Requirements of the STSC Major

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

As of Janury 4, 2017, the requirements for the major are (this applies to all new majors declaring on or after that date, and not to students who are already majors):

I. Core Courses (2 cu)  

Students must take STSC 001 OR STSC 003 and one of the following courses:
STSC 160
STSC168
STSC 208 
STSC 212

Students may also fulfill this requirement by taking STSC 001 and 003.

II. Department Courses (7 cu)

III. Submajors (4 cu)

Each STSC major selects one of the following submajors and completes four (4) courses for it using pre-approved and petitioned courses. 

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

IV. Capstone Research Requirement (1 cu)

NOTE: Current majors may choose to switch to the new structure of the STSC major or remain with the former structure.

Requirements for Current Majors

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

II. Department Courses (5 cu)

III. Submajors (6 cu)

Each STSC major selects one of the following submajors and completes six (6) courses for it using pre-approved and petitioned courses. 

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

IV. Capstone Research Requirement (1 cu)

 

What Counts for the STSC Major

Courses

  • There are no substitutes for core courses STSC 001 and STSC 003
  • 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!
  • Pre-approved courses for the submajors count automatically and do not need to be petitioned
  • 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 count if approved through XCat and in general, only for the submajor and not to substitute for core courses or department electives  (there are a very few exceptions to this rule.)   Up to 2 cu may be accepted for STSC, into the submajor. 
  • There is no double-counting within the major or between sections of the major.
  • AP credits do not count toward the STSC major
  • Seniors may not petition courses after the add period in their last semester

Grades

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