Academic Courses

BIOL 187: HIV-AIDS: Science, Society and Service (fall)

The molecular biology of HIV infection, the biochemistry of antiviral interventions, and the causes and impact of the global HIV-AIDS pandemic, including the interrelationships among HIV-AIDS, prejudice, race, and stigma. Includes a community service project in partnership with a local AIDS organization.

For more information, please contact Professor Haushalter at

POST 188: Political Innovations (fall)

Under what conditions do novel political ideas become realities? Explores the origins and impacts of political innovations large and small – from the framing of the Constitution to the development of major social policies, the creation and reform of government agencies and non-profit organizations and experimentation with new forms of social protest and political mobilization.

For more information, please contact Professor Steinberg at

HSA 179A: Social and Ethical Issues in Community Engagement (fall)

The overarching goal of this course is to provide students with a venue for thinking about the many social and ethical issues associated with community engagement. We will (1) use self-reflection to analyze, interpret, and make sense of student experiences in the field; and (2) articulate a clarified ethical framework by examining personal values, beliefs, and responsibilities in light of lessons learned in the field. Assignments will consist of reflective writing, in-class discussions, and public presentations. This 1-unit course meets once per week for 75-minutes. Enrolled students must have an active community engagement commitment (e.g., a volunteer position or a co-curricular activity like Science Bus) of at least one hour per week. If you are interested in the course but do not have a placement, please contact the Office of Community Engagement at

For more information, please contact Professor Mashek at or Gabriela Gamiz at

RLST 155: Religion, Ethics and Social Practice (spring)

How do our beliefs, models of moral reasoning and communities of social interaction relate to one another? To what extent do factors such as class, culture and ethnicity determine our assumptions about the human condition and the development of our own human sensibilities? Discussion and three- to six-hour-per-week placement with poor or otherwise marginalized persons in the Pomona Valley.

(Napier course offered at Pomona College, intergenerational, community engagement).

For additional information about the Napier course or how to enroll, please contact Professor Haushalter at or Gabriela Gamiz at

CSCI 124: User Interface Design (fall and spring)

This course introduces students to issues in the design, implementation and evaluation of human-computer interfaces, with emphasis on user-centered design and graphical interfaces. Students will learn skills that aid them in choosing the right user interaction technique and developing an interface that is w ell-suited to the people for whom it is designed.

For more information, please contact Professor Boerkoel at

IE 142: Seminar on Mathematics and Science Education (fall and spring)

Introduction to the discipline concerned with the design and implementation of software systems. The course presents a historical perspective on software development practice and explores modern, agile techniques for eliciting software requirements, designing and implementing software architecture and modules, robust testing practices, and project management. Student teams design, develop and test a substantial software project.

For more information, please contact Professor Sweedyk at