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    Apr 21, 2017
    | Probably wouldn’t recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This class was harder than an intro to geology class should be. I say this as a straight A student...well, used to be straight A until I took this course. What I mean is, I don't slack off. I work for my grades. Admittedly, I took this course hoping for a fairly easy science class because I'm not a science person. So if you are thinking about taking this course in order to easily get your science requirements over with, DO NOT. I've heard that Stars and Cosmology are easier and so is Biological Anthropology. Take one of those. If you do take this course, expect to work for it. Take really, really good notes in lecture. Be aware that the exams are tough and the prof provides like no study materials or practice exams to help you. Memorize the minerals and rock names. Also be aware that there is some math involved in this class, especially in three of the labs. This includes logarithms and some precalculus. If you haven't taken precalc yet or don't really get it, just do yourself a favor and don't take this class. Don't expect an easy A. If you're not good with science, maybe don't expect an A at all.

    Course highlights:

    Knowledge of how rocks formed, plate tectonics, earthquakes, types of rocks and minerals, water cycles

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Take incredibly thorough notes in class, because you will need ALL OF IT for the exams (which are tough). Sit towards the front of the class to take pictures of the whiteboard. Towards the end of the semester I finally got a system down that I wish I'd used earlier: write notes in a google doc using your laptop and have the google doc open on your phone at the same time. Whenever an important slide or whiteboard comes up, take a picture of it with your phone and stick it in the google doc. That way when it comes time to study you'll have the whole story. In lab, memorize the rock names. Take pictures of your lab before you turn it in after class so you'll be able to refer back to it when taking the post-lab quiz on the weekend. Ask the professor for help. He's a nice guy and genuinely wants to help you. I asked too little too late. Don't make the same mistake. Visit office hours if you are at all confused.

    • Spring 2017
    • SamMatson
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    Oct 24, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    If you had fun in earth science in high school, this is ten times that. Learning fun facts and going in depth on geology opens doors unexpected. Geology was not my first choice for science credit, but it is very interesting and I notice when I watch movies that have geologic structures we have discussed in lecture that I am able to identify them easily and it really makes me feel educated and makes it so I have another way of communicating and connecting with others.

    Course highlights:

    It was fun going on field trips and learning about the geology of Idaho first hand. Dr. Matson makes lecture fun by keeping the students engaged and showing lots of places on google maps.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    When going through this course it is vital to show up to lecture- most of the notes or given via whiteboard, not powerpoint. Also, always go to lab, it may seem like a lot of time to put into a course you may not be entirely committed to, but it is worth it for the grade. Lastly, when reading the text for online reading quizzes, ACTUALLY READ THE TEXT, and take good notes. This will help you understand what is being said in lecture and help labs go more smoothly.

    • Fall 2016
    • Sam Matson
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Participation Counts

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