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Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine

Minor in Scientific Skills and Research Integrity

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements SSRIMIN

Students pursuing the Minor in Scientific Skills and Research Integrity will acquire the competencies and analytic skills to conduct research responsibly, to collaborate and communicate effectively, and to reflect on urgent questions about science in society—questions concerning regulation, responsibility, reliability and sustainability. Students will learn to appreciate that science literacy means more than knowing facts and will gain a broader understanding of how science works. Students will be acquainted with a broad set of issues, including questions of authorship and publication ethics, expertise and the evidential basis for science policy decisions, and responsible communication both within science and beyond. Throughout the program, the focus will be on applications of these skills to the student's major.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • HPSC-X 102 Revolutions in Science: Plato to NATO
    • HPSC-X 104 Science and Culture
    • HPSC-X 200 Scientific Reasoning
    • HPSC-X 451 Scientific Understanding
  2. Core Course. One (1) course:
    • HPSC-X 340 Scientific Methods: How Science Really Works
    • HPSC-X 411 Science and Values
  3. Research Ethics. Document with the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine that you have completed the following no-credit courses/workshops through the IU Office of Research Compliance:
    • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)
    • Human Subject Research
  4. Tool Skill. One (1) course:
    • Any of the following Statistics courses:
      • CJUS-K 300 Techniques of Data Analysis
      • ECON-E 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics
      • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
      • POLS-Y 395 Quantitative Political Analysis
      • PSY-K 300 Statistical Techniques
      • SOC-S 371 Statistics in Sociology
      • STAT-K 310 Statistical Techniques
      • STAT-S 301 Applied Statistical Methods for Business
      • STAT-S 303 Applied Statistical Methods for the Life Sciences
    • ANTH-A 403 Introduction to Museum Studies
    • AST-A 305 Modern Observational Techniques
    • AST-A 453 Topics in Astrophysics
    • BIOL-L 113 Biology Laboratory
    • BIOL-M 255
    • COGS-Q 260 Programming for the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q 320 Computation in the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q 350 Mathematics and Logic for the Cognitive and Information Sciences
    • COGS-Q 370 Experiments and Models in Cognition
    • MSCH-C 213 Introduction to Media Psychology
    • PSY-P 211 Methods of Experimental Psychology
    • PSY-P 421 Laboratory in Social Psychology
    • PSY-P 426 Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 429 Laboratory in Developmental Psychology
    • PSY-P 433 Laboratory in Neuroimaging Methods
    • PSY-P 435 Laboratory in Human Learning and Cognition
    • PSY-P 472 Laboratory in Brain Electrical Activity
    • PSY-P 473 Laboratory in Molecular Neuroscience
    • Other courses may be selected in consultation with the student's academic advisor and with approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies
  5. Elective. One (1) course:
    • HPSC-X 108 The Science of Sex and Race: Theories of Biological Differentiation, 1776 to the Present
    • HPSC-X 123 Perspectives on Science: Social and Historical
    • HPSC-X 125 Critical Medical Humanities: An Introduction
    • HPSC-X 205 Introduction to Medical History
    • HPSC-X 206 Boom! Who's Afraid of Nuclear Power and Radiation?
    • HPSC-X 207 The Occult in Western Civilization
    • HPSC-X 227 Computers Limited: What Computers Cannot Do
    • HPSC-X 229 History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
    • HPSC-X 235 From Sick Care to Health Care
    • HPSC-X 240 Engaging Science: Communication and Public Understanding of Scientific Research
    • HPSC-X 245 The Senses: Body, Brain, Environment
    • HPSC-X 305 History and Philosophy of Medicine
    • HPSC-X 306 Understanding Pictures: Aesthetics and Science
    • HPSC-X 308 History of Biology
    • HPSC-X 406 Survey of History of Science up to 1750
    • HPSC-X 407 Survey of History of Science since 1750
    • HPSC-X 424 Neuropsychological Pathography
    • HPSC-X 451 Scientific Understanding
  6. Capstone. One (1) course:
    • HPSC-X 433 Capstone in Science Literacy and Responsible Research
  7. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Minor Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Minor in Medical Humanities (MEDHUMMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (CSMACRT)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.