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The Minor in Science and Society is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the different ways science and technology shape modern society and, in turn, how society shapes science and technology. From the food we eat to the way we conceive family relations or our obligations to future generations, our daily practices and our beliefs are increasingly influenced by scientific research and its applications. In turn, politics, public opinion, moral beliefs and cultural practices affect scientific and technological development. Courses in this program address such topics as science and values, science-related policy and politics, ethical uses of technology, scientific revolutions and controversies, modeling and communication of scientific research, and knowledge transfer from research to commercial and societal applications.

Program Contacts

Professor Hakob Barseghyan
Program Coordinator
Chris de Barros
Academic Liaison Officer

Program Requirements

To acquire a Minor in the Science and Society Program, you'll need to complete a total of 4.0 Full Course Equivalents (FCEs), including at least 1.0 FCE at the 300+ level. 

Please note:

  • Only 1.0 FCEs (at most) from the 100 Level will be counted towards your total
  • Up to 1.0 FCEs may be chosen from approved courses offered by other departments (see list of Cognate Courses below)
Requirement 1 | Introductory courses

Complete HPS200H1

Requirement 2 | Core Vic courses

You will need to complete 1.0 FCE from:

Alternatively: Students who achieve at 77% in VIC121H1VIC122H1VIC170Y1 or VIC172Y1 may count up to 1.0 FCE from these courses towards this requirement.


Requirement 3 | Core HPS courses
Requirement 4 | Additional courses

You will need to complete an additional 0.5 FCEs from the courses listed above under Requirement 2 or Requirement 3.

Requirement 5 | Additional & Cognate Courses

You must complete an additional 1.0 FCEs from the courses listed above under Requirements 2 or 3, or from the list of approved cognate courses below: