History and Philosophy of Science (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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Do you have a curious mind and a passion for the way philosophical views and scientific discovery are interconnected throughout our history? You can make a powerful impact in the future of human health by exploring how this complex interaction influences human society and cultural production.

Program Description

In the history and philosophy of science undergraduate certificate program, students will explore central questions about the nature of science and how it develops and changes.

Students will examine how scientific claims are justified and investigate the social and moral implications of the changing scientific landscape as well as major landmarks in the development of science. They will develop the skills to recognize and articulate scientific reasoning and gain a deeper awareness that the science of any time is importantly shaped by previous events.

Program Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours from the HPS and PHI subjects. At least 12 credit hours must be completed at the upper-division level and all courses counting toward the certificate must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or higher.
Required Course -- 3 credit hours
Electives (choose five) -- 15 credit hours
Other elective options may be applied with the approval of an academic advisor in the School of Life Sciences.
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

Requests to declare this certificate are reviewed by the academic advisor in the academic unit offering the certificate. Students may be contacted to discuss the certificate prior to the addition of the certificate to the student record.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Learning Outcomes

  • Able to critically communicate research at the intersections of history and philosophy in science.
  • Able to present historical and philosophical perspectives on science.

Career Outlook

The history and philosophy of science undergraduate certificate program provides students with critical thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in high demand to address a growing need for innovation in public health and scientific advancement. When combined with a major program of study, graduates will be well prepared for roles in a variety of fields, including biology, medicine, law and ethics.

Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic, governmental or clinical positions.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 58640
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Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910


  • Growth: 3.1%
  • Median Salary*: 64540

History Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 1.3%
  • Median Salary*: 79400


  • Growth: 7.5%
  • Median Salary*: 135740
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Museum Technicians and Conservators

  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: 47270
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News Analysts, Reporters and Journalists

  • Growth: -3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 55960

Political Scientists

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 128020
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Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 2.7%
  • Median Salary*: 78780


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
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* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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