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Background Knowledge Expected
Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course really teaches you how to learn and think critically. It's not a standard class where you sit down and the professor talks about some topic using a PowerPoint and a monotone voice. This course allows for creativity and different ideas to thrive. All perspectives are taken into account and discussion is highly encouraged, if not recommended.
For me, the main highlight of this course was getting started on my research at FAU. This class required students to get involved in an academic service learning project, which for me ended up evolving into working on the main research project. I learned how to make connections and how to properly convey my ideas in a scientific, argumentative essay. And I really learned how to think critically and apply my academic skills to scientific problems.
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Advice for students:
Only plan on taking this course if you have an interest in environmental science. So many of my classmates were just pre-med students trying to get an easy elective out of the way. But it really dulls the potential of the class when no one is interested in the material. When people are really interested in the subject, the discussions are amazing and interesting, and class time just flies by. And don't be afraid to ask questions - Dr. Owen will love you!