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)Download Major Checklist

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

MODULES (6+ classes)

Choose two modules from the list of modules (see below this Table), complete 12 units in each module. No courses may overlap between the two modules.

24

UPPER DIVISION SCIENCE COURSES (3+ classes)

Minimum of 12 units, at least 8 units must be upper division chosen from the list of science electives below or in consultation with an STS advisor.

12-32

STS 180 or STS 190

4-6

STS 175

4

Total

44

Total Units for Major: 60-80 units

Modules

The courses listed below are examples drawn from each module. Some courses may fit under more than one module (though students may not count the same course towards two modules). Please contact Prof. Con Diaz the Academic Advisors if you have any questions. 

 

CULTURAL STUDIES OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

STS 32 Drugs, Science, and Culture

STS 131 Darwin

STS 150 Gender and Science

STS 160 Ghosts of the Machine

STS 161 Time

STS 172 Video Games and Culture

STS 173 Science Fiction

NAC 100 The Culture of Nature

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

NAC 180 Field Work in Nature and Culture

SOC 176 Sociology of Knowledge

ETHICS, VALUES, AND SCIENCE POLICY

STS 11 Science on Trial: Law and Science in America

STS 110 Computing, Data, Law

STS 113 Business and Technology

STS 114 The Global Information Age

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

STS 11 Science on Trial: Law and Science in America

STS 113 Business and Technology

STS 130A History of Nature and Natural History

STS 130B History of Modern Biology

STS 131 Darwin

STS 150 Gender and Science

STS 160 Ghosts of the Machine

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

MEDICINE, SOCIETY, AND CULTURE

STS 32 Drugs, Science, and Culture

STS 113 Business and Technology

STS 121 Medical Anthropology

STS 122 Health and Medical Technologies

STS 129 Global Health and Medicine

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

Science Electives

  • Aeronautical Science and Engineering
  • Animal Genetics
  • Animal Science
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Behavioral Sciences
  • Applied Biological Systems Technology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biological Sciences
  • Cell Biology and Human Anatomy
  • Chemistry
  • Earth & Planetary Sciences
  • Engineering ANY Field
  • Entomology
  • Environmental and Resource Sciences
  • Environmental Horticulture
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Evolution and Ecology
  • Exercise Biology
  • Fiber and Polymer Science
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Geology
  • Hydrology
  • Material Science and Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Nematology
  • Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior
  • Nutrition
  • Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology
  • Physics
  • Plant Biology
  • Plant Pathology
  • Psychology
  • Soil Science
  • Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology

Note: Students are strongly advised to choose science elective courses in consultation with faculty or staff advisor. Some courses in some areas may require prerequisites too extensive to be used for the STS major.