My Classes at UCLA

EPSS 9: Solar System

This is an undergraduate class covering the science of the Solar system. Avoiding the usual narrow focus on individual objects, we discuss broad classes of objects and the processes behind them. The class includes a laboratory component. Enrollment is huge!

Class size: 2010=60, 2012S=120, 2012F=140, 2013F=220, 2016W=392

Sample Syllabus |  2011W Evaluations  |  2012S Evaluations  |  2012F Evaluations  |  2013F Evaluations  |  2016W Evaluations  | 

EPSS 15: Introduction to Oceanography

Undergraduate class on the physics, chemistry and biology of the oceans. Topics covered include the properties and distribution of the oceans, their relation to geology and geophysics of the Earth, origins, source and sinks of water, thermal and salinity-driven circulation, ocean-atmosphere, climate change, carbonate-silicate cycle, oceans of other worlds, life in the ocean, benthic & pelagic life, food systems, phytoplankton, origin of life, commercial and military uses of the oceans. The class includes a laboratory component. The aim of the class is to show the true excitement of oceanography, interpreted in its broadest sense.

A student: "I just wanted to thank you for an excellent quarter; I found great value in attending your lectures not only because of the interesting science, but also because of the life lessons you continually made relevant to the class. Today's lecture, especially, was a wonderful way to end. I'll be honest, you are a bit nuts, but that's exactly what made you one of the coolest professors I've had so far. It's teachers like you that make my time here at UCLA meaningful. I thoroughly enjoyed your oceanography course, and simply wanted to express my gratitude."

Enrollment is huge!

Class size: 2013S=360, 2015S=419, 2016S=416

Sample Syllabus  |  2013S Evaluations  |  2015S Evaluations  |  2016S Evaluations  | 

EPSS 19: Fiat Lux

Special, 10-hour class for 10 < n < 20 undergraduates, consisting of two 1 hour meetings in class and an 8 hour field trip to the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Class size: 2016S=20

>  |  2016S Evaluations  | 

EPSS 200E: Planetary Origins

Graduate class emphasizing physics of planetary science. All blackboard derivations.

Class size: 2013F=5, Next offered 2015-16 Spring

Sample Syllabus  |  2013W Evaluations  | 

EPSS 286A: Planetary Lunch

Weekly discussion of topical planetary science subjects by invited speakers. Typical attendance is 20 people.

2009 and 2010.

iPLEX Lunch

Because Planetary Lunch is not enough. iPLEX lunch aims to be less formal, more interactive, and comes with pizza. Attendance is 20 to 30 people, often not the same ones as Planetary Lunch.

EPSS 264: Orders of Magnitude

Graduate, highly interactive class to encourage clear thinking about physical problems. The class is described here.

I limit the class size to about 7 to keep it interactive (except for one occasion in which I broke my own rule and reminded myself that this was a bad idea).

Next offered Spring 2017

Description  |  2009A Evaluations  |  2009B Evaluations  |  2012A Evaluations  |  2012B Evaluations  |  2013W Evaluations  |  2014S Evaluations  |  2015W Evaluations  | 

EPSS 298: Hot Topics in Planetary Science

(Fall 2016): Graduate reading class covering hot topics in planetary science.


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David Jewitt

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