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1 AISS 001AL Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence  Fall
Provides an integrative approach to the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, and physics. The course is designed for first-year students with broad, interdisciplinary scientific interests and a strong background in mathematics. It will feature computer modeling, seminar discussions, lectures, interdisciplinary laboratories and hands-on activities. Completion of the sequence provides entry into the more advanced courses for the majors of the Joint Science Department. Students interested in engineering or premed must consult with the engineering or premed advisers before enrolling in the sequence. Written permission required. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every year.
2 AISS 001BL Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence  Fall
Provides an integrative approach to the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, and physics. The course is designed for first-year students with broad, interdisciplinary scientific interests and a strong background in mathematics. It will feature computer modeling, seminar discussions, lectures, interdisciplinary laboratories and hands-on activities. Completion of the sequence provides entry into the more advanced courses for the majors of the Joint Science Department. Students interested in engineering or premed must consult with the engineering or premed advisers before enrolling in the sequence. Written permission required. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every year.
3 AISS 002BL Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence  Spring
Provides an integrative approach to the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, and physics. The course is designed for first-year students with broad, interdisciplinary scientific interests and a strong background in mathematics. It will feature computer modeling, seminar discussions, lectures, interdisciplinary laboratories and hands-on activities. Completion of the sequence provides entry into the more advanced courses for the majors of the Joint Science Department. Students interested in engineering or premed must consult with the engineering or premed advisers before enrolling in the sequence. Written permission required. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every year.
4 AISS 002AL Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence  Spring
Provides an integrative approach to the fundamentals of biology, chemistry, and physics. The course is designed for first-year students with broad, interdisciplinary scientific interests and a strong background in mathematics. It will feature computer modeling, seminar discussions, lectures, interdisciplinary laboratories and hands-on activities. Completion of the sequence provides entry into the more advanced courses for the majors of the Joint Science Department. Students interested in engineering or premed must consult with the engineering or premed advisers before enrolling in the sequence. Written permission required. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every year.
5 ASTR 066L Elementary Astronomy  Spring
A survey of modern astronomy, emphasizing the interrelationships among phenomena. The subject matter includes the solar systems, stars and stellar systems, galaxies, and cosmology. Enrollment limited. Laboratory fee $30. First and second semester.
6 ASTR 066L Elementary Astronomy  Fall
A survey of modern astronomy, emphasizing the interrelationships among phenomena. The subject matter includes the solar systems, stars and stellar systems, galaxies, and cosmology. Enrollment limited. Laboratory fee $30. First and second semester.
7 BIOL 039L Analyses of Human Motor Skills  Fall
Neurobiology of motor skills, expertise, and performance. Noninvasive methods of motion analysis(observations, motion capture, EEG/EMG, multi-modal imaging). Teaching interventions. Laboratory examines development of basic porting skills in children, athletes, and those with disabilities. This coarse will fulfill the general education requirement in biology, but will not count towards the major biology. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every fall semester.
8 BIOL 043L Introductory Biology  Fall
This course covers the basic principles of cellular and chemical biology. These are then used as background for a discussion of genetics, evolution, and animal behavior. Laboratory fee $50.
9 BIOL 043L Introductory Biology  Fall
This course covers the basic principles of cellular and chemical biology. These are then used as background for a discussion of genetics, evolution, and animal behavior. Laboratory fee $50. First semester.
10 BIOL 043L Introductory Biology  Fall
This course covers the basic principles of cellular and chemical biology. These are then used as background for a discussion of genetics, evolution, and animal behavior. Laboratory fee $50. First semester.
11 BIOL 043L Introductory Biology  Fall
This course covers the basic principles of cellular and chemical biology. These are then used as background for a discussion of genetics, evolution, and animal behavior. Laboratory fee $50. First semester.
12 BIOL 043L Introductory Biology  Fall
This course covers the basic principles of cellular and chemical biology. These are then used as background for a discussion of genetics, evolution, and animal behavior. Laboratory fee $50. First semester.
13 BIOL 044L Introductory Biology  Spring
Topics discussed in lecture, and demonstrated in laboratory, include structure, function and evolution of plant and animal forms, physiology of plant and animal systems, and the principles of ecology. Required field trips. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
14 BIOL 044L Introductory Biology  Spring
Topics discussed in lecture, and demonstrated in laboratory, include structure, function and evolution of plant and animal forms, physiology of plant and animal systems, and the principles of ecology. Required field trips. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
15 BIOL 044L Introductory Biology  Spring
Topics discussed in lecture, and demonstrated in laboratory, include structure, function and evolution of plant and animal forms, physiology of plant and animal systems, and the principles of ecology. Required field trips. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
16 BIOL 044L Introductory Biology  Spring
Topics discussed in lecture, and demonstrated in laboratory, include structure, function and evolution of plant and animal forms, physiology of plant and animal systems, and the principles of ecology. Required field trips. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
17 BIOL 044L Introductory Biology  Spring
Topics discussed in lecture, and demonstrated in laboratory, include structure, function and evolution of plant and animal forms, physiology of plant and animal systems, and the principles of ecology. Required field trips. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
18 BIOL 056L Genetics of Human Disease  
This course will examine various aspects of human heredity and social and ethical implications of the Human Genome Project. Topics include basic genetic mechanisms, the identification and characterization of "disease genes," and the social and political uses of genetic information. Enrollment limited to 45. Laboratory fee $30. Offered every year.
19 BIOL 057L Concepts in Biology  
This course is an introduction to college-level biology and deals with evolution, ecology, inheritance, biotechnology, anatomy, and physiology. Course work will include lectures, student-lead discussion s, and laboratories. Discussions will cover topics such as the biology and ethics of gene therapy, conservation, science and the media, and the use of animals in research. Enrollment limited to 45. Laboratory fee $30. Offered every year.
20 BIOL 062L Environmental Science (Global Ecology and Environmental Issues)  
A course dealing with (1) how science and ecology work and how they provide a framework for understanding environmental issues, (2) environmental issues the globe faces, and (3) the human role in the environment, including how humans impact�and are affected by�the environment. The course broadly covers ecology and the environment, resources and pollution, environmental change and effects on diversity, the role of humans, the future global environment, and ramifications for sustainability, economics, and politics. Laboratory fee $30. First semester.
21 BIOL 062L Environmental Science  
A course dealing with environmental and organismal structure and human interactions with the environment. The course broadly covers resources and pollution as well as political, economic and psychological approaches to environmental problems. Laboratory fee $30.
22 BIOL 064L The Living Sea  
Over three quarters of the earths surface is covered in oceans, and much of the worlds life exists in the seas. Moreover, humans are having a greater impact on sea life than in any other time in human history. This course will explore the unique habitats of the marine environments and the plants and animals that live there. The course will look at the chemical, physical and geological interactions that create the habitats and enable organisms to live where they do. Finally, the course will take a look at human interaction with these habitats. Fisheries management, pollution, aquaculture, and whaling policies will be among the topics covered. Laboratory fee $30.
23 BIOL 069L Discovery, Innovation & Risk: Energy  
This course deals with selected scientific, technological and historical issues related to the origins, production , and use of energy by natural systems and by people. Topics include photosynthesis, electricity, fossil fuels, the electrification of Los Angeles, and the origins of the gasoline industry. Enrollment limited to 50. Laboratory fee $30. Offered occasionally.
24 BIOL 071L Biotechnology  
An examination of the basic concepts of molecular biology and their applications for human welfare. Topics include cell biology and division, genetics, DNA and proteins, DNA manipulation, immunology, reproduction and agriculture. Exercises include chromosome analysis, genetic screening, cloning, and testing for mutagens. Laboratory fee $30.
25 BIOL 080L Behavioural Neurobiology  
This course will examine interesting behavioral systems and the ways in which nervous systems produce these behaviors. Among other things we will investigate the molecules and systems involved in bee colony organization, how birds sings, reproductive behavior in monogamous and promiscuous voles, and behavior of the parasitic wasp. Enrollment limited to 45. Laboratory fee $30. Offered every years.
26 BIOL 082L Plant Biotechnology in a Greener World  Spring
This course introduces the principles underlying the development of crops for agriculture, emphasizing modern plant biotechnology and potential applications of genetically engineered plants. Basic concepts used in modern agriculture will be reviewed in light of emerging technologies affecting production practices and new plant and food products. Emphasis will be on understanding the tools and strategies involved in optimizing plant productivity and development of new uses for plants. Environmental, ethical, regulatory, patent, economic and social issues related to commercialization of genetically-engineered crops will also be discussed.
27 BIOL 083L Science, Management & Technology: Neuropharmacology  
This course features a combination of lecture, discussion, case-study, and project-based teaching about the interplay among basic science, applied science, commercialization, and policy in the emergence of economically important products or process. by exploring how selected scientific discoveries were made and subsequently commercialized, students will learn the basic scientific process and principles underlying such technologies as be exposed to important public policy and business economics dilemmas surrounding the commercialization of science. Specific topics, cases, and assignments will vary. Offered Occasionally.
28 BIOL 084L Genetic Engineering & Biotech  
This course introduces the molecular concepts and techniques underlying genetic engineering for commerical purposes including pharmaceutical development/production, cloning, tissue generation, genetic testing, and biological enhancements. Through discussing primary experimental papers and case studies, students are introduced to the scientific method, and promises, limitations, pitfalls, and concerns in various biotechnology-dependent fields. Laboratory fee $30. Offered occasionally.
29 BIOL 095 Foundations of Neuroscience  Spring
An introduction to the nervous system and behavior that explores the philosophical and historical development of the most fundamental issues in neuroscience. Emphasis will be placed on the experiments and methodology that most influenced our understanding of the nervous system, and the close relationship between technological advances and the development of neuroscience. Topics include study of the mind/body problem, localization of brain function, neural representation of knowledge, and consciousness. Laboratory study of the chemical, electrical, and cognitive functions of the nervous system will be included. Also listed as Psychology 95. Team-taught by The Claremont Colleges Neuroscience faculty.
30 BIOL 120 Research Tools in Organismal Biology  Fall
This half course, normally taken in the sophomore year, provides a common foundation for students in the Organismal Biology major. An introduction to statistical concepts, software, literature searching and current research in the discipline. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and 44, or both semesters of the AISS sequence. One-half course credit. Offered every fall semester.
31 BIOL 131L Vertebrate Physiology  Spring
Lectures and laboratory exercises focus on mechanisms of physiological regulation with a major emphasis on humans. Topics to be covered include circulation, respiration, regulation of extra-cellular water and electrolytes, the senses, and neural and hormonal communication. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44; Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
32 BIOL 132L Comparative Physiology  Fall
An investigation of fundamental physiological processes including circulation, respiration, movement, digestion, and neural and endocrine communication, in animals with an emphasis on vertebrates. Attention will be given to how an organisms physiology reflects adaptation to its environment. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44; Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29. Laboratory fee $50.
33 BIOL 133L Dynamical Diseases: Introduction to Mathematical Physiology  Fall
Mathematical analysis of biological oscillators, excitable media, and feedback control mechanisms. Comparing predictions with observation. Design of dynamic therapeutic strategies. Laboratory develops computer skills to explore dynamic systems. Student must have a PC laptop computer with internet access. Prerequisites: Mathematics 30 and permission of instructor. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every fall semester.
34 BIOL 135L Field Biology  
A laboratory course on field methods and advances topics in ecology and evolution. The class covers experimental design, field sampling techniques and basic species identification skills, with particular emphasis on plants and invertebrates. The course combines lectures, discussions of recent literature, and field labs. In lab, students will design, carry out and present research experiments, using the Bernard Field Station and other sites near campus. Prerequisites: Biology 44L. Enrollment limited to 18, Laboratory fee $50. Offered every other year.
35 BIOL 137 EEP Clinic  Spring
Students work as a team on a specific project each semester which involves an examination of political and economic aspects of environmental issues. The course involves library research, field interviews, data collection, analysis, report production and presentation. Emphases include both oral and written communication methods. First and second semester.
36 BIOL 137 EEP Clinic  Fall
Students work as a team on a specific project each semester which involves an examination of political and economic aspects of environmental issues. The course involves library research, field interviews, data collection, analysis, report production and presentation. Emphases include both oral and written communication methods. First and second semester.
37 BIOL 138L Applied ecology and conservation  Fall
This course cover advanced topics in population biology, community ecology and population genetics, as applied to conservation and resource management and with an emphasis on quantitative methods. The computer laboratory involves learning basic programming skills through the development and analysis of models addressing problems in conservation research and management. Prerequisites: Biology 44. Enrollment limited to 16. Students may not receive credit for biology 138L and 139. Laboratory fess: $50. Offered every other year.
38 BIOL 139 Applied Ecology and Conservation  Fall
This course cover advanced topics in population biology, community ecology and population genetics, as applied to conservation and resource management and with an emphasis on quantitative methods. Prerequisites: Biology 44. Enrollment limited to 16. Students may not receive credit for biology 138L and 139. Offered every other year.
39 BIOL 140 Selected Topics in Neuroscience  
40 BIOL 141L Vertebrate Anatomy  
Morphology, ontogeny, and evolution of vertebrate organ systems, with emphasis on the evolutionary aspects of vertebrate development. The laboratory includes dissection of major vertebrate types and examination of basic histologic and embryologic materials. Laboratory fee $50.
41 BIOL 141L Verterbrate Anatomy  Fall
Morphology, ontogeny, and evolution of vertebrate organ systems, with emphasis on the evolutionary aspects of vertebrate development. The laboratory includes dissection of major vertebrate types and examination of basic histologic and embryologic materials. Laboratory fee $50.
42 BIOL 143 Genetics  Fall
A course giving an overview of the mechanisms of inheritance at the molecular, cellular, and population levels. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44; Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29.
43 BIOL 143 Genetics  Spring
A course giving an overview of the mechanisms of inheritance at the molecular, cellular, and population levels. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44; Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29.
44 BIOL 144 Drugs and Molecular Medicine  
This course explores the biochemical actions of different types of pharmaceuticals and the biological variables in their efficacies. The Second half examines the modern world of molecular medicine: new approaches to treating diseases through molecular biology. This course is appropriate for a range of students with different backgrounds. Prerequisites: Biology 43L and 44L, Chemistry 14L and 15L or Chemistry 29L, or both semesters of the AISS course.
45 BIOL 145 Evolution  Fall
A course focussing on the underpinnings of the modern synthetic theory of evolution. Topics will include historical development of evolutionary thinking; major events in the history of life; molecular mechanisms of evolution; speciation; systematics; biogeography; evolutionary ecology and evolutionary aspects of behavior. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, or permission of instructor.
46 BIOL 146L Ecology  Fall
An exploration of the factors and interrelationships in influencing the distribution and abundance of organisms. Theoretical models and empirical data are applied to questions of biogeography, life histories, population regulation, community structure and resource management. Laboratory component will include an introduction to computer modeling in ecology, and the processing of quantitative data from field and laboratory investigations. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44. Laboratory fee $50.
47 BIOL 147 Biogeography  Fall
Biogeography is the study of the distribution of organisms across the Earth, and ecological, evolutionary, and geologic processes that shape those distributions. Applications of biogeography to environmental problems will also be covered. Students will practice techniques such as GIS and phylogeography. Prerequisites: Biology 43L and 44L or both semesters of the AISS course.
48 BIOL 149 Neuroscience 2 : Systems  Spring
Lecture and discussion of primary literature covering systems neuroscience. Topics will include sensory systems and motor systems, learning and memory, sleep and wakefulness, and neuro networks. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and 44, and Chemistry 14 and 15, (or 29), or both semesters of the AISS sequence. Biology 161 is highly recommended.
49 BIOL 150L Human Anatomy & Biomechanics  Spring
A two-part course offered by faculty of the Keck Science department and Western University of Health Sciences; the two courses may not be take concurrently. Enrollment limited to 15. Laboratory fee $100. Offered every other year.
50 BIOL 151L Developmental Biology  Spring
Lectures, discussions, and laboratory exercises explore the current state of our understanding how complex organisms arise from single cells. Topics will include growth, differentiation, and pattern formation in embryos at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels, as well as the scientific basis of animal cloning and stem cell research. Prerequisites: biology 43 and 44, Chemistry 14 and 15 (or 29), or both semesters of the AISS sequence, or permission of instructor. One previous upper-division biology course is strongly recommended. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every year.
51 BIOL 154 Animal Behavior  Fall
Lectures, discussion and videos covering the biological approach to behavior. Topics include the physiological, neurological, genetic, evolutionary and ecological approaches to behavior, with an emphasis on behavioral ecology. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, or permission of instructor.
52 BIOL 155L Selected Topics in Computational Neuroscience  Spring
This course will introduce future neuroscientists, physicians and business entrepreneurs to the way that computational scientists create ideas starting at the black board. A variety of qualitative techniques are introduced together with computer software packages to illustrate the fundamental principles. These tools can be used even by non-mathematically oriented students to learn how to propose key experiments that can be tested at the bench top and bedside. Prerequisites: Biology 43L or 44L, or both semesters of the AISS course, or Biology 133L (or equivalent)—in addition, permission of the instructor is required. Familiarity with at least one computer programming language and an introduction to differential equations is strongly recommended. Enrollment limited to 18.
53 BIOL 156L Genomics and Bioinformatics  Spring
Access to sequenced genomes and related bioinformatics tools have revolutionized how many biological investigations are approached. This course will cover genome sequencing, organization, and annotation as well as gene expression profiling, reverse genetics, gene networks, and predicting gene function. Students will be introduced to strategies and computational tools required for analysis of large-scale datasets. Prerequisites: Biology 43L, Chemistry 14L and 15L (or 29L), or both semesters of the AISS course, or permission of the instructor. Enrollment limited to 18.
54 BIOL 157L Cell Biology  
This course is concerned with the molecular aspects of the cells of higher organisms; emphasis on, and reading of, current research. The laboratory includes autoradiography, histology, fractionation of cell organelles, and protein purification. Time will be available for individual projects. Discussion three hours, laboratory four hours. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29, and permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50.
55 BIOL 157L Cell Biology  Spring
This course is concerned with the molecular aspects of the cells of higher organisms; emphasis on, and reading of, current research. The laboratory includes autoradiography, histology, fractionation of cell organelles, and protein purification. Time will be available for individual projects. Discussion three hours, laboratory four hours. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29, and permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50.
56 BIOL 157L Cell Biology  Fall
This course is concerned with the molecular aspects of the cells of higher organisms; emphasis on, and reading of, current research. The laboratory includes autoradiography, histology, fractionation of cell organelles, and protein purification. Time will be available for individual projects. Discussion three hours, laboratory four hours. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29, and permission of instructor. Laboratory fee $50.
57 BIOL 158 Cell Cycle, Diseases & Aging  Spring
xLectures, discussions, and laboratory exercises explore the current state of our understanding how complex organisms arise from single cells. Topics will include growth, differentiation, and pattern formation in embryos at the organismal, cellular, and molecular levels, as well as the scientific basis of animal cloning and stem cell research. Prerequisites: biology 43 and 44, Chemistry 14 and 15 (or 29), or both semesters of the AISS sequence, or permission of instructor. One previous upper-division biology course is strongly recommended. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every year.
58 BIOL 159 Natural Resource Management  Spring
A course designed to allow students to appreciate the role of science in understanding environmental systems. Lectures will consist of an intensive analysis of natural resource problems and the impacts of human activities on these resources. Appropriate for biology or environmental studies concentrators with upper division standing. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44. Enrollment limited to 24. Second semester.
59 BIOL 160 Immunology  
A course dealing with topics of current research in immunology, such as antigen-antibody interactions, antibody synthesis, hypersensitivity, and auto immunity. Students will prepare papers and participate in discussion based on the current literature. Outside speakers may implement material. Prerequisites: Biology 45L, 44L; Chemistry 14L, 15L or Chemistry 29L or both semesters of AISS course; some advances work in biology. Enrollment limited to 24. Offered every year.
60 BIOL 161L Neuroscience 1: Cell & Molecular  Fall
Current and historic methods of analysis will be discussed in relation to neurons and nervous system function. The focus will be on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal activity and function. The laboratory will introduce students to methods used for cellular neurobiology. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and 44, and Chemistry 14 and 15 (or 29), or both semesters of AISS sequence. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory Fee $50. Offered every year.
61 BIOL 163L Plant Physiology & Biotech  
This course will provide a basic understanding of plant physiologty and plant biotechnology. It will cover plant structure and functional relationships at many levels, including the whole plant, plant tissues, isolated cells and organelles. It will include water relations, respiration, photosynthesis, nitrogen fixation, plant hormones and plant molecular biology. Prerequisites: Biology 43L and 44L, Chemistry 14L and 15L, or both semesters of the AISS course. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every other spring.
62 BIOL 165 Advanced Topics in Environmental Biology  Fall
Reading and discussion of current technical journal articles in active areas of environmental biology. Topics are chosen fir their current relevance and technical interests. Students present paper for class discussion and conduct a formal literature review on a topic of their choice. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and 44, or both semesters of the AISS sequence. Enrollment is limited to 18. Offered every year.
63 BIOL 166 Animal Physiological Ecology  
This is an animal physiological ecology course that will emphasize physiological interactions of animals with their biotic and abiotic environments. Information about the physiology and ecology of animals will be integrated from the tissue, organ, and whole organism levels. We will cover a series of topics that illustrate both the diverse and conservative nature of physiological systems. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, or both semesters of the AISS sequence, and Biology 131 or 132 or 146. Enrollment limited to 24. Offered every other year.
64 BIOL 169L Marine Ecology  Spring
A course designed to expose students to the study of the ecology of marine organisms. Lectures will cover various aspects of marine environments. Laboratories and field trips will include ecological sampling procedures and a survey of local marine plants and animals. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and 44, or both semesters of the AISS sequence. Enrollment limited to 24. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every spring semester.
65 BIOL 170L Molecular Biology  Spring
An introduction to the molecular biology of viruses, prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic plant and animal cells. Lecture topics will include DNA structure, replication, mutation, recombination, transposition, recombinant DNA, protein synthesis from the viewpoints of transcription, translation and regulation, and virus structure and function. Laboratory experiments will include DNA isolation from prokaryotes and eukaryotes, restriction and ligation, cloning and isolation of recombinant DNA, and methods of protein analysis. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29, and 116. Laboratory fee $50.
66 BIOL 170L Molecular Biology  Fall
An introduction to the molecular biology of viruses, prokaryotic cells and eukaryotic plant and animal cells. Lecture topics will include DNA structure, replication, mutation, recombination, transposition, recombinant DNA, protein synthesis from the viewpoints of transcription, translation and regulation, and virus structure and function. Laboratory experiments will include DNA isolation from prokaryotes and eukaryotes, restriction and ligation, cloning and isolation of recombinant DNA, and methods of protein analysis. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 14 and 15, or 29, and 116. Laboratory fee $50.
67 BIOL 171 Biology of Cancer  
Examination of cellular and molecular phenomena, using the cancer cells as the focus. Topics discussed will include patterns of cancer in populations, the cell cycle, stages in cancer formation, mutagenesis and carcinogens, tumor viruses and oncogenes, heredity and cancer, immune system and cancer, and biological rationales for treatments. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, and Chemistry 15. Enrollment limited to 24. Second semester.
68 BIOL 173L Molecular Bio Seminar/Lab  Spring
This half course is an introduction to the primary experimental literature and key techniques in molecular biology. It includes a laboratory component for experience with bioinformatics, basic DNA manipulations,and gene expression analysis. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and Chemistry 14 (or 29) or both semesters of the AISS sequence. Priority will be given to Molecular Biology majors. Laboratory fee $50. One-half course credit. Offered every year.
69 BIOL 175 Biostatistics  Fall
A hands-on introduction to choosing, applying, and interpreting the results of statistical methods for life scientists. The course will include traditional parametric statistics, such as t-tests, analysis of variance, correlation and regression analysis, together with powerful non-parametric randomization tests. Data presentation and experimental design will be addressed, together with a miscellanae of less-common statistical techniques that find use outside of the laboratory setting.
70 BIOL 176 Tropical Ecology  
Examination of the many facets of tropical biodiversity and community structure, with an emphasis on tropical rainforests and conservation issues. Prerequisites: Biology 43 and 44, or both semesters of the AISS sequence. Enrollment limited to 24. Offered every spring semester.
71 BIOL 177 Biochemistry  Fall
A study of structure and function in living systems at the molecular level. Discussion centers on intermediary metabolism, cellular control mechanisms, and energy flow, with particular emphasis on how this information is developed. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 116, 117, or permission of instructor.
72 BIOL 177 Biochemistry  
A study of structure and function in living systems at the molecular level. Discussion centers on intermediary metabolism, cellular control mechanisms, and energy flow, with particular emphasis on how this information is developed. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 116, 117, or permission of instructor.
73 BIOL 180L Neotropical Biology  
Pitzer Study Abroad Program in Costa Rica
74 BIOL 187S Special Topics in Biology: Microbial Life  
This is an upper division course in which students will examine the structure, function, diversity, and relationship of bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms to agriculture, industry, and disease. An introduction to the immune system and its mechanism to defend against microbes will be explored. This course should appeal to a wide range of students with different backgrounds. Prerequisites are: BIOL 43, BIOL44, CHEM15 or CHEM 29, or permission from instructor.
75 BIOL 187A Special Topics in Biology: Epigenetics  
Epigenetics �above genetics� is an exciting field of science that is beginning to explain the unexpected. This seminar style course allows students to read, analyze, and present the current literature in this quickly evolving field, as well as write a research grant proposal describing novel experiments of their own design. This course is cross-listed with Biology 164 at HMC. Prerequisites: Biology 43L, Chemistry 14L, and 15L, or Chemistry 29L, or both semesters of the AISS course. Offered every other year.
76 BIOL 187P Special Topics in Biology: Herpetology  Spring
This is a taxon-oriented course that will focus on the biology of amphibians and reptiles. Within a phylogenetic context, we will learn about the evolution, ecology, behavior, morphology, and physiology of these highly successful animals. The course will comprise lectures, class discussion, and a field trip. Prerequisites: Biology 43L, 44L, or both semesters of the AISS course. Offered occasionally.
77 BIOL 187C Special Topics in Biology: Neural Organization of Behavior  Fall
This seminar course focuses on central pattern generators (CPGs), neural circuits that underlie rhythmic or patterned behaviors. Discussion of articles will be combined with writing and observations of animal behavior to eamine the development and implications of this important concept in neurobiology. Prerequisities: Biology 43L and 44L, or both semesters of the AISS course, and either Neuroscience 95 or an upper-division course in neurobiology, or instructor's permission.
78 BIOL 187B Special Topics in Biology: Molecular Ecology  
An introduction to the use of molecular techniques in ecological research. Review of theory and current literature. Hands-on experience of molecular techniques, including protein electrophoresis and DNA markers. Highly recommended for students considering the study of ecology at the graduate level. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, and Chemistry 14, 15 (or 29). Biology 146 or 149 recommended.
79 CHEM 014L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Fall
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
80 CHEM 014L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Fall
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
81 CHEM 014L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Fall
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
82 CHEM 014L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Fall
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
83 CHEM 014L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Fall
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
84 CHEM 015L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Spring
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
85 CHEM 015L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Spring
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
86 CHEM 015L Basic Principles of Chemistry  Spring
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
87 CHEM 015L Basic Principles of Chemistry  
A study of the structure of matter and the principles of chemical reactions. Topics covered include atomic and molecular structure, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, equilibria, electrochemistry, kinetics, descriptive inorganic and organic chemistry, and spectroscopy. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. (Chemistry 14 is a prerequisite for 15.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester.
88 CHEM 029L Acclerated General Chemistry  Fall
A one-semester accelerated general chemistry course as an alternative to the year-long Basic Principles of Chemistry sequence (14-15) for students with a strong chemistry background. This course will cover atomic and molecular structure, spectroscopy, chemical bonding, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, equilibria, transition materials, nuclear chemistry, and descriptive inorganic chemistry. Three lectures and one four-hour laboratory per week. Prerequisites: 4 or 5 on the Chemistry Advanced Placement test (or a score of 6 or 7 on the Higher Level Baccalaureate Exam, or completion of a comparable honors chemistry course in high school), Mathematics 30 (or concurrent enrollment), and permission of instructor. Laboratory fee $50 per semester. Second semester.
89 CHEM 051L Topics in Forensic Science  
This course will explore chemical and physical methods used in modern crime detection. Topics as diverse as microscopy, toxicology, serology, fingerprinting. Document examination, DNA analysis, and arson investigation will be examined. Students will use case studies, collaborative work, and online resources extensively throughout the course. Laboratory fee $30.
90 CHEM 052L From Ancient to Modern Science  
This course traces the development of science from Ancient Greek traditions through the birth of modern science to the present. It will explore the methods and findings of the Ancients and of modern science, including the Newtonian Synthesis, relativity, and quantum mechanics. Students will participate in laboratory exercises and demonstrations. Laboratory fee: $30.
91 CHEM 070L Land Air & Ocean Science  
This course is an introduction to basic principles of environmental science with application to air and water pollution. Topics including global warming, the ozone hole, acid rain, energy production, sustainable development, etc. will be discussed. We will concentrate on both the scientific explorations and the political implications of such issues. Enrollment limited to 45. Laboratory fee $30. Second semester.
92 CHEM 081L The Science and Business of Medicinal Chemistry  Spring
An introduction to the basic concepts of medicinal chemistry and the methods of biochemical analysis such as: drug discovery, development and commercialization; a discussion of chemical bonding and the organic functional groups found in drug molecules; and an examination of the physiochemical properties related to drug action (e.g., acid-based properties, equlibria, and stereochemistry). Labroatory fee: $30.
93 CHEM 116L Organic Chemistry  Fall
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Laboratory fee $50.
94 CHEM 116L Organic Chemistry  Fall
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Laboratory fee $50.
95 CHEM 116L Organic Chemistry  Fall
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Laboratory fee $50.
96 CHEM 116L Organic Chemistry  Fall
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Laboratory fee $50.
97 CHEM 117L Organic Chemistry  Spring
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Enrollment limited to 64. Laboratory fee $50.
98 CHEM 117L Organic Chemistry  Spring
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Enrollment limited to 64. Laboratory fee $50.
99 CHEM 117L Organic Chemistry  Spring
The chemistry of organic compounds developed from considerations of bonding, structure, synthesis, and mechanisms of reaction. Selected applications of those principles to biological systems. Prerequisite: Chemistry 15 or equivalent. (Chemistry 116 is prerequisite for 117). Enrollment limited to 64. Laboratory fee $50.
100 CHEM 119 Natural Products Chemistry  
This course covers the field known as natural products chemistry. It will explore the main biological sources of natural products, methods for finding, classifying, and identifying potential pharmaceuticals, and the biochemical basis for the production of these compounds through the use of lectures, case studies, and hands-on experience in the laboratory. Prerequisite: Chemistry 117L. One-half course credit.
101 CHEM 121 Physical Chemistry  Spring
Courses designed to investigate physico-chemical systems through classical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Chemistry 15, Physics 31 (or 34), and Mathematics 31. (Chemistry 121 is not a prerequisite for 122.)
102 CHEM 122 Physical Chemistry  Fall
Courses designed to investigate physico-chemical systems through classical thermodynamics, statistical thermodynamics, kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy. Prerequisites: Chemistry 15, Physics 31 (or 34), and Mathematics 31. (Chemistry 121 is not a prerequisite for 122.) Enrollment limited to 20. First and second semester.
103 CHEM 123 Advanced Organic Chemistry  
Organic chemistry is the study of carbon-containing compounds, which are ubiquitous to everyday life. From pharmaceuticals to plastics, the structure of an organic molecule determines its function. This course is designed to introduce students to advanced topics in the field of organic chemistry. Topics covered will expand upon material covered in the Chemistry 116/117 organic sequence, with particular emphasis on stereoelectronic effects in organic reaction mechanisms. Prerequisites: Chemistry 117, or permission of instructor. Enrollment limited to 24. Offered every other year.
104 CHEM 124 Bioanalytical Chemistry  
This course will examine modern analytical and instrumental techniques as applied to biological systems. Particular focus will be placed on methods that elucidate protein structure and function as well as characterization of nucleic acids. The scope of the course will include fundamental theory and practical applications of spectroscopic methods, electrophoresis, biosensors, centrifugation, immunochemical methods, chromatography, mass spectrometry, and calorimetry. Prerequisites: Biology 43L and Chemistry 116L. Enrollment limited to 24. One-half course credit. Offered every three years.
105 CHEM 126L Advanced Lab in Chemistry  Fall
A survey of advanced laboratory techniques including physical chemistry methods, analytical chemistry (especially instrumental methods), and synthesis and characterization of compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 15, 117, Physics 34 (or 31) and Mathematics 31. (Chemistry 126 is not a prerequisite for 127.) Chemistry 121, and 122 recommended as co-requisites. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50. First and second semester.
106 CHEM 126L Advanced Lab in Chemistry  
A survey of advanced laboratory techniques including physical chemistry methods, analytical chemistry (especially instrumental methods), and synthesis and characterization of compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 15, 117, Physics 34 (or 31) and Mathematics 31. (Chemistry 126 is not a prerequisite for 127.) Chemistry 121, and 122 recommended as co-requisites. Enrollment limited to 18. Laboratory fee $50. First and second semester.
107 CHEM 127L Advanced Lab in Chemistry  
Catalog Description: A survey of advanced laboratory techniques including physical chemistry methods, analytical chemistry (especially instrumental methods), and synthesis and characterization of compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 15, 117, Physics 34 (or 31) and Mathematics 31. (Chemistry 126 is not a prerequisite for 127.) Chemistry 121, and 122 recommended as co-requisites. Laboratory fee $50.
108 CHEM 127L Advanced Lab in Chemistry  Spring
A survey of advanced laboratory techniques including physical chemistry methods, analytical chemistry (especially instrumental methods), and synthesis and characterization of compounds. Prerequisites: Chemistry 15, 117, Physics 34 (or 31) and Mathematics 31. (Chemistry 126 is not a prerequisite for 127.) Chemistry 121, and 122 recommended as co-requisites. Laboratory fee $50.
109 CHEM 128 Inorganic Chemistry  
A survey of the bonding, structure, reactions, mechanisms, and properties of inorganic compounds. Special emphasis will be placed upon transition metal chemistry. Topics will include elementary group theory, atomic structure, ionic and covalent bonding, spectroscopy, molecular orbital theory, periodic trends, bioinorganic chemistry, and organometallic chemistry. Prerequisites: Chemistry 117 and 121 (or concurrent). Enrollment limited to 20. Offered every other year.
110 CHEM 130L Inorganic Synthesis  
This laboratory course will include a variety of synthetic techniques for inorganic compounds. Emphasis will be on transition metal complexes, including organometallic compounds, and some main group compounds will also be prepared. Students will use appropriate spectroscopic methods and chromatography to characterize products. Use of original journal references will be stressed. Prerequisites: Chemistry 117 and 121 (or concurrent). One-half course credit. Enrollment limited to 12. Laboratory fee $50. Second semester.
111 CHEM 134 Introduction to Molecular Modeling  
This course provides an introduction to both the theory and practice of current molecular modeling methods. Students use molecular mechanics, molecular orbital theory and molecular dynamics to study the structure, properties and reactivity of systems ranging from small organic structures to large biomolecules. The computational work is carried out using Spartan, MacroModel and Gaussian software. Prerequisites: Chemistry 117 and 121. Enrollment limited to 12. Onehalf course credit. Offered every other year.
112 CHEM 136 Modern Molecular Photochemistry  
This course will explore the interaction of light with molecules, and the chemical and physical changes that result. Emphasis will be placed on modern applications of photochemistry in the areas of synthesis, mechaninstic studies, medicine, and materials science. Prerequisite: Chemistry 117. Enrollment limited to 20. One-half course credit. Offered occasionally.
113 CHEM 139 Environmental Chemistry  Spring
This course is designed to apply the fundamental ideas of chemistry to environmental concepts. Major topics include water, air, and land pollution, industrial ecology, and chemical techniques for environmental analysis and remediation. Prerequisite: Chemistry 116. Enrollment limited to 20. One-half course credit. Offered every other year.
114 CHEM 172 NMR Spectroscopy  
Examines fundamental concepts in nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy with a focus on techniques used for organic structure elucidation as well as in vivo spectroscopy and magnetic resonance imaging. Hands on experience with data collection and analysis. Lecture. Prerequisites: Chemistry 117 and 122. One-half course credit. Offered every other year.
115 CHEM 174L Solution Thermodynamics  
This course applies the laws of chemical thermodynamics to liquid solutions with particular emphasis on volumetric and refractometric studies. It includes both lecture and laboratory. For the latter, the students will work in groups on research projects devised by the instructor using an Anton Paar density meter and refractometer. Students will be required to present their findings in written form. Half-course credit. Prerequisite: Chemistry 121. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every other year.
116 CHEM 175 Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry  
This course will emphasize the chemistry and biochemistry vital to drug design and drug action. Clincially important compounds will be used as examples throughout the course, with special emphasis on neurochemical aspects. Structural activity and rational drug design concepts will also be discussed. Prerequisite: Chemistry 117L.
117 CHEM 177 Biochemistry  Fall
A study of structure and function in living systems at the molecular level. Discussion centers on intermediary metabolism, cellular control mechanisms, and energy flow, with particular emphasis on how this information is developed. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 116, 117, or permission of instructor.
118 CHEM 177 Biochemistry  
A study of structure and function in living systems at the molecular level. Discussion centers on intermediary metabolism, cellular control mechanisms, and energy flow, with particular emphasis on how this information is developed. Prerequisites: Biology 43, 44, Chemistry 116, 117, or permission of instructor.
119 CORE 001 Core 1  Fall
120 CORE 002 Chaos and Narrative  
Scripps Core
121 EA 030L Science and the Environment  Spring
This course is an introduction to the basic principles of environmental sicence with application in chemistry, ecology, and geology, and is part of the core course requirements for the Environmental Analysis major. Topics covered include a discussion of ecosystems, climate change, energy and food production, land resources, pollution, and sustainable development. A full laboratory accompanies the course and will include an emphasis on introduction to Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping and analysis. Enrollment limited to 24. Laboratory fee $50. Offered every semester.
122 EA 100L Global Climate Change  Fall
Introduction to the Earth Sciences with a focus on past and present global climate change. Topics include earth system science, climate change on geologic timescales, and recent climate change. Lectures will include a discussion of primary journal literature about climate change and relevant topics in the media. Labs will include an introduction to proxy methods used to reconstruct past climate variability. Prerequisites: Biology 43L and 44L, or Chemistry 14L and 15L (or 29L), or Physics 30L and 31L, or 33L and 34L, or both semesters of the AISS course. Laboratory fee: $50.
123 PHYS 030L General Physics  Fall
A first-year general physics course introducing mechanics, sound, fluids, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, relativity, and nuclear physics. This course is designed for majors in fields other than physics, chemistry, or engineering. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Mathematics 30, Calculus I, or permission of instructor. Physics 30 is a prerequisite for Physics 31. Laboratory fee $50.
124 PHYS 030L General Physics  Fall
A first-year general physics course introducing mechanics, sound, fluids, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, relativity, and nuclear physics. This course is designed for majors in fields other than physics, chemistry, or engineering. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Mathematics 30, Calculus I, or permission of instructor. Physics 30 is a prerequisite for Physics 31. Laboratory fee $50.
125 PHYS 030L General Physics  Fall
A first-year general physics course introducing mechanics, sound, fluids, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, relativity, and nuclear physics. This course is designed for majors in fields other than physics, chemistry, or engineering. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Mathematics 30, Calculus I, or permission of instructor. Physics 30 is a prerequisite for Physics 31. Laboratory fee $50.
126 PHYS 031L General Physics  Spring
A first-year general physics course introducing mechanics, sound, fluids, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, relativity, and nuclear physics. This course is designed for majors in fields other than physics, chemistry, or engineering. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Mathematics 30, Calculus I, or permission of instructor. Physics 30 is a prerequisite for Physics 31. Laboratory fee $50.
127 PHYS 031L General Physics  Spring
A first-year general physics course introducing mechanics, sound, fluids, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, relativity, and nuclear physics. This course is designed for majors in fields other than physics, chemistry, or engineering. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Mathematics 30, Calculus I, or permission of instructor. Physics 30 is a prerequisite for Physics 31. Laboratory fee $50.
128 PHYS 031L General Physics  Spring
A first-year general physics course introducing mechanics, sound, fluids, wave motion, heat, electricity, magnetism, atomic physics, relativity, and nuclear physics. This course is designed for majors in fields other than physics, chemistry, or engineering. Prerequisite or co-requisite: Mathematics 30. Calculus I, or permission of instructor. (Physics 30 is a prerequisite for Physics 31.) Laboratory fee $50 per semester. Offered every year.
129 PHYS 033L Principles of Physics  Fall
A first-year general physics course designed for physics, chemistry, and engineering majors. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, fluids, wave motion, electrical measurements, DC and AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, and light. Prerequisites: Previous calculus experience or Mathematics 30 and 31 taken concurrently, or permission of instructor. Physics 33 is a prerequisite for 34. Laboratory fee $50.
130 PHYS 033L Principles of Physics  Fall
A first-year general physics course designed for physics, chemistry, and engineering majors. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, fluids, wave motion, electrical measurements, DC and AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, and light. Prerequisites: Previous calculus experience or Mathematics 30 and 31 taken concurrently, or permission of instructor. Physics 33 is a prerequisite for 34. Laboratory fee $50.
131 PHYS 034L Principles of Physics  Spring
A first-year general physics course designed for physics, chemistry, and engineering majors. Topics include electrical measurements, DC and AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, and light. Prerequisites: Previous calculus experience or Mathematics 30 and 31 taken concurrently, or permission of instructor. Physics 33 is a prerequisite for 34. Laboratory fee $50. First and second semester.
132 PHYS 034L Principles of Physics  Spring
A first-year general physics course designed for physics, chemistry, and engineering majors. Topics include Newtonian mechanics, gravitation, fluids, wave motion, electrical measurements, DC and AC circuits, Maxwell's equations, and light. Prerequisites: Previous calculus experience or Mathematics 30 and 31 taken concurrently, or permission of instructor. Physics 33 is a prerequisite for 34. Laboratory fee $50. First and second semester.
133 PHYS 035 Modern Physics  Fall
An introductory modern physics course designed as a continuation for Physics 33, 34. Topics include thermodynamics, relativity, atomic physics, elementary quantum mechanics, chemical bonding, solid state physics, band theory and appropriate applications. Prerequisites: Physics 34 and Mathematics 32. Mathematics 32 may be taken concurrently.
134 PHYS 077L Great Ideas in Science  
This course surveys a number of fundamental ideas in science that have revolutionized our modern conception of Nature and challenged our understanding of our place in the natural world. Examples include Big Bang theory; Evolution; Genomics and Cloning; Chaos Theory; Einstein�s Theory of Relativity; Quantum Mechanics; debates about Global Warming; the Analysis of Risk and Coincidence; Game Theory; etc. Underlying scientific principles as well as associated public policy issues will be described. The course will be co-taught by faculty from multiple scientific disciplines. Enrollment limited to 24. Laboratory fee $30. Offered every other year.
135 PHYS 079L Intro to Energy & the Environmental Issues  
Examination of the options available for meeting projected U.S. and global energy requirements. Consideration of resources and conversion and consumption patterns, thermodynamic limitations; immediate and long-range engineering options; environmental consequences. Topics include conservation, fossil fuel, nuclear, geothermal, and solar energy systems. Also listed as Engineering 79L at Harvey Mudd College. Enrollment limited to 45. Laboratory fee $30.
136 PHYS 100 Computational Physics & Engineering  Spring
This course is a comprehensive introduction to the application of computational techniques to physics and engineering. It provides direct experience in using computers to model physical systems and it develops a minimum set of algorithms needed to create physics and engineering simulations on a computer. Such algorithms are employed to solve nontrivial, real world problems through the investigation of seven major projects. Students will use MatLab computer mathematical software. No prior computer course is assumed. Prerequisites: Physics 33, 34, Mathematics 30, 31. Enrollment limited to 12. Second semester.
137 PHYS 101 Intermediate Mechanics  Fall
The applications of classical mechanics to statics and dynamics of rigid bodies, central force motions, and oscillators. Numerical analysis, Lagrangian methods, and nonlinear approximation techniques will be used. Prerequisites: Physics 33 and Mathematics 111. Enrollment limited to 20. Offered every other year.
138 PHYS 102 Intermediate Electricity & Magnetism  
An upper division course in electrodynamics using analytical, but emphasizing numerical techniques to solve problems. Topics include electrostatic solutions using Laplace's and Poisson's equations, polarization, magnetostatics, magnetization, Maxwell's equations, electromagnetic waves, and electromagnetic radiation. Prerequisites: Physics 34, 100 or equivalent, Mathematics 32, or permission of instructor. Second semester.
139 PHYS 105 Computational Partial Differential Equations  Spring
A survey with examples of modern numerical techniques for investigating a range of elliptic, parabolic, and hyperbolic partial differential equations central to a wide variety of applications in science, engineering, and other fields. Prerequisites: entry-level programming, differential equations, scientific computing or equivalent courses, or permission of instructor. Offered every year.
140 PHYS 107 Materials Science  
An introductory examination of materials and their properties. Topics covered include: atomic packing and crystal structure, elastic and plastic deformation of metals, strengths of materials, ceramics, polymers, electric properties of semiconductors, piezoelectricity, paramagnetism and ferromagnetism. Prerequisites: Physics 33, 34, or both semesters of the AISS sequence. Enrollment limited to 20. Offered every year.
141 PHYS 108 Programming for Science & Engineering  Fall
This course is a comprehensive introduction to programming using MatLab, the primary language of engineering computations. It covers control constructs, internal and external procedures, array manipulations, user-defined data structures, and recursion. These elements are used to develop some computational techniques in engineering. No prior computer experience is required.
142 PHYS 114 Quantum Mechanics  
[Not from catalog:] In this course, you will learn quantum mechanics as expressed in the language of states and operators. This formalism is particularly convenient when discussing particles' intrinsic spin, but also makes contact with the wave mechanics that you have seen in earlier courses. Along the way, we will discuss a variety of interesting physical systems and gain insight into the fundamental structure of physical laws. When appropriate, class examples and homework will make use of computational or numerical methods.
143 PHYS 115 Statistical Mechanics  Spring
This course covers, at the junior-senior level, statistical mechanics and thermodynamics. Standard topics include the laws of thermodynamics, kinetic theory, classical statistical mechanics and its connection to thermodynamics, quantum statistical mechanics and its applications. In addition, numerical techniques are implemented and used to solve realistic thermodynamics problems in the computer lab. Prerequisites: Physics 33, 34, or both semesters of the AISS sequence, and Physics 100 (or equivalent), and Mathematics 110. Enrollment limited to 20. Offered every other year.