Undergraduate Courses:

Graduate Courses:

Ethics and Values in STEM (PHIL 1146)

A large wave, full of scientific papers, looms over a boat of worried scientists.

Artist: Sara Gironi

This general-education Philosophy course introduces students to the basics of research ethics, professional responsibility in engineering, the relationship between bias & objectivity, value judgments throughout the scientific process, science & the military, and environmental injustice/colonialism.

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Science & Gender (WGS/PHIL 2040)

An stylized collage of four famous women in science, including an astronaut, a chemist, a mathemetician, and a biologist. Famous women in science (left to right): astronaut Mae C. Jamison, physicist-chemist Marie Curie, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and primatologist Jane Goodall (more here; artist: Natasha Dzhola).

This general-education Philosophy/Women’s and Gender Studies course explores the nature/nurture debates about “sex differences,” women in science, bias & values in research, and gender & sexuality in medicine, such as breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, reproductive justice, and gender dysphoria/euphoria. 

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Philosophy of Bioethics (PHIL 342)

A doctor with a flashlight leading a patient into what looks like a cave composed of biological cells.

Artist: Paige Vickers

This required course for the BS in Biomedical Science delves into research ethics involving human/nonhuman subjects and conflicts of interest, clinical ethics across Eastern & Western traditions, and health policies like CRISPR regulations, racial health disparities, & “gay conversion therapy.” [Fall semeseters]

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Ethics in Computing and Information Technologies (CSE/IT/PHIL 382)

A cluster of data points forming the outline of a blindfolden Lady Justice holding a scale

Artist: Pablo Delcan

This required course for the BS in Computer Science/IT examines professional responsibilities of programmers, tech firms, and governments for user privacy and national security, including ethical challenges related to technologies like self-driving cars, AI chatbots, and workforce software. [Spring semesters]

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Ethical and Social Issues in Public Engagement (PCOM 505/PHIL 489)

A woman scientist raising a microscope in triumph, clenched in her first

Artist: Sara Gironi Carnevale

This required course for the MS in Public Engagement examines how values and politics influence STEM, the “knowledge deficit” model for science communication, universal design vs. design justice, and strategies for building trust & community-led participatory science. [Spring Semesters, every other year]


Cybersecurity Ethics & Law (CYBS 502/PHIL 482)

A highlighted app icon with a dolphin saying "Totally not a virus...trust me im a dolphin"

The required course for the MS and PhD in Transdisciplinary Cybersecurity explores the standards professional behavior in cybersecurity regarding “ethical hacking” and  bug bounties, as well as case studies involving malware/ransomware, surveillance capitalism, IP, and digital piracy.  [Fall semesters]