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.

The following courses are approved Fall 2007 to present unless otherwise noted.

BIOL 31200: Great Issues: Genomics & Society. (formerly BIOL 39500)

BIOL  48300:Environmental & Conservation Biology

CHM 49000: History & Philosophy of Science: Synergies Among the Physical Sciences, the History and Philosophy of Science,and the Cognitive Sciences

CHM 49000: Science and Social Progress (Summer 2019 study abroad)

CHM 49000: Great Issues in Drug Discovery (effective Spring 2013)

CHM 49000: Great Issues: Treating Disease with Chemistry (Spring 2013 only) 

CNIT 49900: Seminar in Global Policy Issues

EAPS 30100: Oil! (Fall 07, Spring 08, Fall 2010-current)

EAPS 32700: Climate, Science and Society (effective Spring 2013) (formerly EAS 39100/POL 42900)

EAPS 36000: Great Issues In Science And Society

EAPS 36400: Natural Hazards: Science & Society

EAPS 37500: Fossil Fuels, Energy and Society (Fall and Spring 2008; Fall and Spring 2009; Spring 2010; Summer 2010; Fall 2010-current)

EAS 59100: Models in Climate Change Science & Policy

HIST 31305: Medical Devices & Innovation

HIST 35205: Death, Disease And Medicine In Twentieth Century American History
(previously HONR 29900 - Death, Disease & Medicine in the 20th Century)

HONR 29900: The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

HONR 29900: Food Security

HONR 39900: Human Redesign

HONR 39900: Biotechnology: Social & Ethical Issues

HONR 39900: Complex Systems (Fall 2014 only)

HONR 39900: Holocene

HONR 39900: The Nuclear Age: Its Science, History, and Ethics

HONR 39900:  Rise & Fall Of American Empire

HONR 39900: Spacetime!

HONR 39900: Smart Cities (Temporary Approval for Spring 2020)

HONR 39900: The Anthropocene (Temporary Approval for Spring 2020)

MA 27900: Modern Mathematics in Science and Society

MA 39000: Great Issues in Mathematics (Spring 2012, only)

ME 49200:  Technology and Values

PHYS 31700: Special Nuclear Materials (previously PHYS 49000) 

POL 32700: Global Green Politics (effective Summer 2016)

PHYS 49000: Sustainable Energy Sources

SCI 36000: Science and Society (previously SCI 49000)  

Courses No Longer Eligible for Great Issues

OLS 58100:  Communicating Global Climate Change (Course no longer offered)

ABE 49500  Synthetic Life Honors (temporary Approval for Spring 2010)


Updated 3/26/19. Further modifications possible by the College of Science Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee.

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