Minor in STEM in Society (CHSS)

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The STEM in Society minor develops strategic and critical thinking capabilities to better understand how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as medicine, impact the human experience - past, present, and future. It provides a broad perspective of the STEM fields, to include how advances are developed, how they fit into the wider context of society and culture, and how historical contexts have in turn shaped advances in these fields. 

The skills and competencies gained from this minor are useful to those seeking work in the tech and health care industries, as well as fields like international development and public policy or in non-profits, the government, or think tanks.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 15

Required Course

HIST 315 STEM and Society: A History 3
Total Credits 3


Select 12 credits from any of the following courses 12
Freshman/Sophomore Seminar in Global History  
History of Aviation  
The Digital Past  
BIOL 301
Biology and Society (Mason Core)  
COS 301
Great Ideas in Science (Mason Core)  
Medicine and Health  
Ethical Issues in Global Health  
Humans, Disease, and Death (Mason Core)  
Scientific Racism and Human Variation  
Medical Anthropology  
Social Determinants of Health  
Social Determinants of Health
Global Health (Mason Core)  
Health and Environment  
Global Environmental Ethics (Mason Core)  
Environment and Culture  
CEIE 100
Environmental Engineering around the World (Mason Core)  
CLIM 101
Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)  
EVPP 436
The Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change  
GGS 307
Geographic Approaches for Sustainable Development  
Science and Technology  
Darwin: Biology and Beyond (Mason Core)  
Work, Technology, and Society: An IT Perspective  
Big Data, Technology, and Society  
Science in the News (Mason Core)  
Digital Futures  
IT in the Global Economy  
COS 400
Problem Solving and Leadership in STEAM  
EVPP 432
Energy Policy  
EVPP 361
Introduction to Environmental Policy  
NUTR 318
Global Nutrition and Food Security  
NUTR 440
Nutrition Policy  
BENG 475
Special Topics Courses (with permission of minor director when topic is related to STEM in Society)  
Topics in Global History (Mason Core)  
Issues in Anthropology: Social Sciences (Mason Core)  
Issues in Anthropology  
Special Topics in Sociology  
Global Affairs Capstone (Mason Core)  
Topics in Global Affairs  
ENGR 499
Special Topics in Engineering  
Special Topics  
Special Topics  
NUTR 495
Nutrition and Food Studies Capstone  
Special Topics in Global and Community Health  
Total Credits 12