Science, Technology, & Society
Bachelor of Science Degree
The Science, Technology, & Society Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is a customizable interdisciplinary program that prepares students to confront complex issues and address emerging challenges which have arisen as a consequence of the interconnectedness of systems in the current era. Students in the Science, Technology, & Society program learn to apply methods of scientific thinking and integrative analysis to solve unstructured, real-world problems faced by individuals, organizations, industries, and societies in ways which cut across traditional boundaries of disciplinary thought.
Upon completing the degree, Science, Technology, & Society graduates will have obtained a broadly applicable set of high-value skills necessary to adapt and thrive in the ever changing workforce of the modern age. These skills are honed through upper-division courses in technical communication, data science, geographical information science, and organizational leadership. This STS skill-set is then applied in courses covering contemporary topics best addressed through a multi-perspective, interdisciplinary approach. Topics include the societal impact of technological change, environmental science, global affairs, and gender, race, and culture. The degree culminates in an applied learning capstone experience in which students can choose to enroll in a senior seminar or an internship relevant to their studies.
The Science, Technology, & Society curriculum is designed to develop within the students a problem solving skill-set defined by critical, integrative analysis. Such a skill-set will prepare students to engage head-on the challenges faced by future employers in the Long Island region and beyond. Further, the STS skill-set cultivates the intellectual agility required to succeed in the rapidly evolving professional landscape of the 21st century. By focusing on the interplay between science, technology, and social change, students graduate better equipped to anticipate emerging trends in the workforce and their impact on the future. The skills acquired in the Science, Technology, & Society program may be applied to a range of careers including those in the health professions, social welfare, science policy, and business.
Science, Technology, & Society (BS) Program Outcomes:
At the completion of any of the concentrations within the Science, Technology, & Society program:
- Graduates will be able to synthesize solutions to 21st century problems on the local and global scale through the utilization of scientific thinking and intedisciplinary problem solving.
- Graduates will be able to critically assess issues relevant to the modern workforce and identify internal and external drivers of change.
- Graduates will demonstrate an ability to effectively communicate ideas of a technical nature and be able to appraise and anticipate their impact on society.
- Graduates will demonstrate an understanding of the methods by which data science and geographical information science can provide valuable insight when addressing modern problems.
Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.
Subject to revision
|Liberal Arts & Sciences||(61-62 credits)|
|Communications (GE—other than EGL 101)||3|
|American History (GE), Other World Civilizations (GE), Western Civilizations (GE), Select 2||6|
|Mathematics (GE—110 or higher)||3|
|Foreign Language—Level I & II (GE)1||6|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (GE)||3|
|Natural Science (GE)||4|
|Natural Science Elective/Lab||3-4|
|EGL 101—Composition I: College Writing||3|
|EGL 102—Composition II: Writing about Literature||3|
|Liberal Arts & Science Electives||21|
|Free Electives||(12 credits)|
|STS Technology Requirements||(6 credits)|
|BCS 160 Computer Society & Technology||3|
|STS 330 Scientific Thinking||3|
|STS 400W—STS Seminar or STS 401W—Internship2||3|
|STS Restricted Technical Electives (RTE)||(24 credits)|
|RTE Category 1: Technical & Scientific Communication||3|
|RTE Category 2: Data Science||3|
|RTE Category 3: Geographic Information Systems||3|
|RTE Category 4: Organizational Leadership||3|
|RTE Category 5: Impact of Technological Change||3|
|RTE Category 6: Energy, Environment and Sustainability||3|
|RTE Category 7: Global Connections||3|
|RTE Category 8: Gender, Race, and Culture||3|
|300+ Electives||(15 credits)|
2A grade of C or higher is required in the Capstone Course (STS 400W or 401W)
All graduates must have 30 credits in residency and a total of 15 credits of Upper Division (300-level or higher) courses in residency.
A full list of STS Restricted Technical Electives is available in the department. The list below is a sample of just some of the RTE's available to take:
Technical & Scientific Communication
EGL 310 – Technical Writing (EGL 102)
PCM 324 – Report Writing and Technical Communication (UDS)
PCM 325 – Writing in Health and Disease (EGL 102)
SPE 330 – Professional and Tech. Speech (EGL 102)
SPE 331 – Advanced Oral Communications (EGL 102)
STS 300 – Science Communication (EGL 102, UDS)
BUS 345 – Foundations of Business Analytics (BUS 240 or MTH 110)
PCM 315 – Research Techniques (UDS)
PSY 324 – Psychological Measurement and Assessment (PSY 101)
PSY 348 – Statistics for Psychologists (PSY 101, MTH 110)
SOC 366 – Sociological Research Methods (200–level SOC)
Geographical Information Science
GEO 323 – Urban Geography (100–level HIS/POL/GEO)
GIS 301 – GIScience (MTH 110)
GIS 302 – Remote Sensing (MTH 110 or above)
GIS 351 – GIS and Public Health (MTH 110 & UDS)
BUS 311 – Organizational Behavior (BUS 109 or PSY 101)
PSY 311 – Organizational Behavior (BUS 109 or PSY 101)
PSY 331 – Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSY 101)
SOC 303 – Sociology of Work and Occupation (SOC 122 & EGL 102)
Impact of Technological Change
ECO 358 – Economics of Labor (ECO 156 or 157)
PHI 307 – Philosophy of Sci. and Tech. (Nat. Sci & EGL 102)
HIS 320 – Europe Since the Industrial Revolution (100–level HIS)
POL 393 – Politics and Popular Culture (100–level HIS/POL)
STS 300 – New Paths for Cancer Research (EGL 102, UDS)
STS 310 – Surveillance Technology in Cinema (EGL 102, UDS)
STS 320 – Technology and Humanity in Cinema (EGL 102, UDS)
Energy, Environment, & Sustainability
BIO 355 – Ecological Topics: Struc./ Func. of Nature (BIO 131 or 192 or 198)
GEO 325 – Globalization and Sustainability (200–level HIS/POL/GEO)
GEO 330 –Environmental Interactions (200–level Soc. Sci)
GEO 370 The Anthropocene Epoch
STS 300 – Sustainable Food Systems (EGL 102, UDS)
STS 300 – Food and Nutrition Policy in the U.S. (EGL 102, UDS)
HIS 307 – Germany in the Modern Age (100–level HIS)
HIS 315 – Imperialism: A Modern History (100–level HIS)
POL 370 – International Relations (100–level HIS/POL)
POL 371 – Geopolitics (100–level HIS/POL)
SOC 350 – Global Social Change (SOC 122 & EGL 102)
Gender, Race, and Culture
HIS 322 – American History Through Film (HIS 121, HIS 122, or HIS 125)
HIS 335 – Gender and Technology (100–level HIS)
MLG 300 – International Cinema (EGL 102)
MLG 306 – Italian Culture and Civilization (EGL 102)
MLG 308 – Arabic Culture and Civilization (EGL 102)
MLG 311 – Italian American Experiences (EGL 102)
MLG 305 – Hisp. and Latin Am. Culture and Civilization (EGL 102)
MLG 313 – Sci, Lit, and Film in the Hispanic World (EGL 102)
MLG 317 –The Arab–American Experience (EGL 102)
MLG 321 – Chinese Culture and Civilization (EGL 102)
PCM 426 – Culture and Communication (any SOC course & EGL 102)
PSY 307 – Psychology of Women (PSY 101)
PSY 365 – Culture and Cognition (PSY 101)
SOC 325 – Social Inequality (200–level SOC course)
Degree Type: BS
Total Required Credits: 121-122
Please refer to the General Education, Applied Learning, and Writing Intensive requirement sections of the College Catalog and consult with your advisor to ensure that graduation requirements are satisfied.
BCS 160 Computers, Society and Technology
This is an introductory course that provides students with the knowledge to stay current and informed in a technology-oriented, global society. Students will receive instruction in basic computer concepts and terminology, the fundamentals of the Windows operating system and have hands-on experience at the beginning to intermediate level using Microsoft Excel and Access. The Internet will be used to supplement textbook and lecture materials. Note: Students taking this course may not receive credit for BCS 102.
STS 330 Scientific Thinking
In this course students will be introduced to a method of problem solving characterized by critical thinking across multiple disciplines. Students will revisit the scientific method to learn how to employ its tenets to approach unstructured, real-world problems faced on the individual, local, and global levels. Students will be introduced to the concept of integrative thinking and how to draw on the multi-disciplinary nature of STS to substantively interact with complex issues. In the process, students will gain familiarity with the methods in which data science may be employed to approach problem solving. As the semester progresses, students will apply the skill set this course cultivates to analyze and evaluate problems as well as synthesize solutions. Prerequisite(s): Junior Status and one General Education Science course with a lab.
STS 400W Senior Seminar in Science, Technology, & Society (Writing Intensive)
The Senior Seminar in Science, Technology, & Society is a capstone course for those students intending to graduate from the Science, Technology, & Society (STS) program. Students will participate in a reading and writing-intensive seminar organized around a common theme in the sciences and technologies, exploring how social, political, and cultural values affect the production and dissemination of knowledge and the development and use of new technologies. Students in the seminar will be required to complete a substantial research project integrating what they have learned during their course of study and their specific areas of interest. Students should consult the department before registering for any seminar course. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisite(s): Senior status in STS program and EGL 101 with a grade of C or higher.
STS 401W Internship in Science, Technology, & Society (Writing Intensive)
This course is designed for Science, Technology, & Society (STS) majors who wish to complete a semester-long (or equivalent) internship as part of their course of study. Students may choose an internship at a corporation or a civic, educational, governmental, or not-for- profit organization after consultation with and permission of the department chair. Any internship should support learning outcomes and/or career development in the sciences, technology, and/or society. Enrollment in this course is restricted to students with senior status in the STS Program. Students enrolled in an internship will meet periodically with their advisor and will be required to submit internship notes and both a draft and final report of the internship experience at the end of the semester. This is a writing-intensive course. Prerequisite(s): Senior status in STS program and approval of Department Chair and EGL 101 with a grade of C or higher.
EGL 310 Technical Writing
A detailed study of the fundamentals of writing technical reports and other technical communications. Topics emphasized include the elements of a technical report, the interpretation of statistics and data, and the composition of letters, memos, and informal reports containing technical information. Assignments and student exercises are drawn from the student's technical area. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
PCM 324 Report Writing and Technical Communications
A practicum in which students produce a variety of business oriented and technical documents. This course provides students with a survey of current practices and techniques appropriate to writing for forums, especially for technical journals, newspapers, and magazines. It is also designed to make students proficient at writing professional articles and reports such as new product information sheets, technical correspondence, periodic reports, summaries, process and technical descriptions, instructions and analysis, and to allow students to incorporate graphs, tables and other illustrative matter with textual content. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or permission of department chair.
PCM 325 Writing in Health and Disease
Students will develop skill in articulating oral and written health information for multiple audiences. The course emphasizes how to interpret medical studies, how to think critically about ethical issues in the health sciences, and how to assess communication problems between medical professionals and the communities they serve. Nutritional guidelines and food politics also are explored in depth. Using appropriate research methods, students will practice several expository forms common in health professions, such as patient instructions and articles. Students also will write a personal essay and public service announcement. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
SPE 330 Professional and Technical Speech
A course designed to prepare students to develop and deliver oral presentations in a professional, business, scientific, or technical context, stressing methods of presenting information specific to students’ disciplines. Students use audio-visual materials or technology to enhance their presentations. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
SPE 331 Advanced Oral Communications
This course is designed to develop effective and professional communication in the areas of communication theory, advanced presentation skills, and voice and diction. A major component of the course provides students with a personalized voice and diction diagnostic profile which informs each student of specific speech characteristics they present that deviate from Standard Eastern Dialect. Particular attention is given to New York Regional Dialect and foreign accent reduction. The course also introduces various theoretical systems of communication. There is a strong focus on the development and effective application of presentational skills in both public and group/team environments with an emphasis on professional settings. All aspects of the course contain written components which include student readings and reports as well as comprehensive speech outlines. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
STS 300 Special Topics: Science, Technology, & Society
This course offers instruction in special content areas that explore the intersection of scientific and technological advances, politics, culture, and society. Interdisciplinary in nature, Special Topics in Science, Technology, & Society will investigate contemporary issues such as ecology and environmental sustainability, the spread of information and communication technologies, privacy and surveillance, new technologies of war, and bioethics, among other fields of inquiry. This course will require extensive reading and research, focused on the selected topic. Students should consult the department before registering for any Special Topics course. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher SOC, HIS, or POL course.
BUS 345 Foundations of Business Analytics
This course introduces the primary business analytics concepts and tools. The course presents an overview of basic statistics, data mining, data visualization, optimization, and decision analysis. The course incorporates the use of Excel spreadsheet modeling capabilities in order to prepare students to model and solve real world problems. Prerequisite(s): BUS 240 or MTH 110 with a grade of C or higher
BUS 240 Business Statistics
This course provides an understanding of statistical concepts and tools that are critical in business decision-making. The discussion and development of each topic is presented in an application setting, with the statistical results providing insights and solutions to real world problems. Students will be able to calculate and perform various analyses, including but not limited to: Interval Estimation, Hypothesis Testing, Test of Goodness of Fit, and Independence and Regression Analysis. The coursework requires extensive use of commercially available statistical software. Prerequisites: MTH 117 or MTH 129
MTH 110 Statistics
Basic concepts of probability and statistical inference. Included are the binominal, normal, and chi-square distributions. Practical applications are examined. Computer assignments using Minitab form an integral part of the course. Prerequisite(s): MP2 or MTH 015
PCM 315 Research Techniques
In this course students are introduced to information science, bibliographic practices, and research methods appropriate to finding, evaluating, and incorporating into documents both online and hard copy data and graphics. Students complete several research projects. Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing or permission of department chair.
PSY 324 Psychological Measurement and Assessment
An analysis of the theory and practice of psychological measurement and assessment including the implications of psychological measurement in society and institutions such as schools, the workplace, clinical populations and other groups with special needs. Topics will include overview and history of the field, foundations of psychological testing and psychometrics, the assessment of ability, the assessment of personality, the assessment of interest and vocational choice, and ethical /social/cultural issues of psychological assessment. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology
This course is designed to present basic psychological concepts and to introduce students to the scientific study of behavior. Core topics include methods of psychological research, the biological bases of behavior, principles of learning, memory and cognition, personality, and psychopathology. Other selected topics to be covered would include the following: motivation and emotion, life-span development, social psychology, health psychology, sensation and perception, intelligence, human sexuality, statistics, and altered states of consciousness.
PSY 348 Statistics for Psychology
This course will examine the basic descriptive and inferential statistics used in the behavioral and social sciences. Topics will include the organization of data, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and regression, hypothesis testing, and various parametric and nonparametric tests of significance including t-tests, ANOVA, and chi-square analysis. In the computer lab component, students will focus on the interconnections between theory, statistical techniques, and research methods in order to identify the appropriate statistical tests to analyze data and reach objective conclusions regarding research questions in the social sciences. Computer lab sessions will also provide practice in using statistical software for data summarization, presentation, and analysis. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101, MTH 110 and Junior level status
SOC 366 Sociological Research Methods
In this course, we develop an understanding of the different types of research methods used by sociologists (and other social scientists) to study the social world. The class begins with a discussion of the fundamental concepts of social science research and the ethical issues involved. Students will learn how to conduct basic qualitative and quantitative research - the ability to formulate research questions, methods of research design, strategies for collecting information and data, as well as the ability to analyze and present statistical data. Great emphasis is placed on students doing research projects in and outside of class. Prerequisite(s): Any 200 Level Sociology course.
GEO 323 Urban Geography
This course will trace the historical development of the city from its humble beginnings to its current form and beyond. We will explore the impact of environmental, economic, demographic, sociological, cultural, technological and political forces on the development of the world’s urban centers. This course will also explore the effects that urbanization and urbanism has on the lives of the world’s citizens and how cities are shaping the future of mankind. In addition to a theoretical treatment of the city, we will also take an in-depth look at the world’s great metropolises. By focusing on representative urban centers in different world regions, students will gain insight into the commonalities and differences of cities around the globe. Class discussions will be supported by lectures on the development of urban centers in the United States. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS, POL, or GEO course
GIS 301 GIScience
This course will cover fundamentals of geographic information science (GIScience), the application of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to scientific inquiry involving geospatial data. GIScience intersects with fields as diverse as epidemiology, urban studies, environmental science, criminal justice, public policy, business management, marketing, data science, etc. This course offers hands-on application of techniques for the capture, storage, processing, analysis, and communication of geospatial data Prerequisite(s): EGL 101 with a grade of C or higher and (any 200 level or higher GEO course, or MTH 110) all with a grade of C or higher and Junior Level Status.
GIS 302 Remote Sensing
This course, including its required lab component, will explore some of the ways in which remote sensing systems provide geospatial information that is relevant, accurate, timely, accessible, available in an appropriate format, and cost-effective. Recent developments in Earth observation such as imaging radar, LiDAR and hyperspectral sensors are increasing the wealth of information that can be generated from remotely sensed data sources. As a consequence numerous new GIS applications that rely on advanced remotely sensed data sources have emerged at local, regional and global scales. Course will cover topics including; remote sensing principles, image acquisition, image analysis and GIS/Remote Sensing Applications. Prerequisite(s): (MTH 110 or MTH 116 or MTH 117 or MTH129) and (Junior-Level status or permission of the department chair) Corequisite(s): GIS 302L
GIS 351 GIS and Public Health
This course covers the uses of geographic information systems (GIS) in public health. Possible topics include access to health services, the spatial clustering of health events, analysis of environmental hazards, the effective visualization and communication of information derived from geospatial data, and the evidence-based formulation of public policy based on the analysis of geospatial data. Skills developed in this class can enhance existing professional capabilities, and provide a stronger foundation for research performed during graduate study. Prerequisite(s): MTH 110 with a grade of C or higher and Junior-Level status
BUS 311 Organizational Behavior
This upper-division course presents the concepts of organizational behavior and structure as well as topics relating to motivation content and process theories; group communication and dynamics; decision making; causes and resolutions of organizational conflicts; and factors pertaining to influence, power, and politics in organizations. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for PSY 311. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109, or PSY 101 or permission of department chair.
BUS 109 Management Theories and Practices
This introductory course covers management principles pertaining to human resources, individual behavior in organizations, employee motivation and performance, and business ethics. Topics also include managing and the manager’s job; planning and decision making; employee performance appraisal and feedback; leadership and influence processes; interpersonal relations and communication; and managing work groups and teams.
PSY 311 Organizational Behavior
This upper-division course presents the concepts of organizational behavior and structure as well as topics relating to motivation content and process theories; group communications and dynamics; decision making; causes and resolutions of organizational conflicts; and factors pertaining to influence, power and politics in organizations. Note: Students cannot get credit for PSY 311 and 311W; PSY 311W can be used to fulfill the writing intensive requirement. Note: Offered at the discretion of the Psychology Department. Prerequisite(s): BUS 109 or PSY 101.
PSY 331 Industrial / Organizational Psychology
Students will explore how the science and practice of psychology is applied in the world of work and organizations. Among the topics that will be examined are the history and research methodology of industrial/organizational psychology, job analysis, employee selection, performance evaluation, training, work motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, group dynamics, and organizational development. The course will highlight emerging trends in the modern workforce and examine how these changes will impact research and practice in today's organizations. Students will examine the factors influencing cross-cultural diversity and globalization, the theoretical and practical implications of these workforce trends, and how current organizational theories and practices apply to cultures outside of the United States. Implications for the full range of topics discussed in the course will be examined including how cultural diversity and globalization affect employee selection procedures, group dynamics, preferences for leadership, training needs, work motivation, and organizational development. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101.
SOC 303 Sociology of Work and Occupation
This course will focus on the various dimensions of work and the social experience of making a living in the United States and other societies - past, present and future. We consider the large-scale developments related to a rapidly changing global economy, and the implications of these changes for individual workers. Topics discussed include the impact of technological innovations, changing occupational roles and subcultures, the development of the professions and professional ethics, gender roles and work roles, unemployment and underemployment, and the relationship between work and family. Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 102
SOC 122 Introduction to Sociology
This is an introductory course designed to familiarize students with the field of sociology. In addition to learning about the central concepts and major theoretical sociological perspectives, students study human behavior in groups, the organization of social life, the impact of social institutions on individuals, and the process of sociological research. Great emphasis is also placed upon development of students’ “sociological imagination” – specifically, the ability to understand the ways that our individual lives are shaped by larger social forces and institutions. Note: Students who take SOC 122 may not receive credit for SOC 122W.
ECO 358 Economics of Labor
Economics of Labor explores how individuals enhance their economic well-being through their work behavior and examines the role of labor markets in explaining disparities of wealth. Topics include the static labor market and its internal structure, the composition of the labor force, the nature of a job search, the life cycle human capital model, determination and classification of wages and wage structure, the American labor movement and the role of labor unions. Prerequisite(s): ECO 156 or ECO 157
ECO 156 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
This course is designed to introduce classic macroeconomic issues such as unemployment, inflation, national income and economic growth. The course will provide a unified framework to address these issues and to study the impact of different policies, such as monetary and fiscal policies, on the aggregate behavior of the economy. Analytical tools will be used to understand the experiences of the United States and other countries, and to address how current policy initiatives affect their macroeconomic performance.
PHI 307 Philosophy of Science and Technology
A philosophical overview of developments in science and technology, showing their impact on general culture. Some highlights include the early separation of religion and philosophy, the role of mathematics in culture, the beginnings of modern science in the works of Galileo, Descartes, Leibniz and Newton, and contemporary revolutions in science and technology. Prerequisite(s): One semester of science and EGL 102 with a grade of C or higher
HIS 320 Europe Since the Industrial Revolution
This course examines European history from the period of the Industrial Revolution to the present. Special focus will be placed on how scientific and technological developments impacted politics, society, and culture in Europe and the West more generally. The histories of individual European nation-states will be discussed, as well as major revolutions, periods of intense social change, and the two world wars. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course.
POL 393 Politics and Popular Culture
This course examines the influence of popular culture on political identity within the United States and across the globe. The relationship between the U.S. entertainment industry and the political system will be explored, while the second half of the course will focus on the impact of global popular culture on international relations. Various forms of pop culture will be addressed, including but not limited to: film, television, music, video games, novels, comics, political cartoons, jokes, blogging, fads, and fashion. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS or POL course.
STS 310 Surveillance Technology in Cinema
This course examines the issues raised by cinematic representations of the use of surveillance technology and their implications to our global society. Through critical analysis of assigned screenings and readings, you will explore the ways in which film has represented the global surveillance culture that in recent years has increasingly become part of the public consciousness. Prerequisite(s): Junior Status in the STS program.
STS 320 Technology and Humanity in Cinema
This course examines the issues surrounding cinema’s portrayals of the impact that scientific and technological progress have upon humanity. Through critical analysis of assigned screenings and readings, students will explore the ways in which film articulates the shifting conception of what it means to be human in a world increasingly defined by our relationship with technology. Prerequisite(s): Junior Status in STS program.
BIO 355 Ecological Topics: The Structure and Function of Nature
This course introduces students to basic ecological concepts as they relate to the biotic and abiotic environment. It stresses the diversity of life and the impact that man, other organisms and environment have on each other. Laboratory exercises and field work will investigate the effects organisms have on each other as well as the effects of environmental conditions on growth and development. Students will also characterize the nature of selected site(s) in terms of species diversity using plot sampling techniques. Seminar type discussions require individuals or small groups to explore environmental issues. Topics for these discussions will be submitted to the instructor for appropriateness and approval. Students will be required to research and prepare a paper as well as make a presentation to the class. The class will be given the opportunity to question each speaker following that individual's presentation. Note: the laboratory course, BIO 355L is a part of your grade for this course. Prerequisite(s): BIO 131 or BIO 192 or BIO 198 with a grade of C- or higher and Junior Status. Corequisite(s): BIO 355L
BIO 131 Biological Principles II
This course deals with biological processes primarily at the organismal level, and examines the diversity of living things. The origins and adaptations of the Prokaryota, Protista, and Fungi are explored, with emphasis on their ecological roles, economic value, and medical significance. Plant life cycles are introduced, and plant structure, physiology, and utilization are studied. The evolution and adaptations of various animal phyla are presented, with a consideration of structure and function in each; organ systems are studied with emphasis on humans as representative vertebrates. Note: BIO 131 is the second course in the required two-semester introductory in the Bioscience Curriculum Core. It is also approved in the Natural Sciences General Education Competency Area and can serve as a lower-level laboratory science elective within the Liberal Arts. Note: the laboratory course, BIO 131L is a part of your grade for this course. Prerequisite(s): BIO 130 Corequisite(s): BIO 131L
GEO 325 Globalization & Sustainability
This course examines spaces and places of globalization and sustainability, focusing on patterns of production, consumption, urbanization, and land use. Concentrating on the period since 1979, the content will address economic, social, cultural, and political change on a global scale. In addition this course will cover questions of environmental degradation, climate change, mass extinctions and other impacts of the Anthropocene era and how these effects can be mitigated through sustainable practices. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level or higher HIS, POL, or GEO course
GEO 330 Environmental Interactions
This course explores important environmental issues in sustainability facing society today. Topics to focus around understanding the changing spatial relationships between people and their environments, the causes and consequences of environmental degradation, strategies for building a more sustainable world, and the methods and approaches that scholars have used to understand human-environment interactions. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-Level Social Science Course
GEO 370 The Anthropocene Epoch
Assuming a holistic approach to the impact of humans on the planet, or what scientists and scholars have called the Anthropocene or the Human Epoch, the course explores geographical concepts associated with Homo sapiens' ecological footprint. Content will focus on dating, defining, and critiquing the Anthropocene, examining the geophysical repercussions of "terraforming" the planet, mapping the effects of global climate change, and assessing the impact of the Anthropocene on human-animal-plant interactions, technology, culture, politics, economics, and society-at-large. Prerequisite(s): Any 200-level or higher ANT, ECO, GIS, GEO, HIS, POL, PSY, SOC, or STS course.
HIS 307 Germany in the Modern Age
Examines the scientific, technological, political, and cultural development of modern Germany since the Industrial Revolution. Special emphasis to be placed on the interaction of technological developments and their impact on culture, society, and politics from 1815 to the present. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course.
HIS 315 Imperialism: A Modern History
The rise and fall of empires is fundamental to world history. Beginning with the First Opium War and concluding with East Timor’s independence from Portugal, this course explores how Europe’s maritime empires (Britain, France, Spain, Netherlands, etc.) and continental imperial states (Russia, Austria, and Turkey) acquired, maintained, and ultimately lost their vast colonial possessions in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Using cross-disciplinary approaches, the connections between imperialism and commercial, technological, and industrial advancement will be explored through analysis of various forms of imperialism, including political, economic, and cultural, as well as its discourses and practices. Related issues such as power, hegemony, capitalism, consumerism, and decolonization will also be examined. The course content may focus on a particular area of the globe (e.g., East Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America) or a particular theme associated with imperialism (e.g., gender, migration, identity, etc.). Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course
POL 370 International Relations
This course examines how the international political system was established and how it has changed since the Peace of Westphalia. Focusing on the role of states, complemented by a thorough analysis of non-state actors, students will investigate how the global system works and how the process of globalization is remaking the political and economic world. The art and purpose of diplomacy will also be explored. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS or POL course.
POL 371 Geopolitics
This course examines the strategic, political, and cultural developments and concepts associated with geopolitical from late 19th century through the current era. Combining knowledge of international relations and world geography, students will examine how states and nations interact in an increasingly globalized world. Special topics will include the geopolitics of space, energy, religion, and the environment. Popular media's impact on geopolitics understanding will also be explored. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS or POL course.
SOC 350 Global Social Change
This course examines global social change from a sociological perspective. Specifically, the course focuses on the process of globalization, particularly on the challenges international development poses for developing nations. Specific topics may include global income inequality, global poverty, anti-globalization activism, transnational corporations (e.g. Walmart), and the rise of supranational organizations (e.g. World Trade Organization). Prerequisite(s): SOC 122 and EGL 102.
HIS 322 American History through Film
This history course explores the relationship between historical interpretation and representation through feature films and historical writing. Students analyze key themes, myths, and issues in the American experience by analyzing and contrasting cinematic constructions with written historical texts. The themes studied in this class include the frontier West and rugged individualism, the immigrant experience, the American Dream and assimilation cultural conflict and conquest, war and democratic freedom technological progress and morality, youth and rebellion, power and personality, race and equality, and social change, class and intolerance. Prerequisite(s): HIS 121 or HIS 122 or HIS 125 or Approval of department Chair.
HIS 121 U.S. History to Reconstruction
A discussion of the development of the United States from its English origins through Reconstruction, this course shows how a new civilization arose out of revolution, independence, new governmental institutions, and equalitarianism, and illustrating the results of the westward movement, and the causes and consequences of the Civil War. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for HIS 125.
HIS 122 U.S. History Since Reconstruction
A historical evaluation of American society, assessing Reconstruction, immigration, the nature of imperialism, progressivism, World War I and II, the Cold War, and contemporary American life. Note: Students completing this course may not receive credit for HIS 125.
HIS 335 Gender and Technology in Historical Perspectives
The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the connections between gender roles and technology from comparative and historical perspectives. Studying the past in this way sheds light on key global issues today. How does technology shape feminine and masculine identities in the developed world? What happens to preconceived notions of gender relations and gender identities when the developed world and developing world come into contact? This course focuses on the interaction between technology and gender in the age of globalization and is intended to be interdisciplinary and may begin with a dash of sociology or anthropology, dissecting gender roles in our world today. It will also examine the historical connections between gender roles and technology specifically in the United States. At the discretion of the instructor, topics to investigate may include the function of gender and technology in European exploration, European imperialism, and U.S. expansion. Prerequisite(s): Any 100-level or higher HIS course.
MLG 300 International Cinema
Selected international films will be viewed, analyzed, and discussed in terms of their historical, social, political, and economic context as well as for their aesthetic value. Readings, lectures, and class discussions are organized to teach coherency in reading filmic works. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 306 Italian Culture and Civilization
An examination of contemporary Italy and its political, economic and social development. Italian cultural life and institutions in Italy will also be considered. This course may not be used to satisfy the foreign language proficiency requirements. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 308 Arabic Culture and Civilization
This course examines Arabic culture and civilization through an analysis of historical, educational, social and climatic factors. The course will focus on issues arising out of intra-cultural and intercultural communication with today's economic and socio-political currents focusing on American and Arab relations. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 311 Italian American Experiences
"Italian American Experiences" is an introduction to the experiences of people that created a unique and distinctive ethnic culture. The course begins with fundamental Italian heritage and examines the role of immigration and assimilation in a new world as Italian culture combined with the American experience to form the Italian-American culture. Italian-American studies offer students an opportunity to survey development in history, literature, media, art, and sociology. It also provides students with an in-depth exploration of the role ethnicity plays in what it means to be an Italian-American. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 305 Hispanic and Latin American Culture and Civilization
Civilization course: Provides a general perspective on the formation of the Latin American Culture through the centuries, with special emphasis on Spanish America. In parallel form, historical and cultural evolution of the New World and the Iberian Peninsula will be studied, from their beginnings up to the present. Among other aspects, the course will give special attention to the rich multicultural heritage which has been maintained in Latin America through the centuries, as well as its achievements in Art and Literature. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 313 Science, Literature, and Film in the Hispanic World
This course takes an integrated vision of reality in which the sciences and technologies, together with the humanities, take active part in the sociocultural system. This course synthesizes two supposedly antagonistic systems: the humanities and the sciences, and creates a communication between humanists and scientists. The course traces how the Hispanic world represented scientific activities in history and examines the interplay between sciences and humanities through Hispanic literature and film. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 317 The Arab-American Experience
This course will examine the assimilation of Arab immigrants within the United States and their unique contribution in creating a rich multicultural society. The course will allow students to learn about the Arab-American community through history, literature and sociology by using creative media tools such as art, music, films and documentaries. In addition, the course will examine political and social stereotypes of Arab-Americans as portrayed in current events. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
MLG 321 Chinese Culture and Civilization
This course covers the development of Chinese civilization from Neolithic times to the present. It examines both the evolution and the continuities of this ancient culture, including aspects of philosophy, religion and ritual, social life, literature, and art. Prerequisite(s): EGL 102
PCM 426 Culture and Communication
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the various ways culture and communications are interrelated. Specifically, the course is designed to help students become more effective communicators in the multi-cultural world in which they live and work. To achieve this goal, students will study various theories about the relationship between culture and communication and apply these theories to solving real world problems that they may confront in communicating with people from other cultures. Prerequisite(s): One Sociology course, and 300 Level PCM Course or EGL 216 or EGL 102, or Permission of the Chair.
PSY 307 Psychology of Women
This course is about being female in American culture. The purpose of the course is to examine the lives of girls and women from a feminist psychological perspective. It addresses the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors influencing women’s behavior, thoughts, and feelings. The course is “woman-affirming” as it will examine and validate women’s experiences and perspectives. The course will highlight how race, class, and sexual orientation intersect with gender to affect women’s lives. Topics will include: behavioral and psychological gender differences and their origins; concepts of femininity and gender stereotypes; pregnancy, childbirth and motherhood; women, achievement and work; violence against women; women and mental health (disparity in diagnosis and treatment); and feminist psychology. Prerequisite(s): PSY 101 or PSY 131
PSY 365 The Aging Brain
In this course, students will be introduced to age-related changes that occur in the human brain. The course will be divided into three units: the first will provide an overview of the cognitive changes that occur during normal aging and the biological mechanisms that underlie the aging process. The second will focus on abnormal changes in an aging brain, including an examination of age-related neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. The final portion will center on the influence of lifestyle factors, such as exercise, nutrition and cognitive stimulation, on the aging process. Prerequisite(s): PSY364 OR BIO365 with a grade of C or higher
SOC 325 Social Inequality
This course examines the nature, causes, and consequences of social stratification. We explore the different theoretical perspectives on inequality, global inequalities, the extent of inequality in America, and the issues of status and mobility. In addition to examining the different class cultures in the United States, we investigate the profound effects of education, class, gender, and race on individual “life chances” (i.e. the ability to achieve power, wealth, status, etc.). Prerequisite(s): Any 200 level Sociology course.