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Great Issues in Science

Curricular Outcomes: ability to think and function as a scientist and demonstrated breadth of knowledge

This important core requirement challenges College of Science students to apply their critical thinking and analytical abilities gained from engagement in their major area of study to the global conversation regarding the impact of Science on society and the ramifications of scientific advances.

Curricular Notice:

Courses which have been taken to meet the Great Issues requirement may not also be used to meet a student's Culture/Diversity or General Education requirement.  Transfer Credit (including AP, IB, and A LEVEL credit) will not meet the Great Issues Requirement.  Approval dates are in brackets.


Spring 2021 Great Issues Courses Offered


BIOL 31200: Great Issues Genomics &Society  [Spring 2011 - Current]

BIOL 39500: The COVID-19 Pandemic [Fall 2020 - Current]

BIOL 48300: Great Issues: Environmental And Conservation Biology  [Current]

BIOL 49500:  Energy Transduction in Bio-Medicine [Temporary approval for Spring 2021 only]

CHM 49000: History & Philosophy of Science: Synergies Among the Physical Sciences*  [Spring 2011 - Current]

CHM 49000: History and Philosophy of Science,and the Cognitive Sciences*  [Spring 2011 - Current]

CHM 49000: Great Issues in Drug Discovery*  [Spring 2013 - Current]

CHM 49000: Science and Social Progress*  [Summer 2019 Study Abroad Course]

CNIT 49900: Seminar in Global Policy Issues*  [Current]

EAPS 30100: Oil !  [Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2010 - Current]

EAPS 32700: Climate, Science & Society  [Spring 2013 - Current]

EAPS 36000: Great Issues In Science And Society  [Current]

EAPS 36400: Natural Hazards: Sci & Society  [Current]

EAPS 37500: Fossil Fuels, Energy & Society  [Fall/Spring 2008, Fall/Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Summer 2010, Fall 2010- Current]

EAPS 59100: Models in Climate Change Science & Policy*  [Current]

HIST 35205: Death, Disease & Medicine  [Current]

HIST 31305: Medical Devices & Innovation  [Current]

HONR 29900: Food Security*  [Current]

HONR 39900: Biotechnology: Social & Ethical Issues*  [Current]

HONR 39900: Smart Cities*  [Spring 2020 ONLY]

HONR 39900: The Anthropocene*  [Spring 2020 ONLY]

HONR 39900: Spacetime!*  [Current]

HONR 39900: Human Redesign*  [Current]

HONR 39900: The Nuclear Age: Its Science, History, and Ethics*  [Current]

HONR 39900: Holocene*  [Current]

HONR 39900: Rise & Fall Of American Empire*  [Current]

MA 27900: Modern Mathematics In Science And Society  [Fall 2008 - Current]

ME 49200: Technology and Values  [Current]

PHYS 31700: Special Nuclear Materials  [Current]

PHYS 49000: Sustainable Energy Sources*  [Current]

POL 32700: Global Green Politics  [Summer 2016 - Current]

POL 42900: Climate, Science and Society*  [Spring 2011 - Current]

*Variable Title Great Issues Courses. Only the titles listed for a variable title course (ex. HONR 39900) are approved to meet the Great Issues requirement.




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