Critical Thinking for Science

This freshman year experience is designed for science and technology majors (Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, and Physics), except Engineering Science. Chemistry and Biochemistry majors should sign up for the Chemistry & Biochemistry FLC. Students considering a science major should sign up for Watershed Year FLC.

Students in the Critical Thinking for Science FLC will take a yearlong Philosophy course, with an emphasis in science, specially designed for science majors. Completion of this yearlong course (2 units in the fall, 2 units in the spring) satisfies GE area A3. Students will also develop relationships with the faculty and peer mentors to learn about campus resources, science clubs, study habits, and advising.

Students will learn how critical thinking principles are applied in the sciences. This course provides specific techniques and tools whereby we can avoid basic fallacies in our own scientific thinking and detect them in the thought of others. Scientific reasoning is a highly complicated activity and cannot be satisfactorily studied in an intellectual vacuum. Hence, in this course, critical and uncritical thought are contrasted in the context of the world of human interests and activities - scientific, political, and social.

If you are an Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science, Geology, Kinesiology, Nursing, or Physics major, this FLC is appropriate for you.

How do I know if the Critical Thinking for Science FLC is right for me?

  1. If you are an Astronomy, Biology, Computer Science, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Nursing, or Physics major;
  2. if you have chosen to be a part of the Science & Technology ACE living/learning community*, this FLC is right for you.

*Students belonging to any other living/learning community in Residential Life (EXCEPT the Science and Technology ACE) are not able to choose this FLC.