History and Philosophy of Science

This concentration is designed to give students an understanding of both traditional philosophic issues surrounding science and the historical development of concrete scientific theories and ideas. The philosophic questions about how we understand nature through science and how scientific claims gain authority are enriched when they are considered in an historical context. Such philosophic and historical study will also often include the examination of contemporary sciences and their place within the larger society, including the study of bioethics, policy and law. This concentration is a valuable addition for students with concentrations in the sciences or the humanities. It crosses disciplines to help students engage in unfamiliar and familiar paths of inquiry in new and interesting ways.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • At least 9 hours must bear the HPS prefix.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • All courses counting toward the concentration must be approved by an undergraduate advisor in the School of Life
  • Sciences.  
  • * Students must have a minimum of 56 hours completed in order to register for these courses.

 Part 1 – 3 Hours (choose one)

HPS 314 Philosophy of Science (3)

PHI 314 Philosophy of Science, HU (3)

Part 2 – 9 Hours
Select in consultation with an advisor.
HPS (any 100, 200, 300 or 400‐level courses)  

At least 12 hours must be upper‐division between part 1, part 2 and part 3

Part 3 – 6 Hours
Select in consultation with an advisor.

HPS (any HPS course)      

PHI 103 History of Ancient Philosophy, L or HU (3

PHI 328 OR 301 History of Ancient Philosophy, HU & H (3)

PHI 329 OR 302 History of Modern Philosophy, HU & H (3)

PHI 330 OR 312 Theory of Knowledge, HU (3)

PHI 331 OR 315 Philosophy of Language, HU (3)

PHI 332 OR 316 Metaphysics, HU (3)

PHI 334 OR 317 Philosophy of Mind, HU (3)

PHI 319 Philosophy of Computing, CS (3)

PHI 325 Philosophy of Social Science, HU or SB (3)

PHI 333 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3)

PHI 401 Rationalism (3)*

PHI 402 Empiricism (3)*

PHI 403 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3)*

PHI 413 Advanced Symbolic Logic (3)*

PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy (3)*

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

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Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students transfer.asu.edu/maricopa

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult transfer.asu.edu/maricopa for verification.









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