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Philosophy B.S. Major

The Philosophy B.S. option is intended for students who wish to study philosophy as part of a multiple major program with other B.S. degree programs, especially those connected to the life sciences, the physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, or technology. It allows such students to study the philosophical, critical, and ethical dimensions of pure and applied sciences, including the areas of philosophy foundational for such study. The focus is, then, on analytic and normative reasoning connected to reasoning and explanation; theory and practice; the nature and limits of human understanding; and the structure and knowability of the world it seeks to understand.

You are to choose 13 courses, equaling 39 credits, from the areas listed below.


PHIL 12: Logic [GQ]


Philosophical Foundations of Science (9 credits)

PHIL 11: Science and Truth

PHIL 13: Nature and Environment

PHIL 110: Philosophy of Science

PHIL 125: Epistemology

PHIL 126: Metaphysics

PHIL 127: Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 129: Philosophy of Language

Ethics and Science (6 credits)

PHIL 107: Philosophy of Technology

PHIL 118: Environmental Philosophy

PHIL 132: Bioethics

PHIL 133N: Climate Ethics

PHIL 134: Food Ethics

Advanced Topics (6 credits)

PHIL 403: Seminar in Environmental Philosophy

PHIL 407: Seminar in Philosophy of Technology

PHIL 410: Seminar in Philosophy of Science

PHIL 425: Seminar in Epistemology

PHIL 426: Seminar in Metaphysics

PHIL 427: Seminar in Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 432: Medical and Healthcare Ethics

Formal Reasoning (6 credits)

CMPSC 111: Logic for Computer Science

CMPSC 121: Introduction to Programming Techniques

CMPSC 131: Programming and Computation I: Fundamentals

CMPSC 360: Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science

CMPSC 441/442: Artificial Intelligence

CMPSC 464: Introduction to the Theory of Computation

ECON 306/90: Introduction to Econometrics

ECON 402: Decision Making and Strategy in Economics

ECON 411: Behavioral Economics

ECON 414: The Economic Way of Looking at Life

ECON 474: Experimental and Behavior Economics

IST 230: Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics

IST 240: Introduction to Computer Languages

MATH 315: Foundations of Mathematics

MATH 427: Foundations of Geometry

MATH 457: Introduction to Mathematical Logic

MATH 465: Number Theory

MATH 475: History of Mathematics

MATH 486: Mathematical Theory of Games

RM 301: Risk and Decision

SC 205N: Detecting Falsehood and Bias

SRA 231: Decision Theory and Analysis

STAT 318: Elementary Probability


PHIL elective (3 credits)

Any PHIL course

Advanced Topics supporting program (6 credits)

Choose any two courses from Advanced Topics, Formal Reasoning, or by approval.

How to Declare

You can declare the Philosophy B.S. major through your Student Center in Lion PATH. Please make sure you meet with an adviser to ensure appropriate course selection.