Fall 2021 - I took this class as a freshman at UCLA in my fall 2021 quarter. Everyone on BruinWalk said it was really easy, the professor was great, etc., so I decided to take it for my science GE lab credit. However, don't be fooled by these reviews, as this class is not as easy as everyone says. Professor Coffey is great and gives pretty engaging lectures. He makes learning about rocks as interesting as it can be. But he went into pretty vivid detail about the concepts and I was surprised by how much we were required to know for an intro level course. (To be fair, I am not a science person, so if you love science, you probably won't struggle too much in this class.) The material isn't hard to understand, but there is a lot of it that you have to know. I studied maybe 3-4 hours each for the 2 midterms and the final and got a fairly low grade on each one. I had to pass/fail the class because the tests and labs were pretty difficult and were bringing down my grade. Some of the labs are tricky as well. We did the labs through CCLE and they were mostly multiple choice with a few short answers, but you do not really receive partial credit for anything in the labs. The labs consisted of identifying different types of rocks (harder than it looks when you have 10 black rocks in front of you that look exactly the same) and going through Google Earth stimulations (these were pretty easy as you just follow the instructions that guide you through it.) There is also a 5 or so minute presentation on a science book at the end of the quarter. This presentation is pretty easy and you can skim the book, make a slideshow, and still get an A. Overall, this class wasn't necessarily hard, but it is definitely not a super easy science GE. You are required to go into pretty vivid detail on the midterms and final in order to get an A. You really need to know the material inside and out because the TAs are looking for detailed, specific answers on the exams. You definitely can't bs your way through this class, and you have to put in a pretty big amount of effort to get an A. There is basically no math in this class besides converting measurements, and it is easier than any chem, physics, or bio class I have taken previously. Also, I had Jake as my TA and he was pretty chill, nice, and funny. He let our lab section retake a lab because the average score was like a D or something like that. Anyway, this class is overall one of the easier science GEs at UCLA, but is by no means easy. Put in a LOT of effort into really studying and memorizing the material, and take the labs seriously (don't slack off), and you should be fine.
Fall 2022 - Kevin is a great professor who really cares about his students and goes out of his way to help them out. He offers tea in his room if you'd like to chat and has lots of office hours where you can go and talk to him. The class has many labs, which were difficult to do because the TA had a strong accent. The exams are goal-based, so if you review the slides you'll be more than fine. The class builds up to a final project of mapping the Rainbow Basin, which is a lot of fun but quite tedious. There are 2 weekends of camping in the basin which is very fun, and you bond with your classmates and with Kevin on the trip. His only downside is he grades very strictly and rather harshly, meaning that you could easily not get an A if you make little mistakes here and there throughout the quarter. He says, "Everyone here could get an A, but you won't". I took this class because I wanted to do the geology minor, but now I'm not so sure. The class was really in-depth, and I'm not too sure I want to take classes that are really technical. I like rocks, but now I'm thinking that it's a little but much for me. That's just me, though.