SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES (Div. II)

Chair, Professor DONALD deB. BEAVER

Advisory Committee: Professors: ALTSCHULER, D. BEAVER, DETHIER, KAPLAN, THOMAN. Associate Professor: MLADENOVIC.

Science and Technology Studies (SCST) is an interdisciplinary program concerned with science and technology and their relationship to society. In addition to being concerned with the historical development and a philosophical understanding of the ideas and institutions of science and technology; Science and Technology Studies also examines their ethical, economic, social, and political implications.

The role that science and technology have played in shaping modern industrial societies is generally acknowledged, but few members of those societies, including scientists and engineers, possess any understanding of how that process has occurred or much knowledge of the complex technical and social interactions that direct change in either science or society. The Science and Technology Studies Program is intended to help create a coherent course of study for students interested in these questions by providing a broad range of perspectives. At present, courses are offered which examine the history or philosophy of science and technology, the sociology and psychology of science, the economics of research and development and technological change, science and public policy, technology assessment, technology and the environment, scientometrics, and ethical-value issues.

To complete the requirements of the program, students must complete six courses. The introductory course and senior seminar are required and three elective courses are chosen from the list of designated electives. Students may choose to concentrate their electives in a single area such as technology, American studies, philosophy, history of science, economics, environment, current science, or current technology, but are encouraged to take at least one elective in history, history of science, or philosophy. The sixth course necessary to complete the program is one semester of laboratory or field science in addition to the College's three-course science requirement. Other science courses of particular interest include Chemistry 110 and Biology 134.

The program is administered by a chair and an advisory committee of faculty who teach in the program. Students who wish to enroll normally register with the chair by the fall of their junior year.

Elective Courses

Biology/Environmental Studies 134 The Tropics: Biology and Social Issues

Chemistry 113 Chemistry and Crime: From Sherlock Holmes to Modern Forensic Science

Environmental Studies 307/Political Science 317 Environmental Law

Environmental Studies 402 Syntheses

History of Science 240 Technology and Science in American Culture

History of Science/Philosophy 334 Philosophy of Biology

History of Science/Astronomy 338 The Progress of Astronomy

Music 223T Music Technology II

Philosophy 209 Philosophy of Science

Philosophy 210 Philosophy of Medicine

Sociology 368 Technology and Modern Society

Courses of Related Interest

ANSO 205 Ways of Knowing

ArtH/Environmental Studies 201 American Landscape History

ArtH 257 Architecture 1700-1900

Environmental Studies 302 Environmental Planning Workshop

Geosciences/Environmental Studies 103 Environmental Geology and the Earth's Surface

History 475 Modern Warfare and Military Leadership

History of Science 224 Scientific Revolutions: 1543-1927

History of Science 320/History 293 History of Medicine

Physics 100 Physics of Everyday Life