History of Science, Ideas and Innovation

The history of science, ideas and innovation concentration focuses on how science and technology shape every facet of modern human life, but all too frequently, underlying histories and ideas go unexamined. The history of science, ideas and innovation concentration helps students understand how we got to this point (and helps them reflect on what the future might hold) by providing them with a grounding in the social and intellectual issues central to understanding the intertwined histories of science, technology and ideas from past to present..


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • Student must complete 6 upper division hours through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • Students wishing to add the concentration in History must consult with an academic advisor in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts in order to create a cohesive and comprehensive program of study.

Core 3 credit hours

HST 280 History of Science, Ideas and Innovation (3) (required)

Elective Courses 15 credit hours required
6 hours Upper Division courses must be taken through the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts
Select in consultation with an advisor

HST 309 Exploration and Empire (3)
HST 318 History of Engineering (3)
HST 319 History of Aviation (3)
HST 345 Environmental History (3)
HST 380 Studies in History and Science (repeatable when topics vary) (3)
HST 381 Studies in History and Ideas (repeatable when topics vary) (3)
HST 382 Studies in the History of Innovation and Technology (repeatable when topics vary) (3)
HST 482 Writing and the History of Science, Ideas, and Technology (repeatable when topics vary) (3)

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this concentration.


All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU transfer.asu.edu

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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