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HISTORY OF SCIENCE & TECH (HSCI) Course List

Click here for Courses offered academic year 2015 - 2016

HSCI 1212/1214W. Life on Earth: Perspectives in Biology. (4.0 cr)
Origins of life on earth; evolution; ecosystem; environmental degradation, species regeneration; the Guns, Germs and Steel hypothsis; disease threats (e.g., bird flu).

HSCI 1714. Technology and Civilization: Stone Tools to Steam Engines. (4.0 cr)
History of technology in its cultural context from earliest times to the Industrial Revolution. Neolithic Revolution, Bronze and Iron Ages, ancient civilizations, Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, and Renaissance.

HSCI 1715. Technology and Civilization: Waterwheels to the Web. (4.0 cr)
Relations of technology to culture since Industrial Revolution. Diffusion of Industrial Revolution, modes of adaptation by different cultures, and social impact.

HSCI 1814. Revolutions in Science: The Babylonians to Newton. (4.0 cr)
Development and changing nature of the sciences are placed in their cultural context. Babylonian and Greek science; decline and transmission of Greek science; Scientific Revolution (1500-1700) from Copernicus to Newton.

HSCI 1815. Revolutions in Science: Lavoisier, Darwin, Einstein. (4.0 cr)
Development and changing nature of the sciences are placed in their cultural context. Newton and new mechanics; new chemistry; light; Darwin and species; new experimental biology; atomic and nuclear physics; relationships among science, technology, society, and politics.

HSCI 1905. Freshman Seminar. (2.0 cr)
Topics vary. See Class Schedule.

HSCI 3211. Biology and Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries. (3.0 cr)
Changing conceptions of life and aims and methods of biology; changing relationships between biology and the physical and social sciences; broader intellectual and cultural dimensions of developments in biology.

HSCI 3242. The Darwinian Revolution. (3.0 cr)
Development of evolutionary thought in 19th/20th centuries. Emphasizes Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Scientific, economic, political, religious, philosophical dimensions of Darwinism. Comparative reception of Darwinism in different countries/cultures.

HSCI 3244. History of Ecology and Environmentalism. (3.0 cr)
Development of ecological thought from 18th century natural theology to contemporary ecology and conservation biology; changing views of the "balance" and the "economy" of nature; conceptual and methodological developments in ecosystems ecology; connections between ecology and conservation, and between population and environmental politics.

HSCI 3331. Technology and American Culture (3.0 cr)
Development of American technology in its cultural and intellectual context from 1790 to present. Technology of Native Americans; transfer of technology to America; establishment of an infrastructure promoting economic growth; and social response to technological developments.

HSCI 3332. Science and American Culture. (3.0 cr)
Development of American science, including transfer of science to America; development of indigenous traditions for pursuit of science; establishment of infrastructure for education and research; response of public to scientific development.

HSCI 3333V. Honors Course: Issues in American Science and Technology in the Past Century. (3.0 cr)
Historical approach to understanding science and technology, emphasizing intellectual, political, and social contexts; decision-making by practitioners on issues of importance to the profession and the community; and topics relating to popular science, science, and warfare.

HSCI 3401. Ethics in Science and Technology (3.0 cr)
Historical issues involving research ethics (e.g., human experiments and environmental, nuclear, and safety issues).

HSCI 3421. Engineering Ethics. (3.0 cr)
Engineering ethics in historical context, including the rise of professional engineering societies; ethical problems in engineering research and engineers' public responsibility; ethical implications of advanced engineering systems such as the production of nuclear weapons; development of codes of ethics in engineering.

HSCI 3714. Technology and Western Civilization: To the Industrial Revolution.(4.0 cr;)
History of technology in its cultural context from earliest times to the Industrial Revolution. Neolithic Revolution, Bronze and Iron Ages, ancient civilizations, Greece, Rome, Middle Ages, and Renaissance.

HSCI 3715. Technology and Western Civilization: Since the Industrial Revolution.(4.0 cr)
Relations of technology to culture since Industrial Revolution. Diffusion of Industrial Revolution, modes of adaptation by different cultures, and social impact.

HSCI 3814. Introduction to History of Science: Ancient Science to the Scientific Revolution. (4.0 cr)
Development and changing nature of the sciences are placed in their cultural context. Babylonian and Greek science; decline and transmission of Greek science; Scientific Revolution (1500-1700) from Copernicus to Newton.

HSCI 3815. Introduction to History of Science: Modern Science. (4.0 cr)
Development and changing nature of the sciences are placed in their cultural context. Newton and new mechanics; new chemistry; light; Darwin and species; new experimental biology; atomic and nuclear physics; relationships among science, technology, society, and politics.

HSCI 4050. Special Topics in History of Science. (3.0 cr)
Topics specified in Class Schedule.

HSCI 4060. Special Topics in History of Technology. (3.0 cr)
Topics specified in Class Schedule

HSCI 4111. History of 19th-Century Physics. (3.0 cr)
Legacy of 17th-century experimental and theoretical physics. Experimental and theoretical discoveries in 19th-century physics (light, atomic theory, heat, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics, electromagnetism) within the context of educational, institutional, and political developments in Europe and the United States.

HSCI 4121. History of 20th-Century Physics. (3.0 cr)
Experimental and theoretical discoveries in 20th-century physics (modern physics, theory of relativity, quantum theories, nuclear physics to World War II) within the context of educational, institutional, and political developments in Europe and the United States.

HSCI 4125. The Nuclear Age. (3.0 cr)
History of the nuclear age embraces X-rays, radiation, the atom and its nucleus, subatomic particles, nuclear weapons and power, growth of nuclear science in university and national laboratories, effects of cold war, legacies of Hiroshima, Eniwetak, and Chernobyl.

HSCI 4302. History of High-Technology Weapons. (3.0 cr)
History of high-technology weapons, including ancient missile launchers, gunpowder, cannons, and their role in the expansion of the West. Influence of arms-making on the American system of manufactures, naval warfare, air power, nuclear weapons, and intercontinental ballistic missile.

HSCI 4321. History of Computing. (3.0 cr)
Developments in the last 150 years; evolution of hardware and software; growth of computer and semiconductor industries and their relation to other business areas; changing relationships resulting from new data-gathering and analysis techniques; automation; social and ethical issues.

HSCI 4455. Women, Gender, and Science. (3.0 cr)
Three intersecting themes analyzed from 1700s to the present: women in science, sexual and gendered concepts in modern sciences, and impact of science on conceptions of sexuality and gender in society.

HSCI 5211. Biology and Culture in the 19th and 20th Centuries. (3.0 cr)
Changing conceptions of life and aims and methods of biology; changing relationships between biology and the physical and social sciences; broader intellectual and cultural dimensions of developments in biology.

HSCI 5242. The Darwinian Revolution. (3.0 cr)
Development of evolutionary thought in 19th/20th centuries. Emphasizes Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection. Scientific, economic, political, religious, philosophical dimensions of Darwinism. Comparative reception of Darwinism in different countries/cultures.

HSCI 5244. History of Ecology and Environmentalism. (3.0 cr)
Development of ecological thought from 18th century natural theology to contemporary ecology and conservation biology; changing views of "balance" and the "economy" of nature; conceptual and methodological developments in ecosystems ecology; connections between ecology and conservation, population and environmental politics.

HSCI 5331. Technology and American Culture. (3.0 cr)
Development of American technology in its cultural and intellectual context from 1790 to present. Technology of Native Americans; transfer of technology to America; establishment of an infrastructure promoting economic growth; and social response to technological developments.

HSCI 5332. Science and American Culture. (3.0 cr)
Development of American science, including transfer of science to America; development of indigenous traditions for pursuit of science; establishment of infrastructure for education and research; response of public to scientific development.

HSCI 5401. Ethics in Science and Technology. (3.0 cr)
Historical issues involving research ethics (e.g., human experiments and environmental, nuclear, and safety issues).

HSCI 5421. Engineering Ethics. (3.0 cr)
Engineering ethics in historical context, including the rise of professional engineering societies; ethical problems in engineering research and engineers' public responsibility; ethical implications of advanced engineering systems such as the production of nuclear weapons; development of codes of ethics in engineering.

HSCI 5411. Art and Science in Early Modern Europe. (3.0 cr)
Interaction of art and science from the Renaissance to the 19th century. Development of linear perspective, color theory and artistic practice, and scientific illustration and representation.

HSCI 5993. Directed Studies. (1.0-15.0 cr)
Guided individual reading or study.

HSCI 5994. Directed Research. (1.0-15.0 cr)

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