Programs

History and Philosophy of Science at McGill is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide students with an understanding of science through the study of both its historical development and of some of the fundamental philosophical principles upon which it rests.

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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) - Minor Concentration History and Philosophy of Science(18 Credits)

    Offered by:Arts - Dean's Office
    Degree:Bachelor of Arts

Program Requirement:

History and Philosophy of Science at McGill is an interdisciplinary program that aims to provide students with an understanding of science through the study of both its historical development and of some of the fundamental philosophical principles upon which it rests. For more information about the program and events, please visit http://www.mcgill.ca/hpsc.

Complementary Courses (18 credits)

18 credits with a maximum of 9 credits at the 200 level selected as follows:



    Philosophy of Science

    6-12 credits of courses focused on the Philosophy of Science with no more than 6 credits at the 200 level chosen from the following:



      Communication Studies (COMS)


      • COMS 210 Intro to Communication Studies 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC)


      • HPSC 300 Indpend St: Hist & Philo of Sc 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • HPSC 500 Interdis Sem:Hist&Philo of Sci 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      Philosophy (PHIL)


      • PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 221 Intro to Hist & Phil of Sci 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 311 Philosophy of Mathematics 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 340 Phil of the Social Sciences 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 411 Topics in Phil of Logic & Math 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 440 Phil of Social Sci 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphys&Naturl Phil 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      Religious Studies (RELG)


      • RELG 340 Religion & the Sciences 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      Sociology (SOCI)


      • SOCI 338 Intro to Biomedical Knowledge 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


      History of Science

      6-12 credits of courses focused on the History of Science with no more than 6 credits at the 200 level chosen from the following:



        Anthropology (ANTH)


        • ANTH 359 Hist of Archaeological Theory 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Biology (BIOL)


        • BIOL 210 Perspectives of Science 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        History (HIST)


        • HIST 249 Health&the Healer in West Hist 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 319 The Scientific Revolution 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 335 Science and Medicine in Canada 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 350 Science and the Enlightenment 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 356 Medicine in the Medieval West 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 410 Topics in History of Science 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 452 Topics in Pre-Modern Medicine 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 457 Topics in Medical History 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 558 Modern Medicine: Seminar 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 559 Modern Medicine: Research 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 567D1 Seminar: Medieval Medicine 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HIST 567D2 Seminar: Medieval Medicine 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC)


        • HPSC 300 Indpend St: Hist & Philo of Sc 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer

        • HPSC 500 Interdis Sem:Hist&Philo of Sci 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Islamic Studies (ISLA)


        • ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Mathematics (MATH)


        • MATH 338 History & Philosophy of Math 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Psychology (PSYC)


        • PSYC 403 Modern Psych in Hist Persp 3 Credits
            Offered in the:
          • Fall
          • Winter
          • Summer


        Complementary Courses

        Students complete 18 credits of complimentary courses with a maximum of 9 credits at the 200 level from the two groups: Philosophy of Science, and History of Science. 

        If you find a course that you believe fits into the program, but is not listed in the two groups below as part of the Complimentary Courses, do not hesitate to contact the Program Director to see if you can get special approval to take it! Obtain a course syllabus (if possible), or a prospective, and send it along with a rationale as to which group you believe the course would fit into to the Program Director, and we will be happy to evaluate it for you.

        The Independent Research course HPSC 300 is offered by special arrangement between students in Arts or Science and a professor in either an Arts, Science, or Social Science Department. The purpose is to enable a student to undertake for credit the study of a special topic in the History or the Philosophy of Science.

        Both HPSC 300 and HPSC 500 can be counted toward either the Philosophy of Science or History of Science group.

        History of Science

        • 6-12 credits of courses focused on the History of Science with no more than 6 credits at the 200 level chosen from the following:

        Anthropology (ANTH)

        ANTH 359 Hist of Archaeological Theory 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Biology (BIOL)

        BIOL 210 Perspectives of Science 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Computer Science (COMP)

        COMP 280 Hist and Phil of Computing 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        History (HIST)

        HIST 249 Health&the Healer in West Hist 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 319 The Scientific Revolution 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 335 Science and Medicine in Canada 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 350 Science and the Enlightenment 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 356 Medicine in the Medieval West 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 410 Topics in History of Science 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 452 Topics in Pre-Modern Medicine 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 457 Topics in Medical History 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 558 Modern Medicine: Seminar 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 559 Modern Medicine: Research 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 567D1 Seminar: Medieval Medicine 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HIST 567D2 Seminar: Medieval Medicine 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC)

        HPSC 300 Indpend St: Hist & Philo of Sc 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HPSC 500 Interdis Sem:Hist&Philo of Sci 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Islamic Studies (ISLA)

        ISLA 345 Science&Civilization in Islam 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Mathematics (MATH)

        MATH 338 History & Philosophy of Math 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Psychology (PSYC)

        PSYC 403 Modern Psych in Hist Persp 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Philosophy of Science

        • 6-12 credits of courses focused on the Philosophy of Science with no more than 6 credits at the 200 level chosen from the following:

        Communication Studies (COMS)

        COMS 210 Intro to Communication Studies 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        History and Philosophy of Science (HPSC)

        HPSC 300 Indpend St: Hist & Philo of Sc 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        HPSC 500 Interdis Sem:Hist&Philo of Sci 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Philosophy (PHIL)

        PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 221 Intro to Hist & Phil of Sci 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 310 Intermediate Logic 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 311 Philosophy of Mathematics 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 340 Phil of the Social Sciences 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 341 Philosophy of Science 1 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 411 Topics in Phil of Logic & Math 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 440 Phil of Social Sci 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 441 Philosophy of Science 2 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphys&Naturl Phil 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Religious Studies (RELG)

        RELG 340 Religion & the Sciences 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Sociology (SOCI)

        SOCI 338 Intro to Biomedical Knowledge 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

        Degree Audits

        Degree audits are a tool utilized to see if a requirement has or has not been fulfilled, or if it is in progress. It is a self assessment, and we highly recommend doing them regularly. For a detailed description and links to the History and Philosophy of Science program degree audit, see the Arts Interdisciplinary Forms & Resources page.

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