Life Sciences and Health

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This concentration covers topics such as genetics, biotechnology, bioethics, medical ethics, mental and physical illnesses, public health, patients’ rights, body politics, and various other domains in which new knowledges and technologies produce and are produced by societal phenomena.

STS Concentration Area Requirements

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

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

Kohrman, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Neiman, A. (TA)
Fullwiley, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
460-334

2021 - 2022
Winter

Altman, R. (PI)
Magnus, D. (PI)
Lensch, S. (TA)
Patnaik, R. (TA)
Samuel-Gama, K. (TA)
Li, P. (TA)
Washington, P. (TA)
Maikawa, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Li, X. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Grattan, T. (TA)
Kushel, C. (TA)
Belongia, M. (TA)
Robles-Baez, C. (TA)
Stock, A. (TA)
Passos de Souza, O. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
200-002

Openshaw, J. (PI)
Jones, J. (PI)
Thomas, A. (TA)
Muraida, C. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Lathrop 299

LaFromboise, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Wednesday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM
Ceras 308

Xiong, C. (TA)
Kantor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
200-202

GENE 104Q
Units:
3

Greely, H. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
Law283

Schiebinger, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
200-201

Proctor, R. (PI)
Parish, W. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Schiebinger, L. (PI)
Harmse, K. (GP)
Parish, W. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
200-034

HISTORY 203C
Units:
5

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
9:45 AM
12:45 PM
200-105

Schiebinger, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
90-92Q

HUMBIO 2B
Units:
5

Schwartz, A. (TA)
Gamboa, S. (TA)
Montague-Alamin, S. (TA)
Vo, V. (TA)
Scheidel, W. (PI)
Preston, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM
320-105

Nation, J. (PI)
Baker, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

Barr, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

HUMBIO 174
Units:
3

Magnus, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Garcia, G. (PI)
Heaney, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Bloom, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
Alway Building, Room M112

Bloom, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Saturday
1:15 PM
2:15 PM
Li Ka Shing Center, rms203/204

Mairal, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Thursday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
Alway Building, Room M106

Pietzsch, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Friday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM

Maffettone, S. (PI)
Campani, E. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

OSPFLOR 96
Units:
3

Berger, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Perez Blanco, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

2021 - 2022
Winter

Trounce, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:00 AM
1:00 PM

Johnson, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Kiviat, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

Robinson, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM
ROBLEG139

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
160-318

STS 190
Units:
4

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
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

Kohrman, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Neiman, A. (TA)
Fullwiley, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
5:30 PM
7:00 PM
460-334

Li, X. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Naylor, R. (PI)
Grattan, T. (TA)
Kushel, C. (TA)
Belongia, M. (TA)
Robles-Baez, C. (TA)
Stock, A. (TA)
Passos de Souza, O. (TA)
Frank, Z. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
200-002

LiCausi, T. (TA)
McFarland, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
Lathrop 299

Schiebinger, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
200-201

Proctor, R. (PI)
Parish, W. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Schiebinger, L. (PI)
Harmse, K. (GP)
Parish, W. (GP)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
200-034

Schiebinger, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM

Proctor, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
4:30 PM
90-92Q

2021 - 2022
Winter

Robinson, A. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:45 AM
ROBLEG139

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
160-318

STS 190
Units:
4

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Sato, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 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

Klein, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM
260-003

Hekmat-Scafe, D. (PI)
Malladi, S. (PI)
Stearns, T. (PI)
Cyert, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Littlefield 107

Hekmat-Scafe, D. (PI)
Malladi, S. (PI)
Stearns, T. (PI)
Cyert, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday
1:30 PM
2:45 PM

Fukami, T. (PI)
Miller, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
3:30 PM

Hekmat-Scafe, D. (PI)
Fukami, T. (PI)
Malladi, S. (PI)
Miller, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

BIO 82
Units:
4

Khalfan, W. (PI)
Simon, M. (PI)
Bergmann, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Heller, R. (PI)
Kuhn, V. (TA)
Davis, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Heller, R. (PI)
Matus, O. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Dirzo, R. (PI)
Arnoldi, N. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Friday
2:45 PM
3:45 PM

Sapolsky, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

Wang, B. (PI)
Love, Z. (PI)
Weiss, J. (TA)
Doong, J. (TA)
Yang, L. (TA)
Skylar-Scott, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
200-203

Meany, E. (TA)
Wang, B. (PI)
Love, Z. (PI)
Kwon, W. (TA)
Dhawan, S. (TA)
Skylar-Scott, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

BIOE 101
Units:
3

Covert, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

BIOE 103
Units:
4

Deisseroth, K. (PI)
Fischbach, M. (PI)
Reder, G. (TA)
Mantri, S. (TA)
Tang, D. (TA)
Love, Z. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

CHEM 31A
Units:
5

Schwartz Poehlmann, J. (PI)
Brown, N. (PI)
Waymouth, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
STLC111

CHEM 31B
Units:
5

Brown, N. (PI)
Cegelski, L. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

CHEM 31B
Units:
5

Cardin, N. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Summer

Brennan, M. (PI)
Wender, P. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Brennan, M. (PI)
Stack, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Markland, T. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Nagamine, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
3:15 PM
4:45 PM
E.D. Stone Edwards Bldg R358

Kahn, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
3:00 PM

2021 - 2022
Summer

Pauly, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM

Talbot, W. (PI)
Sherlock, G. (PI)
Hillier, C. (TA)
Kaye, A. (TA)
Butchko, J. (TA)
Riley, A. (TA)
Baker, J. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM
320-105

HUMBIO 3A
Units:
5

Nusse, R. (PI)
Fuller, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

HUMBIO 4A
Units:
5

Fisher, P. (PI)
Heller, H. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

2021 - 2022
Summer

Sainani, K. (PI)
Godfrey, B. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM
School of Medicine Room

Godfrey, B. (TA)
Nyathi, S. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:00 PM

2021 - 2022
Summer

OSPAUSTL 10
Units:
3

Boyer, D. (PI)
Arrigo, K. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

2021 - 2022
Autumn

OSPAUSTL 32
Units:
3

Boyer, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

2021 - 2022
Autumn

PHYSICS 21
Units:
4

Nanavati, C. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Remote

2021 - 2022
Summer

Macintosh, B. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
10:45 AM

Jackson, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Remote

Jain, V. (PI)
Liu, S. (TA)
Howes, M. (TA)
Kanekar, R. (TA)
Tanoh, I. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
1:30 PM
2:30 PM
420-040

Poldrack, R. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM

Erdmann-Pham, D. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
11:00 AM
12:00 PM

STATS 101
Units:
5

Sklar, M. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Spring

STATS 141
Units:
5

Lu, S. (TA)
Sklar, M. (PI)
Rajanala, S. (TA)
Morrison, T. (TA)

2021 - 2022
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:45 AM
11:15 AM
Lathrop 282

Walther, G. (PI)

2021 - 2022
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
2:45 PM
3:45 PM
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

AMSTUD 41Q
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core

AMSTUD 130A
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core

AMSTUD 156H
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core

ANTHRO 41
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Life Sciences and Health Core

ANTHRO 154
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core

STS 51A
Tagged for:
Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural

STS 51B
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Politics and Policy Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural

STS 51C
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Politics and Policy Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Core, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Catastrophic Risks and Solutions Socio-Cultural, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural

STS 123
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core

STS 191
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Nature and Environment Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Communication and Media Core, Innovation and Organization Core, Nature and Environment Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core
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