Philosophy: Philosophy and Science, BA

Philosophy seeks to illuminate fundamental aspects of the world, of our relation to and knowledge of the world, and of our own nature as rational, purposive, and social beings. The study of philosophy aims at an appreciation of the ways this enterprise has been, is, and might be approached. It also provides a vantage point for reflecting on the nature and achievement of other disciplines, such as science, the arts, and the humanities. Philosophical topics can be divided roughly into value theory (ethics, politics, aesthetics) and theoretical philosophy (epistemology, metaphysics, mind, and logic). The four concentrations available within the major allow students to emphasize different sets of questions.

The Philosophy and Science Concentration emphasizes theoretical philosophy and philosophy of science; it pairs courses in philosophy with courses in one or more scientific disciplines.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

Required: 8 course units in Philosophy and 8 course units in either Natural or Social Science, or Science, Technology, and Society (STSC, previously HSSC).

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Distribution Requirements
PHIL 1170History of Modern Philosophy1
PHIL 1710Introduction to Logic1
Select 1 course in Ethics or Political Philosophy1
Select 2 courses in Philosophy of Science or Philosophy of Math2
Select 1 course in Theoretical Philosophy1
Level Requirements
Select 3 course units in Philosophy Level Requirement, with at least 2 course units 2000 level or above and 1 course unit at the 3000 level
Natural or Social Science, or Science, Technology, and Society courses
Select 8 courses in Natural or Social Science, or Science, Technology, and Society 28
Other Courses in Philosophy2-5
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Minimally, 4 course units must be from one department - No Introductory or Laboratory courses.


Must be a Senior Major in Philosophy and have a minimum 3.33 GPA in the major. Applicants must have completed the distribution requirement for the major including two courses above 2000 one of which must be above 3010. Please consult with the Undergraduate Chair for other specific criteria.

PHIL 4998Directed Honors Research (or a 500-level course)1


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2022 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.