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Science, Technology & Environmental Studies
Science, Technology & Environmental Studies

Science, Technology, and Society

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Butler’s Science, Technology, and Society Program (STS) provides students rich experience in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities through a rigorous yet flexible curriculum and practical application. 

Students learn how science impacts our world, our lives, and our communities. They also learn how science is influenced by society and its economic, political, and cultural motives. STS majors graduate with the interdisciplinary knowledge, intellectual flexibility, communication, and problem solving skills that are crucial to every career path. 

For a description of courses, visit Class Search.

NOTE: Degree requirements for incoming students may not reflect the actual degree requirements of current students.

STS Major Requirements

A major in Science, Technology and Society must complete 30 hours of STS courses. Of these hours, majors must complete 12 credit hours of STS Core courses. Students must complete ST200 Introduction to Science Studies and ST205 Science and Society Speakers Series. ST205 is a one credit course offered each semester that must be completed three times for a total of 3 credits before graduation. Further, majors must complete two courses from the following:  ST310 Social Studies of Science and Technology, ST320 Philosophy of Science, or ST330 Language, Rhetoric and Science.

The remaining 18 credit hours for the major must be selected from STS elective courses from various departments. Of these 18 credits, 12 must be at the 300 level or above. A total of no more than three hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement.  Additionally, no more than one research methods course may count toward this requirement. 

Science/Technology Courses

STS majors must also complete 15 hours of natural science and/or technology courses, although these credits do not count toward the 30 needed to satisfy the STS major.  They may be counted towards other requirements--such as towards a minor or major in a science and technology discipline.

STS Minor Requirements

Minors in Science, Technology and Society must complete 19 hours of STS courses. Of these, minors must complete 7 credit hours of STS Core Courses. Students must complete ST200 Introduction to Science Studies and ST205 Science and Society Speakers Series (one time only).  Further, minors must complete one of the following: ST310 Social Studies of Science and Technology, ST320 Philosophy of Science, or ST330 Language, Rhetoric and Science.

The remaining 12 hours may be chosen from a list of STS courses in various disciplines. Of these 12 credits, 9 must be at the 300 level or above.  A total of no more than three hours of independent study or internship credit can be used to satisfy this requirement. Additionally, no more than one research methods course may count toward this requirement. These courses vary each semester.

Science/Technology Courses

STS minors must also complete 10 hours of natural science and/or technology courses for graduation, although these credits do not count toward the 19 needed to satisfy the STS minor. 

Current students are encouraged to consult their academic advisement report in my.butler.edu to see their individual requirements and progress toward program completion.