Science and Society Courses

Do you like science and are wondering how it relates to society?  You can take these four engaging courses regardless of your major.  To learn about our Introductory Physics courses, click here.

105f Science in the Media

Scientific breakthroughs contribute to everyone's quality of life, but they are poorly understood by many, leading to misunderstandings and misgivings that can affect public policy. In this course, you'll read about newsworthy topics from current scientific research and meet the people behind them, learn how to better understand science, explore ideas such as scientific consensus and repeatability, and analyze the tension that may exist between scientists and the public.

211s Gender in Science

Why are women underrepresented in the sciences? You will explore this controversial subject focusing on how to increase the participation of women in science. You'll take on questions about gender differences in cognition and ability, confront the role of stereotyping, and examine why certain fields have more women than others.

104f Renewable Energy

The risks associated with burning fossil fuels threaten not only our delicate ecosystem, but also human health and global economic vitality.  Unfortunately, few of us understand what must be done to convert our energy infrastructure to renewable sources of energy.  In this course, you'll explore the scientific underpinnings of renewable energy, build an understanding of basic (but important) mathematical calculations, and learn how to effectively communicate practical ways to solve our energy crisis.

160s Galileo, Mathematics, and the Origins of the Scientific Revolution

Many of us have learned about the amazing painters, poets, musicians and architects of the Renaissance, but did you know that these artists also brought about a revolution in the sciences? In this course, you'll use the life and work of Galileo to investigate the many texts and traditions that came together in the scientific revolution, ranging from classical philosophy and mathematics to the Renaissance arts.