Submajors provide the opportunity for students to explore their particular interest within STS.  

Each student puts together a program of four courses from across the university as well as the department that help them explore a topic, problem or question.


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

Submajor Guidelines

  • A submajor is a group of four courses (4 cu)
  • A submajor is about a topic, problem, or question that the student wants to explore and investigate
  • Each submajor has a list of some pre-approved (but not required) courses for each submajor to aid students in creating their submajors
  • Up to three non-College courses may be in the submajor
  • Students may petition courses for their chosen submajor.  STSC Request Form 18C.docx
  • Any science courses must be 200-level or higher to be included in the submajor
  • Seniors must submit petitions before the end of add period in their last semester before graduation

Petitioning Courses for the Submajor

  • Submit a syllabus and petition form to Dr. Greene or Dr. Benson
  • All petitions must make an argument about including this course in your submajor that connects the course specifically to the submajor and to STSC major.  
  • Petitions should be submitted promptly during or just after the semester in which the course occurs.
  • STSC Request Form 18C.docx 

Previous Submajors (for already declared majors as of January 4, 2017)

Cultures of Technoscience
Energy, Environment and Technology
Life Science in Society