Communication of Science & Technology

Major Requirements (39 hours)

  1. Written and Oral Communication Courses (9 credit hours from 3 courses): Three courses, with a minimum of 3 credit hours per course, as follows:

    1. Intro to the Communication of Science: CSET 150 (Special Topics) or CMST 237 (Communication of Science, Engineering, and Technology). If neither course is offered for two consecutive years, majors may, with approval of the program director, substitute a course from category 1c.

    2. One advanced public-speaking course: CMST 201 (Persuasion) or 204 (Organizational and Managerial Communication)

    3. One advanced (200-level) W course from any of the following:
      1. any 200-level W course from any Natural Science program (as used here, Natural Science includes all courses identified as MNS courses in AXLE except MATH and PHIL courses),
      2. any 200-level W course from any Engineering program,
      3. any 200-level W course from MHS
      4. ENGL 200 (Intermediate Nonfiction Writing), 201 (Advanced Nonfiction Writing), or ENGL 243/243W (Literature, Science, and Technology),

  2. Natural Science and Engineering Courses (15 credit hours from five courses): Five courses (minimum 3 credit hours per course), at least three of which must be 200-level Natural Science courses. (As used here, Natural Science includes all courses identified as MNS courses in AXLE except MATH and PHIL courses.) The other two courses may be 200-level Natural Science courses or courses taken at any level from the School of Engineering. Students will count 15 hours of Natural Science and/or Engineering courses toward this part of 38 or 39-hour requirement, even if they choose to take five 4-credit-hour courses. Engineering research, project, design, seminar, independent study, and introductory programming courses (e.g., BME 240a, 240b, 241a, 241b, 272, 273; ChBE 233W, 246, 247, 249; CE 200a, 200b, 200c, 248, 249, 252a, 252b; CS 101, 103, 240a, 240b; EECE 203, 204, 296, 297; ENGM 289, 290, ES 101, 103, 248, 249; MSE 209b, 209c, ME 209a, 209b, 209c, 243, 297; SC 295A, 295B, 295C) do not count toward this requirement. Students may count the three 1-credit hour courses ES 140A, 140B, and 140C as equivalent to a single 3-credit hour course if they earn credit for all three courses.

  3. Statistics (3 credit hours) selected from:
    • ECON 150 (Economic Statistics), 155 (Intensive Economic Statistics),
    • MATH 127b (Probability and Statistical Inference), 216 (Probability and Statistics for Engineering), 218 (Introduction to Probability and Mathematical Statistics),
    • PSY 209 (Quantitative Methods),
    • PSY-PC 2101 (Introduction to Statistical Analysis),
    • PSY-PC 2102 (Statistical Analysis)
    • BME 260 (Analysis of Biomedical Data)
    • SOC 127 (Statistics for Social Scientists)

  4. One course bridging science, engineering, or medicine and health with non-science content and issues, including public policy courses and environmental courses (3 credit hours):
    • ANTH 208 (Food Politics in America), 240 (Medical Anthropology), 250 (Anthropology of Healing), 260 (Medicine, Culture, and the Body), 264 (Human Nature and Natural Law: Perspectives from Science and Religion), 270 (Human Osteology), 274 (Health and Disease in Ancient Populations)
    • ASIA 230 (Chinese Medicine)
    • ASTR 203 (Theories of the Universe)
    • EES 205 (Science, Risk, and Policy)
    • HIST 149 (The Modern Human Sciences), 150 (History of Modern Sciences and Society), 151 (The Scientific Revolution), 280 (Modern Medicine), 281 (Women, Health, and Sexuality), 283 (Medicine, Culture, and the Body), 284a (Epidemics in History), 284b (Health and the African American Experience), 284c (The Psychological Century), 285W (Science, Technology, and Modernity)
    • MHS: any 200-level course below 290
    • PHIL 244 (Philosophy and the Natural Sciences)
    • PSCI 253 (Ethics and Public Policy), 255 (Public Policy Problems), 256 (Politics of Public Policy)
    • PSY 252 (Human Sexuality)
    • RLST 202 (Natural Science and the Religious Life), 221 (Ethics and Ecology), 241 (Religion, Science, and Evolution)
    • SOC 221 (Environmental Inequality and Justice), 237 (Society and Medicine), 270 (Human Ecology and Society)
    • WGS 240 (Introduction to Women/’s Health), 268 (Gender, Race, Justice, and the Environment)
  5. Electives (8 or 9 credit hours) chosen from:
    1. FILM 105 (Fundamentals of Film and Video Production), 125 (Introduction to the Study of Film), 175 (Intermediate Filmmaking: Alternate Forms), 176 (Intermediate Filmmaking: The Fiction Film), 227W (Screenwriting), 275W (Advanced Screenwriting), (no more than 2 courses)
    2. category 1c (no more than 2 courses)
    3. category 2 (no more than 2 courses)
    4. category 4 (no more than 2 courses)
    5. A combination of at least one hour of CSET 289 (Directed Study) and at least one hour of CSET 290 (Project in Science Writing and Communicating) may be counted together as a single elective course. No more than 3 hours of CSET 289 and 290 may count toward the major.