2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Major

Major Requirements

The major requires a minimum of 13 courses, distributed as follows:

1. Core Requirements (5-7 courses)

2. Electives (7 courses)

Choose 2 courses from each group below, and 1 additional course from any group below. At least 1 course from Group 3 must include a lab.

3. Senior Thesis (1 or 2 courses)

EEP majors must complete either a 1- or 2-semester senior thesis on an environmental topic in a constituent EEP discipline, which includes the natural sciences, economics, and government.

Students who plan to complete a thesis in economics are encouraged to take ECON 125 CM  to fulfill one of their Group 2 elective requirements.

Students who plan to complete a thesis in biology or chemistry, read the Senior Thesis in Science information, below.

Prerequisites for EEP Majors

The following courses are prerequisites for major requirements (and may be counted for general education requirements):

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

Dual Major

The dual major in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) requires a minimum of 11 courses. Dual majors in Environment, Economics, and Politics may waive 2 elective course requirements from the full major. Dual majors can choose 2 courses from 2 groups in the full major, and 1 course from the other group. At least 1 course from Group 3 must include a lab.

Students are precluded from pursuing a dual major in Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) and the following disciplines:

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 Requirements for EEP 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 Humanities

For the general education requirement in the social sciences and the humanities, EEP majors must complete appropriate courses in all 4 fields of the social sciences (economics, government, history, and psychology), together with courses in 2 of the 4 fields of the humanities (literature, philosophy, religious studies, and literature in a foreign language).

For further information on general education requirements, see General Education Requirements .

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

Learning Goals of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

The interdisciplinary EEP major is designed to achieve a variety of educational outcomes. The basic goals of the EEP major are to:

  1. Develop a general understanding of biology, chemistry, economics, and government policy; and
  2. Gain deeper knowledge of those aspects of the constituent disciplines focused on the environment. 

Student Learning Outcomes of the Environment, Economics, and Politics (EEP) Program

Evidence of such understanding should be reflected in grades from upper division courses within the EEP major and a senior thesis that applies interdisciplinary methods to contribute to understanding of environmental issues.