STS Major Requirements

The STS major prepares students to analyze how science and technology affects every aspect of our society, from our health and culture to our laws and environment.

 

Preparatory Subject Matter (16 Units)

DescriptionUNITS

STS 1

4

STS 20

4

Lower division science courses or from the following:

8

American Studies 1A

 

Environmental Studies 1

 

Nature and culture 1

 

Philosophy 30, 31, or 32

 

Science and Society 1, 2, 3, or 5

 

Total

16

NOTE

Additional preparatory courses may be required by upper-division courses listed within the modules and courses used to meet the science requirement. Students should meet with their advisor to plan for prerequisites for these courses. Premedical students electing the major should be aware that additional courses are necessary and advising from the Health Sciences Advising Office is recommended.

Depth Subject Matter (44 units)

DescriptionUNITS

Two modules from the list of modules (see below this Table), fulfilling twelve units in each module. No courses may overlap between the two modules.

24

UPPER DIVISION SCIENCE COURSES (including prerequisites), minimum of 12 units, at least 8 units must be upper division. (Unit total varies with required prerequisites.)

12-32

STS 180 or STS 190

4-6

STS 175

4

Total

44

Total Units for Major: 60-80 units

Modules

CULTURAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

CRD 118 Technology and Society
CRD 162 People, Work, and Technology
HIS 139A Medieval and Renaissance Medicine
HIS 139B Medicine, Society, and Culture in Modern Europe
STS 130A History of Nature and Natural History
STS 131 Darwin
STS 150 Gender and Science
NAC 100 The Culture of Nature
NAC 180 Field Work in Nature and Culture
SOC 176 Sociology of Knowledge

ETHICS, VALUES, AND SCIENCE POLICY

ARE 120 Agricultural Policy
ARE 147 Resource and Environmental Policy Analysis
ESP 165 Science, Experts and Public Policy
HIS 185B History of Technology in America
NAC 120 Environmental Ethics
PLP 140 Agricultural Biotechnology, Ethics and Public Policy
PHI 115 Problems in Normative Ethics
PHI 116 Ethical Theories
PHY 137 Science and Technology of Nuclear Arms Effects and Controls
PHY 160 Environmental Physics and Society
POL 171 The Politics of Energy 
POL 175 Science, Technology and Policy
VMD 170 Ethics of Animal Use

HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE

HIS 135A History of Science to the 18th Century
HIS 135B History of Science, 18th to 20th Centuries
HIS 136 Scientific Revolution
HIS 185A History of Science in America
HIS 185B History of Technology in America
PHI 107 Philosophy of the Physical Sciences
PHI 108 Philosophy of the Biological Sciences
PHI 109 Philosophy of the Social Sciences
STS 130A History of Nature and Natural History
STS 130B History of Modern Biology
STS 131 Darwin

MEDICINE, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE

EPP 101 Perspectives on Community Health
EPP 160 General Health Education and Prevention
HIS 139A Medieval and Renaissance Medicine
HIS 139B Medicine, Society, and Culture in Modern Europe
PSY 160 Health Psychology
SOC 154 Sociology of Health Care