Science & Engineering Education Initiative

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In 2010, the Council proposed the Science and Engineering Education Initiative that was passed by faculty vote. The Initiative aims to inspire and prepare all undergraduates, irrespective of their majors, to become scientifically and technologically literate citizens and decision-makers. The primary recommendation of the Initiative was to change the undergraduate general education requirement for the Science and Technology (ST) designate. As a result, undergraduates are required to complete at least two ST-designated courses: at least one with a lab (STL) and the second that may be taken without a lab (STN).

To provide a rich variety of ST offerings, the Council supports faculty in revising and developing science and engineering courses that emphasize the role of science and engineering in society. The Council offers financial resources to faculty developing new and enhancing existing ST-designated courses. 

The Council on Science and Technology ensures that courses designated STL or STN are of high quality and scientifically rigorous.  Through these courses, we hope that all students will be able to engage in science and engineering studies in a meaningful way.

A list of all STN and STL courses for a given term may be found in the Course Offerings (link is external).  Any STN- or STL-designated course can count towards a student's General Education requirements. When considering a course, please review the full course description in the Course Offerings, including the course prerequisites and requirements.

Some STL and STN courses have prerequisites or are core courses for the science and engineering disciplines. 

To aid students concentrating in the humanities and social sciences in finding appropriate courses, students should select STL, STN and QR for General Education; those STL and STN courses which do not carry significant prerequisites and are not core gateway courses for a science or engineering department.   

For more information on the Fall 2017-2018 STL, STN, and QR Courses for General Education, please click here!