History / Undergraduate Study

History of Science and Medicine Minor

The History of Science and Medicine minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major, perhaps in one of the sciences, with a series of courses that analyze the historical growth, impact, and significance of science and medicine in Western and world culture. The minor consists of a choice of lower-division courses that expose students to overviews of science and medicine in large time periods or to specific thematic concerns. upper-division courses offer more focused and often smaller classes that explore crucial episodes or areas with a more rigorous and sophisticated content and methodology.

To enter the minor, students must be in good academic standing (2.0 grade-point average), have completed 45 units and at least one lower-division course in the history of science or medicine for a letter grade, and file a petition with the minor adviser in 6265 Bunche Hall.

Required Lower-Division Courses (12 units): Three courses from History 2B, 3A through 3D, Philosophy 8.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): Five courses from Anthropology 100, History 179A through 180C, any upper-division honors collegium courses with history of science or history of medicine content, Philosophy 124.

Each year certain undergraduate seminars in the History 191 sequence are designated as applicable to the upper-division minor requirements. Students may also petition to have other relevant courses, including those from other departments, applied toward the upper-division requirements.

At least one upper-division course, to be selected and approved in consultation with the undergraduate or faculty adviser, must involve writing a research or interpretative paper of significant length and intellectual content. Transfer credit for courses may be subject to departmental approval.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

One course may be taken on a Passed/Not Passed basis; each of the other minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.