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History and Philosophy of Science
HIS/PHILO SCI
CLASS CODE: PHIL 314 CREDITS:  3
DIVISION: LANGUAGE & LETTERS
DEPARTMENT: HUMANITIES & PHILOSOPHY
GENERAL EDUCATION: This course fulfills a General Education - Letters requirement.

CATALOG DESCRIPTION: 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 and how modern scientific methods developed historically and how it 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 half objective and half essay.Students write five short papers on topical themes. Students write a hitorical research paper about an incident from the history of modern science. Group will present a biography of a major figure in the hitory of science.
PREREQUISITES: Completion of Physical Science GE class and its associated lab.
OTHER: Fulfills Letters GE requirement

Cross-listed with Physics 314
EFFECTIVE DATE: August 2001