Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I recommend this course for any student that is trying to fulfill their physical science general ed and is interested in learning about how the Earth and landforms are made. This course highlights a geologist aspect and offers insight about prehistory and answers questions about how California even came to be. Dr. O'Shea has had a lot of experience in the field and often shares stories of places she's visited in relevance to what you're learning in the class. She does a great job of connecting the topics in the class to help build understanding and is very easy to reach outside of lectures.
I thought the volcano unit was most interesting because I learned more about the Ring of Fire and how islands are formed. I also learned a lot about geologic dating and about the local formations and landforms around Southern California. There was one weekend where we went camping in the desert. It was an interesting experience getting to see the formations we saw from the book in person.
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Advice for students:
If you've never taken a geology course, I suggest forming study groups and going to office hours early in the semester. The professor's tests are not too difficult because they usually covered concepts that were discussed in lectures, but half of the tests consists of free response or math questions, so make sure you understand formulas by asking others for help!