Science, Technology, Health and Society
Bachelor of General Studies
Choose between a multidisciplinary approach and an in-depth study in the technical and nontechnical skills required for professional success, including logic and creative problem-solving.
Science, Technology, Health and Society develops critical awareness of the methods and limitations of scientific inquiry, while fostering skills in observation, analysis and deductive reasoning. The knowledge of physical and social sciences, technologies, mathematics and communications gained with a Bachelor of General Studies with a focus in Science, Technology, Health and Society forms a solid foundation for a wide variety of careers. These may include jobs in research, laboratory analysis, information technology, the biotechnology industry, and municipal development and support, among many other options.
General Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields.
Potential courses within this theme are listed below; work with your adviser to choose your specific path.
- PSY 325: Cognitive Psychology - An introduction to the experimental analysis of the information processing systems underlying human cognition, language and memory.
- WSM 330: Introduction to Remote Sensing - An introduction to remote sensing principles, techniques, and applications.
- PHIL/PSY 346: Minds, Brains, and Computers - An introduction to cognitive science, as well as current issues related to minds as computers, neuroscience, vision and language.
- PHIL 347: Neuroethics - This course introduces students to the emerging field of "neuroethics," or the exploration of ethical issues that have arisen from rapid developments in neuroscience. Such issues include ethical issues surrounding pharmacological 'enhancement' of individuals, 'memory blunting' of those suffering post-traumatic stress disorder, 'brain reading' of persons suspected of deception, reduced criminal responsibility due to putative neurological 'dysfunction', and the undermining of traditional views of personhood, personality, morality, and spirituality.