Monthly Archives: August 2016

Why I take SC 200

Hello, My name is Thomas Ward. I am from Alexandria, Virginia, and a recent graduate of Bishop Ireton High School. I took this course for several reasons. I think science is interesting and my counselor suggested it as a good class to take. I also believe that learning how to frame a question or issue is a good skill for any major. Finally, I didn’t want to take Spanish.

I am not a science major because I already have an idea of what I want to do. I want to be an accessibility specialist. I want to learn about systems that help people with disabilities gain access to information. While my education will have a science component, I really need classes across a lot of majors to be prepared for my career. I would like to eventually work somewhere like the Target Center at the USDA ( The Target Center houses all of the assistive technologies available to federal government workers.

I am looking forward to this semester and learning how to better frame a research.



Hi, my name is Ryan Kusmira and I am currently a Senior here at Penn State. I am from a community south of the city of Pittsburgh called Bethel Park.  I am a huge sports fan, especially hockey. It was really exciting to see the Penguins win the Stanley Cup this past year! Anyways, I’m currently going to school to get a degree in Recreation Parks and Tourism management. If you’ve never heard of this major then please check out this link and see what it’s all about HERE. I had never heard of this major when I first stepped foot in Penn State, and many of you probably haven’t either. I am so happy I found this and I love my major. I needed to take another General Science class and my academic advisor recommended this one. She told me that it was much different than normal science classes and that everyone who she has recommended for this class really enjoyed it. So I figured why not give it a shot. This class already seems really interesting and I am really excited for this semester. There are many reasons why I am not a science major. To get started, I love science and nature, however I never wanted to pursue a career in it. I am a people person and wanted to find something where I’m able to interact with many people everyday. The major I am in now is group oriented and focuses on working together and is not all about exams. I really struggle on exams and this is one of the reasons I never wanted to be a science major. 061416-Pittsburgh-Penguins-Stanley-Cup-NHL-PI.vresize.1200.675.high.83

Social Science

Hi! My name is Mansi Patel and I am a sophomore in Divison of Undergraduate Studies (an undecided major). I am from a small town in Bergen County, New Jersey about 30 minutes away from New York City. My mother is a psychiatrist and growing up I was sure I would become one as well and take over her practice. However, when I realized that going to medical school was required in order to become a psychiatrist, I became unsure if going to school for many more years and completing internship, residency, and fellowship were things that I wanted to do. After taking an honors biology class my freshman year of high school, I thought a science related career probably was not for me. After honors chemistry and honors physics, I became sure that a science related career was not for me. I performed poorly in all of these classes and just found the material too difficult to comprehend majority of the time. Though I definitely found it interesting, I found that I wasn’t fully understanding the material, just swallowing it and regurgitating. However, what I am particularly interested in is the study of behavior and the mind so I am considering majoring in psychology, which is in the Liberal Arts college. There is a constant debate over whether or not psychology is a social science or a hard science. This is an article discussing why psychologists are not necessarily scientists. There is BS (Bachelor of Science) and BA (Bachelor of the Arts) for Psychology, so I am leaning more towards a BA in Psychology because there are no science related classes for this major.


Science is boring

Hey SC200!

My name is Grace Walker and I’m from Long Island, New York. I was born and raised on Long island and I’m grateful for that because of the 15 minute ride to any beach and the 45 minute ride to the big apple. I came to PSU because of the schools pride in their football, academics and to slowly branch away from my over bearing parents. Before I committed to this school I had only been here twice. Once to take a tour that I missed so it involved my mom walking around in a poncho when it wasn’t raining and her asking random people where all of the buildings were. The second time was for NSO which was definitely an experience. I had never tried the creamery and never gone downtown before last week…I know its shocking. After my first week of classes and as the first football game is slowly approaching I know that this school was meant for me because of the pride that it has.

I’m currently a Freshman and in the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Unlike most students I fell into this major because I’m not afraid to admit that I have NO idea what I want to do. As long as it does not involve science, then I’m up to try it. The reason that I am not a science major is because I was scarred from my high school science teachers. Not only were they brutally strict but they were so fascinated by what would go on during the labs. Watching microscopic things squiggle around was not interesting to me. The thought of an entire major to doing labs and dissecting things does not sound appealing to me.


I am doing this course because my academic advisor recommended it. I’m interested in all of the lessons that have been taught and I’m curious to see all of the science that we learn to answer the questions asked. I am also staying in this course because I love Australian accents and I wish I had one. This Michael Scott meme describes my opinion of science and also my love for the Office. I can promise you that no one loves the office more than me. If you, like me, would like to learn how to speak with an Australian accent follow this link

Science Can Keep Its Distance

Hello, my name is Wesley Ogino.  Oxford, Pennsylvania is a small town in southeastern PA that I call home.  To give some perspective on where Oxford resides, I can leave my home and be in Maryland in five minutes, or be in Delaware in fifteen minutes.  I am a freshman in the Division of Undergraduate Students, trying to find a major that actually seems interesting.  I have the motivation and want to do big things, but I’m just waiting for something to really catch my eye.  In my free time I really enjoy to snowboard.  I’ve been snowboarding since I was just a wee lad at four years old.  The sport gives me a reason to actually look forward to the temperature being under 32 degrees.  There is a science behind snowboarding that I do not comprehend, even though I put it into action every time I head down the mountain.  Here, I learned how snowboarding works in the eyes of someone who knows their physics.  Now you can learn too.  To me personally, they just made snowboarding sound too complicated.

Why didn’t I become a science major?  Maybe, it’s because I took biology my freshman year and absolutely hated it.  Maybe it’s because I had chemistry my sophomore year and I also hated it.  Science has never appealed to me…at all.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t even give physics a shot.  Oh, and I forgot to mention that I’m pitiful at math.  The often present correlation between math and science scares me away from any major that would require me to be adequate at both.  I wish I was a genius when it comes to these subjects, but unfortunately I was not blessed with a math and science brain.

So, here I am in SC200.  At NSO, the adviser who aided me in the course selection led me to this course.  While looking for a General Education course, the adviser basically shot down every class I considered taking because he knew it wouldn’t interest me enough.  Finally, he told me to search for this class and read the course description.  I was set on taking SC200 as soon as I learned what it was about it.  I’m very excited for the topics we will be covering, as just reading through the schedule had me intrigued.  I can’t wait to see the entirety of what the class holds in the future.

I am a huge fan of The Office, so here is Michael Scott showing what went through my head when I looked at my first chem test in high school.


And here is a link to various “Science for Dummies” instructional books.  If you’re anything like me, they might come in handy.


Hello my name is Darby Smith and I am a Freshman here at Penn State. I joined this class simply because I am in the Division of Undergraduate Students and at orientation I answered my advisors question of “Do you want to major in anything science related,” with a hard no and he signed me up for this class right away. In fact, during the basic flood of small talk that took over most of my conversation during the first week of freshman year there was a lot of people asking what I am interested in majoring in. I have never had much of an answer to that inquiry except for the fact that I do not want to do anything related to science.

This evident pure hatred for science accumulated in my mind after many years of science classes throughout grade school and high school. I cannot fully claim that these teaches are “bad teachers,” but I think I can claim that they lacked real life examples that related to what they are teaching in the course. Therefore whenever I thought of science, my brain linked it directly with pure memorization and numbers, and I knew that I preferred critical thinking.

After attending my first SC200 class my perspective about science began to change. Something that really stuck out to me was when Andrew explained how scientists that are doing important things like researching climate change and cancer treatment are never really recognized by the outside world. It clicked in my head that some of the most valuable careers in our society are purely science related and they require a great deal of critical thinking. Before this class I thought that If I wanted to realistically end up with a good job and make a decent amount of money I would have to graduate with a business or a law degree, and now my mind is more open to the importance of science majors. In fact, when researching about the recent increase in demand for STEM jobs found in this article here. I realized that if you work hard and become qualified in a STEM major, you actually have a better chance of becoming successful in the future. It is still not likely that I will follow through with a major in the science department, but after that first SC200 class I am definitely more appreciative of the world of Science and all it entails.


Science Hurts My Brain


My name is Hannah Curran and I’m from Los Angeles, California. I am a freshman in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, but i plan to transfer to the Smeal College of Business. In order to achieve the requirements to get into my major, I must maintain a certain GPA, and since science is a requirement, but it does not interest me in the slightest, here I am in SC 200.

For as long as I can remember, I have never enjoyed science or seen myself in a profession that has anything to do with science. The only “science” thing that has ever interested me is Grey’s Anatomy (and I’m not even sure that really counts). I’m not sure if my lack of interest in science is due to a lack of engaging science teachers or if the material just never interested me in the first place. The one thing I know for sure is that as much as i would love to love science, given its endless possibilities, it is not for me. I am excited for this class more than i have ever been for another science class because the topics are interesting and it involves critical thinking instead of memorization.



Fashion over Science

Hello! Hola! Bonjour! I am, Jovian Osborne, Jovi is preferred.

I am a senior majoring in Advertising and Public relation Communications, minoring in a new minor DMTA (Digital Media Trends and Analytics). Although I attend Penn State; I am a “city-girl” from northern New Jersey and passionate about fashion. I am a former Style Guru fashion blogger for a company based in NYC CollegeFashionista.
Besides my love for fashion, I am a lover for all things Advertising, media and pop culture. My goal is to work for one of the top fortune 500 magazine companies, GQ, as a creative director. Once accomplished, I would like to construct my own brand as an entertainment stylist. As well as, becoming CEO of my own multi-specialized Public Relation firm.

fashion science

So, why this science course? Well, in order for me to succeed in my career I must first obtain a degree. Science is a required course and my adviser, recommended me to take science 200. Majority of the students she knows enjoy and pass the class. So, here I am.

With that being said I never enjoyed science nor’ have had interest in becoming a Scientist. I like to think of myself as a creative and science doesn’t scream creativity. Its main focus are theories and hypotheses. In my opinion, science is something you “do” its something you learn. In contrary, to fashion and communications which allows you to express yourself.
I never thought Fashion and Science would correlate until I read this post A Fushion between Fashion & Science. This article explains how fashion is a science of appearance. I thought it was pretty cool and think you guys should check it out.

-Jovian Osborne


Hey SC200,

My name is Will Robbins-Cole (I know its a mouth full). I am a freshman from Boston MA who is majoring in Marketing. In high school I was in an honors science class, but did not really love it. I found out that science really was not for me when I met my Chemistry teacher.

While outside of the classroom he was a really great guy! . He was the baseball coach, ran marathons, led a group of students who figured out how to clone orchids, and on top of that he is a Penn State graduate. (you can see here all the other cool things he has done by scrolling to him and clicking read bio) While he was really cool outside of class, after one week of sitting through his dull lectures on stuff I could just look up, or topics that I felt were completely irrelevant to what I want to do in my life, I knew science and I would never get along ever again.

Upon my arrival to Penn State the thought of taking another science class was really getting me down, until I saw the description of this class. Just to take a step back, I grew up listening to NPR on every car journey with my dad and through him I gained an appreciation, even a love, for current affairs and the happens in our ever changing world. Due to these interests SIOW: Certainty & Controversy instantly peaked my interest. So far with one week under my belt I have not been disappointed.

-Will Robbins-Cole

Science, not my thing

Over the past couple of months there have been multiple times when I’ve been asked what my major is and I have felt like a less capable student. I am undecided and I still am not any closer to figuring out what I want to major in.  I never excelled in math or science. Both of these subjects were a struggle for me throughout all of high school. I realized these subjects just weren’t for me; I don’t understand or enjoy them. I’m not a science major because it’s not something I enjoy or would even be good at.

I am taking this course for two simple reasons. The main reason I am taking it, is to satisfy the gen ed requirement. Another reason is after reading the description of the course I thought it would be interesting and help me make me think more critically.

I love coffee and drink it every day, so I could relate to this article and thought it was interesting.

Tips for Taking Good Notes!!

Hello everybody! The start of the semester is under way and most of you have probably figured out that SC200 isn’t like your usual college course. This isn’t going to be a class where you plug and chug some numbers, or read some sections of a textbook to find the answer. There’s going to be lots of critical thinking, pondering, skepticism, and definitely some confusion along the way. The great thing about this class is that you don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on course materials or textbooks.

No need to bring your own notebook (if you want, you can but it’s not necessary). The handouts that are available in class are more than enough to scribble your notes on. Now you are probably wondering what to write, how much to write, when to write, etc. I will go over all that but first, let me stress one thing you should do before you start taking notes.


Sounds obvious right? You’d be surprised how many people disappear throughout the course of the semester. Here’s some reasons to come to class:

1. Attendance is part of your grade. If you really want to blow off 10% of your grade and go party, ignore this. Seriously, who’s stopping you?!

2. There is vital information that is being said by Andrew that you aren’t going to get from just reading the slides on Angel. Andrew posts the class slides on Angel after each class for everyone’s benefit, especially the ones that actually missed class for a legitimate reason. But the slides are just a basis of what is being taught on that day. You should be present to record your interpretation of Andrew’s teachings. You’ll remember things a lot more if you physically pick up your writing utensil and write things yourself.

Now that I’ve taken care of coming to class, let’s go over how you should effectively take notes for SC200:

  1. Don’t act like a stenographer. There’s no need to write down everything that is being said. That just takes the fun out of class and isn’t even efficient. There’s no need to write down that this specific type of worm is 2mm long and has infected 1.3 billion people. If you do spend the time writing down every detail, chances are you aren’t going to write fast enough to keep up with everything Andrew says AND you will miss out on the important stuff.  You know, the stuff you need to know for the tests. So what is the important stuff?
  2. Look for recurring themes. Big picture lessons. Over the course of the semester, there are many big concepts that are going to be emphasized over many topics. Concepts that Andrew will repeat (*hint hint*). For example, the relationship between causality and correlation was stressed multiple times when I took the class last year, and will most likely be a factor this semester. Look for why Andrew is talking about a topic. Why is Andrew talking about wormy kids being stupid? What’s he getting at? There are morals/lessons with every topic that will be discussed throughout the semester.
  3. Underline, highlight, color code, star, bold, UPPERCASE LETTERS. Don’t just write your words on a piece of paper. Make them memorable. Summarize into your own words if you want. Make connections from class to events that happened to you in real life. You will understand the material better if the material means something to you.
  4. Listen to Andrew. There are times when Andrew will literally tell you to drop your pencils and just listen to the story. An hour and a half is a long time to sit still and listen to a professor, I know. But we promise we will try our best not to be boring. Some of the topics are actually interesting and are dependent on what you guys want to learn about.

Remember, there are many resources for your use if you are stuck or confused about anything. The other TAs’ and I are getting paid to help so please increase our salaries by asking questions. All jokes aside, best of luck to you guys. Check out Brian and Sarah’s advice on how to be successful in this class.

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Science: Intrigued, Yet Intimidated

Hey guys, my name is Brendan Mironov. I am a junior in The Smeal College of Business studying finance. I was born in Edmonton, Alberta which is located in western Canada, (cold, very cold) but I spent most of my middle and high school days in Miami, Florida. (warm, very warm) My parents were both born in Russia, and I speak Russian fluently. My father played hockey earlier in his life, which might explain why I moved all over the place growing up. Here is a picture of my dad and I, 17 years ago.  I am a huge sports fan and I love my Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Miami Dolphins, and Miami Heat.


I am taking SC 200 this semester because I love to think. I enjoy classes that stimulate my thinking, make me look at things from a different perspective, and ask why, not classes where I memorize flashcards for a multiple choice test. From what I hear, that is exactly what SC 200 is.

I loved science as a kid in grade school. It was fun. We made tornadoes in soda bottles and looked at videos of rockets. As a 10 year old kid, it doesn’t get much better than that. Plus, nothing was better than having Bill Nye roll into your classroom on Monday morning.    nye


As I grew older and entered high school, science became boring for me. It no longer made me think and wonder why. Instead, science became intimidating with a bunch of confusing words that I could not pronounce, let alone understand. Because of these reasons, I decided to steer away from a science major. I am hoping SC 200 will bring out the 10 year old kid in me and show me that science can still be fun.





Hate the game, NOT the player

Hey everyone!

My name is Matt Forrest.

I am from Pequannock, Nj. I am now here at Penn State because every kid from my hometown said this school was way better than Rutgers and I agree just after a week! Let me tell you, I hate science with a burning passion. It is constantly changing and it brings no interest to me. For example, I studied an animal cell for almost half a year in high school! I’m almost positive that every student in that class was becoming extremely bored, and so was I. Whenever I hear the words chemistry, biology, and physics I have a panic attack. Science is a subject that I really do not enjoy at all, and certainly don’t want to pursue a career in it.

Now, you may be asking why did I take this course then? Well, because of Andrew’s rating on If you don’t believe me, go to his ratings, I posted the link below. I was scheduled for biology and after talking to many older students here, they suggested I enroll in Andrew’s class. He has a reputation for being a very interesting professor and I can already agree. His lectures include videos and pictures to keep you interested. I am a big fan of Andrew and how he takes on the role of being a great professor. I hate science, but love this class!

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Science is the Worst

Hi SC200, my name is Anthony LoPresti and I am from Montgomery, New Jersey. I am a freshman in DUS. I played baseball and football in high school and I am planning on joining a club baseball team here. The reason I took this class was because I needed to take a science class and I hate anything that has to do with physics, biology, or chemistry. ” Certainty and Controversy ” sounds like it has nothing really to do with the topics I listed before. In high school, I did okay in high school but I had basically n o interest in the class. I decided to try chemistry honors the following year which was probably the worst mistake I’ve made. I realized that I hate Chemistry and am very bad at it. My junior year I took biology and I still did not like it but it was my favorite out of the 3. Another reason I took this course was because

I would never consider being a science major because it was by far worst subject in high school. I am currently undecided, as I said before, but I am thinking about going down a path in business. My top two picks to major in are finance and economics but I am still not a hundred percent sure. The reason I am choosing a business path because I really working with numbers. I liked Algebra in high school but I also took pre-calculus which I hated  but still, I like numbers so I am most likely headed down a business path.


The only aspect about science that interest me is the history of the universe and what other forms of live could be out there. I’ve heard about a couple really good shows that talk about these topics: Through the Wormhole and Cosmos








Science Major?

Hello there! I am Savannah Stalnaker, and I am a psychology major. Psychology is technically a science, or rather a scientific study of the brain and behavior. My goal is to become a clinical psychologist, where I want to help people cope with mental illnesses as a therapist. At first, I thought I might want to be a counseling psychologist, but they do not typically work with mentally ill people, instead they help people transition through life. The two overlap heavily, but I want to use my skills to help people and I wish to study mental disorders.

So why would I take this course when it really does not correlate with psychology all that often? Well, I am not very interested in chemistry, and while I enjoyed physics in high school that was one of the hardest classes I have ever taken and I got my fill in on momentum and calculating the force of gravity the moon has on a 102 kg child on earth. I am done with that.

However, I enjoy debates, and the class description I read during orientation sounded very open-discussion based, and more so discussing theories rather than spewing out facts in a monotone voice for over an hour, the only other sound being pencils on paper and the occasional cough or sneeze. I am interested in the topics we are discussing in class, and I feel like this course will actually help me in life rather than knowing how to calculate how far away a ball of a certain weight would land from the base of the cliff of a particular height if you were to stand on top of it and throw the object with a specific velocity.


Welcome to SC 200

Hey, my name is Justin Passaro and I am a Junior majoring in Labor and Employment Relations. I am from Greensburg, Pennsylvania (about 45 min outside Pittsburgh). Prior to coming to Penn State, I played ice hockey for 16 years. Even though concussions have hindered my ability to play competitively, I still enjoy playing in “pick-up” games and adult leagues. During my last 3 years of playing hockey, I played what is called “Juniors”, a developmental league for players who hope to play NCAA. It was an experience of a lifetime on and off the ice. I was able to meet so many different people from playing all over the East Coast and living in three different states.

So why did I choose to take SC 200? Well, to be honest, I didn’t know very much about the class at all. I needed another science, so I started reading through descriptions of various courses that would fulfill my needs. SC 200 stuck out as a class that I thought I might have more interest in. I also will admit to checking out Rate My Professor and seeing that Andrew had very positive ratings. I can say without hesitation, after the first class meeting, I made the right choice. In regards to how most of us were taught in junior and high school, what Andrew said the first day of class that has really had me thinking. Have I been taught wrong?  I never really thought science was boring but I never really found it super interesting. Prior to this course, I was taught that science is just science and it is not something that anyone outside the various fields should question. After attending Andrew’s first couple lectures, my curiosity wheels are turning! I want to avert more away from my traditional microanalytic science brain to a more macro and “big picture” way of viewing. For example, I know that hockey is a game built on physics. You have men and women standing on two inch blades of steal trying to accelerate and decelerate, slapping a little hard disk of vulcanized rubber with such velocity that it can fly past the goaltender and into the twine that makes up the 6’x4′ goal (all while trying to balance on ice). What I want to know are questions such as, “Why are people like myself so attracted to the game?”, “What about the game helps us form these certain stereotypes of hockey players?” or “Do we all internally share something in common?”. I don’t believe that I will know exact answers to these types of questions at the end of the 16 weeks, but I do believe that I will learn and acquire certain tools that can help me approach and think about them in a better way.

The reason why I am not a science major kind of goes back to my high school days. As I said earlier, it was never boring for me, but never super interesting. I was always a decent science student in high school, but nothing crazy. I will say, I feel that this class is going to be different. I don’t believe this will be just any old conventional science class, but one that can have a positive impact on how we think and solve problems. I am excited!


Justin Passaro

I dont hate science, I just hate doing it

Hi, my name is Sean and I’m from Fresno, California. You’ve probably never heard of this place and really the only thing notable about it is that the quarterback for the oakland Raiders graduated from Fresno State. But other than that its nothing special. I came to Penn State to study in the Smeal College of Business and major in Finance. I am taking this course mainly because in the description it said that this course was not intended for Science majors, but it would still fulfill my GenEd requirement for science. That sounded like the perfect class for me so I signed up for it. I am not planning to be a science major because of my junior year honors chemistry class. Going into this class I was interested in chemistry because I wanted to learn how different elements reacted with each other. I can remember making dry ice bombs with my friends, kind of like this, and wondering why it worked the way it did (it blows up at around 1:19 if you’re interested). Or when my biology teacher lit his table on fire and it just went out peacefully without catching the building on fire. These were the things that had me interested in science. But once honors chemistry started my interest in chemistry quickly faded. My teacher told us that in order to get a good grade in the class we would essentially have to get a good grade on every test and lab for the whole year. And once she started teaching, chemistry went from learning how things interact with each other to simply doing boring and complex math problems. I felt like I had no idea what was going on every time I stepped into class.bf73196327b409d12c214e9994de369e

I barely pulled out a B in this class and the experience finalized my decision to major in Finance. I still remain interested in science and I realize its vast importance in today’s society, but I no longer have any interest in pursuing it as a career.

Whats up everyone?

My name is Lucas Hansen, I come from a small town located in Jupiter, Florida (I know ironic right, since were in a science class). Most of the activities in my town consist of out door activities, like going on the boat, beach, sports, ect. I played varsity Lacrosse for two years of High School and ran track my freshman year. During High School i enjoyed taking high level science classes, and actually did well in them, but it wasn’t where my heart truly was. At first when i applied to Penn State, I applied to the Eberly college of Science and intended on majoring in some field of science, to continue onto medical school. However, over the transition from the end of senior year of high school to summer I realized that I wanted to follow the path of my Dad and work on Wall Street. With this being said, I switched my major to the Division of Undergraduate Studies in hopes to be in the Smeal College of Business as soon as possible to pursue my dreams. After realizing that my major was no longer going to be science related, I made the bold move to switch out of evil Chemistry 110. After speaking with my advisor on the phone, she recommended a couple classes for me to take and SC200 was one of them. I chose this class as a substitute, not only because it satisfies a Gen-ed credit, but it offers a wide range in the aspect of science and I hope it will teach me new things related to science that I haven’t learned about before. Another reason why this class is perfect for me is because it doesn’t focus on one specific topic, and focuses on topics that many people think about daily.

DREDGINGIn my town ocean dredging is a process where boats come in with large pipes to deepen canals or enlarging beaches by removing sand from the bottom and moving it somewhere else more desireable and it is becoming a problem for local marine life. Not far from me in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale area the coastal area was dredged, causing many coral species in the area to die due to the falling of sediment on coral.

What’s Up, I’m Thomas Vesey, I’m from Charlotte, NC. I’m currently in DUS and I’m trying to get into Accounting or Finance at Smeal. I took science classes all throughout high school such as biology, chemistry, physics, and anatomy. Chemistry was by far my favorite and anatomy was just something I don’t recommend to anyone unless you have a strong desire for it. I’m taking this course because I woke up last Thursday morning at 7:55 and had an 8am physics class, so the first thing I did that morning was drop that because I figured it would just keep happening. I picked up this course because I needed to fulfil a science credit and this class seemed interesting from what I heard from a few different people. I’m not planning on becoming a science major because math is my strongest subject and I hope to one day work in the business field for a company in a big city. I did enjoy the science classes I took in high school (expect anatomy), they were interesting and they were one of my strong suits, but at the same time, I knew I wanted to focus my time on my math and business classes.  I appreciate science in society but I do not see myself pursuing any type of science related majors in the future.

Photo of hands of businesspeople during discussing

Photo of hands of businesspeople during discussing

Dance > Science

Hi SC200! My name is Daniella Cappello and you guessed it, I am not a fan of science. i am from Central NJ and have been dancing since the age of two. Like many of you, I am enrolled in this class to get a general science out of the way. To be honest I did not know what this class entailed until the first day and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. It was relieving to find out I will not be suffering through a lab or memorizing the planets.

Although science and I do not typically get along, I always find myself questioning different aspects of science. For example, is there a cure to cancer? Do aliens exist? Questions like these and many others constantly circle in my head which is why I am actually looking forward to discussing them in class.

Now as I mentioned earlier, I will not be digging deep into science for my major. When I am dancing I feel as though I am able to conquer the world. While in science I feel confused and out of place.

Hey SC 200, my name is Zach Himel and I am a freshman in DUS. New student orientation is meant to be a stress-free experience where a student can figure out their schedules for the fall semester with a college advisor. Most students’ drove in and out of Penn State that weekend for their orientation, but being from Chicago, I had a flight to catch home. My advisor was terrible at navigating through the scheduling website, while also being occupied by another student to her left. With little time before my flight began boarding, I had to pick another class to fulfill the advisor’s credit requirements. I had been ready to attend classes in the summer, but in the meantime, I was scheduling for the fall. My schedule consisted of too little credits according to the advisor, who I understood little of what she was saying. This meeting is where my advisor introduced me to science 200. The advisor had recommended that I took it, so I did. In the end, the reason I am taking Science 200 is that I was in a rush, and needed to pick additional credits before I missed my flight!

I spent time studying science topics such as earth science in high school, and then other base sciences required by my school. I am not planning to be a science major because I would like to graduates from Penn State’s business school. Not only would I like to graduate from the business school, but also graduate from a law school that is noteworthy. Unfortunately, I did not do as well as I would have liked to in the summer, but my goal is to get excellent grades this fall. If I were to be a science major, I most likely would study space or the ocean because I find both those topics interesting. What is most interesting about the ocean and space is the lack of understanding humans have about the two. The ocean has millions of unknown species and humans are also far from capable of searching the deep sea. Here is a YouTube video that is pretty cool, called, 5 Extraordinary Sea Creatures That Will Blow Your Mind”. ( I used to watch documentaries about both space and the ocean on Netflix when I was young. I specifically remember an exciting episode of Cosmos narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson. TFunny-science-news-experiments-memes-going-to-space-harder-than-your-motherhe endless amount of possibilities space has to offer I find really interesting and captivating. Something about science that bothers me is the length it takes to study something. I tend to have a short attention span, so patiently observing things can quickly bore me. I also disliked observing dead animals in high school. Although I find different topics of science to be fascinating, I still feel graduating from the business school will be most beneficial for my future.

Science is so-so, while SC200 is cool

Heyy, Penn Stater! I’m Huang Yinghui from China. This is my first year in PSU and SC200 is my first GN class taken in Penn State. The only reason I chose this sounded boring course is my advisor’s strong recommendation. To be honest, my original thought is that just go to the first class, if it doesn’t go well, then drop it. Fortunately, I didn’t give up before I tried. Andrew is quite a unique teacher. He introduces obscure scientific knowledge with vivid explanation. Now I choose to stay in SC200 with all of you. : ) An interesting phenomenon I found in class is that not like other classes I’ve taken, this class has few Asian. This may be a good sign that helps me get involved in the class and adapt to the culture shock as soon as possible.

Talking about why I’m definitely not major in Science is that science is always followed by strict rules and regulations. I hate things which have to be repeatedly done like memorizing formulas. Overall, science is too serious for me. I’m currently in DUS and plan to enroll in Smeal School of Business. But who knows, the only thing doesn’t change is change itself; I may change my mind to major in Science in the future after finishing SC200.

The following is the video that Andrew showed part of it to us in the very first class. It’s TED called ‘The bugs are getting smarter. Are we?’ Hope you can enjoy it all. Happy SC200!!!

Class 2016 view 2

why you are doing this course

Why you are doing this course?

SC, science’s controversy and certainty, refers to people’s critical thinking about current science. Before I took this class, and I was in high school, I have a thought that many findings in the world now is magic. I mean nature is attractive for human, and scientists have given the reliable definitions or guess for all of the known findings such as Bermuda, aliens, and pyramids. Relying on scientific explanations, researchers make the nature more obvious for human’s curiosity.

When I was young, my parents and teachers told me that if I want to declare the things what makes me interest, I need to read books to get more knowledge. Unfortunately, the book’s knowledge is confusing for me at that time, and there is no science class in middle school and high school. It means I have no opportunity to group talking with my classmates about science questions which makes me confusing but curious. In addition, I want to share my thoughts, maybe absurd, to others who can solve it for me, and at that time, I have made a decision that I will achieve my science dream in the future.

As soon as I study in penn state, I search the class that relate to science, and I find SC200 class in surprised, because SC 200 class is not only  just relating to natural science, but also teaching us how to use critical thinking to judge current science. For my perspective, science is not just phenomenon, if I want to focus on it. Science need to be discussed, and it should have bilateral aspects. There is no absolute positive or negative science thing in the world, and people ought to use brain to think it. In the meantime, after logical thinking, getting your own reliable opinion.

What’s more, my friends who are one year older than me told me that professor Andrew is knowledge, friendly, and humorous. After their semester on SC200 class were told by professor Andrew, they said science seems more interesting and available for them. For me, professor is same important like content of class, because a humorous professor will have better influence on student than boring professor, and after three classes on SC200, I holds my view that professor Andrew is a great professor what I expect.

In the conclusion, these reasons prompt me to take SC200 course in the first year, and I believe that in this class, I can contact much fascinating science phenomenon, comprehend useful thinking skills about science, and know how to solve questions from professor Andrew.


Why you are not planning to be a science major

Nowadays, I don’t really want to major in science because I prefer making contact with people than with theories, experiments and statistics. Science is a rigorous subject that requires patience and preciseness. However, I am fond of flexible subjects like business. I find that doing experiments and analyzing data can usually be tiring for me. When choosing a major, I assert that I should take personality into consideration. I am not the kind of students who are meticulous about science and always eager to devote themselves to scientific research. Instead, I have passion in business field. As far as I am concerned, a large number of students dream of becoming scientists when they grow up but I don’t think of that now. Admittedly, science can be a incredible major for some students . I just prefer committing myself in other fields. I am not rigorous enough to consider science problem, and I believe as a university student I should learn some basic science knowledge but I don’t want to take science major because of my personality.

Link: Like what I mention above that Bermuda, aliens, and pyramids are magic for human. Clicking here to see videos about these phenomenon.



I Love Interstellar

Hello everyone my name is Owen Hawk I’m from Bethlehem, PA and I go to the greatest school in the U.S. I love everything about this place, i guess thats why they call it Happy Vally. Im in the PGM program and let me explain that since I have to every time I tell someone. PGM stands for Professional Golf Management and before you ask, Yes it is actually a major. I got my first real taste of science in middle school, and I enjoyed it because I had a great teacher. He talked about the things I wanted to learn about like space and aliens. Then I hit High School and science was absolutely ruined for me. Nothing but keeping your head in the book and memorizing formulas, and don’t even get me started on the teachers. My spark with science was relit when I was told about Andrew’s science class. It was described as the look in science that I actually enjoy. I  instantly signed up for the class. I knew it was a great way to knock and credits and avoid a science class that was all about keeping your face in a book. man-sleeping-old-sofa-book-covering-his-face-young-33408132

The reason I am not a science major is for the love I have with the game of Golf. I wanted a career where I could wake up everyday and go to work at a golf course. They say, “If you love what you do you never work a day in your life.” I love this quote, this is what I want to be able to say one day. With the PGM program that is where I’m heading without a doubt.


Although we have only had a few classes I can tell I made the correct decision joining Andrew’s science class. I mean we got to chose the topics we get to talk about! You show me another class offered here at Penn State that you can do this at. Im so excited to learn and talk about all the interesting topics we gave to Andrew. I’m definitely looking forward to talking about anything in space. That is my favorite topic in all of science. I sometimes catch myself just getting lost while staring into the stars and wondering what could be out there. One of my friends back home had a telescope and I could spend hours on hours just looking at stars and if I was lucky a plant. One of my favorite movies of all time is Interstellar. If you haven’t seen it yet first off, what are you doing with your life? Second, go watch it right now. This movie will absolutely get your mind thinking. After you watch it the first time, the secret is to watch it a second time to pick up on the things you missed and trust me there is stuff you will miss.

Here is a link to purchase Interstellar its a must watch.!content/608646/Interstellar



Why, Where and How?

Hello SC 200, I am Arunima Sthapak, a freshman studying in the Smeal College of Business, working towards a finance major. I was born and brought up in India, however, I have been living in Hong Kong for the past four years.
Up until the time of applications in my senior year of high school, I was debating between choosing Engineering or Finance as my major in university. I have always had an inclination towards science, as a result of which I pursued AP Physics in my junior year. Unfortunately, I came to know that I wasn’t very good at it. I did great on the Math portions but had a hard time with the concepts. So I decided to give up on the idea of engineering and moved towards a major in the field of economics. It was a subject that I both liked and was good at (seemed like the most practical option).
As for this course, I chose it because one, I needed the credit and two because it gave me a way to stay connected with my interest in science without having to deal with the very technical stuff. I am particularly fascinated with the science behind outer space. What it’s like outside of our galaxy, is it possible to have a parallel universe?dc-multiverse-earths

One of the most interesting things that I just saw has to do with the facial expressions of the sun. From the looks of it, it seems as though the sun has an anxious looking expression, but as we dig deeper, it can all be explained by the sun’s magnetic field and solar activity. Is the sun really nervous?

Other than outer space I also have quite an interest in answering questions about the origins of things. I took a world history course in high school and simply loved knowing the history of mankind, from Lucy to Donald Trump. How did we get here? With the same fascination, I love learning about the origins of other things in our world. Earth, plants, technology, I’d like to know the history and science behind them all. So that’s why I chose this course. Seeing that we don’t have a fixed syllabus I’m hoping that we will get to touch on some of the topics that fascinate me.