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A science specialist was someone whose field of study was primarily scientific.

In 2256, Captain Gabriel Lorca invited Michael Burnham to join the bridge crew of USS Discovery as a science specialist. (Burnham had been previously stripped of rank after her court martial.) (DIS: "Lethe")

In 2268, Spock objected to James T. Kirk piloting the shuttlecraft into the space amoeba because, among other things, he was not a science specialist. (TOS: "The Immunity Syndrome")