How can we tell what makes a scientific theory true? How do experimental results and observations serve as evidence for a theory or
law? Indeed, what are theories and laws? While it’s easy to make appeals to something called “the scientific method,” the reality is much
more complex. The certificate in Logic and the Philosophical Foundations of STEM will provide students with a working grasp of the basic
intellectual framework of modern science, mathematics, and engineering. For those who want to learn more about the very nature of the
modern scientific enterprise, this program provides a chance to understand their conceptual, historical, and epistemological foundations.
Students may elect to not only develop their formal skills in the logic and reasoning that allow for the development of scientific theories,
but also to go beyond the formal dimensions of science and interrogate the ways in which science has developed historically, and what
that tells us about its structure.
The abilities and base of knowledge provided by this certificate can serve as a fascinating supplement to the study of the natural and
human sciences, and signal to potential employers not only advanced reasoning skills but a curiosity and intellectual energy that can be applied in a wide variety of areas.
In addition, students must take 6 credits chosen from:
This certificate signifies a commitment to moral leadership.
Professionals are granted a great deal of autonomy, respect, and power in their workplaces as compared to other sorts of employees. And, as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. With these sorts of privileges, professionals often find themselves in a position of having to make difficult decisions on their own, as well as for others, whether directly or through policy. And while many professionals will find themselves armed with corporate guidelines or professional codes of conduct to guide one, these alone are not
sufficient. Because some – if not all – decisions are ethical, or have an ethical dimension.
Pursuing this certificate will help one understand how to answer the question “What should I do?” in an ethical manner. Required courses in professional or “applied” ethics will familiarize students with the types of cases of ethical decision-making that they will likely encounter in professional life, and courses in normative or moral theory will strengthen their skills in moral reasoning, allowing them to adapt to new and changing situations.
3 further credits chosen from:
6 further credits (excluding courses taken to meet above requirements) from:
This certificate is designed to help make one an informed citizen, a reflective human being, and a potential difference-maker.
We live in a technological world, with rapid developments in emerging nano-, bio-, and information and communications technology
taking place every day. But the very speed of these change can make it difficult to see how we are affected by them. How do new
technologies impact our environments, our economies, our lived experiences, and our very selves? How can we, as users, cope with
them? Perhaps even more importantly, what sorts of obligations and responsibilities do engineers and technicians, as makers, have to
make sure they are safe, healthy, or liberating? Finally, how do we, as persons, understand ourselves as users, makers, and human
These are precisely the sorts of questions that the Certificate in Technology, Philosophy, and Ethical Futures will help one address.
Pursuing this course of study will familiarize students not only with the dilemmas, challenges, and opportunities that new technologies
present but with the conceptual tools to navigate them, which will serve them well both in industry and in personal life.
Required capstone course:
In addition, students must take 3 credits chosen from:
6 further credits from: