Winter 2020 - Professor Carolina is very sweet and passionate about what she teaches. This is a. pretty easy GE if you have a foundation of earth/environmental science. Lectures: Her lectures are engaging and her slides are posted online which is nice. She would expect you to finish the slides on your own if we didn't get to them in class, so be aware of that. She also used Poll Everywhere to monitor participation. I took this class as COVID was spreading and she spent the second half of the class on diseases/pandemics and how to respond to them which was cool. Discussions: This entailed one group presentation on a current natural disaster. Other than that, discussion was a waste of time where we would go over homework. It would often end early (30 minutes) so that is a plus. HW/Quizzes: This class had 8 reading quizzes (almost every week) which pulled info directly from the book. These were good study materials for the midterm. There were also 5 HW assignments which would either be a problem set or a one page essay. Not too bad and you would have the opportunity to go over it with your TA in section before submitting. Exams: The only exam we had was the midterm and it was pretty easy (50 M/C Qs) that basically took info from the slides and reading quizzes. She also posts some review materials which is nice. Final was cancelled due to COVID. TLDR: Take this class. Carolina is very kind and passionate and listens to student's interests when planning lectures. She is very flexible and fair with grading.
Spring 2019 - Interesting course material. When I took this, it was taught with Professor Moon as well, but I couldn't find her here so I'll just do one review for both. It's a pretty easy science GE with a bonus diversity fulfillment, if you're good at memorization. - Lectures were fairly interesting, but kinda stressful if you want to take notes since they go fast (slides posted online later). - Both profs are nice and pretty helpful during office hours. - Attendance is counted in both section and lecture, so you do have to show up at least half the time. - The homework (drop 1) was easy, but the final report (1-2) is a little annoying. - Weekly quizzes (drop 1) weren't too bad if you read the textbook/can google quickly - Exams (1 midterm and final) were mostly multiple choice with some free response, and both sections were mainly facts based on the textbook/slides. Nice class and fun professors overall. If you take this class, be prepared to become slightly paranoid about earthquakes afterwards.
Spring 2023 - This class I have very mixed feelings about. It was harder than a GE should be but only because I felt you were lured into a false sense of security. The midterm is open textbook, open note, and open slides. However, there was such a limited amount of time to complete it and the questions were weirdly specific and extrapolatory so I ended up getting a 72 on it. I had to grind it out for the final and studied my ass of and ended with an A so its possible to come back because she offers 3% extra credit. However, id definitely advise you to study before the midterm and attend lectures and take notes during it unless you want to have a hard time like me.
Spring 2013 - I really liked this class and I found it to be one of my favorite classes. There is a mandatory field trip that takes place on one Saturday. The class consists of 5 multiple choice quizzes which seem to be easy, but they are harder than they seem. The professor is a good and well-known professor.