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with Molly Costanza-Robinson6 days ago

I didn't enjoy this course, was extremely basic---more so than APES if you took it in high school. We spent maybe a month on systems diagrams/feedback loops which was pointless and it felt like 97% of the class was not engaged for good reason. Would not recommend unless you need it for your major.

Slow-PacedNo Exams
3hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Molly Costanza-Robinsonlast month

I didn't enjoy this course, it all felt extremely basic (we spent maybe 3 weeks on the concept of feedback loops, a topic that should take 10 minutes), and yet it felt like we were sprung with tough questions/harsh grading on work. Recommend another ES class if you're interested in the department as it turned me away from future courses.

Slow-PacedLots of HomeworkTough Grading
2hrs / week Average difficulty Very low value Would not take again
with Monica Przyperhart6 months ago

Monica is a great lab professor and I learned so much from her. Her office hours were helpful but labs were pretty straightforward and interesting. I learned way more from the labs than I did from the lectures with Prof. Ryan. I wish Monica taught more classes here!

Fair GradingNo ExamsEndless Writing
4hrs / week Low difficulty High value Would take again
with Peter Ryan6 months ago

The lecture section of class is pretty basic I guess but I still really enjoyed it. It was a good review, and in some cases went more in depth than we did in high school. Professor Ryan clearly loves the topic, and is very knowledgeable. There are 2 or 3 homework assignments that he gives you a week for and are completely open book. The lab section is like a whole separate class, they have similar topics but don't really interact too much. I really loved the lab section with Monica Przyperhart. We were outside collecting data in the field for practically every lab which was great. The lab section does move really fast though, you will already have collected data for your next lab report by the time you have to finish the previous one. Overall it was a good class.

The lecture section of class is pretty basic I guess but I still really enjoyed it. It was a good review, and in some cases went more in depth than we did in high school. Professor Ryan clearly loves the topic, and is very knowledgeable. There are 2 or 3 homework assignments that he gives you a week for and are completely open book. …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
3hrs / week Low difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Peter Ryan6 months ago

Really interesting course material, labs were really fun and interesting. Professor Ryan definitely had an enthusiasm for the class, honestly very enjoyable, I feel like some aspects of his teaching method did not work perfectly with me but overall very low amounts of homework and interesting course.

Fast-PacedFair GradingNo Exams
5hrs / week Some difficulty Very high value Would take again
with Peter Ryan6 months ago

I thought this was a great introduction class for the ENVS studies major/minor. It gives you good practice at analyzing and becoming more familiar with reading scientific literature. The labs are one of the best parts too, even if they sometimes feel long/require extra work. However, they are very worth it as the hands-on experience facilitates deeper learning (plus, you get to see some new parts of your beautiful campus & area).

I thought this was a great introduction class for the ENVS studies major/minor. It gives you good practice at analyzing and becoming more familiar with reading scientific literature. The labs are one of the best parts too, even if they sometimes feel long/require extra work. However, they are very worth it as the hands-on experience …Read more

Fair Grading
6hrs / week Some difficulty High value Would take again
with Alexis Mychajliw8 months ago

I liked this class. It was a bit repetitive and taught things that were not very in depth about the environment. Alexis wants you to use specific vocab and concepts in the tests. I had lab with Monica who I loved, but and although sometimes I didn't fully understand concepts, she would let me rewrite lab reports so I did understand.

Fast-PacedConstant ReadingFair Grading
1hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would not take again
with Carolyn Dash7 months ago

Professor Dash is really great and she made the labs much better than they otherwise would have been. Other than that, this course is really not great. It feels very child-like but then is also sneaky pretty challenging. I'm only an ES minor and had to take the class, and it was my least favorite class at the college but partly because I am not focused on science much. It's no big deal if you also have to take it. The labs are kind of fun and its not too intense, but def nothing special.

Professor Dash is really great and she made the labs much better than they otherwise would have been. Other than that, this course is really not great. It feels very child-like but then is also sneaky pretty challenging. I'm only an ES minor and had to take the class, and it was my least favorite class at the college but partly becau …Read more

Project-Heavy
3hrs / week Average difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Marc Lapin30 days ago

Lapin was an amazing lab professor and Peter Ryan was fantastic. Very understanding and knowledgeable. Labs were fun and engaging. Lab reports felt a bit like busy work but it's a 100 level course. Indeed

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
4hrs / week Some difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Peter Ryanlast month

Pete Ryan is great, however, some of the lab to class crossover was shaky. It was very lecture based and there were only a few projects, really only one large one. No exams, but fair sized lab reports.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingProject Exams
3hrs / week Average difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Alexis Mychajliw7 months ago

Amazing course to take especially if interested in the environment. If you are looking for a class that's is stemy but not too much work you found it. Plus the labs were so fun a lot of them were outside.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
6hrs / week Average difficulty Average value Would take again
with Alexis Mychajliw7 months ago

A lot of people think this course is too basic, however I appreciated the recap of concepts I hadn't thought about since APES and really enjoyed the introduction to college level labs and problem sets.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
3hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Peter Ryan6 months ago

This was a great course! It is a great way to start learning about various environmental topics. The labs were interesting, and the lab professors were very easy to talk to and enthusiastic about our field work.

Chill and RelaxedLots of HomeworkFair Grading
6hrs / week Some difficulty Extremely high value Would take again
with Alexis Mychajliw6 months ago

This course was pretty easy. Alexis is a cool person and good lecturer. Her slides are always fun to look at, but it is also pretty easy to no pay attention and still do fine. This class was very easy and very enjoyable.

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingNo Exams
4hrs / week Low difficulty Average value Would take again
with Peter Ryanlast year

This class was not as bad as the other reviews say, but it is a pretty boring requirement if you are an ES major/minor. It is mostly earth-science stuff that you would have learned in high school/AP EnviSci, but Professor Ryan is nice and despite his messy-er style of teaching, the class is not unbearable. I personally enjoyed the labs in comparison to other labs I have had where you sit in front of a computer for the entire time, as you actually got to get off campus and look at some pretty cool stuff!

This class was not as bad as the other reviews say, but it is a pretty boring requirement if you are an ES major/minor. It is mostly earth-science stuff that you would have learned in high school/AP EnviSci, but Professor Ryan is nice and despite his messy-er style of teaching, the class is not unbearable. I personally enjoyed the la …Read more

Slow-PacedFair GradingNo Exams
3hrs / week Average difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Alexis Mychajliwlast year

I found this course far more interesting and worthwhile than previous reviews indicate. The problem set assigned to each unit was relevant and graded fairly. Reading was minimal and interesting, and lecture was compelling. Lab work was engaging and relevant to the field. The only issue I found was that there was a disconnect between lab and lecture, which made it feel like it was actually two separate classes. I really enjoyed Monica Pryzperhart as a lab professor! Also, while the information is relatively basic, that is to be expected from a beginner class.

I found this course far more interesting and worthwhile than previous reviews indicate. The problem set assigned to each unit was relevant and graded fairly. Reading was minimal and interesting, and lecture was compelling. Lab work was engaging and relevant to the field. The only issue I found was that there was a disconnect between …Read more

Chill and RelaxedFair GradingEasy Exams
2hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would take again
with Alexis Mychajliw2 years ago

I remain annoyed by how much I hated this class: I wanted to be an ES minor, and hate to say that I was weeded by this bs weeder class. I found the content extremely interesting, but I found the professors to be pretty condescending (not dash, she was awesome!), the problem sets to be my nightmare (they were not that hard but they were really harshly graded with little explanation of expectations prior/why the answer was wrong) and the class environment super disengaging. I was excited about this and learned a decent amount, but I would rather do many bad things than take it again. I would literally not recommend it to anyone ever.

I remain annoyed by how much I hated this class: I wanted to be an ES minor, and hate to say that I was weeded by this bs weeder class. I found the content extremely interesting, but I found the professors to be pretty condescending (not dash, she was awesome!), the problem sets to be my nightmare (they were not that hard but they we …Read more

Tough GradingChill and RelaxedProject Exams
6hrs / week Very difficulty High value Would not take again
with Peter Ryanlast year

This class was just very disorganized – we only had lecture once a week, so I never felt like I was really picking up anything that we learned, and the hearings were only really helpful when I was the one giving the presentation. I had Przyperhart for lab and absolutely LOVED her as a person, but the material of the labs was either way too confusing or way too simple (IMO). Overall it just wasn't a great class, but not something to stress much about if you have to take it as a requirement, which I did.

This class was just very disorganized – we only had lecture once a week, so I never felt like I was really picking up anything that we learned, and the hearings were only really helpful when I was the one giving the presentation. I had Przyperhart for lab and absolutely LOVED her as a person, but the material of the labs was either w …Read more

Tough Grading
2hrs / week Some difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Alexis Mychajliwlast year

This class was a really broad overview of environmental science and can be pretty boring at times, although Alexis was super enthusiastic about the material and tried to make class more fun. Not too many readings, no exams, and the problem sets were not too bad. The lab and lecture can at times feel like completely separate classes, but individually both were pretty interesting and we were able to get out into the field a lot.

This class was a really broad overview of environmental science and can be pretty boring at times, although Alexis was super enthusiastic about the material and tried to make class more fun. Not too many readings, no exams, and the problem sets were not too bad. The lab and lecture can at times feel like completely separate classes, …Read more

Chill and RelaxedNo ExamsFair Grading
2hrs / week Low difficulty Above average value Would not take again
with Alexis Mychajliwlast year

I found the lectures disengaging and labs were mundane a lot of the time. The concepts are pretty straightforward, and I feel bad for any sophomores and juniors who have to take it for their major, as they probably already know a lot of the material. Class participation was low and because slides were posted afterward, many people were not paying attention. Labs were fun when we could go out into the forest for sampling, and I'm sure ES classes, later on, are more engaging and exciting.

I found the lectures disengaging and labs were mundane a lot of the time. The concepts are pretty straightforward, and I feel bad for any sophomores and juniors who have to take it for their major, as they probably already know a lot of the material. Class participation was low and because slides were posted afterward, many people we …Read more

Slow-PacedFair GradingNo Exams
1hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Alexis Mychajliwlast year

The class is as advertised: it's an all encompassing intro to ES. I took it as a sophomore because I couldn't get into it before I took higher level ES classes, so when we learned about what mass extinctions were, for ex, I was bored out of my mind. And then the tests were ridiculously difficult and vague. Profs were not accommodating. I loved lab though with Marc Lapin!

Slow-PacedLots of HomeworkTough Grading
3hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again
with Peter Ryan2 years ago

I really liked Prof Ryan, but this class was extremely uninteresting. The material is super basic, and I dont think i learned anything. The labs are taught as an essentially completely different class. Some of the field trips are cool but it does not need to be a required class. I learned most in the debate section, but it overall felt pretty scattered.

Chill and RelaxedEasy GradingNo Exams
1hrs / week Very low difficulty Very low value Would not take again
with Kate Crawfordlast year

For me, this class felt inconsistent and disorganized. This was probably partly because of COVID, but it was still underwhelming. Crawford and Mychajliw alternated teaching lecture by week, which made for some inconsistencies between teaching styles. I preferred Mychajliw to Crawford because of her approachability and enthusiasm. The lectures and labs also had almost nothing to do with each other. The lecture content was way too easy, but the instructions and grading were super unclear which made the class itself hard. Other than Mychajliw, the bright spot for me was lab with Dash because I actually felt challenged by the content. I had wanted to be an ES major, but this class changed my perspective. I would not take it unless you are an ES major; otherwise, choose a different science class for your distribution requirement.

For me, this class felt inconsistent and disorganized. This was probably partly because of COVID, but it was still underwhelming. Crawford and Mychajliw alternated teaching lecture by week, which made for some inconsistencies between teaching styles. I preferred Mychajliw to Crawford because of her approachability and enthusiasm. The …Read more

Slow-PacedLots of HomeworkFair Grading
6hrs / week Low difficulty Low value Would not take again