People and the Earth's Ecosystems

Thomas W Gillespie

People and the Earth's Ecosystems

Geography department

Thomas W Gillespie

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit

Textbooks

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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Grades

Fall 2016
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

Fall 2015
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Fall 2014
39.6%
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Fall 2013
35.8%
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Fall 2012
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Fall 2009
44.2%
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Jan. 8, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. G is AWESOME.. but please please make sure you attend the labs because they're worth a whole chunk of ur grade (I found out the hard way as I got a low grade due to missing half of those damn friday 9AM labs), and attend the lecture because Gillespie is simply one of the best lecturers that I've come across. Take this class! attend all the labs, do all the work, take good notes during lectures, study them before midterm and final, and u'll do fine.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 14, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Never before have i been piss drunk with my friends discussing the controversial issues of Bush's environmental policies. But Gillespie's class did it for me! the class left an impression that went beyond the classroom, inspiring me to discuss and cite environmental issues at a many random moments. the topics covered were great and so is he as a prof! i literally felt like i missed out if i didnt attend a class. i haven't met many profs like him....

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 10, 2009 Grade Received: N/A

Geog 5 is one of my favorite classes taken at UCLA. Gillespie's lecturing skills are superb, I thoroughly enjoyed going to lecture every monday and wednesday and listening to what he had to say. He made the material fun to learn and I actually enjoyed studying. The midterm and final were 52 multiple choice questions and he gave us a study guide before both. The labs were fairly simple yet helpful, and the presentations at the end were very insightful. I would definitely recommend Gillespie for any student considering taking him.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 14, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

TAKE THIS CLASS!!! I took it because it got good reviews but I actually learned a lot in his class and thoroughly enjoyed it! GILLESPIE IS THE BEST TEACHER AT UCLA! I actually looked forward to his class at 9:30 AM. He is SOOO FUNNY and very very entertaining. He's very cool and I know anyone who didnt like his class or didnt like him. The class and labs are very, very easy. Someone finished the final in 10 mins! He genuinely cares about the enviornment and his students. He gives out review sheets for everything you need to know for the midterm and final--so you know what you need to do to do well. He will help you in any way he can. Just email him or visit his office hours! You won't regret taking this class. I dont know how to write a better review! If you dont take a class of his-u are missing out!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted April 3, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

You're in for a fun filled quarter if you happen to get into Prof G's class. Gillespie is great at grabbing people's attention and delivering lots of laughs during class time. I actually looked forward to going to lecture, not necessarily because of the material, but the entertaining mannerisms of the professor.

Still, I would still say I got much more out of the class than I expected. At first, Geog 5 seemed like a rehash of AP Enviro Sci, but in fact, the information sticks in my head much better after lecture.

The blog project was easy, so were labs, although they were as some mentioned, a tad boring. We had a fieldtrip to Sage Hill and the Botanical Gardens. I would say you should read the textbook to review on terms before the midterm and finals.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 13, 2013 Grade Received: N/A

Looking for a good science GE? This class is great. Gillespie really enjoys what he teaches, and it shows. The class is engaging, easy, and the perfect balance to a tough schedule, especially if you know you've got a bunch of tough essay writing next quarter. You'll learn up-to-date thing about how we are affecting the environment. It's very interesting, and I have a textbook if you need one. hipelsiehop@gmail.com

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Dec. 31, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Professor Gillespie is the BEST. Geography 5 was a great class if you are interested in the environment around you. He is an awesome lecturer and makes lectures go by very quickly (most times ends early as well). First half is all about ecosystems, megafauna, plant species, etc. and second half is more about global warming, GIS, GPS. etc. I regret not attending all lectures and working harder in the class.

I would say this is an EASY and interesting GE class if you know how to study. There is a midterm (50 mc) and a final (50 mc) and in discussion a blog project and some other assignments. The blog you make is extremely elementary... if you know how to research and you take time to make your blog aesthetically pleasing, you will get an A.

I got a C- on the midterm (as I hadn't attended 1 lecture and decided not to study) a B+ on the final (I started going to class and enjoyed it a lot) and an A in discussion which resulted in a B+ for no good effort.

With a tad bit of effort this class is an easy A that will leave you understanding more about the world you live in.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted Nov. 29, 2012 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Gillespie is an amazing professor! He keeps your attention throughout the lecture and is incredibly friendly. The class is pretty easy, just go to lecture (he doesn't use power points or record his lecture) take notes and when you get to the midterm and final he gives you a study guide that insures you a good grade if you study. On the midterm you have to accurately draw a world map but if you practice before it isn't too bad. Plus if you go to his office hours to talk about the midterm he will do all he can to give you some points back.

The lab section is pretty boring, its really long and you are never tested on the things you learn. You do have to do one project, make a blog about an ecosystem, but at least my TA was really laid back about it and it was basically a joke. There is one really fun lab that Dr. Gillespie runs where you walk around outside and he hacks at plants with a machete. Awesome.

Definitively take this class for a science GE, you learn a lot and even if geography isn't you thing, the stuff you learn absolutely applies to other fields. Lots of the stuff we talked about coincided with my Global Studies class.

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted June 9, 2004 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Gillespie makes geography a blast. He is so animated, entertaining, and passionate about his subject. Labs were a bore, but Gillespie's lectures made up for it! One week, he leads all of the labs through a hike, using a maschetti to cut a path through tall plants. TAKE THIS CLASS if you're a non-science major!

Quarter Taken: N/A Submitted May 10, 2003 Grade Received: N/A

Dr. G is the best professor I've had so far at UCLA! He is absolutely AMAZING. His enthusiasm about geography is contageous. I never even thought about geography as a major until this class; it has seriosuly made me reconsider my major choice. Plus Dr. G loves exclamation points !!!!!!!!

Seriously, he is a great guy who gets the point across without making it boring or difficult. His final was the shortest final I've ever taken (30 minutes max.) It was simple, straightforward, and covered all the main points. You would have to try to get a bad grade in Dr. G's class. What are you waiting for? Take him now!!!!

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Tags

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again
  • Has Group Projects
  • Snazzy Dresser
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit

Textbooks

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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