This article is about the senior staff position. For information about general scientists in Starfleet, see Starfleet sciences division personnel.

The science officer was the senior staff member aboard a starship or starbase with the broad responsibility of coordinating the science department of the post. (TOS: "Balance of Terror")

Science officer was a standard position aboard space vessels. Starfleet, Arkonian, Klingon, Romulan, and Vulcan vessels all operated with science officers. (ENT: "Dawn", "Impulse"; TOS: "Day of the Dove"; TNG: "The Next Phase"; DS9: "Soldiers of the Empire") In the Vulcan High Command, the science officer was assisted by a deputy science officer. (ENT: "Impulse") In Starfleet, several junior science officers assisted the science officer. (VOY: "Flashback")

In 2270, James T. Kirk considered Commander Spock to be the best science officer in Starfleet. (TAS: "The Jihad")


Science officers were responsible for observing and theorizing explanations for strange or seemingly unexplainable circumstances. (TOS: "The Savage Curtain") In the 22nd and 23rd centuries, the science officer was responsible for sensor readings. (TOS: "Spectre of the Gun")

A general survey party required the direction of the science officer. (TOS: "The Ultimate Computer") In a medical emergency, the findings of the science officer were heavily relied upon. (ENT: "Observer Effect")

The science officer was required to keep sufficient data. (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome") They were also required to supply the commanding officer with all reports, observations, and speculations that might have affected the safety of their vessel. (TOS: "Where No Man Has Gone Before")

According to Jadzia Dax, it was a science officer's job to always have a "better idea." (DS9: "Paradise")

List of science officersEdit

In 2368, Captain Jean-Luc Picard honorably made Jay Gordon Graas an acting science officer during a ship-wide emergency. (TNG: "Disaster") In 2369, acting Captain Beverly Crusher briefly assigned Ensign Taitt as the science officer aboard the bridge. (TNG: "Descent")

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