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Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies Requirements

View the Science, Technology, and Environmental Studies Course Catalog.

Requirements for the Science, Technology, and Society Major

  • Core courses (14 hours):
    • ST200, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
    • ST205, Science and Society Speakers Seminar (1-credit course that must be completed three times)
  • All of the following:
    • ST310, Social Studies of Science and Technology
    • ST320, Philosophy of Science
    • ST330, Language, Rhetoric, and Science
  • Eighteen hours of elective courses from various departments. Of these, 12 hours must be at the 300–400 level. A total of no more than 3 hours of independent study (ST401, ST402, or ST403) and/or internship credit (ST411–ST413 or ST416) can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses PS210, PS211, and SO393 may count toward this requirement.

STS majors may select STS elective courses to satisfy one of three concentrations within the major: Technology Studies; Health Studies; or Justice, Equity, and Democracy. Each concentration will require 9 credits (three, 3 credit electives) chosen from a subset of electives designated to count for each concentration. These 9 credits will satisfy half of the 18 STS elective credits required. STS majors are not obligated to choose a concentration. Due to elective overlap between concentrations, STS majors are limited to a single concentration within the major.

In addition to the 32 hours above, 13 hours in the natural sciences and/or technology (engineering or computer science) must also be completed. One course from The Natural World requirement of the Core Curriculum can be used to satisfy part of this requirement. Natural science and/or technology courses that are also identified as science, technology, and society electives may be used either to satisfy the natural science/technology requirement or the elective requirement but not both. The 13 hours of science and/or technology courses are not understood to be part of the major, and as such, they may be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.

Because of overlapping curricula, students may not double-major in science, technology, and society and environmental studies or combine a major in one of these areas with a minor in the other.

Requirements for the Science, Technology, and Society Minor

Core courses (7 hours):

  • ST200, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • ST205, Science and Society Speakers Seminar (1-credit course that must be completed one time)

One of the following:

  • ST310, Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • ST320, Philosophy of Science
  • ST330, Language, Rhetoric, and Science

Twelve hours of elective courses from various departments. Of these, 9 hours must be at the 300–400 level. A total of no more than 3 hours of independent study (ST401, ST402, or ST403) and/or internship credit (ST411–ST413 or ST416) can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses PS210, PS211, and SO393 may count toward this requirement.

Eight hours in the natural sciences or technology (engineering or computer science). One course from The Natural World requirement of the Core Curriculum can be used to satisfy part of this requirement. Natural science and/or technology courses that are also identified as science, technology, and society electives may be used either to satisfy the natural science/technology requirement or the elective requirement but not both. The 8 hours of science or technology courses are not understood to be part of the minor, and as such, they may be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.

Requirements for the Environmental Studies Major

Core courses (15 hours):

  • ST200, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • ENV200, Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ST205, Science and Society Speakers Seminar (1-credit course that must be completed two times)
  • ENV330, Geographic Information Systems

One of the following:

  • ST310, Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • ST320, Philosophy of Science
  • ST330, Language, Rhetoric, and Science

Practical experience: 3-credit requirement that can be satisfied by completing ENV400, Environmental/Sustainability Practicum; an approved community-based internship; or another experiential learning course approved by the director.

Fifteen hours of elective courses from various departments. Of these, 12 must be at the 300–400 level. Further, 6 hours of the electives must be social science-related and another 6 must be humanities-related. A total of no more than 3 hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses PS210, PS211, and SO393 may count toward this requirement.

The following natural science courses are also required:

  • NW207, Ecology and the Natural Environment or BI230, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—Fundamentals
  • CH105, General Chemistry 1
  • CH106, General Chemistry 2

Natural science courses are not understood to be part of the major, and as such, they may be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.

*A combined total of 6 internship or independent study hours may be used to satisfy ENV Major requirements. 3 hours may be used towards the Practical Experience requirement, and 3 hours may be used towards the Elective requirements.

Distribution Requirement—Student must complete 6 hours of coursework within the major that are identified as social science-related and another 6 hours must be identified as humanities-related. Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330 may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement.

Applied Local Food Systems Concentration—Environmental Studies majors have the option to add a concentration in Applied Local Food Systems (ALFS). For the ALFS concentration, ENV majors must complete ENV 405 Food Systems and Metabolic Rift, a two-semester internship (ENV 411) with the Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability, and 11-12 elective credits of ALFS designated courses. These 11-12 elective credits, plus the ENV 405 course will count toward the 15 elective credits needed for the ENV major. Further, the practical experience required for ENV majors can be satisfied with the internship (ENV 411) required for the ALFS concentration.

Because of overlapping curricula, students may not double-major in science, technology, and society, and environmental studies or combine a major in one of these areas with a minor in the other.

Requirements for the Environmental Studies Minor

Core courses (9 hours):

  • ST200, Introduction to Science and Technology Studies
  • ENV200, Introduction to Environmental Studies

One of the following:

  • ST310, Social Studies of Science and Technology
  • ST320, Philosophy of Science
  • ST330, Language, Rhetoric, and Science

An additional 9  hours of elective courses from various departments must also be completed. Of these, 6 hours must be at the 300–400 level. Further, 3 hours of the electives must be social science-related and another 3 must be humanities-related. A total of no more than 3 hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one of the research methods courses PS210, PS211, and SO393 may count toward this requirement.

One of the following natural science courses is also required. The course taken may also be counted toward a minor or major in another science and technology discipline:

  • NW207, Ecology and the Natural Environment
  • BI230, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology—Fundamentals
  • NW 210-CH Chemistry and the Environment
  • NW 210-CH Energy and Sustainability
  • CH 106 General Chemistry II

Natural science courses are not understood to be part of the minor, and as such, they may be counted toward a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.

Distribution Requirement—Student must complete three (3) credits of coursework within the major that are identified as social science-related and another three (3) must be identified as humanities-related. Elective courses as well as ST 310, 320, and 330 may be used to satisfy the distribution requirement.

NOTE: The information found on this website with respect to major/minor/program requirements is primarily directed at providing prospective students a general roadmap of the curriculum. Current Butler students are expected to review their degree audit report at my.butler.edu and speak with their advisor regularly for detailed information regarding their specific degree requirements and their progress toward degree completion.