Fall 2022 - Park Williams was amazing as a professor for this class. S. Feldblum was an amazing TA too. I loveee this type of material and this class single-handedly made me decide to add Geography/Enviro Studies as my second major. The class goes over geology, atmospheric studies, oceanography, meteorology, ecology, etc. It is sooo so interesting and quite easy if you take good notes on the lectures slides and review them adequately before the exams. The problem sets were also easy and the TAs and even the prof himself were helpful if you had any questions.
Spring 2023 - I love Professor Williams! Hands down one of my favorite physical geography classes I have ever taken at UCLA. He is very passionate about what he is teaching. The figures on the slides are mostly made by himself, which makes it even more impressive. I have learned much about climate science and gained more appreciation for it. Even though I was trained to be a more human geographer, this class is A MUST if you are a geography major. The workload is reasonable with weekly lab questions (4-5 questions based on the lectures), a midterm, and a final. The exams are reasonable, and lab questions help you understand and learn the materials better. The textbook is helpful but unnecessary since it will cover everything in the slides anyway, but exploring more within the topics is good. The lecture attendance is not mandatory, but it is vital to fully understand the materials since the slides can be very bare bones. During my quarter, he also recorded the lecture, but it is not guaranteed that the video might be of good quality. The order of the lecture topics makes a lot of sense, building on one another and expanding my knowledge of this discipline. Overall, I enjoyed the class a lot and would recommend it to anyone interested in this field, especially to those majoring in geography, of course!