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)

Course Title Units
STS 001 Intro to Science, Tech & Medicine Studies 4
Choose three additional courses: 12
STS 002 Intro to History of Science & Tech
STS 011 Science on Trial
STS 016 Sex, Science & Society
STS 032 Drugs, Science & Culture
STS 040A Media History 1: Gutenberg to Oppenheimer
STS 040B Media History 2: 1945 to Present
STS 050 Ancient Science
PHI 030 Intro to Philosophy of Science
PHI 031 Appraising Scientific Reasoning
PHI 032 Understanding Scientific Change
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. Pre-med students electing the major should be aware that additional courses are necessary and advising from the Health Professions Advising is recommended.

 

Depth Subject Matter (44-48 units)

Course Title Units
STS 020 Methods in Science, Tech & Medicine Studies 4
Choose three additional courses: 12
STS 101 Intro to Data Studies
STS 108 Intellectual Property in Science
STS 121 Medical Anthropology
STS 122 Health & Medical Technologies
STS 150 Gender & Science
STS 151 Media Theory
STS 164 Writing Science
STS 175 Laboratory Studies Lab
STS 176 Sociology of Knowledge, Sci & Scientific Knowledge
Choose one Emphasis Option Listed  below 20-24
Science Electives Listed  below 8
Total 44-48

Note: Courses taken to fulfill the requirement above cannot also be used to fulfill the emphasis requirement.

 

Total Units for Major: 60-64 units (Preparatory AND Depth Subject Matter)

 

Emphasis Options

Students may integrate one or more Emphasis by choosing an option.

 OPTION 1: Complete five courses from one emphasis list.

OPTION 2: Complete four courses from one emphasis list and one additional STS course*.

OPTION 3: Complete four courses from one emphasis list and a research thesis** in STS (STS 194A & 194B).

OPTION 4: General Emphasis: Complete any five upper division STS courses. 

Notes:
*STS courses include any upper division or special study courses offered in the STS program; including: STS 180, 190, 192, 194A, 194B, 195.
**The thesis option is open to all students, but may be used to qualify for High or Highest honors in the College of Letters & Science.

Emphasis Lists

Law & Innovation

STS 108 Intellectual Property in Science
STS 109 Visualization in Science
STS 110 Computing, Data, & Law in the U.S.
STS 112 Visualizing Society with Data
STS 113 Business & Tech in U.S.: From Electricity to E-Commerce
STS 114 The Global Information Age
STS 162 Surveillance Technologies & Social Media
STS 176 Sociology of Knowledge, Science, & Scientific Knowledge
CRD 118 Technology & Society
CRD 140 Dynamics of Regional Development

 Health & Environment

STS 109 Visualization in Science
STS 121 Medical Anthropology
STS 122 Health & Medical Technologies
STS 129 Health & Medicine in a Global Context
STS 130A From Natural History to the History of Nature
STS 130B History of Modern Biology
STS 131 Darwin
STS 150 Gender & Science
STS 165 Built Environments
ANT 104N Cultural Politics of the Environment
ANT 131 Ecology & Politics
PHI 120 Environmental Ethics

 Data & Media Technologies 

STS 101 Introduction to Data Studies
STS 109 Visualization in Science
STS 110 Computing, Data, & Law in the U.S.
STS 112 Visualizing Society with Data
STS 113 Business & Tech in U.S.: From Electricity to E-Commerce
STS 114 The Global Information Age
STS 115 Data Sense & Exploration: Critical Storytelling with Analysis
STS 151 Media Theory
STS 152 Sounding Data: Critical Approaches to Sonification
STS 160 Ghosts of the Machine: How Tech Rewires our Senses
STS 161 Time: Mechanism & Measurement
STS 162 Surveillance Technologies & Social Media
STS 163 History of Communication Technologies
STS 164 Writing Science
STS 172 Video Games & Culture
STS 173 Science Fiction

 History & Philosophy of Science

STS 110 Computing, Data, & Law in the U.S.
STS 112 Visualizing Society with Data
STS 113 Business & Tech in U.S.: From Electricity to E-Commerce
STS 114 The Global Information Age
STS 122 Health & Medical Technologies
STS 129 Health & Medicine in a Global Context
STS 130A From Natural History to the History of Nature
STS 130B History of Modern Biology
STS 131 Darwin
STS 150 Gender & Science
STS 161 Time: Mechanism & Measurement
STS 164 Writing Science
CLA 101E Topics in Ancient Science
PHI 107 Philosophy of the Physical Sciences
PHI 108 Philosophy of the Biological Sciences
PHI 109 Philosophy of the Social Sciences
PHI 111 Philosophy of Space & Time
PHI 120 Environmental Ethics
PHI 121 Bioethics
PHI 131 Philosophy of Logic & Mathematics
PHI 189I Special Topics in Philosophy: Philosophy of Science

 

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.