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By far one of the best professors I've had. He is very nice, and his lectures are very informative. He helps you prep for the midterms well. However, the labs are horrible. They are such I waste of time. They are long and tedious. If you have to take Astro, only take it with him. Everyone else makes the class harder than it needs to be.
Overall an easy class. One could easily skip class, but I thought most of the lectures were easy and worth going to. The class was really easy. I skipped a couple of weeks and came out with an A. The lab is also very basic. But the class is really interesting.
I took Astro 3 with Hauser and it was great. The material wasn't that difficult but he made lectures interesting and he covered all the material that we were required to know. His tests were straightforward and fair and Hauser was very lenient with due dates etc. He made class genuinely interesting and I'm very satisfied with the course. If you have the chance to take Astro 3 with him, I strongly recommend it.
Let me just start by saying that I am a north campus major, and I took Astro 3 with Hauser just to get rid of my GE requirement. I'm don't typically enjoy math or science courses, but he made this class genuinely interesting. I actually looked forward to his lectures, since he has a very quirky sense of humor and mixes in little videos to keep people interested. He also brought snacks each day for any of the 200+ students that were hungry. Who does that?
The material is not that hard, and the weekly labs are manageable. I had Matt House as a TA and he was very helpful in answering any questions about the labs. Professor Hauser is very open to helping students with work and answering questions during office hours. I regret only going twice to ask for help.
In terms of difficulty, I don't think there is a single class anywhere at UCLA where it is so easy to get an A. Prof Hauser curves the midterms and the finals to the extent that a C+/B- is an A. According to the final grades, almost 50% got some sort of an A, and over 90% got some sort of a B or A! Take this class if you're looking for an easy A, but more importantly, take it if you're looking for a professor that will make the subject fascinating.
Bottom line...if Hauser is teaching Astro 3 again, and it fits into your schedule, TAKE THE CLASS!
Hauser is the best teacher ever!! Yes, I only had him for Astro 3, and yes, that is a GE, but if he teaches his other courses as well as he did astronomy, I would take him 10 times over! Not only is he a good teacher, he's also very straightforward. Just copy down everything he puts up in his lecture slides and you will for SURE ace the exams. I overslept and missed my midterm, but he just gave me a half hour oral exam during his office hours. Who does that? only hauser.
oh, yes, and I got an A in the class without studying-just attended lectures, went to the labs, did the online quizzes....that was all. TAKE ASTRO 3 w/ Hauser IF U WANT AN EASY A! plus, astronomy actually turns out to be quite interesting