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GEOB 102

Our Changing Environment: Climate and Ecosystems

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3OK Class
3Kinda Interesting
3Kinda Useful

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3OK Prof

Prof: Audrey Pearson / Spring 2023

Mar 6, 2023

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Okay so I think they've completely overhauled the structure of this course? Firstly, it's called GEOS 102 now, and unfortunately, it's WAY harder than what 2021 reviews are saying. There's no high school review to be seen, and the weather content is tough. The overall ideas are quite easy to grasp but there's lots of pure memorization of niche details (like the names of air masses, meteorological regions, etc). Classes are live streamed, so attendance isn't mandatory. I think I'll probably get a B or a low A. Structure: 2 exams: one midterm and one final (made up of multiple choice +short and long answers but no calculations) 4 labs 5 open-book short quizzes with six questions each (and sometimes they spring concepts on you that weren't in lectures...)

Course Content

First half is climate and weather, second half is eco-systems and biogeography.

Comments on the professor

She speaks really fast in-person, so I ended up just staying home and watching lectures (so I could pause when I needed to). She lowkey reads directly off the slides, but she's nice enough.


- Take very detailed notes on lectures. They'll help you on labs, quizzes, and exams. - No need to buy the textbook. There are free pdfs online and you don't really use it very much. - No feedback on labs unless you go ask for it from TAs.

Delivery: HybridGrade: Not sure yetWorkload: ModerateTextbook Use: Optional
Assignment HeavyExam Heavy

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3.7Good Class
3Avg. Difficulty

Mar 16, 2021

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Good class for arts students to get science credits. Climate is with Sara, Ecosystems is with Jennifer. Both are good profs but the first half is easier marked and easier content for me.


8 Friday Activities, you need to do 7. Do the first 7. Completion marks only. For lectures, take notes. For the friday lectures it's all activity but Jennifer will have some content. Textbook is optional, so skip that. Four exams in the course and they count the top 3. I always suggest taking all 4 for obvious reasons

Grade: B+Attendance: Non-MandatoryTextbook Use: No

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4.7Amazing Class
5Very Interesting
5Very Useful

Jan 6, 2021

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The course is taught by two wonderful profs. The first half is review of high school science classes and the second half of the course was a lot more difficult content-wise, but the prof was very clear on what she wanted from students so I did great. The structure of the course made it very easy to do great in, basically 51% of the marks are given to your for free (15% on quizzes + 8% on attendance + 28% on lab assignments). GO TO THE NON-MANDATORY LABS for lab assignments because they literally go over the answers. Exams are a bit difficult but you get your lowest mark dropped (49% from 4 exams).


go to the non-mandatory labs for going over assignments and exams

Grade: A+Attendance: MandatoryTextbook Use: Optional

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