Certificate in Science, Technology and Society (STS)

The undergraduate Certificate program in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) enables students to work closely with a mentor on a project related to understanding the dynamic, interactive and creative relationships among science, technology, and society. Students pursuing any major may be able to use  3 general education courses (100 or 200 level) and 3  upper level electives (300 or 400 level) as supporting courses for their major. All students in the certificate program must take the program capstone, ENES 440 with a mentor.

Students in the past have focused on one or a combination of the following tracks:

1)User-centered Design

2) Ethics, Science, and Technology

3) Science and Technology Policy

4) Contemporary Social Issues with Emerging Science and Technology

5) History of Science and Technology

6) Philosophy of Science and Technology

As a student in the program, you design your own curriculum with the approval of the director. Courses relevant to the STS program are drawn from many departments.  STS is an interdisciplinary field that contributes to improving the outcomes of scientific research and technological development by developing a better understanding of how these endeavors influence various sectors of society and vice versa.

New Students: Applying for the Program

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors are welcome to apply to the program. It is possible that applying Sophomores and Juniors will have already fulfilled some STS Certificate requirements. Please email the director (dtomblin@umd.edu) to apply and and learn more about the program.


Each student works closely with a faculty mentor to develop a capstone project for the program’s final course, ENES 440. In recent years, STS University Certificate students have chosen to do their capstone projects on some of the following issues:

  • Effectiveness of Robotics Service Learning programs to increase diversity in STEM
  • Designing an App for food allergies
  • Improving Ethics Education in Engineering Curriculum
  • Creating a Bioethics course
  • Nanotechnology (MEMS) in medical devices
  • Cognitive enhancement and the pharmaceutical industry
  • The social implications of biological computing
  • Climate change policy