SOLS Biology and Society

The College

Our educational goals in SoLS are to catalyze the development of knowledge, technical, and critical thinking skills in the life sciences that will help our undergraduates function as effective citizens, scientists, and scholars in the 21st century. Most of our undergraduate courses can be taken for honors credit. Biology and Society majors work closely with faculty members, and with seniors who serve as peer mentors, to define and write a prospectus for an independent project that typically becomes the honors thesis. Graduates go on to higher education in medicine, the environment, law, policy, and many diverse fields.

One major who helped design the major (profiled below) is a published poet as well as scholar, and he noted that you may want to know “Is Biology and Society watered down science? No, it is much more than just science.” The Biology and Society major combines the study of science with study of society and social engagement. Alumni have offered to help serve as mentors in medicine, policy, and other areas for majors who would like to connect across generations.

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Faculty Honors Advisors

Jane Maienschein
Office Hours: 
Wednesdays 10a-11:30a and by appointment.

Ann Kinzig


Biology and Society Graduates in the News



From Biology and Society to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.  Matt Shindell, one of Biology and Society’s first undergraduates, and the first master’s student, will soon take up the position of Curator at the National Air and Space Museum, in Washington D.C.


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Biology and Society Alumni Named Among Barrett’s Finest.  Two Biology and Society alumni recently received special recognition from Barrett, The Honors College at ASU. For their silver anniversary, Barrett identified “25 to Watch”, “up-and-comers quickly making positive marks in their professions and beyond”. Our honorees were Brent Maddin, B.S. ’99, and Farshad Marvasti B.S. ’00.


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For a Biology and Society option that emphasizes research, writing, and online publishing, see about the Embryo Project.