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Science and Society

Science and Society is an interdepartmental teaching program administered by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that offers students throughout the campus the opportunity to discover the connections that link the social, biological, and physical sciences with societal issues and cultural discourses.

Coursework examines discovery processes in relation to societal values, public policy and ethics, including issues associated with cultural diversity. Whenever possible, opportunities outside the classroom are included as part of the learning experience.

The Science and Society teaching program serves students of all majors and interests. It can allow lower division students who have not yet declared a major a meaningful context for exploring diverse subject matters.

The minor for the program includes, in addition to Science and Society courses, upper division courses from both the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Letters and Science in the areas of history and philosophy of science, policy and decision making, communication of science, and culture, ethics and applications.

Requirements: 

20-25 units

Complete the following course (4 units)

  • SAS 001 Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues (4 units)

Choose one course (3-4 units)​

  • SAS 002 Feeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply (3 units)
  • SAS 005 Pathways to Discovery: Science and Society (3 units)
  • SAS 020 Genetics and Society (4 units)
  • SAS 030 Mushrooms, Molds, and Society (3 units)
  • SAS 120 Science and Contemporary Societal Issues (3 units)

Choose one course from each of the four areas (13-17 units)

  1. History and Philosophy of Science (4-5 units)
    • CRD 118 Technology and Society (4 units)
    • CRD 162 People, Work and Technology (5 units)
    • HIS 185A History of Science in America (4 units)
    • HIS 185B History of Technology in America (4 units)
    • PHI 107 Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (4 units)
    • PHI 108 Philosophy of the Biological Sciences (4 units)
    • PHI 109 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (4 units)
  2. Policy and Decision Making (3-4 units)
    • ARE 120 Agricultural Policy (4 units)
    • ARE 147 Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (3 units)
    • ARE 150 Agricultural Labor (4 units)
    • CNS 100 Consumer Behavior (3 units)
    • ESP 160 The Policy Process (4 units)
    • ESP 165 Climate Policy (3 units)
    • POL 175 Science, Technology, and Policy (4 units)
    • SOC 155 Sociology of Law (4 units)
    • SOC 181 Social Change Organization (4 units)
  3. Communication of Science (3-4 units)
    • AED 172 Multimedia Productions (3 units)
    • ANT 120 Language and Culture (4 units)
    • CMN 130 Group Communication (4 units)
    • CMN 140 Introduction to Mass Communication (4 units)
    • LIN 163 Language, Gender, and Society (4 units)
    • POL 165 Mass Media and Politics (4 units)
  4. Culture, Ethics and Applications (3-4 units)
    • CRD 142 Rural Change in the Industrialized World (4 units)
    • ESP 164 Ethical Issues in Environmental Policy (3 units)
    • FPS 110 Plastics in Society and the Environment (4 units)
    • PLP 140 Agricultural Biotechnology and Public Policy (4 units)
    • SOC 144 Agriculture and Society (4 units)

Total = 20-25 units

 

Minor Advisors

D. M. Rizzo, Ph.D.
dmrizzo@ucdavis.edu
(530) 754-9255