BA in Philosophy (Logic and Philosophy of Science)

Units required for the Major: 40

Program Description

The concentration in Logic and Philosophy of Science is designed for students who are interested in the general nature of scientific inquiry and/or philosophical problems that arise within specific fields like psychology, biology, and physics. It is a good choice for the science-oriented philosophy major and will help to prepare those who are interested in studying logic and philosophy of science at the graduate level. This concentration also provides an excellent double major opportunity for science students interested in broadening and deepening their grasp of their chosen field.

The concentration gives students an understanding of logical theory and how logic applies to scientific and philosophical reasoning. It will also provide an understanding of issues in the philosophy of science. These include the nature of scientific explanation, the nature of scientific evidence, and the process of confirming and revising scientific theories. Philosophy of science also explores traditional philosophical questions as they arise in the context of scientific inquiry. Some of these are: Do we really know that the theoretical entities of science exist? What is the difference between science and pseudo-science? Do different sciences give us fundamentally different ways of understanding the world? Is science converging on truth or will it always undergo revolutionary changes that reject widely accepted theories of the past? Does scientific inquiry have intrinsic value or are there questions that scientists should not ask?

Note: Philosophy majors must fulfill the GE Writing Intensive "supervenient requirement" with courses in the major, only.

Program Requirements

Lower Division Courses (6 Units)
PHIL 60Deductive Logic I3
or PHIL 61 Inductive Logic
One of the following may be counted toward the major requirements:3
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge, World and Self
History of Philosophy
Required Upper Division Courses (13 Units)
PHIL 127History of Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 128History of Modern Philosophy3
PHIL 180Knowledge and Understanding3
PHIL 181Metaphysics3
PHIL 189Senior Seminar in Philosophy1
Additional Required Upper Division Courses (6 Units)
PHIL 112History Of Ethics 3
or PHIL 152 Recent Ethical Theory
PHIL 154Philosophy Of Language3
or PHIL 176 Twentieth Century Anglo-American Philosophy
Logic and Philosophy of Science (15 Units)
Select whichever was not used under Lower Division Courses: 6
Deductive Logic I
Inductive Logic
Deductive Logic II
Philosophy of Science
PHIL 125Philosophy Of Science3
PHIL 153Philosophy Of Mind3
PHIL 192D/HRS 205Space and Time3
Further Upper Division Electives (0-3 Units)
Select 0-3 units 1,20 - 3
Total Units40-43

Any courses listed above that are not taken to satisfy the above requirements; other upper division philosophy courses; courses in other departments (with consent of Department Chair or program coordinator).


See list below for list of Department approved electives.

Elective List

PHIL 100Ethics and Personal Values3
PHIL 101Ethics and Social Issues 3
PHIL 102Professional and Public Service Ethics3
PHIL 103Business and Computer Ethics3
PHIL 104Bioethics3
PHIL 105Science and Human Values 3
PHIL 112History Of Ethics 3
PHIL 115Philosophy In Literature 3
PHIL 117Existentialism 3
PHIL 122Political Philosophy3
PHIL 123Philosophy and Feminism3
PHIL 126The Meanings Of Evolution3
PHIL 131Philosophy Of Religion3
PHIL 136Philosophy Of Art3
PHIL 145AChinese Philosophy 3
PHIL 145BPhilosophies Of India 3
PHIL 152Recent Ethical Theory3
PHIL 154Philosophy Of Language3
PHIL 155Philosophy Of Law3
PHIL 176Twentieth Century Anglo-American Philosophy3
PHIL 192BTopics in Bioethics3
PHIL 192LTopics in Philosophy Language3
PHIL 192MTopics in Philosophy of Mind3
PHIL 192OTopics in Contemporary Metaphysics3
PHIL 192RTopics in Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 195Philosophy Internship1 - 3
PHIL 196Experimental Offerings in Philosophy3
PHIL 199Special Problems1 - 3