Environmental Science

Aug 2003

(This review may be boring, but it’s true) Things that we already know from other reviews: It’s true. He’s a spirited Italian guy that teaches from slides and yells about American over-consumption. There’s a lot of statistical data about environmental issues presented, and you need to know almost all of it. Some find it interesting (myself included) and others find it boring. The tests are nitpicky, but they are the only things you have to do in the course. Attendance, although helpful, is not necessary Things we should know but may not know yet from other reviews: Although a good grade is possible with a bit of work, it’s not an easy A. Mancinelli says that he absolutely does NOT grade on a curve, which means As are hard to come by unless you ace the exams. The “light reading that can really all be done the day before the test” that very scholarly reviewers recommend won’t get you a decent grade unless you have a photographic memory; is probably one of the main reasons that most of the students in the section that I took received horrible grades on the first test. In any case, I highly recommend the course for anyone truly interested in the environment. Mancinelli is eccentric but also effective at teaching his material. Grade Grubber’s HowTo: (This holds true only if the course format hasn’t changed from his past course) There is one textbook, one supplemental text (called the ESIS), and a study guide for the course. Check the ESIS out of the Env. Sci. library (reserves) and photocopy it immediately – do not underestimate the ESIS! Get the ESIS back to the library within an hour or they may be fine you. After you flip through the ESIS, get the study guide and highlight all of the correct answers to the practice tests (do not take the tests, just highlight the correct answers – be careful!) and memorize them. Do the same with the practice tests that he will give to you. There are 3 multiple choice exams (two smaller exams with 80 questions each, and a 120 question final) only 1 of the 80 question exams count; take them both anyway as the first exam will quickly familiarize you with the general exam format. Use the two smaller exams, along with the ESIS, book, and study guide practice tests to study for the final exam. If you see conflicting data from the textbook and ESIS, use the ESIS data. Do all of this *without slacking off* too much, and you will do very well in the course.

Jan 2002

I thought this class would be an easy one to fulfill the Core science requirement. The material itself isn't so can actually be interesting because it's related directly to current events. It's Mancinelli that makes the class unbearable. His wild rants and ravings in his thick accent makes these supposedly "activist" spcheels incomprehensible on so many levels. I decided I was wasting my time and I never went to class after the first week. I passed just fine...I suppose those who have a passion for old Italians yelling and a textbook full of statistics to be memorized (for example: the test will ask what ratio of humans will be both poor and malnourished in 2050 in comparison to first world populations in get my rant...i care, but not enough to memorize percent signs and numbers), can get really good grades.