Free Online Science, Technology and Society Courses from Top Universities

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Open University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) offer free online courses in science technology and society. Students can gain access to these courses listed below at any time and learn about topics such as disease in America, science ethics and science study skills.
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Free Science Technology and Society Courses

Free science technology and society courses are available at the following universities. Course topics include technology in a dangerous world, industrial design intelligence, and finding information in technology.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT provides interested individuals with the opportunity to gain an online education for free through its OpenCourseWare platform. A variety of courses are listed below. Students can gain access to course materials at any time.

Open University

Open University offers online courses for free in a text-based format. Students can also download each course as an eBook. Topics in science technology and society include achieving public dialogue and professional development in science and society.

Free Online Science Technology and Society Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Disease and Society in America course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/study materials Yes No Yes
Photovoltaic Solar Energy Systems course from MIT Undergraduate Lecture notes/study materials Yes No Yes
Internet Technology in Local and Global Communities course from MIT Undergraduate Lecture notes/labs/projects Yes Yes Yes
Technology in a Dangerous World course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
American Science: Ethical Conflicts & Political Choices course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes Yes Yes
Energy and Environment in American History: 1705-2005 course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes Yes Yes
Industrial Design Intelligence: A Cognitive Approach to Engineering course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/projects Yes Yes Yes
Ethnography course from MIT Graduate Texts/study materials Yes No Yes
Cultural History of Technology course from MIT Graduate Texts Yes No Yes
Technology in American History course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
The Rise of Modern Science course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
The History of Computing course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Industrial Landscapes course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes Yes Yes
Scientific Visualization Across Disciplines: A Critical Introduction course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/projects Yes No Yes
Social Study of Science and Technology course from MIT Graduate Texts Yes No Yes
Science and Society: A Career & Professional Development Course course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes
Postgraduate Study Skills in Science, Technology or Mathematics course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Achieving Public Dialogue course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes
Finding Information in Technology course from Open University Beginner Text Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
      • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
      • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems
      • Certificate in Science Writing
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Environmental Policy and Management
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Graduate Biology Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Utica College

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Excelsior College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Social Sciences (Environmental Studies)
      • BS in Natural Sciences (Biology)
      • BS in Natural Sciences [Without Concentration]
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
  • Cambridge, MA

    Harvard University

  • Stanford, CA

    Stanford University

  • Online Programs Available
    9. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma: Wildlife/Forestry Conservation

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Science in Geographic Information Systems
  • Master of Science in Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Certificate in Science, Technology, and International Security Studies
  • Certificate in Geographic Information Systems

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Kaplan University

  • Bachelor: Environmental Policy and Management

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Indiana Wesleyan University

  • Graduate Biology Certificate

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Utica College

  • Transitional Doctor of Physical Therapy

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Excelsior College

  • BS in Social Sciences (Environmental Studies)
  • BS in Natural Sciences (Biology)
  • BS in Natural Sciences [Without Concentration]

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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