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Science and Technology Studies

College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

How can we address the challenges of our increasingly high-tech world? The science and technology studies (STS) major unites the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences together with science, technology and medicine. STS students learn to think critically, explore controversies, create innovative and responsible solutions to urgent problems, and engage directly with the world-changing effects of scientific, medical and technological revolutions.

Major Requirements

Graduation with a degree in science and technology studies requires completion of introductory courses in the social sciences and humanities, in the natural sciences, and introductory, laboratory and seminar courses in STS. Upper division work includes 12 units from each of two different, complementing areas of concentration ("modules") and 12 units (plus prerequisites) providing depth, concentration and field work opportunities in the sciences. The modules are: I. Cultural studies of science and technology; II. Ethics, values and science policy; III. History and philosophy of science; IV. Medicine, society and culture. Courses in the modules require careful selection to make the best use of the STS major. Prerequisites for courses in the sciences can be extensive and require substantial advance planning for timely completion. Students are encouraged to take advantage of faculty and staff advising to plan their courses of study.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Attorney
  • Professor
  • Grant Coordinator
  • Science Educator
  • Museum Manager
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • State Department Official
  • Researcher
  • Journalist

Graduate Study

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Medicine
  • Public policy
  • Criminology
  • Science and technology studies
  • History

Alumni Employers

  • IBM
  • Oakland City Attorney’s Office
  • California ReLeaf
  • White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Mastercard
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