Catastrophic Risks and Solutions (CRS)

photo of an atomic explosion

This concentration allows students to focus on understanding, anticipating, communicating, and reducing large-scale catastrophic risks, defined as threats to large cities, regions, ethnic groups, entire societies, human civilization, or humanity itself. Examples include climate change, pandemics, ecosystem collapse, famine, nuclear war, genocide, earthquakes, asteroid impacts, and uncontrolled or hostile artificial intelligence. Students in this concentration will choose one or several such risks and define a plan of study that includes analysis, tools for understanding, and current knowledge of how they might be solved or reduced in scale and scope. Examples of analysis and tools for understanding include scientific approaches (statistics, modeling), social science approaches (psychology, anthropology, or sociology of risk), and humanistic studies (history, philosophy, fiction, film, art). 

STS Concentration Area Requirements

  • 4 (BS) or 8 (BA) Socio-cultural courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area. Your list must include 3 courses from the Concentration Core.
  • 4 (BA) or 8 (BS) Technical courses from the approved course list for the selected concentration area

  • A cohesive overall theme, or two, that articulate how your Concentration Core and Sociocultural courses help you to critically examine your Technical courses.

50+ units; 12 course minimum. Note that the 50-unit requirement may require taking additional courses and that approved courses may not be approved for your specific concentration, if your curriculum does not achieve the above requirements as a whole.

Don't forget the Major Requirements : As for all concentrations, students will need to fulfill the Program Core course requirement (26+ units; 8 course minimum with grade C minimum). 

Socio-Cultural Courses (4 BS/8 BA)

STS Sociocultural Courses

  • Provide historical, social, cultural and/or political context for specific areas of science and technology in each concentration

  • May include STS Program Core or Concentration Core courses not used to fulfill those requirements

  • Electives must be part of a cohesive plan approved by the STS Associate Director

  • See major requirements for more information

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Kendra, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Kendra, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Michas-Martin, S. (PI)
Burke, K. (PI)
Veidis, E. (PI)
De Leo, G. (PI)
Lee, S. (TA)
Ludeke, D. (TA)
Minondo, A. (TA)
Kumar, K. (TA)
Maurya, S. (TA)
Fukami, T. (PI)
McManus, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
370-370

Trounce, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
12:30 PM
2:20 PM
School of Medicine Room

Altman, R. (PI)
Magnus, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM

Jacobson, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Woodward, J. (PI)
Gragg, D. (PI)
Stasio, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Hewlett Teaching Center 201

Woodward, J. (PI)
Gragg, D. (PI)
Stasio, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Jacobson, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Holt, A. (PI)
Palumbo-Liu, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM

Wang, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM
Departmental Room

Naimark, N. (PI)
Jolluck, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM

DESINST 245
Units:
3-4

Middleton, B. (PI)
Cahan, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Kovscek, A. (PI)
Azevedo, I. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Tucker, A. (TA)
Mendillo, J. (TA)
Passos de Souza, O. (TA)
Parish, W. (TA)
Ndegwa, J. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
200-002

Openshaw, J. (PI)
Jones, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

EARTHSYS 160
Units:
4-5

Kos, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday
9:30 AM
12:20 PM

EARTHSYS 185
Units:
4

Lobell, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Wolak, F. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Zhong, C. (TA)
Nyakundi, F. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Goulder, L. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

Michas-Martin, S. (PI)
Burke, K. (PI)
Veidis, E. (PI)
De Leo, G. (PI)
Lee, S. (TA)
Ludeke, D. (TA)
Minondo, A. (TA)
Kumar, K. (TA)
Maurya, S. (TA)
Fukami, T. (PI)
McManus, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
370-370

Soon, V. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM

Spiegel, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

McMaster, H. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Felter, J. (PI)
Shah, R. (PI)
Blank, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
4:30 PM
7:20 PM
Thornton 110

Patenaude, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

LAW 2504
Units:
3

Thompson, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
11:10 AM
12:40 PM

Seiger, A. (PI)
Gordon, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Wednesday
4:15 PM
6:15 PM

Bloom, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Friday
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
Departmental Room

Weyant, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM
Y2E2 105

Lin, H. (PI)
Kumar, R. (TA)
Rajesh, N. (TA)
Velaise, T. (TA)
Cruz, A. (TA)
Bhaskara, V. (TA)
Legrand, A. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
Gates B1

Felter, J. (PI)
Shah, R. (PI)
Blank, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
4:30 PM
7:20 PM
Thornton 110

Laurent, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Mastro, O. (PI)
Rodriguez, L. (PI)
Russell, E. (TA)
Napier, C. (TA)
Peters, S. (TA)
Sagan, S. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Nation, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Lathrop 180

Starkman, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Undheim, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Zimmer, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

STS 190
Units:
4

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Michas-Martin, S. (PI)
Burke, K. (PI)
Veidis, E. (PI)
De Leo, G. (PI)
Lee, S. (TA)
Ludeke, D. (TA)
Minondo, A. (TA)
Kumar, K. (TA)
Maurya, S. (TA)
Fukami, T. (PI)
McManus, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
370-370
Concentration Core (CC) Courses: 3 required for BA/BS

STS Concentration Core courses

CC, formerly Foundational

 

  • Are specifically designated sociocultural courses directly relevant to the chosen STS concentration 
  • Provide students with tools to critically engage with the knowledge and skills they are learning in their technical courses
  • Cannot be double-counted with student’s choice of Program Core courses
  • Cannot be substituted or petitioned
Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Wang, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM
Departmental Room

Naylor, R. (PI)
Tucker, A. (TA)
Mendillo, J. (TA)
Passos de Souza, O. (TA)
Parish, W. (TA)
Ndegwa, J. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
200-002

Undheim, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Zimmer, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

STS 190
Units:
4

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Technical Courses (4 BA/8 BS)

STS Technical Courses

  • Courses involving lab work, engineering problems, coding, or other technical work in science, technology, or medicine

  • Help build technical knowledge and skills relevant to the chosen concentration

  • Students seeking the B.S. degree take more of these

  • The majority of Technical Electives should be a sequence (or two sequences) of increasingly advanced levels. In general, introductory courses with little technical content will not be approved. 

  • At least one sequence should be accompanied by either Concentration Core or Sociocultural Electives that allow you to examine and analyze its context and social consequences

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Kopperud, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Hummel, H. (PI)
Kinslow, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
6:00 PM
7:20 PM
Y2E2 292A

Freyberg, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

CEE 263C
Units:
3

Jacobson, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Shriram 104

CEE 274D
Units:
3

Criddle, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

CEE 278A
Units:
3

Kopperud, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
3:30 PM
4:20 PM
Y2E2 111

Miranda, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM

Markhvida, M. (PI)
Aguilar Sanchez, G. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

McCann, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Hummel, H. (PI)
Kinslow, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
6:00 PM
7:20 PM
Y2E2 292A

Boneh, D. (PI)
Durumeric, Z. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Liang, P. (PI)
Sadigh, D. (PI)
Karamcheti, S. (GP)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
NVIDIA Auditorium

Charikar, M. (PI)
Sadigh, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Manning, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM
Hewlett Teaching Center 200

CS 224W
Units:
3-4

Leskovec, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

CS 229
Units:
3-4

Charikar, M. (PI)
Guestrin, C. (PI)
Ng, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Skilling Auditorium

CS 229
Units:
3-4

Re, C. (PI)
Ma, T. (PI)
Xie, M. (TA)
Kumar, A. (TA)
Bhaskhar, N. (TA)
Chen, Y. (TA)
Ali, K. (TA)
Itkina, M. (TA)
Li, K. (TA)
Wolff, C. (TA)
Yuan, H. (TA)
Liu, Z. (TA)
Hua, X. (TA)
Dong, K. (TA)
Jain, S. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Spring

CS 229
Units:
3-4

Avati, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

CS 230
Units:
3-4

Ng, A. (PI)
Katanforoosh, K. (SI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Wednesday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM
Remote

Li, F. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Boneh, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM

Callaghan, E. (PI)
Carney, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Durlofsky, L. (PI)
Azevedo, I. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Casciotti, K. (PI)
Vitousek, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30 AM
12:20 PM

Openshaw, J. (PI)
Jones, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Eggleston, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Durlofsky, L. (PI)
Azevedo, I. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

Benson, S. (PI)
de Chalendar, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM
Green Earth Sciences104

Sheshadri, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Hoyt, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM
Y2E2 101

Caers, J. (PI)
Mantilla Salas, S. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Willenbring, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
320-220

Segall, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
Mitchell Earth Sciences350/372

Segall, P. (PI)
Biondi, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
3:20 PM
Mitchell Earth Sciences350/372

Dunham, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
Mitchell Earth Sciences 372

Amieva, M. (PI)
Chen, S. (PI)
Sow, M. (GP)
Carter, J. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Chueh, W. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

MS&E 220
Units:
3-4

Wang, R. (TA)
Xu, W. (TA)
Liu, S. (TA)
Shachter, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM
Gates B3

MS&E 220
Units:
3-4

Shachter, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

Sweeney, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Weyant, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
Shriram 052

STATS 101
Units:
5

Gablenz, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM

Robinson, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM
Not Currently Offered Courses

These courses are approved for one or more the STS concentrations but are not offered this academic year. You may find tabbing back to previous academic years in Explore Courses is helpful to see when courses have been offered historically. STS does not determine when courses in other departments will be offered as course offerings are at the discretion of the departments who own them.

 

Title

COMPLIT 207
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

CSRE 230
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Technical, Politics and Policy Technical, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Technical, Core Engineering and Science, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

HISTORY 179C
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global

HISTORY 203C
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Politics and Policy Core

HISTORY 234P
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

HISTORY 239T
Tagged for:
Core Social Science and Humanities, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Communication and Media Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core

HISTORY 243D
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Life Sciences and Health Core

ITALIAN 244
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core

MS&E 330
Tagged for:
Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Core Social Science and Humanities

THINK 65
Tagged for:
Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core
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