People and the Earth's Ecosystems

Laurence C Smith

People and the Earth's Ecosystems

Geography department

Laurence C Smith

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Visualizing Environmental Science
Linda R. Berg, David M. Hassenzahl, Mary Catherine Hager
ISBN: 9781118169834
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Visualizing Environmental Science 4th Binder R edition by Berg, Linda R. (2013) Loose Leaf
David Hassenzahl, Mary Catherine Hager, Linda R. Berg
ISBN: 9781118838792
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Spring 2010
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Spring 2006
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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 10, 2005 Grade Received: N/A

I took the class as a GE and expected it to be pretty easy. Being a person who cannot take multiple choice tests, I completely bombed his first midterm because he writes the most confusing questions. I ended up having to take it P/NP just so it wouldn't affect my gpa. His lectures drag on and I had a hard time paying attention. Don't take this course if you expect an easy A

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 30, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

I took Geog 5, which is GE, and loved it. He is sweet, funny, and a good lecturer. The material is interesting, and the tests are very straight forward (all multiple choice) he makes it very clear that if you attend lecture and pay attention, you'll do great in the class. He is a great prof and I'd highly recommend him!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 29, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

So I took this class as a GE and it was incredibly easy. I made an A+ without much effort. All you have to do is memorize the lecture notes. But this class is soo boring. I mean there were 3 lectures on air pollution alone. Definitely bring some coffee or something to survive when he starts talking about soil. Yawn. The lab sections were pretty ridiculous. Prof. Smith tried to keep it balanced during lecture, but the labs were totally "THINK THIS WAY!!!" I mean I'm a liberal democrat and like the enviroment and think it should be protected but seriously some people need to get a grip. The TA I had, Sarah, told me I had "strange" opinions when I disagreed with her once. For those remember- meat, cars, energy usage = bad and biodiversity, walking = good. So if you want an easy A this is the class for you but if you want something interesting- probably not.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 16, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Yeah...it's an "easy" GE. However its easiness isn't even worth it...the class is boring! It's my last GE, and I'm glad to say it's over, but there are more interesting GE classes out there, so I wouldn't recommend taking this class unless it fits really conveniently into your schedule.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 3, 2014 Grade Received: N/A

The class is good. Just listen in lecture and do all the readings.

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Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 4, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

TAKE THIS CLASS! It's an "easy GE" but it also gives you a real understanding of environmental issues... I gave up seafood after his fish farming lecture! He's really passionate about the material, and it shows in his lectures. The class was interesting and interactive - especially the botanical garden field trip. Go to all the lectures. It preps you for the midterm/final - which are pretty basic information if you pay attention in class - and they just rock. TA sessions are cool, because you get to watch videos like An Inconvenient Truth. One of my FAVORITE professors at UCLA!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 20, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

ridiculous grading curve. only 5 people got As on the midterm and final out of the whole class so he had to curve a lot. He is a nice guy, but honestly, this class was a complete waste of time. If you're not interested in environmental science, do not take this class, even though it's "easy." It's better to just take a harder class you're actually interested in.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Aug. 1, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

Loved the class, the professor, and the materials. He posts lecture slides online but he leaves out some stuff and he includes stories from the lecture on the midterm and exam. His lectures were pretty interesting and he's a sweet guy. The final exam was not cumulative and all you need to do is study the lecture notes and read the book so you can rock the multiple choice questions. I got an A.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 16, 2015 Grade Received: N/A

Boring and only tested on information he said in lecture.

Overall, his class was the worst Arby's I've ever been to.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 13, 2008 Grade Received: N/A

smith is an awesome professor. his lecture can be a little dry, but he gives you everything you need to pass his class. he posts lecture slides online so many do not attend class, but beware, on the test he puts many questions about random stories he tells in class. he does not have a cummulative final, or a final during finals week. he has a great personality and just gives off a positive attitude. the class for a GE and lab is pretty easy.

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Visualizing Environmental Science
Linda R. Berg, David M. Hassenzahl, Mary Catherine Hager
ISBN: 9781118169834
View on Amazon

Visualizing Environmental Science 4th Binder R edition by Berg, Linda R. (2013) Loose Leaf
David Hassenzahl, Mary Catherine Hager, Linda R. Berg
ISBN: 9781118838792
View on Amazon
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