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I don't have a particular interest in science, but this class was an easy GE that fills the lab requirement. Lectures were Bruin-casted and the textbook reading was short and pretty straight forward. Drake co-lectured for half the quarter and I really liked her. The labs were long but easy if you remember to cram last weeks material a few minutes before class. Schauble gives 2% extra credit, which bumped my grade up from A- to an A. The final is easier than the midterms, and you can do well on tests simply from paying attention in lectures and/or reviewing the textbook, but I found lectures more helpful than reading. You only really will do bad if you get lazy: all you have to do is spend a little time to understand the concepts
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.
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The lab quizzes are 8 questions worth 4 points each and I kept getting 3.5/4 on like every single one which is like an 88 so I think that's what made me get a B+. So make sure you're preparing well for the lab quizzes which are every week. Study for them by looking at the Lab slides from the previous week, not the lecture slides. You can basically view Lab and Lecture as separate. And for the exams, only study the Lecture slides, not the Labs or the Lab slides. I thought the first exam was so easy, then I got a 90, so I was like oh damn, but my TA graded my free response so hard for no reason. I kind of had a shitty TA. He wasn't very nice (Yufan). He's one of those teachers who gets annoyed when you ask questions saying you should've read the textbook or whatever. It's an easy class that you can get through I just should have studied more. There's no homework except the lab readings and studying for the Lab Quizzes and exams. There were two exams and a final (cumulative). I thought the final was pretty easy. It was 53 multiple choice and 7 free response that were just like drawing wind patterns on a picture of the Earth. I finished it in 50 minutes. I think you definitely need the textbook for this class. There were three chapters that you were on your own for for the final (he didn't lecture on them, you just had to read the textbook, but they were on the final).
This class is terrible. The lectures are boring and the labs are extremely unhelpful. Multiple times I have reached out to Schauble and my TA to clarify topics or to clear up an absence and their quickest reply was 4 days. The exams are manageable, but tough and he only gives like 5-10 practice questions to prepare yourself with
The professor is genuinely a nice guy. I had no problem approaching him for questions, and he does manage to make his lectures interesting.
The class itself, however, is not an easy GE. I found his midterms/finals to be very specific in terms of the questions asked. Labs are easy enough to do well on, and the lab final was pretty easy.
The book has so much more extra information than is needed, but I feel like if you read the book without going to lecture, you'd do fine. Everything is podcasted so you don't have to attend.
Professor Schauble is the best professor I've had. His class is really fun and he is always available if you have questions to ask him.
I can never make it to his office hours because my class conflicts with his schedule, but if I want to schedule an appointment with him, he will a hundred percent say yes and meet with you in another time.
He just had a baby this quarter, and the entire class is very happy for him :)
Schauble is a pretty nice guy, lovable dork type and all, but don't let this fool you. Oceanography is not such a "simple" or "easy" GE for a North Campus Major. I made a 10 page study guide for the final and still ended up with an 80 on that exam. Questions are super specific and I felt like I would've needed to memorize everything to do better. Now, I ended up with an A- by the skin of my teeth, but many who put less effort in than I did (which seemed excessive) were disappointed. If you know plate tectonics or specifics of plankton and algae, go for it. South campus majors, enjoy. North Campus majors, be a bit weary.
This class is not an easy GE in my opinion.
First off, when I signed up for the class I expected it to be interesting, after all it is oceanography. With that said, lectures are extremely boring. It was impossible for me to stay awake. He tries his best to make it interesting most of the time but the material is just boring.
The course requires a lot of work. There is a quiz every week for the lab and you need to TAKE THOSE SERIOUSLY! I did not and therefore my grade in the course sucked badd! So study for the quizzes no matter how simple they might sound b/c the questions are very specific.
READ THE BOOK! It doesnt matter if you go to lectures or not because they are not so helpful and everything is online anyway. But the lecture slides don't help either. All you need to do is read the book and you'll be good because the midterms/final ask very specific questions. STUDY HARD!
He has review sessions before the midterms and finals and he is always willing to help you and answer your questions so go to the review sessions because they are helpful and sometimes he reveals some topics that are on the test.
Another great thing is that he gives a lot of extra credit opportunities and they are easy! You need to go to a seminar and write a summary on it. Piece of cake so take advantage of that and do it!!
If you are taking the class, take it seriously, do the readings, and study hard! Its not easy so good luck!