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.
- All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
- Other elective options may be applied with the approval of an academic advisor in the School of Life Sciences.
Core – 3 credit hours
HPS 314 / PHI 314 Philosophy of Science (3) (Credit is allowed for only HPS 314 or PHI 314)
Elective – 15 credit hours. Any 300 or 400-level HPS course may be used toward the concentration.
Any 100, 200, 300, or 400-level HPS courses
PHI 103 History of Ancient Philosophy, L or HU (3)
PHI 310 Environmental Ethics (HU) (3)
PHI 319 Philosophy, Computing and Artificial Intelligence (CS) (3)
PHI 320 Bioethics (HU) (3)
PHI 325 Philosophy of Social Science (HU or SB) (3)
PHI 328 History of Ancient Philosophy, HU & H (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)
PHI 329 History of Modern Philosophy, HU & H (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)
PHI 330 Theory of Knowledge, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)
PHI 331 Philosophy of Language, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)
PHI 332 Metaphysics, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)
PHI 334 Philosophy of Mind, HU (3) (Prerequisite(s): minimum 25 hours)
PHI 401 Rationalism (3)* (Prerequisite(s): undergraduate Philosophy major; minimum 56 hours)
PHI 402 Empiricism (3)* (Prerequisite(s): Philosophy student; minimum 56 hours)
PHI 403 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy (3)* (Prerequisite(s): Philosophy BA major or Philosophy (Morality, Politics and Law) BA major; minimum 56 hours)
PHI 413 Advanced Symbolic Logic (3)* (Prerequisite(s): undergraduate Philosophy student; minimum 56 hours; Credit is allowed for only PHI 413 or PHI 556)
PHI 420 Topics in Philosophy (3)* (Prerequisite(s): undergraduate Philosophy major; minimum 56 hours)
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