Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour; two field days. Origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life on Earth and in universe, paralleling major scientific initiative of NASA. Course material primarily from planetary and Earth science, paleontology and biology, astronomy, chemistry, and physics, with relatively little from mathematics. P/NP or letter grading.

Units: 5.0
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Overall Rating 4.3
Easiness 3.9/ 5
Clarity 4.2/ 5
Workload 4.2/ 5
Helpfulness 4.3/ 5
Overall Rating 3.9
Easiness 3.7/ 5
Clarity 3.8/ 5
Workload 4.3/ 5
Helpfulness 3.8/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Fall 2022 - I really liked Tina’s lectures! I’ve always been interested in ecology and evolutionary biology, so I found her content about the emergence of life on Earth (and potentially other satellites) to be really engaging and interesting. Tina’s also quite funny and puts a lot of memes on her slides (and generally makes them look cool), so I think most people would enjoy her lectures. The only con about Tina is that she doesn’t use Zoom, so you always had to go in person to sit in a class of 500 people wet coughing. I also mentioned this in my review of Jean-Luc, but the class should be easy as long as you pay attention during lecture, and the tests were also relatively easy and open-note. Some questions were a bit tricky but generally you could find the answers in the lecture notes, and if not, the textbook. I agree with some of the other reviews that sometimes the questions seemed to come out of nowhere or were worded weirdly, but most of the questions weren’t like this and usually you could make a solid guess based on process of elimination. Tina’s homework was manageable and pretty much was a copy of her slides. You also get unlimited time to think about the problems and can use your notes (and your lowest 2 homeworks get dropped!) Plenty of opportunities to do well in this class, plus I ended up loving what we learned in this class so I highly recommend it, especially if you’re down to completely upheave your perception of life and the universe.
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