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: Donald Provence


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 (consult Index for page reference).


Core Requirements

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 

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 
One course in NEXA chosen from the 
following: 3
NEXA 330	The Marxian Revolution
NEXA 340	The Nuclear Revolution
NEXA 355	Chinese Science and Culture
NEXA 362	Computers in the Arts and 
NEXA 380	Cosmologies and Worldviews
NEXA 389	The Darwinian Revolution
NEXA 390	The Einsteinian Revolution1
NEXA 391	Biological Sex and Cultural 
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: Cancer
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: 
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

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