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History and Philosophy of Science

Undergraduates may major in philosophy with a field of study in History and Philosophy of Science (HPS).

Please check the Stanford Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) for the most up to date requirements.

A total of 61 units is required for this track as follows:

I. Three science courses (for example, biology, chemistry, physics) for 12 units.

II. The following Philosophy (PHIL) core courses must be completed with a letter grade by the end of the junior year:

  1. One Logic course (Phil 49, 50, 150, 151, or 154)

  2. PHIL 60: Introduction to Philosophy of Science or PHIL 61: Science, Religion, and the Birth of Modern Philosophy.

  3. PHIL 80: Mind, Matter, and Meaning.

III. Three history of science courses.

IV. Three philosophy of science courses, one of which must be PHIL 164 Central Topics in the Philosophy of Science: Theory and Evidence.

V. Three additional courses in philosophy or history (to be approved by the advisor).



  • At least six courses in the major must be completed at Stanford with a letter grade.

  • Any units taken for a letter grade in fulfillment of the core requirements must be completed with a  grade of C- or higher.

  • Units for Tutorial, Directed Reading, or The Dualist (PHIL 196 Tutorial, Senior Year, PHIL 197 Individual Work, Undergraduate, PHIL 198 The Dualist) may not be counted in the 61-unit requirement.

  • No more than 10 units completed with grades of 'satisfactory' and/or 'credit' may be counted in the 61-unit requirement.

  • Substitutions and transfer units must be approved by the Student Services Officer at the time of declaring a major. 


HPS Faculty Advisor, Helen Longino