Why are so many of the GE courses so intense? This course was crazy hard, it seems laughable that it would be-but you have to memorize alot of material that is not even gone over in class. The labs are pretty time consuming and regardless if your sick, you will get an F, if you don't show up-no make up offered. Unless you want to major in Earth sciences then I would not advise anyone to take this course.
Oceanography: The material for this class is essentially very easy. A good ge for non-south campus majors. However, I could not bring myself to attend lectures because this teacher was very boring. When I did go I would doze off in boredom. The labs are where I learned all the information I needed for the course. Grab a buddy and you can be done within an hour. Slides and audio are available for the class, which makes it easy to ditch. The tests are ridiculously detailed, which means even though you study you still may not do well. If you want to do well on the test, you have to remember marginal details. This class is very boring but also easy. If I had paid more attention I probably would have gotten an A.
Fall 2019 - I don't come from a STEM background nor am I smart, but I still managed to get an A- in this class largely because Professor Schauble is very generous with the grading of this class. First of all, an A- in this class is 88%. He also offers a maximum of 2% extra credit by watching and writing a short report on episodes of Planet Earth or Blue Planet, making an A- in this class basically an 86%. I got a C+ and a B- on the midterms and a B on the final and still got an A- in this class because of how the class was set up. The largest grade booster in this class is the lab section. Lab is a grueling two hours, but it was a necessary evil because the quizzes were really easy and made up a large portion of the grade. Showing up and doing the long worksheet made up another large portion of the grade, further diluting the weight of the exams. There is also a lab final, which is essentially a glorified lab quiz which makes up 10% of the grade. If you study for 15 minutes right before the quizzes, you'll get a 10/10. Therefore, if you study the quizzes that are handed back for about an hour, you should get 100+% (there is extra credit) on the lab final. As for the exams, they're actually somewhat difficult: the multiple choice is easy but the short answers actually require some deeper knowledge of the topics. Other reviewers have mentioned that you should read the textbook and you'll be fine. Although I'm sure it worked for some, but for me, it didn't help too much. The main reason why I did so much better on the final than on the midterms was because I stopped looking at the textbook as my predecessors have recommended and instead focused on the lecture material. All in all, it's a pretty decent class and you don't even need to show up to lecture. The content can be really boring at times, but for a relatively easy A, I'd say its worth it.
Intro to Oceanography. Overall, this class was fun. Labs and attendance to labs contribute to your final grade. 1 quiz during each lab but they're super easy and also a lab final which is also super easy. Classes are pod cast, I literally skipped almost half the lectures and watched his recordings online instead. If you're planning to skip lecture, watch his pod casts. His lecture slides are on the website so you don't really have to take notes. His 2 mid terms are super easy, just get his previous test papers from the test bank do them. Also, read the book, it's very very straightforward. However, this class gets a little boring towards the end, nothing unbearable, just a little memorizing work as you get closer to finals. His finals is not difficult but you still have to study for it. He also gives you a lot of chances for extra credit. He had about 10+ seminars and 2 movies to watch, each 0.5% after you submit an essay about half a page to a page long. You can go up to 2% which is actually a lot. The TAs for this class are very nice too. I really recommend this class when Prof. Edwin teaches it.