Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I would recommend this course because it is very fascinating to learn about the small role that we as humans play in the dynamics of the universe. We play such a small role in the world and we tend to lose track of that. This course teaches us about the terrestrial planets and jovial (gas) planets in our solar system. It also teaches us about the creation of our known universe and all of the elements that it contains, including galaxies, the formation of galaxies and stars, the lifespan of stars, dark matter, and black holes among countless others.
I would have to say that the highlight for me in this course was not only in what I had learned, but how I was able to learn the material. It was not a course that I had previously considered taking. I needed to take a science course to satisfy my general requirements for my major, which is history. Being a history major, people have always asked me why I choose to study history. My response is always the same, the more that I study and learn about history, the more I tend to learn about myself. I incorporated this same mentality to this course. I was not particular interested in the field of astronomy but utilized this same mentality. In astronomy, you learn a lot about our planet in order to learn about and compare our world to the rest of the universe. Through this mentality, we can learn a lot about ourselves through the exploration of cosmology.
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The best advice that I could give students considering this course is to be prepared to apply more time and effort. The reason being is because this is a 4 credit course with a lab. It is a bit more intensive so make sure to keep up and not fall behind. Be prepared to put the time and effort in, but if you do, it will pay off dividends in the end.