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GEOG 1 (Spring 2012)

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50 70 11 50 49

Comment: Lectures are dry, the scope of the class goes beyond geography 1, and the questions on climate are extremely difficult. I would recommend Geo 40 over this class if you are seeking to satisfy the geography lower division prerequisite for the earth science portion.

GEOG 1 (Spring 2012)

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45 64 40 56 40

GEOG 1 (Spring 2012)

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65 50 50 50 37

GEOG 1 (Spring 2012)

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17 40 4 39 25

GEOG 1 (Spring 2012)

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40 49 38 71 41

Comment: I found his lectures really dull and so it was tough to pay attention. Also, my GSI was not knowledgeable on the topics, so the lab portion of the class was also harder than it needed to be

GEOG 1 (Spring 2011)

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75 60 50 70 81

GEOG 1 (Spring 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

GEOG 1 (Fall 2009)

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GEOG 1 (Fall 2009)

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34 93 24 39 40

Comment: Byrne is a very boring lecturer, there is almost no need to go to calss until the final weeks because most of what he talks about is in the book, as long as you read it. The assignments are given in lab and for the most part can be completed during lab time. The GSI (at least the one I got) wasn't the most helpful, there was times she didn't know answers to some of our question and instead other students answered them...

GEOG 1 (Fall 2009)

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23 64 44 54 29

Comment: Byrne is a boring lecturer unless you are really into Geography, which I was not. Took the class P/NP so can't really say I put a lot of effort into it. Exams were fair and there was no homework assignments other than the labs, which was easy.

GEOG 109 (Spring 2012)

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50 0 28 41 36

Comment: Your grade is completely based on 2 exam scores, your mid-term counting for around 33% and the final for 66%!! There isn't much reading, but pay very close attention because he pulls out random terms for you to define on the tests. Also, the lectures are scattered and slides are mostly images so be prepared to take lots of notes because he bases a lot of the test on things he mentions in class that coincide with what's in the reading. ALSO!--> do yourself a favor and read the first half of the book "Guns, Germs, and Steel" by Jared Diamond because he does a really good job of spelling out everything you'll need to know for the class and helps puts it into context better than the class. I really wish I would've discovered the book BEFORE i took the class

GEOG 109 (Spring 2012)

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69 69 80 67 55

Comment: Let's get this out of the way: Prof. Byrne is DULL. I mean, in all seriousness, drink some coffee before going to class. I am not insulting Prof. Byrne, because beside his dullness, he's knowledgeable, fair, and nice. Also he's always willing to answer questions after class or during office hours. The exams are fair: lecture notes + readings. I got a C+ on my midterm but learned my lessons and got an A- in the class after taking the final. If you take Byrne, at least you'll know what to expect. Boring, sure, but competent and knowledgeable, definitely.

GEOG 109 (Spring 2012)

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50 3 50 4 51

Comment: This guy is nice. But it's hard to get excited about PREHISTORIC AGRICULTURE. Whoop de friggin doo. Unless, of course, it's your major, in which case, I have the utmost respect. And I say that without any facetiousness at all. Seriously. You're studying something that many people look down on and wonder if it can be useful for anything besides fulfilling departmental requirements. I myself can't see how this will be useful in any way, but hey, you'll figure it out. Just be warned, though. This guy is a nice guy. He's just extremely dull. And so is this class.

GEOG 109 (Spring 2012)

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GEOG 148 (Spring 2010)

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70 100 80 78 42

Comment: Although his lectures might be boring at times (he likes to focus mainly on plants and sediment cores), if you go to to lecture, take notes and know the things he spends a long time on in lecture, you'll do fine on the exams. No discussion, so there's no homework. Reading is not required but supplementary (getting the book might help with examples good for essay questions on exams).