10: School of Engineering and Applied Science

General Information | Degree Programs | Curricula | Course Descriptions | Faculty

Aerospace Engineering | Applied Mathematics | Biomedical Engineering | Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering | Computer Science | Computer Engineering (Computer Science) | Electrical Engineering
Computer Engineering (Electrical Engineering) | Engineering Science | Materials Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering | Systems Engineering | Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication

Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication

The Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication provides instruction in various studies essential to the professional development of a future engineer or applied scientist. Most prominent of these are skills in oral and written communication, developed through written as well as audio-visual media, and an understanding of the social, historical, esthetic, and ethical dimensions of technology.

In addition to the prescribed first- and fourth-year courses (TCC 101, TCC 401-402), required of all School of Engineering and Applied Sciences undergraduates, the division offers an array of 200-level courses from which each student must choose at least one, and additional elective courses on a 300 level. These courses deal with the relations between technology and human needs and aspirations, and with the social dimensions of technology-related problems.

The work of the division supplements, on the one hand, the students' general education (furthered by course work in the College of Arts and Sciences) and, on the other, their technical studies. It guarantees that students will have seriously considered the moral, social, and environmental consequences of their future life's work.

Graduate courses include seminars in science and society (TCC 501) and advanced scientific writing (TCC 502 and TCC 600).

Minor in the History of Science and Technology   While not offering a major, the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication does offer, in conjunction with the history department, a minor in the history of technology and science. Open to all undergraduates, this minor provides students with an opportunity to become familiar with humanistic perspectives on technology and science. For the engineering student, the minor offers an occasion for placing his or her professional education in a larger social and intellectual context; likewise, it provides the liberal arts student with a better understanding of science and technology as key components in human culture.

Requirements for the Minor in the History of Science and Technology   The minor consists of 18 credits. Details are available on a list of eligible courses which can be obtained from the Division of Technology, Culture, and Communication.

College students may include the non-College courses as general electives upon completion of the requirements for the minor.

For more information and a list of course requirements, contact the Minor Coordinator, Division of TCC, Thornton Hall, Charlottesville, VA 22903; (804) 924-3425.

Minor in Technology Management and Policy   The University prepares students to assume leadership roles in business, government, other professions, and society at large. In modern society, leadership in all these fields increasingly depends upon an understanding of the processes and consequences of technological change. Moreover, the economic vitality of the commonwealth and the nation depend upon the mastery of complex, science-based technologies.

The minor in Technology Management and Policy (TMP) addresses these concerns with an interdisciplinary course of studies integrating technical knowledge and analytical skills. In bringing multiple disciplinary perspectives to bear on complex issues shaping our nation's future, the program is a vehicle for developing scientific and technological literacy among commerce, government, and liberal arts students, while also expanding the social awareness of engineering and science students.

Requirements for the Minor in Technology Management and Policy   The minor curriculum consists of six courses and an approved budget. Three courses are required: ECON 201, TMP 351 and TMP 352. The other three courses are selected from a list of electives available in A122 Thornton Hall.

The program is administered by a director and coordinating committee appointed by the dean of the School. This committee approves elective courses and projects, and reviews plans of study submitted for fulfillment of the minor.

Minor in Technology and the Environment   The increasing prevalence of technology has effected the environment in complex and often unforeseen ways. Society is now demanding that all disciplines of engineering be environmentally aware. Furthermore, those that use and distribute technology need to appreciate its far-ranging impacts. For a more sophisticated understanding of the relationships between technology and the environment, engineers, managers, and historians require interdisciplinary expertise.

The minor, which is open to all undergraduates, addresses these concerns with an interdisciplinary course of studies. A cornerstone of this minor is a basic knowledge of technologies that directly impact environmental systems. This technological foundation allows students to build a more sophisticated understanding of how technology and the environment are interrelated. In addition to the technological courses, complementary interdisciplinary courses are selected to complete the minor.

Requirements for the Minor in Technology and the Environment   The minor consists of six courses (18 credits), with no more than 2 courses from a student's own major department. Each student must complete at least two courses related to environmental technology, including either CE 205 (Introduction to Environmental Engineering) or EVSC 148 (Resources and the Environment). In addition, each student must choose an emphasis by completing at least three courses in one of three areas: environmental planning and policy, history of technology and the environment, or management and economics. A full description of suitable course work for this minor is available from the minor coordinator in Thornton Hall, (804) 924-6375.


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