Online Bachelor of Science in Innovation in Society
Do you think innovation can make the future more just and sustainable? With a Bachelor of Science in innovation in society, you’ll study how science and technology impact society and build the skills needed to address civilization's most pressing problems. After completing this innovation degree, you’ll be prepared for a career in public service, business, policy or academia.
Next start date: 10/12/2022
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a degree in innovation?
No single discipline can solve the complex problems we face today. While science and engineering can help us further values, such as health and economic prosperity, innovations need to be developed and deployed with an understanding of a global context. The Bachelor of Science in innovation in society cultivates the critical thinking skills needed to develop creative strategies in relation to society’s needs and values. These needs include creating innovative solutions for:
- Breakdowns of Western democracy.
- Effects of climate change.
- Pandemics and vaccine distribution.
This degree in innovation is eligible as a 4+1 accelerated program option, which allows you to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years. It can be taken as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with the Master of Science in global technology and development. To take advantage of this opportunity, you must apply during your junior year. For additional information, contact your advisor.
What will I learn in this innovation in society program?
In this innovation in society program, you’ll learn to consider the implications of technology before it is deployed and understand the big picture, so you can contribute to creating better science and technology, through innovations in process design, policy making, and problem-solving. You’ll also synthesize research and theory from the social sciences, humanities, natural sciences and engineering to contribute to solving complex societal challenges. Additionally, you’ll gain a range of transferable skills, including the ability to:
- Apply foresight methods to assess emerging trends and plausible futures.
- Compare local and global forces that shape innovation and evaluate consequences for equity and justice.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the influences, origins, histories, values and risks across innovation systems.
- Think critically about innovation and the relationship between changes in technology and society.
- Engage critically with experts, professionals, decision makers and the public.
What is the difference between a BS and BA in innovation in society?
The Bachelor of Science in innovation in society is tailored for students with a background or interest in the engineering, science and quantitative social science aspects of innovation. With a bigger focus on math, the Bachelor of Science includes required courses related to science, engineering and statistics.
Will my innovation society degree say 'online'?
No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.
Innovation in society courses
Through your coursework, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the forces shaping our future. This understanding prepares you to play a crucial role in directing our world to futures that we want to live in. Courses include:
FIS 307: Navigating Futures (SB)
FIS 111: Welcome to the Future
FIS 201: Innovation in Society (H)
FIS 308: Politics, Markets and Innovation (SB)
FIS 305: Ways of Knowing (L)
SOC 390: Social Statistics I (CS)
STP 226: Elements of Statistics (CS)
STP 231: Statistics for Life Science (CS)
What jobs can I get with a degree in innovation?
Graduates with a degree in innovation are prepared to work in a variety of sectors providing problem-solving, analysis, quality assurance, future planning, technology assessment, communication and facilitation on issues related to innovation in science and technology. Careers include, but are not limited to:
Innovation in society admission requirements
You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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