Fall 2020 - I really enjoyed this class despite the massive amount of readings we got each week. (Just make sure to read at least 1 a week). But if you're not interested in this topic I'm pretty sure there are easier GEs. The lectures themselves were pretty easy to understand, however, if you don't understand, the TAs go over the material every week. There were 2 midterm essays and a final comprised of short answers and 2 essays. Both were pretty doable as long as you read the material and took good notes. For the midterm, it's also really helpful to ask your TA questions if you need clarification. Shoutout to Anthony Frigon for helping me survive this class and for making this class engaging.
Prof. Rigby is awesome. He knows his stuff, is incredibly approachable outside of class, and genuinely seems interested in what he teaches. His teaching style is very relaxed, and for a non-econ minded student taking economic geography, he made all concepts very clear. He is definitely one of my favoirte professors at UCLA. The materials he assigns are always pertinent, and he makes sure to relate this material to class, rather than just telling you to read it and forgetting about it. Take this class if he teaches it again, or any class he teaches for that matter.
Fall 2019 - If you have a pretty good foundation of statistics and can understand concepts, then this is the class for you. There are 10 assignments, one for each week, and no final project. Although I did learn new concepts, I feel like this class was too easy based on UCLA's reputation and rigidity, but I do not really regret taking it. A note to the professors: I suggest either focus on statistical concepts or coding. Do not aim for both because it becomes very messy. Despite the critisim, as a junior, I am still excited to take other GIS electives. Guys, trust me, the GIS industry is booming and UCLA has one of the best departments in the nation right now. So proud of the Geo Department.