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Earn an undergraduate certificate.

fellowsThe Science & Society Certificate Program is an undergraduate, interdisciplinary course of study that integrates science with its relationship to society. The interdisciplinary curriculum enables students to understand the social, legal, historical, and policy issues stemming from research and technological advances in both basic and applied science. In earning the certificate, students learn how to integrate different perspectives, consider ethical and policy issues, and address the societal implications of advances in science and related technologies.

Curriculum Requirements

Students complete 5 courses and 2 research experiences (at least one of which is for credit):

  • SCISOC 256/Genome 256 (core course) must be taken by the end of the junior year.
  • Three elective courses (jump to current listings), including at least one course with an ethics, law, or policy component.
  • Two approved research experiences consisting of either two semester long independent study courses or one semester long independent study course plus one approved summer research experience.
  • SCISOC 498S/Genome 498S capstone course to be taken in the spring of senior year.

For GSP Certificate students:

  • Two approved research experiences (either two semester-long independent study courses or one semester-long independent study course and one summer research experience). Approval form

Note: At least one elective and at least one research experience must have a science component, and at least one elective must have an ethics, law, or policy component. No more than three courses may originate in any one department; only two courses may be used to satisfy the requirements for any major, minor, or other certificate; and at least half the courses must be taken at Duke.

Preparing for graduation: Please submit the Science & Society Certificate completion form at least 6 months before your graduation date.

How to Register

Students interested in pursuing the certificate must register at the Registrar’s Office. Click here for other certificates offered at Duke at the intersection of science and society.

  • Undeclared Trinity students can enroll in the certificate program when they make their initial declaration through the Academic Advising Center.
  • Declared Trinity sophomores or juniors can add the certificate program to their academic plan by submitting a Change Major/Minor/Certificate form.
  • Academic plan changes for Trinity seniors are handled directly through Trinity. Trinity seniors who want to add the certificate program will need to e-mail their intent to trinity.graduation@aas.duke.edu.
  • Undergraduates in the Pratt School of Engineering who want to register for the certificate program should do so directly through the Pratt School. Pratt handles all of their academic plan declaration/changes internally even if it’s a Trinity plan.

Electives

The following courses will count as electives for the S&S Certificate. This is a list of past and current courses. Not all courses below are currently offered. Check in ACES for current course listings. If you took a course that is not listed here and wish for it to be considered as an elective for the Certificate, please send a detailed syllabus to Emilia Chiscop-Head, Coordinator for Academic Programs.

AAAS 660 Health in African Diaspora
BIOETHIC 502 Communicating Science & Bioethics
BIOETHIC 591 Topics in Science Policy. Independent Study.
BIOLOGY 118FS Emerging Diseases
BIOLOGY 128FS Evolutionary Genomics: Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?
BIOLOGY 148FS Genomics of Host-Microbe Interactions: The Symbiotic Web
BIOLOGY 180FS Emerging Diseases
BIOLOGY 219 Molecular Genetics & Genomics
BIOLOGY 251L Molecular Evolution
BIOLOGY 255 Philosophy of Biology
BIOLOGY 311 Systems Biology: An Introduction for the Quantitative Sciences
BIOLOGY 350 Complex Traits and Evolutionary Genetics
BIOLOGY 420 Cancer Genetics
BIOLOGY 450S Genomics of Adaptation: A Modern Look at Evolution
BIOLOGY 452S Genes & Development
BIOLOGY 454 Physiological Genetics
BIOLOGY 554 Genomic Perspectives on Human Evolution
BME 195FS Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World
BME 561L Genome Science and Technology Lab (GE, MC)
CBB 520 Genome Tools and Technologies
CBB 561L Genome Science and Technology Lab
CBB 662 Computational Systems Biology
COMPSCI 260 Introduction to Computational Genomics
COMPSCI 662 Computational Systems Biology
CULANTH 113FS Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement
CULANTH 190FS Technology, Culture and Scientific Initiatives: Approaches towards Social Change
CULANTH 190FS The Limits of Good Intentions: The Promises and Confines of Effective Humanitarianism
CULANTH 190FS.03 International Law & Global Health
CULANTH 660 Health in the African Diaspora
DOCST 209FS Digital photography; Education, Childhood and Growth
ECON 112FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
ECON 190FS An Introduction to Game Theory
EDUC 111FS Pursuit of Equality: Rethinking Schools-Lens of Social Justice
EDUC 112FS Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US
EDUC 113FS Enterprising Leadership and Civic Engagement
EDUC 209FS Digital photography; Education, Childhood and Growth
EDUC 290S Medical Ethics, Aging, and End of Life Care in the US
ENGLISH 190FS Shades of Gray: Coming of Age in the Era of Population Aging
ENGLISH 290 The Contemporary Novel
ENGLISH 355 Idealistic Nature
ENGLISH 490 Environment in Literature, Law, and Science
EVANTH 128FS Evolutionary Genomics: Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?
ETHICS 129FS Human Rights & World Politics
ETHICS 160FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
ETHICS 199FS Refugees, Rights and Resettlement
EVANTH 129FS Human Rights & World Politics
EVANTH 160FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
EVANTH 199FS Refugees, Rights and Resettlement
EVANTH 212FS Social Structures in an Evolutionary Framework
EVANTH 514 Genomic Perspectives on Human Evolution
FRENCH 337 French Scientists Write
GENOME 118FS The Secrets of Life: DNA, Property Rights and Human Identity
GENOME 120FS Ethical Implications of Genetic and Genomic Research
GENOME 122FS Genetics and Epigenetics: The Codes that Control Our Genomes
GENOME 123FS Ethics, Law, and Policy in Genomics
GENOME 128FS Evolutionary Genomics: Who are we, where have we been, and where are we going?
GENOME 138FS Synthetic Genomics: Science, Policy and Ethics
GENOME 148FS Genomics of Host-Microbe Interactions: The Symbiotic Web
GENOME 159 The Past and Future of the Human Genome
GENOME 165 Introduction to the United States Health Care System
GENOME 190FS Focus Program: Topics in Genome Sciences
GENOME 205 Science and Masculinity
GENOME 238S Influential Scientists and Policy Leaders in Science Policy
GENOME 248 Science and Policy of Obesity
GENOME 256 Genome Sciences and Society
GENOME 258 Race, Genomics, and Society
GENOME 268S Law & Genomic Sciences
GENOME 290S Special Topics in Genome Sciences
GENOME 293 Research Independent Study in Genome Sciences
GENOME 293-1 Research Independent Study in Genome Policy
GENOME 294 Research Independent Study in Genome Sciences
GENOME 294-1 Research Independent Study in Genome Policy
GENOME 337 French Scientists Write
GENOME 341 Ethics of Infectious Disease Control
GENOME 369 History of Public Health in America
GENOME 371 Feast and Famine: Food in Global History
GENOME 380 The Scientific Revolution
GENOME 417S Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
GENOME 439S Neuroscience and Multilingualism
GENOME 475S Variation in the African Diaspora
GENOME 498S Genome Sciences and Policy Capstone
GENOME 502S Communicating Science & Bioethics
GENOME 508S Genetics for Global Health
GENOME 584 Genetics and Reproductive Technologies
GENOME 590S Special Topics in Genome Sciences
GENOME 612 Ethics and Policy in Genomics
GENOME 627 Molecular Ecology
GENOME 641S Cancer in Our Lives: Film, Narrative, Fiction, History and Politics
GENOME 750 Genomics of Microbial Diversity
GLHLTH 188FS Singing the Same Song: A global perspective on patient-provider communication
GLHLTH 189 FS “To Boldly Go!” Global Health and the Ethics of Engagement
GLHLTH 190 FS.02 International Law & Global Health
GLHLTH 210 Global Health Ethics as Value Conflicts
GLHLTH 302 Global Narratives of HIV/AIDS
HISTORY 127FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
HISTORY 260 Magic/Religion/Science Since 1400
HISTORY 303 The Rise of Modern Science: Newton to Einstein
HISTORY 577S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
ICS 128FS Human Rights & World Politics
ICS 190 FS.01 International Law & Global Health
ICS 295 Global Narratives of Living with HIV/AIDS
ISIS 670 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America
LINGUIST 190FS Cognition, Identity and Linguistic Human Rights
LINGUIST 212FS Law, Ethics and Responsibility
LINGUIST 216 Neuroscience and Human Language
LIT 521S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
LIT 623 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America
MATH 161FS Mathematics: Introduction to Mathematical Modeling in Biology
MATH 165FS Cryptography and Society
MATH 168S Mathematical Investigations in Genetics and Genomics
NEUROSCI 116FS Neuroscience and Human Language
NEUROSCI 153FS Drugs and the Law
NURSING 563 Trends in Genetics & Genomics
PHARM 370S Pharmacogenomics
PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 218 Philosophical Issues in Medical Ethics
PHIL 314 Philosophy of Biology
PHIL 380 The Scientific Revolution
PHIL 541S Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science
PHIL 570 Body Works: Medicine, Technology, and the Body in Early Twenty-First Century America
POLSCI 176FS Human Rights & World Politics
PSY 190FS Addiction: Brain, Individual, and Society
PSY 681S Genetics and Environment in Abnormal Behavior
PUBPOL 181FS Human Rights & World Politics
PUBPOL 185FS Drugs and the Law
PUBPOL 187FS Globalization and Corporate Citizenship
PUBPOL 190FS Migrants, Managers and Multiple Citizens in a Global World
PUBPOL 190FS.01 International Law & Global Health
PUBPOL 250FS Law, Ethics and Responsibility
PUBPOL 373 Intellectual Property & Innovation: Law, Policy & Entrepreneurship
PUBPOL 590 Applied Big Data Science
PUBPOL590S Social Determinants of Health Disparities
ROMST 19FS Cognition, Identity and Linguistic Human Rights
SCISOC 195FS Medical Instrumentation in the Developing World
SOC 178FS Refugees, Rights and Resettlement
STA 110FS An Introduction to Statistical Modeling
STA 112FS Better Living through Data Science: Exploring, Modeling, Predicting, Understanding
UPGEN 786 Complex Traits and Evolutionary Genetics
VMS 212FS Digital photography; Education, Childhood and Growth
WOMENST 278 Sex/ Gender Nature/Nurture
WOMENST 290 Science, Law, and Literature
WOMENST 290.03 Sexuality and the Law. Comparative Investigations

 

Previously Offered Electives

Bioethic 502 Communicating Science & Bioethics
Biology 210FS Genomes, Biology, Medicine
BME 562 Biology By Design
English 190FS-2 – 01 Literature, Genetics & Freedom
Genome 108FS/PUBPOL 183FS Genome and the Internet: Growing Up Together
Genome 156 Genetics, Genomics, and Society: Implications for the 21st Century
Phil 290 Ethics of Biotechnology
Phil 385 Science, Ethics, and Society
Phil 590 Ethics of Biotechnology Policy
PubPol 184FS Synthetic Genomics
PubPol 190FS.05/HISTORY 190FS.05 A Social and Political History of Genomics
PubPol 233S Scientists and Public Policy
PubPol 381S Science & the Media
PubPol 634/CBB 612 Ethics & Policy in Genomics
PubPol 641S/GENOME 641S Cancer in Our Lives: Film, Narrative, Fiction, History, & Politics
PubPol 590S-02 / GENOME 590S-06 Cancer and the Genome