BA in Philosophy (Logic and Philosophy of Science)

Units required for Major: 40
Total units required for BA: 120

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
Ethics 1
Critical Thinking 1
Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge, World and Self 1
History of Philosophy 1
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 Science 13
PHIL 153Philosophy Of Mind3
PHIL 192D/HRS 205Space and Time3
Further Upper Division Electives (0-3 Units)
Select 0-3 units 2,30 - 3
Total Units40-43

Elective List

PHIL 100Ethics and Personal Values3
PHIL 101Ethics and Social Issues 13
PHIL 102Professional and Public Service Ethics 13
PHIL 103Business and Computer Ethics 13
PHIL 104Bioethics 13
PHIL 105Science and Human Values 13
PHIL 112History Of Ethics 13
PHIL 115Philosophy In Literature 13
PHIL 117Existentialism 13
PHIL 122Political Philosophy 13
PHIL 123Philosophy and Feminism3
PHIL 126The Meanings Of Evolution3
PHIL 131Philosophy Of Religion 13
PHIL 136Philosophy Of Art 13
PHIL 145AChinese Philosophy 13
PHIL 145BPhilosophies Of India 13
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

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (6-9 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking 20 - 3
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (13 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 33
Area C: Arts and Humanities (6-12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities 20 - 3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 40 - 3
Area D: The Individual and Society (9-12 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 40 - 3
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units37-49

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6-9 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20 - 3
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36