Science and Technology Studies, BS

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Science and Technology Studies

How has the decision to patent human genes affected intellectual property law, privacy issues, and therapeutic research in medicine? How did an international community transform a military research project into the Internet we use today?

 

Interdisciplinary and Flexible

Answering these and related questions requires a firm foundation in science and engineering on the one hand, and humanities and social sciences on the other. Following individualized courses of study and collaboration with faculty mentors, Science and Technology Studies majors dig beneath the headlines to understand the relations among science, technology, and society.

Science and Technology Studies (STS) is a hybrid discipline devoted to understanding the reciprocal interactions between science and technology and other social and cultural practices. The STS major has many more tracks into professional life than standard disciplines. Students interested in going into industry or government will find their training and education prepares them for management and policy positions. It can be a pathway to the classical professions of law and medicine, or to a career in other science studies disciplines, notably history, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology of science. 

Curriculum

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Science and Technology Studies (STS) at the School of Engineering, you must complete 120 credits, distributed by the following requirements:

  • General education (40 credits)
  • Technology/science (40 credits)
  • STS (40 credits)

You may also earn a minor in Science and Technology Studies or double major.


Humanities and Social Science General Education

EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the College Essay, Credits: 4.00

EXPOS-UA 2 Advanced College Writing, Credits: 4.00

Free Electives (32 credits)


You must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the following group of courses:

EG 1001 Introduction to Engineering and Design, Credits:1.00 

MA 1024 Calculus I for Engineers. Credits: 4.00 (or equivalent math course)

Technology/Science Electives

You must earn 39 credits from any of the following fields (at least 15 of these credits must be from the same field, unless otherwise indicated by minor requirements specific to a given department and approved by the adviser): biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics or physics.

Please note: some students substitute EG 1003 for a different science course, following the practice of the department that regulates their Technology/Science concentration. For instance, students on a premed track often substitute CM 1004 for EG 1003, as is the practice for BMS majors.


You must pass each of the following with a minimum of a C.

Core (12 credits)

STS 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies

STS 2004/W Science, Technology and Society

STS 3004/W Seminar in Science and Technology Studies

STS 4002 Capstone Project

Restricted Electives (28 credits)

8 courses from the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) cluster of Humanities and Social Sciences courses, excluding those taken to fulfill the Core Requirement above. These courses include the STS-prefixed courses as well as those listed under the STS Cluster for the Department of Technology, Culture and Society.


This minor is open to all majors and is composed of 16 credits:

  • One of the core courses in STS (must be taken at the School of Engineering):

  • 12 credits satisfied by courses chosen from the STS electives list (1 course must be taken at the School of Engineering)

Sample Course Schedule

Fall Semester

  • EXPOS-UA 1 Writing the Essay
  • EG 1001 Engineering and Technology Forum
  • MA 1024 Calculus 1
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00

Spring Semester

  • EXPOS-UA 2 The Advanced College Writing
  • STS 1002 Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00

Fall Semester

  • STS 2004 Science, Technology, and Society, Credits: 4.00
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00

Spring Semester

  • STS Elective 1, Credits: 4.00
  • STS Elective 2, Credits: 4.00
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00

Fall Semester

  • STS 3004 Seminar in STS, Credits: 4.00
  • STS Elective 3, Credits: 4.00
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00

Spring Semester

  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00

Fall Semester

  • STS Elective 4, Credits: 4.00
  • STS Elective 5, Credits: 4.00
  • STS Elective 6, Credits: 4.00
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00

Spring Semester

  • STS 4002 STS Capstone, Credits: 2.00
  • STS Elective 7, Credits: 4.00
  • General Technical/Science Elective, Credits: 4.00
  • Free Elective, Credits: 4.00