Academic Departments, Courses of Study, and Programs

Scripps College emphasizes a challenging core curriculum based on interdisciplinary studies in the humanities, combined with rigorous training in the disciplines, as the best possible foundation for any goals a woman may pursue. The interdisciplinary emphasis of the curriculum has always been a hallmark of our education process here and at The Claremont Colleges.

Majors are offered in fields in which the senior thesis can be supervised by a member of the Scripps faculty, and, if the major is offered at Scripps, the Scripps major requirements must be met. All majors consist of a minimum of eight semester courses or their equivalent, and a senior thesis (or senior project). At least half of these courses must be taken at Scripps, except where this regulation is specifically waived.

5-College Programs

Students who wish to pursue a major offered by another Claremont College may arrange to do so by fulfilling the requirements of the major at that college. Arrangements for pursuing this major must be made with an off-campus major adviser in the appropriate program. See guidelines concerning off-campus majors and cross-registration.

Students may cross-register within The Claremont Colleges when off-campus enrollments fall within the guidelines listed in the Policies and Procedures section of this catalog. Individual course restrictions are indicated in semester course schedules. Scripps College does not separately fund course costs, such as materials or travel costs, associated with courses at other Claremont Colleges.

W.M. Keck Science Department

The W. M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College, and Scripps College allows students to fulfill the college requirements in science and to pursue advanced studies as majors or as supplementary studies to related fields. Because of the significant role of science and technology today, a knowledge of the methods and concepts of science is considered an essential part of a Scripps College education. The department curriculum, taught by a broadly trained science faculty, offers general and advanced courses and the opportunity for individual research projects. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the department’s in-service training opportunities, such as laboratory, research, and teaching assistantships.

The department offers courses of study for the student interested in enlarging understanding of natural phenomena and courses for students desiring a major in biology, chemistry, physics, or some combination of these areas. An interdisciplinary major in biology/chemistry is available to those students whose interests overlap both fields. Contact Interim Dean Marion Preest for specific details of the program. A major in neuroscience is available for Scripps students who wish to pursue a multidisciplinary study of the biological bases of behavior. Interested students should contact Professor Melissa Coleman. Premedical and environmental emphases made possible by the above majors are two particular strengths of the department. Additional courses in science are offered at Harvey Mudd and Pomona Colleges.