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Pretty easy, overall.
Patterns of Nature is an awesome course to fulfill your science credits. It is an absolute BREEZE and not much is expected of you. There are two modules due every week and you only need to report to lab twice during the semester. There are two 1-page lab reports due as well as a 5-page essay. This course is somewhat interesting and is an awesome option for attaining 4 credit hours.
The highlight of this course is definitely the labs. It may seem dull that you have to attend a lab for 3 hours, but when put in comparison with other courses, it is a GIFT. The labs are enjoyable and Frank Mayer is an interesting guy. The lab is set up with stations so that you're not doing the same thing for too long. You learn a lot about light, reflection, refraction and water in this class... everything is simple and understandable.
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Advice for students:
This class is limited to seniors for the first week of scheduling because even the University knows how much of a credit-giveaway this course is. The "non-science" Science courses are designed for non-science majors to complete these credit hours with ease. Labs and equations that traditional science classes require are a drag for many students with no interest... ASU has done a great job with this course, so if this sounds like a great way for you to get your credits, take it!