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.

(Approved from Fall 2007 through current)

BIOL  48300 Environmental & Conservation Biology

BIOL 31200 (previously BIOL 39500; approval effective Spring 2011 & forward) Great Issues:  Genomics & Society

CHM 49000  (effective Spring 2011 & forward)) History & Philosophy of Science: Synergies Among the Physical Sciences, the History and Philosophy of Science,and the Cognitive Sciences

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

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

CNIT 49900  Seminar in Global Policy Issues

EAPS 30100 (3 credits) - Oil -- (Fall 07, Spring 08, Fall 2010-current)

EAPS 36000  (previously SCI 36000): Great Issues In Science And Society

EAPS 37500 (previously EAS 39100) (3 credits) -- Fossil Fuels, Energy and Society (Fall and Spring 2008 and Fall and Spring 2009, Spring 2010, Summer 2010, Fall 2010-current)

EAPS 32700 (formerly EAS 39100)/POL 42900 (effective Spring 2011) Climate, Science and Society

EAPS 32700 (DISTANCE LEARNING VERSION) - Climate, Science and Society (approved for Fall 2018 only)

EAPS 36400 -- Natural Hazards: Sci & Society

EAS 59100 Models in Climate Change Science & Policy

HONR 29900 - The Rise and Fall of the American Empire

HONR 29900 - Food Security

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 39900 Biotechnology: Social & Ethical Issues

HONR 39900: Complex Systems (Approval for Fall, 2014 only)

HONR 39900:  Rise & Fall Of American Empire

MA 27900: Modern Mathematics in Science and Society

MA 39000  (temporary approval Spring 2012) Great Issues in Mathematics

ME 49200  Technology and Values

PHYS 31700 (previously PHYS 49000) Special Nuclear Materials

POL 32700  Global Green Politics (approved Summer 2016 forward)

SCI 36000 (previously SCI 49000, retired course number - course now offered as EAPS 36000)  (3 credits) -- Science and Society

PHYS 49000  Sustainable Energy Sources


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 1/15/16. Further modifications possible by the College of Science Undergraduate Educational Policy and Curriculum Committee.

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