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Science, Technology, and Society


Science, technology, and society programs teach people about the links between science and society.

Students learn how ethics, public policy, and belief systems affect research in science. For example, they study debates about cloning humans. They also learn principles of science and math.

Science, technology, and society programs include topics such as:

Depending on their interests, students can take courses about genetic engineering, Internet privacy, chemical weapons, population control, and environmental issues.


Community colleges and other two-year schools offer associate degree programs in science, technology, and society. An associate degree usually takes two years to complete. After earning an associate degree students can transfer to a college or university for further study.

Several colleges and universities offer bachelor's degrees in science, technology, and society. A bachelor's degree usually takes about four years of full-time study.

A few universities offer graduate degrees in science, technology, and society. A master's degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor's degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master's degree.

See schools that offer this program.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

For this program, schools recommend that you know how to use a computer and the Internet.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Program Courses

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

In addition, you take courses in specific areas of science and math, such as biology, physics, calculus, engineering, chemistry, or computers. Sometimes statistics courses are required.

Graduate Program Courses

Graduate programs that lead to a master's or doctoral degree typically include:

Things to Know

Programs in science, technology, and society can be used as preparation for future study in law, business, science, engineering, medicine, and public policy. You can also pursue a graduate degree in health administration, sociology, or journalism.

Graduates from science, technology, and society programs can work as policy and research analysts for government agencies, consumer groups, and consulting firms. People who also have a strong science background often work for software, pharmaceutical, or other kinds of technology companies.


East Side Area

Washington State University - Pullman

King-Snohomish Area

University of Washington - Bothell

University of Washington - Seattle

Tacoma Area

University of Puget Sound

University of Washington - Tacoma

Tri-Cities Area

Washington State University - Tri-Cities

Vancouver Area

Washington State University - Vancouver

West Side Area

Evergreen State College, The