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The Keck Science Department has built a strong research reputation among liberal arts colleges.
General Education Requirement in Science: Every CMC student must complete one laboratory science course offered by the Keck Science Department or elsewhere within the Claremont Consortium. This requirement must be satisfied by the end of the second year at CMC.
Sigma Xi is an international honor society for scientists and engineers. Its mission is to reward excellence in scientific research, and to foster interaction among scientists in different fields. Full membership requires demonstrated research ability, normally evidenced by publications. Undergraduates who have demonstrated an aptitude for research may be nominated by two full members to associate membership. For further information, contact the dean of the Keck Science department.
Keck Science :: Student Resources: Thesis
The one year ( two seemster) program consists of 188-190 and usually involves a laboratory or field investigation with a faculty member. In 188, a topic is chosen, background materials reviewed, and research started. In 190, research is continued, culminating in a written thesis and a poster presentation. Seminar attandance is required in each semester. Normally this two-semester sequence begins in the fall semester of the senior year. A variation on this is to begin field or laboratory research during the summer between junior and senior year, and to complete the thesis in the Fall odf senior year - this option requires plenty of prior planning and organization with the Keck Science thesis reader early in the Spring of junior year.In a world of growing scientific and technological complexity, the Keck Science Department recognizes the need to provide instruction in science for those students not concentrating in science. Thus, the courses specifically designed to meet the Pitzer Science Requirement for non-science majors are numbered in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. In general, courses fulfilling the science requirement:The Keck Science Program offers courses of study for students interested in enlarging their understanding of natural phenomena and also courses for students desiring a major in biology, chemistry, management-engineering, physics, science and management, or some interdisciplinary combination of these areas. For example, interdisciplinary majors in biology-chemistry and biology-physics are available. Premedical and environmental emphases through the above majors are two particular strengths of the Keck Science Program.This intensive honors-level course sequence, co-taught by scientists from different disciplines, provides an integrative approach to the fundamentals of physics, chemistry and biology. It is designed for first-year students with broad, interdisciplinary scientific interests and strong math backgrounds. The sequence will prepare students for entry into any majors offered by the Keck Science Department* and provides an alternative to the standard six-course introductory curriculum (-, -, -). It will feature computer modeling, seminar discussions, lectures, interdisciplinary laboratories and hands-on activities. and are designed to be taken concurrently (in the fall term), followed by and in the spring. Enrollment is by written permission.