Students may also choose to complete an off-campus major at one of the other Claremont Colleges in order to satisfy the “major” component of the curriculum. In this case, the student must also complete a minor in one of the Harvey Mudd College major-granting departments, along with all other graduation requirements, including the Common Core, the Integrative Experience and the program in Humanities and Social Sciences.
An off-campus major (OCM) is overseen by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A student contemplating an OCM in lieu of a regular HMC major should consult with the Associate Dean about the application process. Since the requirements of the other college may be less than the HMC requirements for an OCM (10 courses), it is important that the student begin this consultation early. All students taking off-campus majors will be required to write a senior thesis or engage in some approved capstone experience (e.g., research, Clinic, internship) as well as completing a technical minor with one of the HMC major departments. In cases where courses in the off-campus major overlap with either or both of the HMC humanities and social sciences concentration or the HMC minor, up to four overlapping courses may be allowed to satisfy more than one of these departmental graduation requirements. Students are not allowed to seek off-campus majors that are offered as on-campus majors.
Minors: A minor is available only to students electing an OCM in lieu of a regular HMC major.
Biology: Biology 52 (required in Core), Biology 54, four additional biology courses, at least one of which must be accompanied by a lab.
Chemistry: A minor in chemistry shall consist of a coherent group of at least four courses beyond the required Core in two or more areas of chemistry, i.e. analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic and physical. The minor must include laboratory experiences in at least two different areas beyond general chemistry (Chemistry 21–22) and be approved by the minor advisor. (Chemistry 56 and Chemistry 58 together count as one course.)
Computer Science: Math 55, Computer Science 60, Computer Science 140; one of the following: Computer Science 105, Computer Science 121, Computer Science 131, Computer Science 142; and any other upper division Computer Science course chosen with the consultation and approval of the minor advisor.
The Engineering Minor follows the same three-part model as the major. Students must complete seven engineering courses, as follows:
Engineering Sciences (2): One of E82, E83, E84, E85, or E106 and one follow-on course in the same discipline as the first; and
Engineering Systems (2): E59 (taken as part of the college’s Common Core); and E101 and Design and Professional Practice (3); One of E4 or E111; and E8 and E80.
Mathematics: The student will propose a program designed in consultation with his/her mathematics adviser. Proposals must be approved by the Department of Mathematics Curriculum Committee and should consist of any four upper division Mathematics courses (to include Math 55) which form a coherent concentration or survey program. At least three must be HMC or HMC cooperative courses. Mathematics Clinic and Senior Thesis are normally excluded.
Physics: Physics 52, Quantum Physics (three units), and at least nine additional units of physics or astronomy chosen with the help of a physics adviser.