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History and Philosophy of Science

The interdisciplinary minor in the history and philosophy of science invites students to examine historical and contemporary problems in a variety of scientific disciplines, and to explore concepts and procedures basic to science and how they have evolved. The minor is sponsored by the Program in Science and Technology Studies.


24 units

Complete the following course (4 units)

  • PHI 030 Introduction to Philosophy of Science (4 units)

Choose five courses from those listed below; one course must be from each of three areas (20 units)

  • (a) History
    • HIS 135A History of Science to the 18th Century (4 units)
    • HIS 135B History of Science, 18th to 20th Centuries (4 units)
    • HIS 136 Scientific Revolution (4 units)
    • HIS 139A Medieval and Renaissance Medicine (4 units)
    • HIS 139B Medicine, Society, and Culture in Modern Europe (4 units)
    • HIS 185A History of Science in America (4 units)
    • HIS 185B History of Technology in America (4 units)
    • HIS 138A The Rise of the Russian Empire, 1304-1825 (4 units)
  • (b) Philosophy 
    • PHI 107 Philosophy of the Physical Sciences (4 units)
    • PHI 108 Philosophy of the Biological Sciences (4 units)
    • PHI 109 Philosophy of the Social Sciences (4 units)
    • PHI 111 Philosophy of Space and Time (4 units)
  • (c) Science and Technology Studies
    • STS 020 Methods in Science, Technology and Medicine Studies (4 units)
    • STS 130A From Natural History to the History of Nature (4 units)
    • STS 130B History of Modern Biology (4 units)
    • STS 131 Darwin (4 units)
    • STS 150 Gender and Science (4 units)
    • STS 180 Topics in Science and Technology Studies (4 units)

Total = 24 units


Minor Advisors

Daniela De La Cruz Alvarez