This course analyzes scientists' reasoning strategies. Case studies from the history of astronomy, epidemiology, molecular biology, and neuroscience, provide a basis for understanding of the character of scientific theories and the means by which they are evaluated. Special attention will be given to the construction and evaluation of statistical and causal hypotheses, including experimental design, and to the use of scientific knowledge in public policy decision-making. Students will acquire basic skills in critical thinking and scientific reasoning and an introductory understanding of issues in the philosophy of science.
Course Attributes: FA NSM; BU SCI; AR NSM; AS NSM; AS AN