Science and Society

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For College of Liberal Arts & Sciences students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree.

How many credits are required?

At least 6 credit hours (2 courses), including at least 3 credit hours at the upper division (300-499) level. You must receive a grade of C or better in both courses.

Can Science & Society classes also fulfill other requirements?

Yes, one Science & Society course may be used to fulfill one requirement in the major or minor as well as a Science and Society requirement. That course may also be used to satisfy the "Literacy & Critical Inquiry" ("L") general studies requirement and no more than two Awareness Areas ("C," "G," "H").
The second Science & Society course can only be used to satisfy the Literacy requirement and no more than two Awareness Areas. The only general studies requirements Science & Society courses can satisfy are Literacy or the Awareness Areas.

What are the Science & Society learning goals?

Courses approved by the College as Science & Society must meet all three of the following learning goals:

  1. Understand the reciprocal relationship between science and societies (local, regional, national and/or global).
  2. Develop a critical understanding of the western scientific principles underlying some of the major topical scientific issues in the public domain.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to formulate, communicate and defend well-informed views of their own concerning the issues studied.

Registration, Prerequisites, Use of Transfer Credit

•    The student is responsible for selecting courses from the list of approved courses that will meet this requirement.
•    Some courses have prerequisites. Check the current catalog for prerequisite information.
•    Omnibus and Special Topics Courses - omnibus (194, 294, 394, 494) or special topics course numbers (e.g. ENG 469) must match the course title shown on the approved list to be used for the Science & Society requirement.
•    To fulfill the Science & Society requirement, a transfer course must be evaluated as a direct equivalent to an ASU course (see the Transfer Credit Guide for more information on transfer credit).
•    Questions about these requirements should be directed to your department advisor. It is also strongly recommended that you discuss your course selections with your departmental advisor before you register.

Which courses meet the requirement?

Approved science and society course list – The list of all approved courses for Science and Society.

List of Available Science and Society Courses originally scheduled. Please note: Some courses may have been cancelled or are now full. Please check the Schedule of Classes to determine courses that are still open to registration.

Spring 2017 available courses for campus students

Spring 2017 available courses for ASU online students

Fall 2017 available courses for campus students

Fall 2017 available courses for ASU online students

NOTE: Science and society courses will be available in the summer term, however a list of available courses will not be provided.

Course placement request

Once you have completed an approved Science & Society course:
1) Check your DARS (Degree Audit Report).
2) Verify that a letter grade of "C" or better has been posted for the class, and that the course was placed in the Science & Society area.
3) If for any reason the course was not placed in Science and Society, submit the Course Placement Request Form below.

Link toCourse Placement Request Form

Allow 5 to 10 business days for your request to be processed. If you require further assistance, please contact your departmental advisor.