Welcome to the new program in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics.

The Department of Philosophy is excited to announce a new interdisciplinary major and minor concentration in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics (PSM), starting in the Fall of 2016. The program is the only one of its kind in the United States, and is designed to give students the chance to ask and think about the "big questions" raised by science and mathematics. These are questions like:

  • Does science tell us the truth about reality?

  • Is there a conflict between contemporary science and religious belief?

  • What does the theory of evolution tell us about ethics?

  • What is mathematical truth?

  • How is mathematics related to the empirical world?


The new program is targeted at two groups of students:

  • Are you a student who is already pursuing science, engineering, or mathematics, who would like more opportunities to ask big foundational or conceptual questions about your scientific and mathematical studies?
  • Are you a student outside the sciences, who would like to combine some serious scientific work with intensive discussions of the big questions raised by contemporary science and mathematics?

If you answered "Yes" to either of these questions, the program in Philosophy, Science, and Mathematics may be for you. 

Students in the program will have access to small classes taught by Notre Dame's world-class faculty in the philosophy of science and mathematics, including an interdisciplinary team-taught gateway seminar offered every fall. They will also have access to majors-level offerings in the Department of Philosophy and the College of Science. More details on the requirements for the major and minor concentration are available via the links at left. There you can also find information about how to apply to the program.


If you have questions, feel free to send an email to timothy.bays.5@nd.edu.

We look forward to hearing from you!