Ethical Issues in Science and Technology

College of Humanities
Dean: Nancy McDermid

NEXA Program
HUM 415
Program Director: Michael Gregory

Department of Philosophy
HUM 388
Program Director: James Syfers

Minor in Ethical Issues in Science and Technology

Program Scope
The Minor in Ethical Issues in Science and Technology is offered jointly by the NEXA Program and the Department of Philosophy. The focus of this minor is on ethical conflicts as they arise in scientific and technological fields and as they influence society and cultures. The minor provides the student with a working knowledge of the major ethical theories, the background necessary to understand some of the most important and persistent ethical problems in science and technology, and the experience of analyzing in detail some of these problems—including the positive and negative aspects of various proposed solutions.

The minor is designed to complement the student's major program, as well as to appeal to students wishing to undertake a portion of their General Education requirement in an organized cycle of course work bearing upon the theme of the ethical, social, and human responsibilities of science and technology. Courses listed all have substantive elements dealing with ethical issues within this context.

Students interested in this minor should contact NEXA, HUM 415, or telephone (415) 338-1302 from 1:00–5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday while classes are in session.


Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Course Disciplines listing in the "Announcement of Courses" section).

Core Requirements				Units
PHIL 440	Ethics at Work or
	PHIL 450	Ethics			 3
Two courses selected from:			 6
	NEXA 389	The Darwinian Revolution
	NEXA 390	The Einstein Revolution
	NEXA 391	Biological Sex and 
			Cultural Gender
		Total for core			 9
Two courses in philosophy from the following:	 6
	PHIL 365	Science and Civilization
	PHIL 383	Ethics in Medicine
	PHIL 430	Ethics of Ecology 
			[topic course]
	PHIL 395	Philosophy of Technology 
			[topic course]
One course in NEXA chosen from the following:	 3
	NEXA 330	The Marxian Revolution
	NEXA 340	The Nuclear Revolution
	NEXA 350	Explorations of the 
	NEXA 362	Computers in the Arts 
			and Humanities
	NEXA 380	Cosmologies and 
	NEXA 389	The Darwinian Revolution*
	NEXA 390	The Einsteinian 
	NEXA 391	Biological Sex and 
			Cultural Gender*
	NEXA 392	Culture and Technology
	NEXA 397	Communication Between 
			Humans and Other Animals
	NEXA 398	John Steinbeck and "Doc" 
			Ricketts: Literature and 
			the Sea
Two additional courses from the following:	 6
	PHYS 305	Science and Human Values
	BIOL 317	Environmental Health: 
	BIOL 318	Our Polluted Planet
	BIOL 320	Conservation of Natural 
	BIOL 321	Magic, Myths, and Medicine: 
			A History of Medicine
	BIOL 330	Human Sexuality
	BIOL 333	The Genetic Revolution
	BIOL 349	Senior Integrative 
			Seminar: Bioethics
	DAI 156		History of Technology
	GEOG 600	Environmental Problems
	GEOL 305	Societal Problems of Energy
	HUM 380		Nature and Human Values
	IR/SS 520	Modernization and Third 
			World Countries
	LARA 210	Latino Health Care 
	PHYS 600	Science and Society
	SOC 476		Medical Sociology
	SPCH 570	Human Communication and 
	BIOL/WOMS 677	Science and Gender
		Total for minor			24
*Courses taken to fulfill the core requirements may not be repeated for elective credit.

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