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Philosophy and Physics, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #51 (BCR) Boston, MA, United States
With this joint major, the Philosophy and Physics departments at Boston University enable students to explore the rich relationship between theoretical physics and the philosophy of science, including fundamental questions about the nature of space, time, and matter.
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Overview

The Philosophy and Physics course requirements at Boston University are designed to prepare students for further research into the conceptual and philosophical foundations of modern physics. Students with this joint degree can go on to pursue graduate work in a number of fields, including physics, philosophy, history and philosophy of science, or science journalism.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the program are expected to have:

  • Understanding of a brief history and current discussions of some fundamental questions in metaphysics (ontology and causality) and philosophy of science (realism and instrumentalism, theory change and theory assessment, reduction and emergence).
  • Familiarity with some of the basic questions in philosophy of physics and the approaches addressing them: nature of space time (absolute or relative, substantial or relational, static or dynamic) in relativity theories, and the substantival, relationist, and constructivist approaches to dealing with them; nature of probability and irreversibility in statistical mechanics; duality, measurement, and entanglement in quantum mechanics and the Copenhagen and the hidden variable approaches to these questions; locality, divergence, and renormalizability in quantum field theory, and the structural realist approach to handling them.
  • Familiarity with the core areas in current research in foundational physics where philosophical interventions are most visible: quantum gravity and cosmology (especially the applicability of the second law of thermodynamics and the quantum principles to its specific subject: the whole universe).
  • Skills of critical thinking, analytical thinking, and written and oral communication, as expected for majors in Philosophy.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Topics in the Philosophy of Science
  • History of Ancient Philosophy
  • of Modern Philosophy
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Philosophical Problems of Logic and Mathematics
  • Philosophy of Physics, or a directed study in philosophy
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • Modern Physics I
  • Methods of Theoretical Physics
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves I
  • Electromagnetic Fields and Waves II

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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General Requirements

National

  • Common Application or Coalition Application     
  • High School Transcript
  • Senior Year Grades
  • Counselor Recommendation and School Report Form   
  • Teacher Evaluation
  • Standardized Tests
International
  • Secondary School Records
  • Documentation of Financial Support
  • Copy of Data Page of Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54720 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54720 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Boston

  • 1560 - 3240 USD/month
    Living Costs

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