Philosophy (Science, Nature and Mind), BA

Natural and social sciences raise interesting philosophical questions. How do science and pseudo-science differ? Can a physical system be conscious? How should we think about climate change and new technologies? Combine your interest in science, nature and the mind with philosophical thinking to better understand our complex world.

Program Description

The BA program in philosophy with a concentration in science, nature and mind combines training in philosophy with an emphasis on those questions raised by the natural, social and cognitive sciences.

Scientific investigation of the physical world and the mind inevitably makes assumptions about what sorts of things are real, the relationship of physical systems to conscious thought, and the nature of scientific explanation. The natural and social sciences are thus connected with philosophical views in metaphysics and epistemology. In addition, more applied areas of science such as those concerned with sustainability and new technologies raise ethical and policy questions as well as questions about humans' moral relationship to the natural world.

Students enrich their understanding of the natural and social sciences through courses in philosophy as well as courses from related disciplines. This program is a great fit for students who want to complement a science major with a second major in the humanities and for students who wish to do postgraduate work in medicine, sustainability or technology.

In addition to the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit the college's website for more information and requirements.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus
  • Additional Program Fee: Yes
  • Second Language Requirement: Yes
  • First Required Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics
  • Math Intensity: General program math intensity general

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

The analytical, writing and problem-solving skills gained through a philosophy major are highly transferrable to a very wide range of jobs, and students with a degree in philosophy have the highest median income of all humanities graduates.

Graduates of the science, nature and mind concentration are prepared for career opportunities in medical and mental health fields, climate change areas and sustainability, information and policy analysis, and scientific and nature education and writing. For example, graduates may find employment with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

This program also provides excellent preparation for students interested in medical school.

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. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $76,480

Health Sciences Manager

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $144,440

Human Behavior Researcher

  • Growth: 4.8%
  • Median Salary*: $50,470
  Bright Outlook

Industrial Ecologist

  • Growth: 6.1%
  • Median Salary*: $76,480

Medical Doctor (MD)

  • Growth: 2.5%
  • Median Salary*: $214,460

Medical Scientist

  • Growth: 9.8%
  • Median Salary*: $99,930
  Bright Outlook

Mental Health Counselor

  • Growth: 18.4%
  • Median Salary*: $49,710
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 5.1%
  • Median Salary*: $106,420

Sustainability Specialist

  • Growth: 4.1%
  • Median Salary*: $75,990
  Bright Outlook

Technical Writer

  • Growth: 6.9%
  • Median Salary*: $79,960

* 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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With over 250 programs in more than 65 countries (ranging from one week to one year), study abroad is possible for all ASU students wishing to gain global skills and knowledge in preparation for a 21st-century career. Students earn ASU credit for completed courses, while staying on track for graduation, and may apply financial aid and scholarships toward program costs.

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