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History/Philosophy of Science
HIS/PHILO SCI
CLASS CODE: PH 314 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: PHYSICAL SCIENCE & ENGINEERING
DEPARTMENT: PHYSICS
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: Fulfills Letters GE requirement.
Discusses the philosophical assumptions of modern science, criteria for theory selection and traces their historical development. Describes the historical development of basic ideas in science.
DESCRIPTION: This course describes the modern scientific method as a tool for studying the Universe and discusses the assumptions on which it is based. It outlines the history of science with the view of understanding how modern scientific methods developed historically and changed over the years. This study allows students to place the theories of modern science into their proper historical and intellectual context.
TOPICS: Understanding how modern scientific methods developed historically and how it has changed over the years.
OBJECTIVES: Successful completion of the course allows students to understand and appreciate the nature of the scientific method, the purposes of scientific theory and their historical development. Students recognize the strengths and limitations of modern science and the role of faith in modern science.
REQUIREMENTS: Exams 50% of grade. The course has three exams with a comprehensive final. Exams are about half objective and half essay.Students write five short papers on topical themes. Students write a historical research paper about an incident from the history of modern science. Group will present a biography of a major figure in the history of science.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of Physical Science GE class and its associated lab.
Concurrent Registration: none
Math Level: Some use of high school algebra I
OTHER: Fulfills Letters GE requirement
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001