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  • Course Difficulty

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    Great Intro to the Subject

    Many Small Assignments

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    Nov 01, 2016
    | Would recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I like the class because it is easy to follow as long as you show up to lecture and take good notes. The tests follow the study guides, so if you work hard, you will get a good grade. Annia also does her best to make classes interesting by including real-life examples of course concepts.

    Course highlights:

    One highlight of the course was the geologic time unit. It is fascinating to learn how scientists date things back to billions of years ago. Another highlight was learning about river systems.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Show up to ALL lectures and take advantage of the study guides that are put online. Take detailed notes and go over the powerpoints when you can.

    • Fall 2016
    • Fayon,Annia
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject
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    May 24, 2016
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor was extremely boring, though knowledgeable. There was also a disconnect between the lecture, quizzes, and labs since each section had a separate person in charge. And though it was curved, the quiz questions were a bit too specific for an intro course.

    Course highlights:

    The lab portion was the highlight of the course, and also taught us specifically about the local area which was interesting to me.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to study more than you think you would need to.

    • Spring 2016
    • Edwards,Lawrence
    • Great Intro to the Subject
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    May 06, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Pretty easy, overall.

    Course Overview:

    This course is a great option if you are looking to fulfill your physical science w/lab requirement. It mostly focuses on the processes that have shaped our current landscape (e.g., tectonic plates, glaciations, volcanoes, rivers, etc.). The rock cycle and minerals are also discussed in the course, as well as an overview of the formation of natural resources. Kent Kirby's course was weighted 30% lab and 70% lecture in the Spring semester of 2016. The lab portion is composed of pre-lab quizzes, packets filled out during the lab (in teams), two out-of-class activities, a lab midterm, and a lab final. One of these activities was a homework assignment. For the other out-of-class activity you can choose one of four different options, and another for extra credit if you choose. The lecture portion is composed of 6 quizzes (lowest score is dropped), 11 homework assignments, a midterm, and a final. I took ESCI 1001 in Spring semester of 2016.

    Course highlights:

    My favorite part about taking this course is that I am now able to identify the processes that shaped the landscapes that I am surrounded by. Kent Kirby did an excellent job at tying in Minnesota's geographical history into his lectures. I found that ESCI 1001 sparked my interest in geology much more than I expected. I know actively look for examples of the material learned in class in my day-to-day life.

    Hours per week:

    0-2 hours

    Advice for students:

    I would suggest that anyone considering taking this course should go ahead and take it. It is a great option for fulfilling your physical science w/lab requirement. If you do take it, the best advice I can give is to go to lecture. If you go to lecture and take notes you will never be surprised by a question on a quiz or exam.

    • Spring 2016
    • Kent Kirby
    • Great Intro to the Subject Many Small Assignments

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