History and Philosophy of Science, PhD

The history and philosophy of science is an interdisciplinary field that traces its origin to foundational works such as Thomas Kuhn's €"Structure of Scientific Revolutions".€ The field is based on the idea that the best way to understand science is to study how it changes over time, along with careful analysis of its concepts and fundamental principles. The PhD program in the history and philosophy of science combines training in the core areas of history and philosophy of science with an emphasis on interdisciplinary studies of the sciences, including:

  • computational history and philosophy of science
  • foundations of evolutionary theory
  • general philosophy of science and epistemology
  • history and philosophy of applied ethics and science policy
  • history of 19th and 20th century biology

The program is especially appropriate for students with an undergraduate or master's degree in philosophy history, or the sciences, and those who seek to broaden their disciplinary studies. Science students who have not taken relevant undergraduate humanistic core courses can make these up during their first years in the program. Graduates go on to careers in higher education, including research, teaching and administration; science communication; and other professions related to the life sciences.

Degree Offered

History and Philosophy of Science, PhD
Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of


Plan of Study

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