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

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Free Electives (32 credits)


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

1 Credits Engineering and Technology Forum EG-UY1001
In this course the notion of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship (i2e) is introduced to the students’ educational experience. Students will be exposed to elements of a research-intensive institution and diverse research performed by leading engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.
4 Credits Calculus I for Engineers MA-UY1024
This course covers: Library of Functions, functions of one variable. Limits, derivatives of functions defined by graphs, tables and formulas, differentiation rules for power, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions, derivatives of trigonometric functions, the product and quotient rules, the chain rule, applications of the chain rule, maxima and minima, optimization. The definite integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and interpretations, theorems about definite integrals, anti-derivatives. MA-UY 1324 is for students who wish to take MA-UY 1024 but need more review of precalculus. MA-UY 1324 covers the same material as MA-UY 1024 but with more contact hours per week, incorporating a full discussion of the required precalculus topics.
Prerequisite: Placement Exam or MA-UY 912 or MA-UY 914 (with a grade of B or better). Corequisite: EX-UY 1

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)

2 Credits Introduction to Science and Technology Studies STS-UY1002
This course introduces contemporary topics in Science and Technology Studies, emphasizing the relations among science, technology and society from philosophical, historical, and sociological points of view. This course is required for STS majors and satisfies an HuSS General Education Elective for all other majors.
4 Credits Science, Technology, & Society STS-UY2004W
This course introduces important issues, historical and contemporary, related to science and technology from a variety of social, political and philosophical viewpoints. The multidisciplinary approach helps students to understand the interaction between science, technology and society and to discover the conditions that foster technological innovation. The scientific and technological way of thinking becomes clear through historical examples, helping students to consider important issues of science and technology policy, such as how science and technology can be used to benefit society and how one can foster innovation in a society or an organization.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.
4 Credits Seminar in Science & Technology Studies STS-UY3004W
This course considers the current state of the field of Science and Technology Studies. Students are exposed to the range and methods of STS as well as their own place within the field. The course is designed specifically to bring students with different academic backgrounds into contact with each other in a classroom setting. Satisfies an HuSS elective.
Prerequisite: One Level 2 STS Cluster HuSS Elective
2 Credits Capstone Project I in Science and Technology Studies STS-UY4002
The capstone project I is an opportunity for STS majors to complete an independent, integrative, piece of scholarship on an important issue involving science, technology, and society. The capstone experience is intended to bring together students' past learning in previous courses, and to extend and deepen it by focusing on a specific, cumulative project. The capstone includes a substantial research paper and an oral presentation.

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):

4 Credits Science, Technology, & Society STS-UY2004W
This course introduces important issues, historical and contemporary, related to science and technology from a variety of social, political and philosophical viewpoints. The multidisciplinary approach helps students to understand the interaction between science, technology and society and to discover the conditions that foster technological innovation. The scientific and technological way of thinking becomes clear through historical examples, helping students to consider important issues of science and technology policy, such as how science and technology can be used to benefit society and how one can foster innovation in a society or an organization.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.
4 Credits Seminar in Science & Technology Studies STS-UY3004W
This course considers the current state of the field of Science and Technology Studies. Students are exposed to the range and methods of STS as well as their own place within the field. The course is designed specifically to bring students with different academic backgrounds into contact with each other in a classroom setting. Satisfies an HuSS elective.
Prerequisite: One Level 2 STS Cluster HuSS Elective

 

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


Sample Course Schedule

This is a sample of what your schedule might look like as you pursue a degree in Science and Technology Studies. Each student, in consultation with their academic advisor, customizes the following schedule to suit his or her particular needs.


Fall Semester

EXPOS-UA1 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
1 Credits Engineering and Technology Forum EG-UY1001
In this course the notion of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship (i2e) is introduced to the students’ educational experience. Students will be exposed to elements of a research-intensive institution and diverse research performed by leading engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs.
4 Credits Calculus I for Engineers MA-UY1024
This course covers: Library of Functions, functions of one variable. Limits, derivatives of functions defined by graphs, tables and formulas, differentiation rules for power, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions, derivatives of trigonometric functions, the product and quotient rules, the chain rule, applications of the chain rule, maxima and minima, optimization. The definite integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus and interpretations, theorems about definite integrals, anti-derivatives. MA-UY 1324 is for students who wish to take MA-UY 1024 but need more review of precalculus. MA-UY 1324 covers the same material as MA-UY 1024 but with more contact hours per week, incorporating a full discussion of the required precalculus topics.
Prerequisite: Placement Exam or MA-UY 912 or MA-UY 914 (with a grade of B or better). Corequisite: EX-UY 1

  General Technical/Science Elective                                                4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                     4 Credits

Spring Semester

EXPOS-UA2 Please refer to the bulletin for more information
2 Credits Introduction to Science and Technology Studies STS-UY1002
This course introduces contemporary topics in Science and Technology Studies, emphasizing the relations among science, technology and society from philosophical, historical, and sociological points of view. This course is required for STS majors and satisfies an HuSS General Education Elective for all other majors.

  General Technical/Science Elective                                               4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                    4 Credits


Fall Semester

4 Credits Science, Technology and Society STS-UY2004
This course introduces important issues, historical and contemporary, related to science and technology from a variety of social, political and philosophical viewpoints. The multidisciplinary approach helps students to understand the interaction between science, technology and society and to discover the conditions that foster technological innovation. The scientific and technological way of thinking becomes clear through historical examples, helping students to consider important issues of science and technology policy, such as how science and technology can be used to benefit society and how one can foster innovation in a society or an organization.
Prerequisites: Completion of first year writing requirements. Co-requisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.

  General Technical/Science Elective                                               4 Credits

  General Technical/Science Elective                                               4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                    4 Credits

Spring Semester

  STS Elective 1                                                                                  4 Credits

  STS Elective 2                                                                                  4 Credits

  General Technical/Science Elective                                              4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                    4 Credits


Fall Semester

4 Credits Sem in Science & Technology Studies STS-UY3004
This course considers the current state of the field of Science and Technology Studies. Students are exposed to the range and methods of STS as well as their own place within the field. The course is designed specifically to bring students with different academic backgrounds into contact with each other in a classroom setting.
Prerequisites: One Level 2 STS Cluster HuSS Elective. Corequisites: None. Notes: Satisfies a HuSS Elective.

  STS Elective 3                                                                                 4 Credits

  General Technical/Science Elective                                             4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                   4 Credits

Spring Semester

  Free Elective                                                                                   4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                  4 Credits

  Free Elective ​​​​​​​                                                                                4 Credits


Fall Semester

  STS Elective 4                                                                                 4 Credits

  STS Elective 5                                                                                 4 Credits

  STS Elective 6                                                                                 4 Credits

  General Technical/Science Elective                                              4 Credits

Spring Semester

2 Credits Capstone Project I in Science and Technology Studies STS-UY4002
The capstone project I is an opportunity for STS majors to complete an independent, integrative, piece of scholarship on an important issue involving science, technology, and society. The capstone experience is intended to bring together students' past learning in previous courses, and to extend and deepen it by focusing on a specific, cumulative project. The capstone includes a substantial research paper and an oral presentation.

  STS Elective 7                                                                                 4 Credits

  General Technical/Science Elective                                             4 Credits

  Free Elective                                                                                   4 Credits