The major in Science Management requires a minimum of 18 courses, distributed as follows:
1. Core Program (minimum of 13 courses)
Chemistry (1 or 2 courses)
Computer Science (1 course)
One course selected from:
Ethics (1 course)
One course selected from:
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. All students, including those participating in TMP, must enroll in the appropriate Keck Science thesis course. For further information, see Senior Thesis in Science, below.
2. Areas of Concentration (minimum of 5 courses)
All majors must complete an area of concentration track with a minimum of five courses. Representative examples are listed below, although students may also construct their own track in consultation with the Science Management advisor.
F. Environmental Management Track
At least 2 courses in this track must have an associated laboratory component.
G. Public Health Track
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.
2-Semester Thesis with Lab (2 courses, 2 credits)
Students interested in a 2-semester thesis with lab take one of the following pairs of courses in the 1st and 2nd semester of the senior year:
2-Semester Thesis with Summer Research (2 courses, 1 credit)
Students interested in completing a 2-semester thesis by conducting a substantial research project during the summer after their junior year should register for one of the following pairs of courses in the 1st semester of the senior year. There is no credit or lab fee for 189L.
1-Semester Experimental Thesis with Lab (1 course, 1 credit)
Students interested in a 1-semester experimental thesis with lab take one of the following in the 1st or 2nd semester of the senior year:
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 3.5 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 the general education requirements in the Social Sciences, Science Management majors must complete three social science courses, as follows:
For the general education requirements in the Humanities, Science Management majors must complete appropriate courses in two of the four areas. A general education course in philosophy or a FHS course taught by a philosophy faculty member may serve as the prerequisite to the philosophy options in the Science Management major ethics requirement.
Student Learning Outcomes of the Program in Science Management
- 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.
- Master the fundamental principles of economics and accounting.
- Gain experience in the world outside the classroom.