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He seems really nice, but I had so much trouble listening to his lectures. Luckily, he posts his notes online, and that's really all I studied. The book is almost completely useless, so I suggest if you don't want to spend money, don't buy the book. Honestly, I only studied the lecture notes the night before and I felt so unprepared. And when you take the test, trust me. You will feel unprepared. I walked out of each midterm feeling like I got destroyed. But thank god for the curve. I received 66/100 on each midterm and got an A- for both. But to be honest...I don't even know how I got a 66. I felt like I knew probably 2 out of the 50 questions. The labs are pretty tiring, and the lab final is difficult as well. But it's curved! I got a 75 on the lab final if I remember correctly and have no clue what I received on the final. Got an A overall.
One word of advice: go to SAC. They only have the final, but the final I took and the final I got from SAC were almost EXACTLY the same. I'm not sure if he'll do it again, but it won't hurt to study that exam. But to give you insight on how difficult the final was, even when I worked on the practice final with the internet, with the book, and with his lecture notes...I only could be sure of about 60% of the answers.
so...I don't know if you want to take the class and bet on the curve. But the curve was INSANE. so it's not that much of a gamble.
The professor's a nice guy...but I had trouble learning. What saved me was his generosity with the curve and that's all I can say about Professor Bird.
Took this course as one of my required classes, but I've decided to switch majors and so this basically counts as a GE now. Lectures are dreadful. You can tell the man is sweet as honey and really cares about his students and is passionate about what he teaches, but let's face it. There are only so many of us who can really find plate tectonics and icebergs interesting.
I didn't go to many of his lectures because he posts the power points online. However, I do recommend going to lectures because he tends to elaborate on the bullet points more. Labs aren't boring so much as they are difficult. Labs are graded pretty harshly and will determine the majority of your lab grade (along with the lab final). However, most TAs will be happy to help if you can't answer a question. Just make sure you don't ask them the answers to everything. The lab final is pretty difficult, study your labs and you will be fine.
Midterms and final for this class were fairly difficult but not impossible. Study your notes and READ THE BOOK. I cannot stress this enough. I took the first midterm without having read the book at all and got a C. After that midterm, I started putting a bit more effort and read the book as instructed by the syllabus and got an A- on the second one. The final is based mostly on your notes but a lot of it is also textbook-related, so don't underestimate the power of the textbook.
The curve is nice. Ended up with a B+ in the class without putting too much effort. Studying is KEY to success in this course.
Warning: tough class for only a GE. The final and midterms are curved and multiple choice, BUT THEY ARE HARD!!!! I'm talking detailed questions that the readings and lectures really didn't cover. By far, one of the hardest GE I've taken. I really studied a lot and ended up with a B+. Labs are ridiculously hard and you're sitting there like "wtf is going on? how am I suppose to do this?" Make sure you get T.A. Sarah, not Sunny. (If you have a question, Sunny will just tell you to look it up in the book, even if it is not in the book.) The subject was a bit dry and a lot of people fell asleep. All in all, only take this class if you have to or it's your last choice.