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

A. STS Core Courses (STS:CORE)

10 credits required from the below list:
BISSTS 307 Science, Technology and Society
BISSTS 355 History of Science and Technology

B. Research Method (STS:METHODS)

10 credits required from the below list:
BES 301 Science Methods and Practice (required)

Choose one:
BIS 312 Approaches to Social Research OR
BIS 340 Approaches to Cultural Research

Mathematical Thinking and Data Visualization (STS: DATA)**

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

C. Social and Cultural Studies of Science and Technology (STS:SCST)**

Courses which 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, or which 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

D. Science and Technology in Practice (STS:STP)**

Courses which give students the opportunity to experience the processes through which scientific knowledge and technology innovations are made by involving them in science, engineering, mathematics, or medical research, or by asking them 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

E. Special Topics (STS)

Topics courses under the below course numbers may apply to the STS major depending on the subject and title. Please see the Time Schedule notes to determine how they count toward the major. 

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

** Course list will be maintained by School of IAS.

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