The certificate in engineering, science and society (ESS) leads students to courses that will engage them with contemporary issues regarding the promotion, use and possible risks of engineering and applied science. For example, what are the likely benefits and risks of genetic engineering? How can engineering help offset worldwide environmental degradation? What role should engineers play in formulating policies that will govern the relationship between science and contemporary American society?
The ESS certificate includes a cornerstone course that explores these philosophical questions (and others related to them). The certificate also steers students toward other courses that address these difficult questions and will help them find a path toward workable answers. The list of possible courses includes:
- courses that view engineering in social, economic and legal contexts;
- courses that study science and technology in the past, thereby illuminating their influence in the present; and
- courses that explore the environmental consequences of STEM innovation.
To begin the certificate, students must be in good academic standing in the College of Engineering and Applied Science and must complete a certificate enrollment with Paul Diduch of the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering.
Students must complete 15 credits, including one required course and four approved electives, with a minimum grade of C+.
|HUEN 2210||Engineering, Science, and Society||3|
|Complete four other approved courses, at least one of which must be at the 3000 level or above. 1||12|
|Total Credit Hours||15|
For a list of approved certificate elective courses, visit the Herbst Program of Humanities in Engineering's Certificate Option webpage.
To complete the certificate, students must submit a certificate completion form to the director.