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Major in Philosophy of Science

About the Philosophy of Science Major

 

Students interested in becoming philosophy of science majors should meet with our advisor, Connie Corbett

 

The philosophy of science explores the nature of science, distinguishing good from bad science, assessing scientific reasoning, and examining the moral and social implications of scientific activity. This major offers students a technical foundation in a chosen scientific or social science discipline, along with strong skills in ethical reasoning and logical analysis. Graduates are well-prepared for elite graduate programs or positions in technical industries.

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The degree requirements in philosophy of science allow students to tailor their course of study

Required coursework for philosophy of science students is organized around four main areas of study: Philosophy of Science Core; History of Philosophy; Logic and Formal Methods; Ethics. Students are required to take courses from each area of study. The specific requirements are explained below.

The Major in Philosophy of Science calls for a minimum of 33 units of philosophy, math, and science coursework that meets the following requirements:

  • PHIL 3350 History & Philosophy of Science (CW)

  • PHIL 3310 Science & Society (HF)
  • PHIL 3370 Philosophy of Biology (CW)
  • PHIL 3375 Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL 3380 Feminist Philosophy of Science (CW,DV)
  • PHIL 3440 Cognitive Science (HF)
  • PHIL 4380 Philosophy of Physics
  • PHIL 5350 Topics in Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 5370 Topics in Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL 5375 Topics in Philosophy of Social Science

  • PHIL 3200 Deductive Logic (QB,QI)
  • PHIL 3210 Inductive Logic
  • PHIL 5200 Advanced Deductive Logic
  • PHIL 5210 Advanced Inductive Logic
  • PHIL 5220 Rational Choice Theory

View the full list of approved coures in the Major Checklist

  • PHIL 3390 Tech & Design Ethics
  • PHIL 3520 Bioethics (HF)
  • PHIL 3530 Environmental Ethics (HF)
  • PHIL 3570 Research Ethics
  • PHIL 4540 Engineering Ethics (Varies)
  • PHIL 5520 Advanced Bioethics
  • PHIL 5530 Environmental Philosophy

View the full list of approved coures in the Major Checklist

  • PHIL 5200 Advanced Deductive Logic
  • PHIL 5210 Advanced Inductive Logic
  • PHIL 5220 Rational Choice Theory
  • PHIL 5350 Topics in Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 5370 Topics in Philosophy of Biology
  • PHIL 5375 Topics in Philosophy of Social Science
  • PHIL 5520 Advanced Bioethics
  • PHIL 5530 Advanced Ethics
  • HPSCI 5900 Special Topics in HPSCI (By permission only)
  • PHIL 5192 Topics in Philosophy of _____ (By permission only)
  • PHIL 5450 Philosophy of Mind (By permission only)

Pre-Approved Courses in numerical order (SPRING 2019 - Current)
* = approved as an elective;  ^ = approved as HPSCI core course

PHIL 3011 Ethical and Technological Advances in Medicine (Spring 2019)*
PHIL 3011-004 - Ethics and Wilderness Medicine (Spring 2023)*
PHIL 3012 History and Philosophy of Chemistry ^
PHIL 3012  Philosophy of Forensic Science ^
PHIL 3013 History of Philosophy, Math, and Logic ^
PHIL 3012-002 Philosophy of Time Travel (Fall 2022) ^
PHIL 3013-002  Alien Invaders! Biological Invasions in Science and Science Fiction (Spring 2020)^
PHIL 5450-001  Philosophy of Mind (Fall 2022)^

College of Science/MATH courses that are required as prerequisites for Scientific Disciplinary Focus courses may also fulfill the Science Breadth requirement.

  • Two MATH Courses
  • Three  College of Science Courses (The College of Science has many different deparments, any course from any of their departments qualify)

Four upper-division courses from a single science or social science discipline.

Completing any one of the following will satisfy the scientific disciplinary focus path :

  • College of Science Major
  • College of Social & Behavioral Science Major
  • Kinesiology Major
  • Climate Change Certificate
  • Cognitive Science Certificate
  • Dark Sky Minor 

 

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The Department of Philosophy is strongly committed to helping transfer students succeed. If you are interested in transferring into our program from another college or university, the best way to put yourself into a position to succeed is to complete pre-requisites for your science and social science courses. Being able to get into the upper-division (3000, 4000, 5000-level) science /social science courses quickly will ensure you are able to complete the major science track in an efficient manner. The philosophy courses included in our major will help satisfy a number of your General Education requirements along the way. 

Practically speaking, many (if not most) philosophy of science majors will also be STEM or social science majors. Adding a philosophy of science major to a STEM degree will set you apart and train you in the skills that will help you advance your career.

  • Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Physicist
  • Doctor
  • Social Work

 

 

Last Updated: 11/14/23