This is the only program of its kind in Canada. Investigate specific scientific and technological discoveries and their implications and explore the global impact of science and technology on society, world religions and cultures.
What is science? How does it affect society? How does society affect the development of science, the concepts, and metaphors it deploys, and the kinds of knowledge it produces? How do theories change in science? How are scientific controversies opened, sustained, closed? If you are interested in philosophy, history and ethics, and you want to learn more about the connections between science and technology and the humanities and social sciences, then STS may be right for you.
Science & Technology Studies (STS) is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to expand our understanding of science and technology by exploring their social, cultural, philosophical and material dimensions. Offered by Faculty of Science, you’ll find an impressive depth of scholarly and teaching experience, making our program one of the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
You will learn to analyze complex ideas about science and technology, and to discover how to trace the origins and implications of events and patterns of thought in the past and present. You will be encouraged to draw connections across traditional boundaries as you seek an intellectual appreciation for the sciences and technology as powerful means for understanding, embodying and shaping the world and ourselves.
- Since STS is one of York’s smaller programs but has a high number of professors in the field, this program gives you excellent opportunities to build strong mentoring relationships with professors.
- You will also have the opportunity to work on research projects with faculty, or join the editorial office of the internationally renowned research journal in the history of science, Isis.
- Members of our program coordinate the Research Seminar Series in Science & Technology Studies. The series features bi-weekly seminars on a wide range of STS-related topics. Now in its 14th year, the series has hosted more than 500 speakers from Canada and around the world.
- Courses focus on specific scientific ideas, as well as addressing broader topics such as science and gender, science and religion, and technology and cultural values.
Sample First-year Schedule
- Introduction to Science & Technology Studies
- One of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics (BSc students)
- Calculus (BSc students)
- Computer Use (BSc students)
- Non-Science Requirement (BSc students)
- General Education course(s) (BA students)
Possible Career PathLearn more about our Career Centre
- science journalist
- science policy analyst
- environmental policy administrator
- health planning officer
You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:
- Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
- Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)
In the absence of final grades in courses:
- You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
- Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.
We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.