Lab Section DOES NOT MEET the first week of class
The lab book is required for the first lab session. Buy it in the bookstore.
All assignments are listed on the class web pages <Assignment Schedule>
Class site: http://oceanography.geol.ucsb.edu/~gs4/W2005/Index.html
Required course material:
This class is about how the earth works. I hope it will inform you of vital issues and the science behind then in this rapidly changing world, where global warming and environmental degradation seem to be an inevitable part of our future. The ocean plays a key role in the earth's climate system, not only as a producer of food and source of recreation, but as a transporter of heat energy, sink for greenhouse gases, and moderator of the climate. Decisions that irreversibly affect the health of our Earth environment are made on the basis of scientific findings that have significant political and economic implications. Computer literacy and communication skills are also vital for the literate 21'st century citizen. In this course you will access Earth data, ponder on its meaning, work with your fellow students, critically evaluate science issues, and write several short science papers. I hope for you to learn how to gather your own information and make your own informed conclusions about the implications of scientific research.
This course is different from GS-4 taught by other professors. The use of real Earth data and science writing are emphasized instead of memorization of lecture material. My course requires more of your time than other versions. You will use the computer for data access, writing, and Internet access to information on the World-Wide Web. These skills will be very useful to you in your future college courses and career.
This course satisfies an L&S Writing Requirement
The subject matter for this course:
How hard is this class?
The class grade average is generally higher than other versions of this course. Any student willing to put in the effort can get a good grade this class. In the past, grades were on the curve and 12% got D's or lower. In this class, grading is on an absolute scale and theoretically, all students could get A's. However, students put in a great deal of work on their assignments.
URL for class assignments, readings, and other resources:
TA Office Hrs will be posted when they are available.
Exams and grading:
Grades will be assigned to (see the course web pages for the percentage breakdowns) <link>: