Furthermore, this course taught me how ocean currents interact and effect the global climate, how air humidity and temperature circulates around the globe.
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Advice for students:
ASK QUESTIONS!! Be active and participate in class. When people don't ask questions, Professor Panish can tend to drone on, repeating himself, and it can get a bit boring--he is older and you can tell he has taught this class like hundreds of times. But he is really very knowledgeable and intelligent, and the class can get really fun and interesting if you interact with him and stimulate him to break his lecture routine. Also, definitely do all the readings before class. You'll get a lot more out of it that way.