Science in Society

Students may take for general education credit up to 3 courses in the Science in Society category, at least one of which must be a lab science course.


Science in Society courses are those which are intentionally designed to allow students to understand the connections between science and societal issues. As such, students develop an understanding of the scientific method and particular discipline-specific knowledge as they explore various ways in which science and society influence one another. The overall goal of a Science in Society course is to prepare students to have the scientific literacy necessary for responsible citizenship in the 21st century.

The Scientific Method is a method of research in which a problem is identified, relevant data are gathered, a hypothesis is formulated from these data, and the hypothesis is empirically tested.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of a Science in Society course, students will

1. be able to use concepts and tools from one or more of the natural, physical, or social sciences to understand an issue or topic;
2. be able to use a variety of disciplinary perspectives within the natural, physical, or social sciences to understand an issue or topic;
3. be able to use scientific terminology appropriately in carrying out a meaningful dialogue on societal issues related to the natural, physical, or social sciences.
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