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Council on Science and Technology


Naomi E. Leonard

Executive Committee

Manjul Bhargava, Mathematics

Rebecca D. Burdine, Molecular Biology

Paul J. DiMaggio, Sociology, Woodrow Wilson School

Adele E. Goldberg, Council of the Humanities, Linguistics

Naomi E. Leonard, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 

Sharad Malik, Electrical Engineering 

Paul J. Steinhardt, Physics

Howard A. Stone, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering  

Emily A. Thompson, History

Daniel L. Trueman, Music 

Sits with Committee

Catherine A. Riihimaki, Council on Science and Technology

Jaclyn A. Schwalm, Council on Science and Technology

Carolyn D. Sealfon, Council on Science and Technology

The Council on Science and Technology, in cooperation with science and engineering departments, fosters the teaching of science and engineering courses for students specializing in the humanities and social sciences. A principal responsibility of the council is to encourage the development of high-quality courses through which undergraduates can satisfy the University science and technology (ST) distribution requirement. The council has responsibility for approving the STL (science and technology with laboratory) and the STN (non-laboratory science and technology course) designations for science and engineering courses that are appropriate for students concentrating in the humanities and social sciences. The council staff partners with faculty members to develop new courses and to revise existing courses. In addition, the Council on Science and Technology sponsors lunchtime seminars with scientists who are acclaimed for their teaching methods, dinners for faculty teaching council-sponsored courses to share best practices, as well as the annual Evnin Lecture, featuring a prominent scientist on a topic of interest to the general public.

The council employs PhD-level scientists with expertise in active learning to help develop new STL and STN courses and to enable research-based teaching methods to be adopted in all the courses. New STN and STL courses will be of interest to all undergraduate students irrespective of their concentration because core science or engineering courses will be combined with a societal application.

The council's website lists the goals for STL and STN courses, and includes instructions on how faculty members may apply for the ST designation as well as funding for STL and STN courses.

All STN and STL courses are listed in Course Offerings. Many STL and STN courses have prerequisites or are core courses for the science and engineering disciplines. Those STL and STN courses that do not carry significant prerequisites in science or engineering are listed in a separate menu item in Course Offerings (STL, STN, and QR Courses for General Education).


STC 101 From DNA to Human Complexity (see MOL 101B)

STC 102 Neuroscience and Everyday Life (see NEU 101)

STC 115A Physics for Future Leaders (see PHY 115A)

STC 115B Physics for Future Leaders (see PHY 115B)

STC 201A Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy (see ENV 201A)

STC 201B Fundamentals of Environmental Studies: Population, Land Use, Biodiversity, and Energy (see ENV 201B)

STC 349 Science Journalism   Not offered this year SA

This course will help students (science majors and non-majors alike) to develop their skill at writing about science and technology for non-technical readers. Through class discussion, analysis of published writing, and especially through extensive writing exercises, participants will learn to present complex information with both clarity and style. Prerequisite: fulfillment of the writing requirement. One three-hour seminar. Staff

STC 398 Health and Human Rights in the World Community   Not offered this year SA

This seminar will examine the relationship between health and human rights. It will provide an overview of human rights violations in the world today and an analysis of their health consequences. The course will consider how individual and community health can be improved by protecting and promoting human rights. It will also evaluate the role of health professionals in caring for victims of human rights abuses, documenting the health consequences of human rights violations, and participating in human rights advocacy and education. One three-hour seminar. Staff

STC 460 Diseases in Children: Causes, Costs, and Choices (see MOL 460)