Courses

Freshman Seminar

The Science and Art of Mapping the World
FRS 174
This seminar is designed to bring together students with a wide range of interests to learn practical skills of modern, digital geographic analysis and graphic design—skills that will be applied in diverse ways to the big problems of many fields—and to discuss the advances and challenges of mapping in the 21st century. Read more.

Biased Brains
FRS 124 
This seminar introduced students to the scientific method through the study of cognitive biases and the original experiments that helped identify and describe them.  Students received an introduction to data analysis and visualization, tackled important methodological issues, and learned how even scientists can fall prey to their own biases. Read more...

Core Courses

Musical Instruments, Sound, Perception, and Creativity
STC/MUS 204
Musical instruments reside at the intersection of varied topics: sound, perception, embodiment, music theory, social values, and more; how has their design influenced the development of music and how might they be reinvented to spur new ideas? Read more.

Transformations in Engineering and the Arts
STC/EGR/MUS 209
STC209 examines transformations between visualssoundstructure, and movement. This course explores the notion of generative art, and investigates the parallels between design processes in engineering and the arts. Read more.

Transformative Questions in Biology
STC/HIS/MOL/HUM 297
The course will teach core principles of the life sciences through a set of key questions that biologists have sought to answer over the past 200 years. Read more.

Independent Design in Engineering and the Arts
STC/EGR/MUS 309
STC 309 is a forum for students to explore and intensively workshop an idea for an independent, creative, technology-related project through playful inquiry and innovation methods. Read more. 

Writing about Science
STC/ENV/JRN 349
This course will teach STEM & non-STEM majors how to write about research in STEM fields with clarity and a bit of flair. Read more.

Cross-listed Courses

Forensic Anthropology and Epigenetics in Urban America
ANT 309A/STC 310A (SA) and 309B/310B (STL)  
Forensic anthropology involves medico-legal cases where human remains have lost "personhood" (an individual cannot be identified due to decomposition or destruction of unique personal features). We will explore techniques of analysis that biological anthropologists apply to forensic cases. Read more.

Climate: Past, Present, and Future
GEO/ENV/STC 102A (STN)
Which human activities are changing our climate, and does climate change constitute a significant problem? Read more.

Diseases in Children: Causes, Costs, and Choices
MOL/STC/GHP 460
Within a broader context of historical, social, and ethical concerns, a survey of normal childhood development and selected disorders from the perspectives of the physician and the scientist. Read more.

Physics for Future Leaders
PHY/STC 115A (STN)
What do future leaders of our society need to know about physics and technology? The course is designed for non-scientists who will someday become our influential citizens and decision-makers. Read more.

Storytelling with Technology for Performance
THR/STC 210
Telling stories through performance is human nature, but how can we use technology to enhance, frame, or reveal new perspectives on stories told? Read more.

History of Contemporary Science
HIS/STC 391
This course traces a series of developments in contemporary science across a broad array of disciplines, with the goal of illuminating the historical processes that have brought them about and providing students with a set of tools to understand the particular position of the sciences in today's world. Read more

The Science and Art of Mapping the World 
FRS 174
This seminar is designed to bring together students with a wide range of interests to learn practical skills of modern, digital geographic analysis and graphic design—skills that will be applied in diverse ways to the big problems of many fields—and to discuss the advances and challenges of mapping in the 21st century. Read more.

Reality R&D: Designing Speculative Futures
VIS 209/ANT 281/ARC 215/STC 207
Operating at the intersection of art, science, and technology, this course investigates how scientific theories shape aspects of culture and society.  Read more