Requirements of the STSC Major

The STSC Major requires fourteen (14) cu or fourteen separate courses to complete for graduation. 

Core Courses (2 cu)  

  • Students must take STSC 001 OR STSC 003


  • one of the following courses: STSC 160, STSC 168, STSC 208, STSC 212
  • Students may also fulfill this requirement by taking STSC 001 or 003, whichever they did not take to fulfill the first part of the core

STSC Electives (7 cu)

Submajors (4 cu)

A submajor is an individual area of interest for each student within STSC.
Each STSC major selects a submajor and completes four (4) courses for it using pre-approved and petitioned courses.  Biotechnology and Biomedicine

  • Biotechnology and Biomedicine
  • Energy and Environment 
  • Global Science and Technology
  • Information and Organizations 
  • Science/Nature/Culture

Capstone Research Requirement (1 cu)

  • Every student must satisfy this requirement in order to graduate.
  • A  capstone course is a 400-level research seminar (STSC or HSOC) or independent study(STSC 499) within which students write a 20+ original research paper.
  • The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled by a 400-level course taken during a student's last three terms before graduation.   400-level courses taken earlier do not satisfy the requirement.
  • STSC 400 also fulfills the capstone requirement


Requirements for Majors before Jan. 4, 2017  (Majors who declared before 1/4/17 may choose to switch to the new structure of the STSC major or remain with the former structure.

I. Core Courses (2 cu)  STSC 001 and STSC 003

II. Department Courses (5 cu)

III. Submajors (6 cu)

  • Cultures of Technoscience
  • Energy, Environment and Technology
  • Information
  • Life Sciences and Society

IV. Capstone Research Requirement (1 cu)


What Counts for the STSC Major


  • CORE COURSES: There are no substitutes for core courses (001, 003, 160, 168, 208, 212) 
  • DEPARTMENT COURSES:  are only those courses that are listed on the Department Courses page.   Courses from abroad cannot fulfill the department course requirement nor can non-department courses be petitioned to fulfill this requirement. Caution: there are occasionally courses listed as STSC that do not count as department electives, so read the list on the page!
  • SUBMAJOR COURSES: Pre-approved courses for the submajors count automatically and do not need to be petitioned.
  • Non-College Courses: Students may use up to 3 non-College courses in the submajor.
  • Petitions for submajor courses: are evaluated on the relevance of the course to the submajor and the quality of the argument for the course to be included in the submajor.
  • Submajor Courses from outside the College: Students may have a maximum of three which go into the submajor. This includes transfer courses approved through XCat.
  • Study Abroad courses (up to 2 cu) count if approved through XCat and only for the submajor, not to substitute for core courses or department electives  (there are a very few exceptions to this rule.)   
  • Double Counting: there is no double-counting within the major or between sections of the major.  The Capstone course is a separate requirement and cannot double count within the major.
  • AP credits do not count toward the STSC major
  • Seniors may not petition courses after the add period in their last semester


  • The minimum grade for credit in the major is a C-
  • Courses taken pass-fail cannot count toward the major (College policy)