|Course Title / Description
|History and Philosophy of Science 3 credits
This course examines the social and intellectual foundations of Western science from antiquity to the present. Students will evaluate scientific achievements in their respective historical, philosophical, cultural, and theological contexts, and compare previous scientific understandings to present ones.
|Ethics in Science 3 credits
Students will examine the ethical dimensions of contemporary science, including standards of professional research and principles of biomedical ethics. Informed by both theological and secular moral philosophies, students will explore how the meaning of the human person is challenged by current scientific trends.
|Environmental Issues 3 credits
Overview of environmental processes and the issues that face our society. Emphasis is placed on developing skills to think critically about various environmental issues and to formulate educated opinions about these issues.
|Technology in Society 3 credits
This course is an interdisciplinary look at the advancements technology has made in various disciplines such as biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and computer science. The intent is to promote a positive attitude toward science, mathematics and technology and to develop critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities at increasing levels of complexity.
|Theories of Science in the 20th Century 3 credits
This course explores various philosophies of science developed since the beginning to the twentieth century including, but not limited to, positivism, critical theory, and post positivism. Particular focus will be given to exploring how science works as a social institution and the ramification of this for how we understand the creation of knowledge.