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Science and Society

The goal of the Science and Society concentration is to provide students with a broad background in science and technology with an understanding of how scientific advancements affect society today. As we begin the 21st century, many industries are technology based, and we are becoming more aware of the ethical and cultural issues that arise out of these technologies.

This concentration would therefore be appropriate for those interested in working in any technical or scientifically related field. In addition, this concentration would be applicable to students interested in marketing or advertising within such industries, in that an appreciation of how a specific technology may affect society, and therefore potential customers, would be helpful when promoting a particular company, product, or service. Students interested in careers that will require adept problem-solving skills and risk taking, such as managers and entrepreneurs, also will benefit from the Science and Society concentration. All science courses build upon the scientific method approach to problem solving, the ability to understand and interpret data, and the notion of how curiosity and creativity shape scientific research and inquiry.

Curiosity drives the imagination, creativity bears possible solutions, and the ability to manage information and solve problems produces results. The successful integration of these skills is what inspires and builds scientists; likewise, these same qualities can be invaluable for any individual who strives to be a successful risk taker in the business world.

Sponsored by: Math and Science Division

Faculty Contact: Shari Laprise

Faculty contacts serve as advisers to those students who have an interest in the given concentration. You should feel free to contact these faculty with questions.

Required Courses

Four courses are required, of which at least two must come from the science courses, at least one from outside science, and the fourth from either of the two listings.

Choose at least two of the following science courses:

  • SCN 3610 Meteorology
  • SCN 3620 Natural Disasters
  • SCN 3615 Ecology of Animal Behavior
  • SCN 3625 Ethical Issues in Research and Technology
  • SCN 3630 Economic Botany
  • SCN 3642 Artic Economics: Environment and Seasonality
  • SCN 3693 Sports Physiology and Doping 

Two of the following 2-credit winter session courses can be taken in place of one 4-credit science course from the list above:

  • SCN 3690 Crime Science
  • SCN 3694 Electronic Games, Business, and Society
  • SCN 3697 Climate Change, Business, and Society

Choose at least one of these non-science courses:

  • ECN 3635 Technological Entrepreneurship and the Market Economy
  • PHL 3609 Technology, Nature, and Values
  • LAW 3601 Public International Law
  • EPS 3525 Social Enterprise Management
  • AMS 3672 Working in America: Labor in the 20th Century
  • AHSE 1110 (Olin) History of Technology: Politics, Environment, and Culture
  • AHSE 1130 (Olin) The Stuff of History
  • HIS 3604 Sexuality and Power in Modern Society

Courses Suggested But Not Required

  • SCN 2410 Environmental Technology (intermediate course devoted to environmental technologies)
  • SCN 2420 Biotechnology (intermediate course devoted to biotechnologies)
  • SCN 2430 Electronic Technology (intermediate course devoted to electronic and computer technologies)
  • ANT 3671 Material Culture (lots of references to science and technology development)
  • MIS 3690 Web Technologies (applications of electronic science to computer systems)