All Science, Technology & Society (STS) Courses

Recommended Preparation

Interested in exploring this major, but not ready to commit? Consider taking one of the below courses! Any of these selections will help familiarize you with the academic program and prepare you for advanced coursework in the major.

  • BIS 153 Introduction to Geology
  • BIS 154 Introduction to Oceanography
  • BST 200 Introduction to Climate Science
  • BIS 232 Introduction to Data Visualization
  • BIS 242 Environmental Geography
  • BIS 252 Politics of Science

Courses are listed below according to specific requirements for the major. Quickly identify which options are available this quarter by performing a webpage search using the Time Schedule Indicator for the selected requirement. The abbreviated Time Schedule Indicator can found on the online Time Schedule.

Also listed below is the numerical assignment of each major requirement area as presented on the Degree Audit Report (DARS). Major requirements are listed on DARS under the section called "School Requirements".

Core Courses

10 credits required from the below list: 

  • BISSTS 307 Science, Technology and Society
  • BISSTS 355 History of Science and Technology

The Time Schedule Indicator for this requirement is STS:CORE. These courses are recorded in DARS under "School Requirements" as items 1 and 2.

Research Methods
10 credits required from the below list:

  • BES 301 Science Methods and Practice (required)

Choose one:

  • BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research
  • BIS 340 Approaches to Cultural Research

The Time Schedule Indicator for this requirement is STS:METHODS. These courses are recorded in DARS under "School Requirements" as item 3.

Mathematical Thinking and Data Visualization

5 credits required from the below list:

  • BHEALTH 215: Statistics for Health Sciences
  • BIS 232 Introduction to Data Visualization
  • BIS 215 Understanding Statistics
  • BIS 302 Issues in Mathematics Across Cultures
  • BIS 342 Geographic Information Systems
  • BIS 343 Geographic Visualization
  • BIS 344 Intermediate Geographic Analysis and Applications
  • BIS 477 Topics in Quantitative Inquiry
  • STMATH 310 Mathematical Game Theory
  • STMATH 341 Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • STMATH 420 History of Mathematics

The Time Schedule Indicator for this requirement is STS:DATA. These courses are recorded in DARS under "School Requirements" as item 4.

Social and Cultural Studies of Science and Technology

Courses approved for this requirement apply the theories and/or methods of one or more disciplines in the social sciences and humanities to the study of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or medicine. Approved courses may also explore how artistic practice can be informed by scientific concepts of technological forms.

15 credits required from the below list:

  • BHEALTH 224 Disease, Human History, Society, and Civilization
  • BHS 201 Introduction to Public Health
  • BHS 300 Principles of Health Research
  • BHS 302 Social Dimensions of Health
  • BIS 205 Technologies of Expression
  • BIS 218 The Power of Maps
  • BIS 233 Participatory Media Culture
  • BIS 235 Critical Media Literacy
  • BIS 236 Introduction to Interactive Media
  • BIS 252 Politics of Science
  • BIS 307 Environmental Justice
  • BIS 308 Industrial Animal
  • BIS 332 Global Digital Industries
  • BIS 352 Mapping Communities
  • BIS 380 Bioethics
  • BIS 384 Health, Medicine and Society
  • BIS 421 Technology Policy
  • BIS 458 Energy, the Environment, and Society
  • BISMCS 333 Media and Communication Studies
  • BISMCS 473 Visual Communication
  • BISSTS 420 Race, Gender, Science, and Medicine

The Time Schedule Indicator for this requirement is STS:SCST. These courses are recorded in DARS under "School Requirements" as item 5.

Science and Technology in Practice

Courses approved for this requirement provide students an opportunity to experience the processes through which scientific knowledge and technology innovations are made. Course may involve students in science, engineering, mathematics, or medical research, or may require students to apply scientific theory or methods to understanding and solving real-world problems. 

10 credits required from the below list:

  • B BIO 231 Genes, Genomes & Heredity
  • B BIO 233 Cancer: Biology, Risk, and Treatment
  • B BIO 235 Salmon and Society
  • B BIO 305 The Science and Ethics of Stem Cells
  • B BIO 310 Brain and Behavior
  • B BIO 330 Marine Biology
  • BEARTH 155 Introduction to Climate Sciences
  • BEARTH 317 Soils Laboratory
  • BEARTH 318 Hydrogeology
  • BEARTH 320 Impacts of Climate Change
  • BEARTH 321 Geomorphology
  • BEARTH 341: Natural Hazards and Human Disasters
  • BES 303 Environmental Monitoring Practicum
  • BES 311 Environmental Chemistry
  • BES 312 Ecology
  • BES 316 Ecological Methods
  • BES 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology
  • BES 439 Computer Modeling and the Environment
  • BES 462 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Introduction
  • BES 463 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Proposal and Plan
  • BES 464 Restoration Ecology Capstone: Field Site Restoration
  • BES 485 Conservation Biology
  • BES 489 Pacific Northwest Ecosystems
  • BHS 403 Introduction to Epidemiology
  • BIS 241 Nature in the Northwest
  • BIS 242 Environmental Geography
  • BIS 243 Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • BIS 244 Wetlands Discovery
  • BIS 246 Introduction to Sustainability
  • BIS 285 Seminar in Biology
  • BIS 422 Clinical Psychology
  • BIS 459 Conservation and Sustainable Development
  • BISMCS 402 Community Media Practice
  • BISMCS 473 Visual Communication
  • BST 446 Sustainable Energy

The Time Schedule Indicator for this requirement is STS:STP. These courses are recorded in DARS under "School Requirements" as item 6.

Special Topics

The following course options may apply to the STS major depending on the topic of study and course title. Review the Time Schedule to determine which special courses are available this quarter. The abbreviated Time Schedule Indicator will be listed in the course notes to designate which STS requirement the course will fulfill.

  • BIS 293 Special Topics
  • BIS 393 Special Topics
  • BIS 396 Topics in Sustainability
  • BIS 397 Topics in Environmental Studies
  • BIS 480 International Study Abroad
  • BIS 491 Topics in Policy Studies
  • BIS 493 Special Topics
  • BIS 496 Community Service Project
  • BISMCS 471 Advanced Topics in Media and Communication

Sample Plan

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