OverviewThe interdisciplinary minor in Genetic Engineering and Society (GES) examines the technological, societal and ecological issues surrounding the development and potential use of genetically engineered organisms. Participants in the minor will learn the basic concepts and principles underlying genetic engineering and the methods used for evaluating the technology’s social, cultural and environmental dimensions. Initially, the minor is focused on genetic pest management, but will broaden to consider other applications of genetic engineering, including genetically modified crops and synthetic biology. The graduate minor is available to students pursuing either an MS or a PhD degree.
RequirementsIn order to complete the minor, coursework must be taken in relevant areas of natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. 9 credit hours from a list of approved courses (see below) are required, 6 of which must be the two core GES courses. The remaining 3 credit hours must be fulfilled by a course from the list of approved courses that is outside the students’ home discipline. A grade of B or higher must be achieved in each course counted towards the minor. In addition, a student must have a GES faculty member on his or her thesis committee, and this faculty member should be from a discipline other than the student’s major, ensuring that there is representation from both humanities/social science and natural science. The choice of courses must be consistent with the interdisciplinary outlook of this minor, namely that students will learn the basic concepts and principles underlying genetic engineering and the methods used for evaluating the technology’s social, cultural, and environmental dimensions. The minor representative will be responsible for ensuring that the courses taken are appropriate and balance the student’s major. Students in the biological sciences will be encouraged to take hands-on courses, such as those offered by the BIT program.
Core courses:GES/ENT 506 (3 CR) Principles of Genetic Pest Management GES/COM/HI 508 (3 CR) Emerging Technologies and Society GES 591 (3 CR) Governance, Systems and Modeling
Other approved courses:ANT 550 Culture, Ecology, and Sustainable Living BIT 410/510 Manipulation of Recombinant DNA COM 536 Seminar in Environmental Communication ECG 540 Economic Development ENG 515 Rhetoric of Science and Technology FW 411/511 Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management GN 735 Genomic Science HI 540 Topics in Environmental History HI 581 History of the Life Sciences HI 585 History of American Technology NR 571 Current Issues in Natural Resource Policy REL 571 Darwinism and Christianity PA 598/798 Science and Technology Policy PHI 475/575 Ethical Theory PSY 757 Innovation and Technology ST 590 A,C Bioinformatics I/II *Additional courses may be added to the approved list, as determined by the Executive Committee. Courses may be substituted at the Co-Directors’ discretion.
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