2019-2020 Catalog 
    Nov 29, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Science Management Major

Major Requirements

The major in Science Management requires a minimum of 18 courses, distributed as follows:

1. Core Program (minimum of 13 courses)


Students who wish to specialize in the Physics sequence have the option of taking PHYS 030L KS /PHYS 031L KS  or PHYS 033L KS /PHYS 034L KS  in lieu of Biology for their Core Program.

Mathematics (1 course)

Project Management Fundamentals (1 course)

One course selected from:

Senior Thesis (1 or 2 courses)

Majors must complete a thesis as the capstone requirement to the major.

Options include either a 2-semester Team Master’s Project (TMP) or a 1- or 2-semester thesis in biology, chemistry, or physics. For further information, see Senior Thesis in Science, below.

2. Sequence (minimum of 5 courses)

All majors must complete a sequence with a minimum of five courses.  Representative examples are listed below, although students may also construct their own sequence in consultation with the Science Management advisor.

G. Public Health Sequence

Courses must be selected from 3 of the 5 fields list below. Please note that some of these courses have prerequisites outside of the GE/Core program of this major.



  • ANTH002  PZ - Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology
  • CHLT110 CH - Latinx Community Health 
  • CHLT153  PZ - Rural and Urban Social Movements
  • ONT 101  PZ - Critical Community Studies
  • PHIL155  SC - Ethics of the Beginning and End of Life
  • SOC 086  PZ - Social Inequality
  • SOC 120  PZ - Sex Politics
  • SOC 170  PZ - Internship: Sociology of Health and Medicine

Senior Thesis in Science

The senior thesis is a general education requirement and the capstone experience of a student’s undergraduate education. Students must complete a senior thesis in at least one of their majors under supervision of a faculty reader who teaches within that major, unless granted a special exception.

Science majors have the following senior thesis options. Refer to the major requirements above for major-specific senior thesis requirements.

1-Semester Library Thesis without Lab (1 course, 1 credit)

Students interested in a 1-semester library thesis without lab complete an extensive library research thesis in the 1st or 2nd semester of the senior year, chosen from:


The Senior Thesis Research Project course (188L) or the Summer Research Project course (189L) may  not be counted as elective courses in the major.

Special Options for Majors in Science

Dual Major in Science

Students selecting a dual major including science should discuss their program requirements with the conveners of the appropriate programs. Usually up to 2 electives in science may be waived for dual majors including science. Unless otherwise specified above or exempted by the appropriate convener of the Keck Science Department, science students with dual majors are required to complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis in science.

Honors in Science

To be eligible for departmental honors in a science major, students must:

  • Achieve a minimum GPA of 10.5 in courses in the major;
  • Complete a 1- or 2-semester thesis project in which the student has demonstrated excellence by making a significant contribution to the progress of the research, by producing a thesis document judged to be of honors quality by the department, by presenting the work in a cogent fashion, and by engaging in the departmental seminar program.

Study Abroad for Science Majors

The Keck Science Department supports study abroad for science majors, however majors need to be aware that spending a semester off-campus requires careful advanced planning and program selection. Science majors interested in study abroad should discuss their interest with their major advisors as soon as possible.

General Education Requirement Information for Science Management Majors

General Education Requirement in Science

Every CMC student must complete one (1) laboratory science course offered by the Keck Science Department or elsewhere within the Claremont Consortium. This requirement must by satisfied by the end of the 2nd year at CMC.

General Education Requirements in the Social Sciences and the Humanities

For students with science majors, general education requirements in the social sciences and humanities must be met by courses outside of a student’s major field(s). Science Management majors must take courses in 3 of the 4 fields in the social sciences, including ECON050 CM - Principles of Economic Analysis , PSYC037 CM - Organizational Psychology , and either GOVT020 CM - Introduction to American Politics  or a history course approved for the general education requirement. Majors also must take courses in 2 of the 4 fields of the humanities (literature, philosophy, religious studies, and literature in a foreign language). 

Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Science Management

  1. Master the principles in their specific sequence/track (molecular biology, environmental biology, chemistry, physics, or other fields) and acquire the ability to apply them to solving problems including research questions.
  2. Master the fundamental principles of economics and accounting.
  3. Gain experience in the world outside the classroom.