Science, Technology and Society (STS)

STS 210/WGS 210  Women and Gender in Science and Technology  (3 credit hours)  

Interdisciplinary introduction to the reciprocal relationships between scientific/technological research and contemporary understanding of gender. Special emphasis on social factors influencing scientists and engineers in their professions.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives, GEP U.S. Diversity

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 214  Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society  (3 credit hours)  

Introduction to the field of Science, Technology, and Society (STS), including most important STS scholars, major schools of thought, and important theoretical and empirical issues in STS.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 257/ARS 257  Technology in the Arts  (3 credit hours)  

The interaction between technology and the arts with an emphasis on developments in Western art of the twentieth century. Historical and emerging issues include: sound and film recordings, the addition of sound to films, the impact of films and television on theater, the impact of radio, computer applications to music, the visual arts, and literature.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

STS 301  Science and Civilization  (3 credit hours)  

An inquiry into the scientific achievement and cultural impact of three different, but interrelated, models (or paradigms) of understanding the world and man's place in it; the Ancient-Medieval model of Aristotle, Ptolemy and Aquinas; the 17th century model of Newtonian physics; and the emerging, but fragmentary, 20th century model based upon the new physics of Einstein, Planck and Heisenberg.

Requisite: Sophomore Standing or Above

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

STS 302  Contemporary Science, Technology and Human Values  (3 credit hours)  

Interdisciplinary evaluation of recent and potential influences of current scientific and technological developments on US and non-US societies. Emerging social, ethical, and intellectual issues include: The adequacy of contemporary scientific frameworks; the relations among science, technology, and society; the social consequences of scientific and technological applications, and human prospects and possibilities.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 304  Ethical Dimensions of Progress  (3 credit hours)  

Multidisciplinary examination of traditional western notion of progress, focusing on ethical issues raised by concept of progress, and connections between science, technology and society. Places relationships such as engineering and social responsibility within the context of present day redefinitions of the notion of progress.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

STS 322  Technological Catastrophes  (3 credit hours)  

Interdisciplinary examination of the human, organizational and technical factors contributing to the causes and impacts of recent technological accidents such as the Bhopal chemical leak, the space shuttle Challenger explosion, the Chernobyl nuclear accident, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Evaluation of risk assessment, risk perception and risk communication strategies. Consideration of options for living with complex technological systems.

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 323  World Population and Food Prospects  (3 credit hours)  

Examination of the dynamics of population size and food needs, production, distribution and utilization. Consequences of inadequate nutrition and food choices, efforts to increase the compatibility of effective food production systems and alternate crops and cropping systems examined.

GEP Global Knowledge, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

STS 325/PHI 325  Bio-Medical Ethics  (3 credit hours)  

Interdisciplinary examination and appraisal of emerging ethical and social issues resulting from recent advances in the biological and medical sciences. Abortion, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, compromised infants, aids, reproductive technologies, and health care. Focus on factual details and value questions, fact-value questions, fact-value interplay, and questions of impact assessment and policy formulation.

GEP Humanities, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 402  Peace and War in the Nuclear Age  (3 credit hours)  

An interdisciplinary examination of contemporary wars and international conflict, arms, races, nuclear strategy and defense policy, arms control, theories and strategies of peace.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 403  Seminar in Science, Technology, and Society  (3 credit hours)  

Capstone course for the Science, Technology, and Society (STS) major. Review of the principal theoretical and empirical issues of the field. Research project focused on each student's STS specialty.

Prerequisite: STS 214, STS or STB Majors

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

STS 405  Technology and American Culture  (3 credit hours)  

Interdisciplinary study of the role of technology in American culture that examines the social, ideological, economic, and institutional contexts of technological change in nineteenth and/or twentieth-century America. Explores cultural impacts of transformative technological innovations, such as electricity, trains, telephones, radios, cars, airplanes, and computers, as reflected in popular cultural products like magazine/newspaper articles, advertising, literature, music, museum exhibits, and/or film.

GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Spring only

STS 471/REL 471  Darwinism and Christianity  (3 credit hours)  

Evolutionary biology and Christianity. Darwin's evolutionary theory; neo-Darwinism; conflicts between evolutionary theory and Christian thought; methodological parallels and differences between science and religion; proposals for divine action in anevol

Prerequisite: One course in religious studies, biological sciences, philosophy of science, or history of science. Credit is not allowed for both REL 471 and REL 571.

GEP Humanities, GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives

Typically offered in Fall only

STS 490  Issues in Science, Technology, and Society  (3 credit hours)  

Examination of a significant issue, method, or historical episode in the area of science, technology, and society.

Prerequisite: Junior standing.

Typically offered in Fall and Spring

STS 491  Independent Study in Science, Technology, and Society  (3 credit hours)  

Independent investigation and discussion of a selected topic in science, technology, and society. Individualized/Independent Study and Research courses require a "Course Agreement for Students Enrolled in Non-Standard Courses" be completed by the student and faculty member prior to registration by the department.

Typically offered in Fall, Spring, and Summer

STS 571/REL 571  Darwinism and Christianity  (3 credit hours)  

Evolutionary biology and Christianity. Darwin's evolutionary theory; neo-Darwinism; conflicts between evolutionary theory and Christian thought; methodological parallels and differences between science and religion; proposals for divine action in an evo

Prerequisite: Graduate standing. Credit is not allowed for both REL 571 and REL 471.

Typically offered in Fall only