September 21, 2014

McManus, Jerry Silver_nugget and Shaw, Tiffany
The Earth System: Climate

Please keep in mind that this review is more than 5 years old.

I took this class first semester of my freshman year and it changed the way I think about the earth. We learned about how and why our weather patterns exist, why there are deserts where they are, and how the ocean is acidifying due to global climate change. No prior knowledge is assumed. Only algebra is required. Professor Shaw teaches the first half of the semester, and she is fantastic. Her lecture style is geared so we really understand the material, and she reviews key concepts from the last lecture at the beginning of the next day so you know what to study. Professor McManus is even better, though! He's a super sweet guy who just really loves talking about the oceans, and his office hours are very relaxed. They both really want you to succeed. The lab portion is well integrated and actually illustrates concepts from class.

10/10 would recommend.


Homework is completely doable - just a few (2-5) problems/week. The tests are easy if you study - no tricky material. Lab can be tedious, but it's all done on the computer, so you can do it from your bed - you don't have to stay in lab period if you don't want to. But the TA's are really helpful if you do.