Introduction to History of Science: History of Modern Science, Relativity to DNA
I currently taking phil 3 with him and this class is by far the hardest GE I have ever taken. The TA's think they we are philosophy students and expect us to know how to write "philosophy papers". TAs are pretty worthless, they think you know and care about philosophy. The WEEKLY quizzes are supposed to be "easy" but can actually be pretty challenging. Avoid this class at all costs!!!
Professor Porter is not a good lecturer. He is brilliant, and quite witty, but is boring to be lectured by. If you speak to him outside of class, you will be impressed, but you will find it hard to stay awake in class. He is such a nice guy that it hurts me to write this, but he doesn't get paid to teach, he gets paid to publish and research, so this isn't hurting him professionally. The class I was in consisted of 150 students enrolled with 75 attending lecture regularly. About 2 weeks into the quarter, the professor noted that half the class must have "dropped". The following day he was handing out the essay assignment, and all students were in attendance, and you could see the look of disappointment on his face. The grades are determined by your TA for the most part, and the TA I had was awesome but strict. An 'A' was hard to come by. A 'B' almost guaranteed.