Common Core Curriculum

At most colleges and universities, the core curriculum provides an overview of the arts and humanities for students to sample. At Harvey Mudd, it’s something else entirely.

The Common Core at Harvey Mudd is an academic boot camp in the STEM disciplines—math, physics, chemistry, biology, computer science and engineering—as well as classes in writing and critical inquiry. It gives students a broad scientific foundation and the skills to think and to solve problems across disciplines.

The Core includes:

  • One course each in biology, computer science and engineering
  • Three semesters of mathematics
  • Two and a half semesters of physics and an associated laboratory
  • One and a half semesters of chemistry and an associated laboratory
  • An interdisciplinary or disciplinary “Core lab” selected from a changing set of offerings
  • A half-semester of college writing
  • A course in critical inquiry offered by the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts

The Core is demanding, but Harvey Mudd fosters collaboration, not competition—students work in teams and learn together. The hands-on, project-based courses in the Core foster a love for collaboration, communication skills and leadership ability.

Harvey Mudd’s curriculum—the Common Core, requirements in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts, and the major—gives students a solid grounding in the sciences, expertise in a chosen field and an understanding of the relationship between technology and the people it serves.

See Core Curriculum learning outcomes.

Page 26 of the Academic Catalogue 2015–2016 (PDF) has more information on the Common Core.