The minor in Philosophy of Science is an interdisciplinary program primarily designed for students majoring in a particular science, but is also appropriate for students in any major wanting to study the nature of science, medicine and technology. This minor enables students to develop a broader view of their major fields, to appreciate the historical developments in science, and to improve at the critical evaluation of scientific knowledge and methods of inquiry.
The minor consists of 18 semester hours of required and elective courses listed below, with at least six hours in residence. A course in reasoning, e.g. PHI 154, is recommended. A student minoring in philosophy of science must take a minimum of any two courses in the natural sciences. From those two or more natural science courses, 3 semester hours will count toward the minor. No individual course may satisfy more than one category below. Students should also be aware that some courses listed below require prerequisites; see individual course listings.