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Idaho State University

The History of Science, Technology, and Medicine Major Path

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The History Department now offers a focused major path in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine (HSTM). This specialized History BA allows you to personalize your degree with courses that relate to a variety of careers and academic programs. The degree has the same number of required courses (12 classes/36 credits), while allowing you to focus on topics in history such as the environment, nuclear science, and disease and medicine.


Have you ever stopped to wonder about how we wound up with today's technologies, scientific expertise, or modern medicine? Everything has a history, and the HSTM BA sets out to explore the triumphs and successes, accidents and mistakes, hidden backstories and unlikely characters, and the complex change over time that brought us to where we are today.

The HSTM BA prepares you for a variety of careers that value research skills, analytical thinking, project management, and scientific inquiry. It also complements study in STEM fields, making it perfect as a second major.

How does it work?

The HSTM BA focuses your upper-division (3000- and 4000-level) courses with a thematic emphasis on science, technology, and medicine. You are free to complete your lower-division (1000- and 2000-level) courses with whatever subjects interest you. You can also ask your advisor for help choosing lower-division courses that relate best to the HSTM BA. 

You can view the full major requirements by clicking here for the HSTM Worksheet.

What's next?

If you would like more information on the HSTM BA, please contact the path's primary advisor, Dr. Sarah Robey, at If you're ready to enroll, click below. We can't wait to meet you!