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 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

Garcia, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
12:50 PM
200-002

Luhrmann, T. (PI)
Mason, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

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

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

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
4:30 PM
5:50 PM

Li, X. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

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

McFarland, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
Lathrop 296

LaFromboise, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Wednesday
10:30 AM
1:20 PM
Ceras 308

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

GENE 104Q
Units:
3

Greely, H. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Wednesday
11:30 AM
12:40 PM

HUMBIO 2B
Units:
5

Saperstein, A. (PI)
Salmeen, A. (GP)
Preston, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
320-105

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Frank, M. (PI)
Lyons, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM

Gardner, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM

HUMBIO 174
Units:
3

Magnus, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Heaney, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday
4:30 PM
6:20 PM

Bloom, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Friday
12:30 PM
1:30 PM
Departmental Room

Barry, M. (PI)
Mairal, A. (PI)
Gilon, Y. (SI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Wednesday
1:30 PM
4:20 PM
Li Ka Shing Center, room 120

Pietzsch, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Friday
9:30 AM
11:20 AM
Departmental Room

OSPFLOR 96
Units:
3

2022 - 2023
Winter

PSYCH 30
Units:
4

Grill-Spector, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
4:30 PM
5:20 PM
320-105

Trounce, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

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

Hummel, L. (TA)
Stephens, F. (TA)
Kiviat, B. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM
200-305

Robinson, A. (PI)
Ayoola, F. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Undheim, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
160-322

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

Garcia, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
12:50 PM
200-002

Luhrmann, T. (PI)
Mason, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Li, X. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

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

McFarland, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
3:00 PM
4:20 PM
Lathrop 296

Robinson, A. (PI)
Ayoola, F. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Sato, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
160-322

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

Klein, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
80-204

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

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM
STLC 115

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

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

2022 - 2023
Spring

BIO 82
Units:
4

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Dirzo, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Friday
2:30 PM
3:20 PM

Engel, A. (PI)
Hernandez-Lopez, R. (PI)
Mkrtchyan, G. (TA)
Spinzi, S. (TA)
Abney, N. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
Departmental Room

Engel, A. (PI)
Brophy, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
Departmental Room

Brophy, J. (PI)
Endy, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

BIOE 101
Units:
3

Covert, M. (PI)
Kolber, N. (TA)
Archibald, B. (TA)
Khan, D. (TA)
Mishra, N. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM
Lathrop 282

BIOE 103
Units:
4

Deisseroth, K. (PI)
Engel, A. (PI)
Fischbach, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM
Thornton 102

CHEM 31A
Units:
5

Schwartz Poehlmann, J. (PI)
Martinez, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:20 AM
STLC 114

CHEM 31B
Units:
5

Schwartz Poehlmann, J. (PI)
Brown, N. (PI)
Cegelski, L. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

Brennan, M. (PI)
Kool, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Markland, T. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Nagamine, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

E.D. Stone Edwards Bldg R358

Kahn, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

Srinivas, H. (TA)
Liang, E. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Summer

Schroeder, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:30 PM
2:20 PM

EE 169
Units:
3

Pauly, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM
Gilbert Biological Science 117

Rose, C. (PI)
Bagley, B. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Wednesday
10:30 AM
12:20 PM
Li Ka Shing Center, room 208

Talbot, W. (PI)
Sherlock, G. (PI)
Baker, J. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
320-105

HUMBIO 3A
Units:
5

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

2022 - 2023
Winter

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

HUMBIO 4A
Units:
5

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

2022 - 2023
Spring

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

Salmeen, A. (PI)
Kundaje, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
12:00 PM
1:20 PM

Sainani, K. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
11:30 AM
1:20 PM
Alway Building, Room M114

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday
1:30 PM
2:50 PM

2022 - 2023
Summer

OSPAUSTL 10
Units:
3

2022 - 2023
Autumn

2022 - 2023
Autumn

OSPAUSTL 32
Units:
3

2022 - 2023
Autumn

PHYSICS 21
Units:
4

Nanavati, C. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM
STLC 114

2022 - 2023
Summer

Linde, A. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM

Jackson, M. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Seiler, B. (TA)
Green, A. (PI)
Kazdan, J. (TA)
Liang, L. (TA)
Song, Z. (TA)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 AM
420-041

Poldrack, R. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Walther, G. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

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

STATS 101
Units:
5

Gablenz, P. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Spring

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

STATS 141
Units:
5

Salerno, M. (TA)
Liu, S. (TA)
Zhang, I. (TA)
Erdmann-Pham, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
9:00 AM
10:20 AM
STLC 111

Erdmann-Pham, D. (PI)

2022 - 2023
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
9:30 AM
10:20 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

AMSTUD 41Q
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 132C
Tagged for:
Communication and Media Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Core, Communication and Media Core, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core

ANTHRO 138
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural

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

HISTORY 44Q
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Core, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Core

HISTORY 140
Tagged for:
Innovation and Organization Core, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Politics and Policy Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Life Sciences and Health Core, Politics and Policy Core

HISTORY 144
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities, Innovation and Organization Socio-Cultural, Core Social Science and Humanities - Global, Innovation and Organization Core, Life Sciences and Health Core

HISTORY 243C
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, Life Sciences and Health 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

HISTORY 243G
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural, 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

ITALIAN 344
Tagged for:
Social Dynamics of Data and Information Core, Communication and Media Core, Life Sciences and Health Core

PHIL 85
Tagged for:
Life Sciences and Health Core, Core Social Science and Humanities, Life Sciences and Health Socio-Cultural
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