Science & Society Minor; Science & Society

(College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences)

David M. Rizzo, Ph.D., Program Director

Science and Society Program. https://sas.ucdavis.edu/

Program Office. 160 Hutchison Hall; 530-754-7277

The Program. Science and Society is an interdepartmental teaching program administered by the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences that offers students throughout the campus the opportunity to discover the connections that link the social, biological, and physical sciences with societal issues and cultural discourses. Course work examines discovery processes in relation to societal values, public policy and ethics, including issues associated with cultural diversity. Whenever possible, opportunities outside the classroom are included as part of the learning experience.

The Science and Society teaching program serves students of all majors and interests. It can allow lower division students who have not yet declared a major a meaningful context for exploring diverse subject matters. The minor for the program includes, in addition to Science and Society courses, upper division courses from both the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the College of Letters and Science in the areas of history and philosophy of science, policy and decision making, communication of science, and culture, ethics and applications.

Related Courses. See Agricultural and Resource Economics 120, 147, Agricultural Management and Rangeland Resources 1, 101, 122, Communication 115, 140, Community and Regional Development 118, 142, 162, 174, Avian Sciences 13, Environmental Science and Policy 126, 160, 164, 165, Fiber and Polymer Science 110, History 185A, 185B, History and Philosophy of Science 150, Nature and Culture 100, Plant Biology 12, Plant Pathology 140, Political Science 175, Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology 10.

Minor Advisor. D. M. Rizzo

Science and Society
Units: 22-27
SAS 001
Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues (Active)
4
Choose one:
2-4
SAS 002
Feeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply (Active)
3
SAS 005
Pathways to Discovery: Science and Society (Active)
3
SAS 020
Genetics and Society (Active)
4
SAS 030
Mushrooms, Molds, and Society (Active)
3
SAS 120
Science and Contemporary Societal Issues (Active)
3
Choose one from each of the four areas:
13-16
History and Philosophy of Science:
4
CRD 118
Technology and Society (Active)
4
CRD 162
People, Work and Technology (Active)
5
HIS 185A
History of Science in America (Active)
4
HIS 185B
History of Technology in America (Active)
4
PHI 107
Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (Active)
4
PHI 108
Philosophy of the Biological Sciences (Active)
4
PHI 109
Philosophy of the Social Sciences (Active)
4
Policy and Decision Making:
3-4
ARE 120
Agricultural Policy (Active)
4
ARE 147
Resource and Environment Policy Analysis (Active)
3
ARE 150
Agricultural Labor (Active)
4
CNS 100
Consumer Behavior (Active)
3
ESP 160
The Policy Process (Active)
4
ESP 165
Climate Policy (Active)
3
POL 175
Science, Technology, and Policy (Active)
4
SOC 155
Sociology of Law (Active)
4
SOC 181
Social Change Organization (Active)
4
Communication of Science:
3-4
AED 172
Multimedia Productions (Active)
3
ANT 120
Language and Culture (Active)
4
CMN 130
Group Communication (Active)
4
CMN 140
Introduction to Mass Communication (Active)
4
LIN 163
Language, Gender, and Society (Active)
4
POL 165
Mass Media and Politics (Active)
4
Culture, Ethics and Applications:
3-4
CRD 142
Rural Change in the Industrialized World (Active)
4
ESP 164
Ethical Issues in Environmental Policy (Active)
3
FPS 110
Plastics in Society and the Environment (Active)
4
PLP 140
Agricultural Biotechnology and Public Policy (Active)
4
SOC 144
Agriculture and Society (Active)
4
Total: 22-27
Courses in SAS:
SAS 001Critical Inquiry into Contemporary Issues (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Open to first year and new transfer students only. Contemporary issues, including global population trends, economic and environmental changes, cultural diversity and biodiversity, nutrition and food safety, fiber and textiles, changing consumer cultures. Inquiry processes emphasize ethics, multiple disciplines, and multiple perspectives. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS, WE. Effective: 2003 Fall Quarter.
SAS 002Feeding the Planet: Influences on the Global Food Supply (3) Review all entries Historical
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Scientific principles and dynamic interactions involved in food production, food processing, nutrition, shelf life and marketing from differing viewpoints. Physical, biological and social science issues influencing the availability and safety of the food supply worldwide. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 002Feeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply (3) Review all entries Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Scientific principles and dynamic interactions involved in food production, food processing, nutrition, and agribusiness. Physical, biological and social science issues influencing the availability and safety of the food supply worldwide. Not open for credit to students who have taken SAS 002V. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
SAS 002VFeeding the World: Influences on the Global Food Supply (3) Active
Web Virtual Lecture—2 hour(s); Web Electronic Discussion—1 hour(s). Scientific principles and dynamic interactions involved in food production, food processing, nutrition, and agribusiness. Physical, biological and social science issues influencing the availability and safety of the food supply worldwide. Not open for credit to students who have taken SAS 002. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
SAS 003Science, Technology and Society (4) Active
Lecture—4 hour(s). Impact of developments in science and technology on the individual in society and how economics, politics, culture and values affect technological development. Not open for credit to students who have completed former course ABS 018. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 004Water in Popular Culture (3) Active
Film Viewing—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Lecture—1 hour(s). Importance of water in many aspects of society as revealed through a survey of its depictions in film. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2008 Fall Quarter.
SAS 005Pathways to Discovery: Science and Society (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Highlights a current issue and/or controversy found in contemporary society and looks at how this problem impacts and is affected by the physical, social and biological sciences. Course varies with topic offered. May be repeated up to 2 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 007Terrorism and War (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Exploration of terrorism and war from science and social sciences perspectives. Terrorist cells and groups; biological, chemical, nuclear, and environmental terrorism; intelligence gathering and espionage; military strategy; genocide; epochal wars; clash of civilizations; nation building; and future global scenarios. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS, WE. Effective: 2004 Winter Quarter.
SAS 007VTerrorism and War (4) Active
Web Virtual Lecture—3 hour(s); Auto Tutorial—5 hour(s); Web Electronic Discussion—1 hour(s); Extensive Writing. Terrorism and war from science and social sciences perspectives: terrorism (terrorist cells, WMD's, religious extremism), warfare (military strategy, genocide), and statecraft (diplomacy, clash of civilizations, epochal wars). Students may not take both SAS 007V and SAS 007 for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
SAS 008Water Quality at Risk (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Not open to students who have successfully completed ERS 008. (Formerly Environmental and Resource Sciences 8.) Natural and human threats to water quality. Balance of science and policy in all aspects of attaining, maintaining, and managing water quality, water contamination. Decoding popular media coverage of water quality and water contamination. (Same course as ESM 008. ) (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS, WE. Effective: 2011 Fall Quarter.
SAS 009Crisis in the Environment (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Explores contemporary environmental issues by examining the causes, effects and solutions to a wide range of environmental problems facing the global ecosystem. Integrated discussion of political, societal and economic impact linkages with environmental problems. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS, WE. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
SAS 010Water, Power, Society (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Water resources issues. How water has been used to gain and wield socio-political power. Water resources development in California related to current and future sustainability of water quantity and quality. Roles of science and policy in solving water problems. (Same course as HYD 010.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2005 Spring Quarter.
SAS 011California Geography (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Introduction to cultural/societal patterns of California and their relationship to natural resources, biomes,geomorphology, and physiography. Focus on diversity of California's environments and their impacts on and alterations by human activities. Environmental issues in the State. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS, WE. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
SAS 012Plants and Society (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Extensive Writing—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): High school biology. Dependence of human societies on plant and plant products. Plants as resources for food, fiber, health, enjoyment and environmental services. Sustainable uses of plants for food production, raw materials, bioenergy, and environmental conservation. Global population growth and future food supplies. Not open for credit to students who have completed PLB 012. (Former course PLB 012.). (Same course as PLS 012.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS, WE. Effective: 2007 Fall Quarter.
SAS 013Disease and Society (3) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s). Limited enrollment. Introduction to the concept of disease, the societal and personal impacts of past, present and future diseases, and the science behind disease discoveries, causes, evolution, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2012 Fall Quarter.
SAS 014Forests and Society (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Class size limited to 120 students. Sociology, natural history and current issues of the world's forests. Application of scientific principles in outdoor laboratories and on-campus field trips. (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, OL, SE, SL, SS, WE. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
SAS 018GIS and Society (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Laboratory—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—0.3 hour(s). Geographic Information Systems (GIS) as a spatial technology and a tool for change in society. Evaluate physical, biological and social impact of GIS in the context of case studies such as land, water and community planning. (Letter.) GE credit: QL, SE, SL, SS, VL. Effective: 2007 Spring Quarter.
SAS 020Genetics and Society (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Basic concepts of genetics, modern methods of biotechnology, the process of scientific discovery and the public perception of the process; present and future impact of genetics on society. Not open for credit to students who have completed SAS 140. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, SE, SL, SS, WE. Effective: 2005 Winter Quarter.
SAS 025Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (3) Review all entries Historical
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2006 Winter Quarter.
SAS 025Global Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (4) Review all entries Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Tutorial—1 hour(s). Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty. Students cannot take both course SAS 025 and SAS 025V for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
SAS 025VGlobal Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (3) Review all entries Historical
Web Virtual Lecture; Web Electronic Discussion—2 hour(s); Auto Tutorial—5 hour(s); Extensive Writing—2 hour(s). Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty. Students cannot take both SAS 025 and SAS 025V for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: DD, OL, QL, SE, SL, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2013 Winter Quarter.
SAS 025VGlobal Climate Change: Convergence of Biological, Geophysical, & Social Sciences (4) Review all entries Active
Web Virtual Lecture—2 hour(s); Web Electronic Discussion—1 hour(s); Auto Tutorial—1 hour(s). Causes of global climate change and the biological, geophysical, and social consequences of such change. Methods used by different scientists for predicting future events. Complexity of global affairs. Decision making under uncertainty. Students cannot take both course SAS 025 and SAS 025V for credit. (Letter.) GE credit: OL, QL, SE, SL, SS, VL, WE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
SAS 030Mushrooms, Molds, and Society (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Fungi as organisms with which humans interact daily, societal issues arising from these interactions. Fungi in medicine, religion, agriculture, and industry, as well as cultural perceptions of fungi. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS. Effective: 1998 Spring Quarter.
SAS 035Germs: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Class size restricted to 60 students. Impact of microorganisms on Earth, Humans and Society. Historical, scientific, and contemporary issues dealing with microbes on natural and built environments. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS, WE. Effective: 2017 Spring Quarter.
SAS 040Photography: Bridging Art and Science (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Studio—3 hour(s). Photography is used to explore the common ground between art and science. Photographic processes, creativity and aesthetics, chaos and order, principles of space, time and light. Photographic interpretation and documentation of the natural world. Camera required. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SE, SL, VL, WE. Effective: 2008 Spring Quarter.
SAS 041Understanding Performance: Appreciation of Modern Theatre, Dance, Film and Performance Art for the Humanities and Sciences (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Discussion/Laboratory—1 hour(s). Relevance of theatre and performance to modern culture, science and society. Approaches to theatre/dance/media/performance art, integrated into Mondavi Centre for the Arts and Theatre and Dance Department programs. (Same course as DRA 005.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, OL, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2015 Winter Quarter.
SAS 042Earth, Water, Science, Song (3) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Studio—3 hour(s). Fusion of water and soil science with performing arts. Creative communication of scientific concepts and facts through exercises in song writing and poetry. Design, discuss and conduct public performances related to the functioning of the natural world. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, OL, SE. Effective: 2009 Summer Session 2.
SAS 043Energy, Materials, and Design Over Time (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Global history of design across time, viewed through the lens of the effects of the creation and discovery of new energy sources, processes, and materials on design. (Same course as DES 040A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC. Effective: 2018 Spring Quarter.
SAS 070AGenetic Engineering in Medicine, Agriculture, and Law (5) Active
Lecture—5 hour(s). Not open to students who have completed BIS 002A and BIS 002B and BIS 002C. Historical and scientific study of the impact of genetic engineering in medicine, agriculture, and law, including examination of social, ethical, and legal issues raised. Offered in a distance-learning format. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS. Effective: 2018 Winter Quarter.
SAS 090AIssues in Environmental and Resource Sciences (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Limited to lower division students. Discussion of historical and current issues in environmental and resource sciences. Lectures, reading and field trips will provide background for selected topics. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 090BObserving and Writing in Biology (2) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s); Laboratory—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Students will observe the interactions between microscopic organisms, conduct simple laboratory experiments, describe and analyze observations and discuss scientific observations and writing. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 090EBiotechnology-a New Era, a New Struggle (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Animal biotechnology and its applications. Discussion topics include potential societal impacts of various technologies, factors shaping public opinion, and ethical and moral questions arising from new biotechnology applications. (Letter.) Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
SAS 090FFood Distribution in a Hungry World (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Class size limited to 15 students. The biological, technological, environmental, and socioeconomic factors related to food distribution systems at local, regional, national, and international levels. The potential for increasing world food supply by reducing losses between harvest and consumption. (Letter.) Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
SAS 090GScience, Society and the Environment (2) Active
Seminar—2 hour(s). Contemporary environmental issues, scientific approaches to addressing these issues, and accompanying societal and ethical considerations. (Letter.) Effective: 2001 Fall Quarter.
SAS 090XLower Division Seminar (1-4) Active
Seminar—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. Limited enrollment. Examination of a special topic in Science and Society through shared readings, discussions, written assignments, or special activities such as fieldwork, laboratory work, etc. May be repeated for credit. (Letter.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 092Internship in Science and Society (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. Supervised internship on and off campus, in the community, or in institutional settings. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 097TTutoring in Science and Society (2-3) Active
Discussion/Laboratory—6-9 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing; completion of course being tutored. Tutoring in undergraduate Science and Society courses. Assisting with leading discussion groups under supervision of instructor(s) and teaching assistants. Acting as liaison between the students and course instructor(s) to foster effective communication and interaction. May not be repeated. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
SAS 098Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 099Special Study for Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Discussion—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Lower division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 109Environmental Change, Disease and Public Health (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Analysis of environmental changes from pre-history to the present and their influence on disease distribution, virulence and public health. Focus on critical study of many human-driven environmental changes and the accelerated transformation/spread of pathogens under globalization. Not open for credit to students who have taken HIS 109B. (Same course as HIS 109.) (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, SS, WC. Effective: 2016 Fall Quarter.
SAS 110Applications of Evolution in Medicine, Human Behavior, and Agriculture (4) Active
Lecture—2 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): BIS 002A; BIS 002B; BIS 002C. Class size limited to 60 students. Applications of evolutionary biology in medicine, human behavior, and agriculture. Examination of the imprint of evolution on the human life cycle from conception to death. (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SL, WE. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAS 120Science and Contemporary Societal Issues (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Study of a contemporary societal issue/problem emphasizing critical thinking with information drawn from several disciplines. Multiple instructors illustrate the necessity of an interdisciplinary and cooperative approach in solving important issues. Topic will vary. May be repeated up to 1 Time(s). (Letter.) GE credit: SE, SS. Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 121Global Poverty: Critical Thinking and Taking Action (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Social science and engineering analysis of causes and effects of world poverty and of policies to reduce it via economic growth, foreign aid, and community-level interventions, e.g., in potable water, sanitation, lighting, small scale energy, irrigation, health and microfinance. (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC. Effective: 2013 Fall Quarter.
SAS 130Contemporary Leadership (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Class size limited to 40 students. Leadership, including issues, skills, and practices as they relate to individuals, organizations, diverse social settings and communities. Written and verbal communications, personality styles for collaborative work, and ethics. (Letter.) GE credit: OL. Effective: 2006 Fall Quarter.
SAS 145Digital Communication in Agricultural, Environmental, and Human Sciences (3) Active
Lecture/Discussion—1.5 hour(s); Studio—1.5 hour(s); Project (Term Project). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Use digital media to communicate a succinct, compelling story. In lecture, discussion and activities, create storyboards and scripts, use video, audio, and editing technology, and produce a short media-rich video to effectively convey a message. (Letter.) GE credit: VL. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
SAS 190XScience & Society Seminar (1-4) Active
Seminar—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Class size limited to 20 students. In-depth examination at an upper division level of a special topic in Science and Society. Emphasis upon student participation in learning. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2005 Fall Quarter.
SAS 192Internship in Science and Society (1-12) Active
Internship—3-36 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. Supervised internship on or off campus, in the community, or in institutional settings. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 197TTutoring in Science and Society (1-5) Active
Tutorial—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing; completion of course being tutored or the equivalent. Tutoring of students in Science and Society courses. Assistance with discussion groups and laboratory sections under supervision of instructor. May be repeated for credit if tutoring another Science and Society course. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 198Directed Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 199Special Study in Science and Society (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Upper division standing. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 1997 Winter Quarter.
SAS 298Group Study (1-5) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
SAS 299Graduate Research (1-12) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate student. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.
SAS 390Teaching Methods in Science and Society (1) Active
Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate level. Practical experience in methods and problems related to teaching Science and Society courses. Discussion of critical pedagogies specific to teaching of science-societal issues, preparing for and conducting discussion sessions, analyses of texts and supporting material, formulation of assignments, exams. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 1998 Fall Quarter.