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    • Profile picture
    Feb 08, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    For those who are interested in the planet Earth; its formation, minerals, past, and future, this course is a must. Every fascinating natural phenomenon, from volcanoes to geysers to earthquakes, is accurately and passionately described. The professor brings his experience of over 30 years to the classroom in explosive fashion,

    Course highlights:

    The course covers the basics of Earth Science and Geology. In many cases, the professor brought myriad minerals from his vast catalogue. Through their hands-on and theoretical study, we learned of the basic components of our planet, to the distinction between igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic, to the most mesmerizing and intricate details found all over the world. We learned about volcanoes, earthquakes, the Earth's formation, its uncertain future, and the role of science in our lives.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Be prepared to absorb much information. Do not despair, it will seem overwhelming at the beginning, but gradually you will become accustomed to the rhythm of the class. Avoid robotic memorization, capitalize on understanding.

    • Winter 2017
    • jose barros
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Jan 24, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor's vast knowledge and colorful anecdotes on the field of Geology and Natural science is a must for anyone in position to take the class. The thirty years of experience condensed into one, booming semester will cause every student to look at the world they live in in a different, richer light.

    Course highlights:

    From the start, my rusty scientific knowledge was refreshed with an overview of the three types of rocks: metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. The basis for all geological studies. The professor clearly explained the processes whereby volcanoes are formed, erupt, and become extinct. He showed us the dynamic activity of the ring of fire, and the volcanoes found in that region. Another chapter dealt with the formation of the Earth; its layers and long history of meteorite bombardment. These lessons were complemented by personal, hands-on activities in which he brought us myriad minerals from his decades of experience. All of this occurred with the principles of the scientific method being religiously adhered to.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Try not to rely too much on robotic memorization of scientific jargon. The subject of Geology can be sometimes alien to those who have never been exposed to anything similar. Make an effort to understand the phenomena being taught, everything else will be quickly unraveled.

    • Spring 2016
    • jose barros
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions
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    Jan 24, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    The professor's vast knowledge and colorful anecdotes on the field of Geology and Natural science is a must for anyone in position to take the class. The thirty years of experience condensed into one, booming semester will cause every student to look at the world they live in in a different, richer light.

    Course highlights:

    From the start, my rusty scientific knowledge was refreshed with an overview of the three types of rocks: metamorphic, igneous, and sedimentary. The basis for all geological studies. The professor clearly explained the processes whereby volcanoes are formed, erupt, and become extinct. He showed us the dynamic activity of the ring of fire, and the volcanoes found in that region. Another chapter dealt with the formation of the Earth; its layers and long history of meteorite bombardment. These lessons were complemented by personal, hands-on activities in which he brought us myriad minerals from his decades of experience. All of this occurred with the principles of the scientific method being religiously adhered to.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Try not to rely too much on robotic memorization of scientific jargon. The subject of Geology can be sometimes alien to those who have never been exposed to anything similar. Make an effort to understand the phenomena being taught, everything else will be quickly unraveled.

    • Spring 2016
    • jose barros
    • Yes
    • Great Intro to the Subject A Few Big Assignments Great Discussions

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