Not too easy. Not too difficult.
I think everyone should take an Earth Science class of some sort. Knowing where we are and where we come from in the history of our world is not only a humbling experience, but an eye opening experience. This class was one of those kinds of class. Dr. Matson started out with why we study the past Earth, and took us on an informative and eye opening trek through the worlds past as well as guided us on what and where to look to understand the story of us as it unfolds.
Dr Matson showed us, not just what to look for in the past, where to look for the past, but most importantly, how to look at the past. He showed us the past can teach us the present, using fossils, rock layer examples, we came to understand just how important it is to understand the Earth and it's processes. He focused on something that is, I think widely misunderstood and seldom taught correctly today. He taught us how to think critically. In an age of Climatic upheaval, and scientific misunderstanding, he showed us the tools to think critically, not just about Earth Science but how to recognize what to look for in other classes
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Advice for students:
Take it. If you get as lucky as we were in Spring 2016, you'll have a smaller class and have more one on one time with an expert in their field. He has enormous passion for what he teaches and he is great at teaching it. Even if you're not a geosciences major, take this class, if anything to fill out your co-requisites for sciences. You'll not be disappointed!