Immersions

Science and Technology Studies Immersion

Semester Requirements

The science and technology studies immersion examines some of the major impacts of science and technology in the contemporary world. Special reference is given to American concerns. Students gain an overall appreciation of the social nature of science and technology as they have developed in the past, as they exist today, and as they may affect society in the future under various scenarios. Science and technology have become social systems in their own right and have made possible increasing freedom, a fantastic variety of choice, and, paradoxically, the growing interdependence of all segments of world society. A new level of public awareness and concern is crucial to understanding and dealing successfully with these consequences.

Courses

Course

Electives

Choose three of the following:*

   STSO-201   Science and Technology Policy

   STSO-240   Social Consequences of Technology 

   STSO-246   History of Women in Science and Engineering

   STSO-321   Face of the Land

   STSO-341   Biomedical Issues:  Science and Technology

   STSO-342   Gender, Science and Technology

   STSO-345   Makers of Modern Science

   STSO-346   Technology in American History

   STSO-441   Cyborg Theory: (Re)thinking the Human Experience in the 21st Century

   STSO-442   Science, Technology and Society Classics

   STSO-445   The Natural Sciences in Western History

   STSO-446   History of Chemistry

   STSO-510   Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar

* At least one course must be from the 300 level or higher.

 

Environmental Studies Immersion

Semester Requirements

The environmental studies immersion is an examination of the basic environmental problems we face, how environmental resource depletion and energy issues are related, and what kind of environmental ethics and/or values we have today and have had in the past. The immersion also explores the economic, legislative, and regulatory framework within which most environmental decisions are made. Since most technological areas are associated with significant environmental implications, it is essential that students have an understanding of and a well-thought-out value orientation about such environmental consequences.

Courses

Course

Electives

Choose three of the following:*

   PUBL-530   Energy Policy

   STSO-220   Environment and Society

   STSO-321   Face of the Land

   STSO-325   History of the Environmental Sciences

   STSO-326   History of Ecology and Environmentalism

   STSO-330   Energy and the Environment

   STSO-421   Environmental Policy

   STSO-422   Great Lakes

   STSO-510   Interdisciplinary Capstone Seminar

   STSO-521   Biodiversity and Society

   STSO-550   Sustainable Communities

* At least one course must be from the 300 level or higher.