2022 Summer Session Course Offerings

Courses and course schedules are subject to change without notice. Classes designated as in-person may change to remote-learning with notice. Students should consult with their home college registrar to determine transferability.

For in-person courses only: unless a student has received an approved exemption, all students attending in-person courses are required to submit proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination series including a booster shot. Failure to upload your vaccination information will result in removal from in-person courses.

Session I: May 23 – July 1

6-Week Courses

May 23 – July 1

(HMC Students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H2 2022)

Remote Courses
In-Person Courses
  • *remote participation will be considered

Session II: June 13 – July 22

3-Week Courses

June 13–July 1

(HMC Students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H3 2022)

Remote Courses

July 5–July 22

(HMC Students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H5 2022)

Remote Courses

6-Week Courses

June 13–July 22

(HMC Students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H4 2022)

Remote Courses

Course Descriptions

ASAM125 AA – Introduction to Asian American History, 1850-Present

Instructor: Alfred Flores

This survey course examines the history of Asian immigrant groups and their American-born descendants as they have settled and adjusted to life in the United States since 1850. We will explore issues such as the experience of immigration, daily life in urban ethnic enclaves, and racist campaigns against Asian immigrants. In addition, this course utilizes an ethnic studies framework that requires students to critically explore other themes such as class, community, empire, gender, labor, race, sexuality, settler colonialism, and war from the perspective of Asian Americans.

Prerequisite: None.

Runs May 23, 2022 through June 10, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H1 2022

CSCI005 HM – Introduction to Computer Science

Instructor: Zach Dodds

Introduction to elements of computer science. Students learn computational problem-solving techniques and gain experience with the design, implementation, testing, and documentation of programs in a high-level language. In addition, students learn to design digital devices, understand how computers operate, and learn to program in a small machine language. Students are also exposed to ideas in computability theory. The course also integrates societal and ethical issues related to computer science.

Prerequisite: None

Note to 5C and HS students: Students hoping to take additional CS courses or pursue a CS at Mudd are encouraged to review the relevant information on the computer science webpage for off-campus students.

Section 01 runs May 23, 2022 through June 10, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register for section 01 on the portal by searching for session SU H1 2022

Section 02 runs from June 13, 2022 through July 1, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register for section 02 on the portal by searching for session SU H3 2022

CSCI035 HM – Computer Science for Insight

Instructor: Zach Dodds

This course extends CSCI005 HM in developing software-composition skills. Pairing lectures and lab sessions, the experience will deepen foundations in algorithms and data structures, introduce machine learning and its mindset, weigh tradeoffs between human- and machine-efficiency, and build sophistication in software, both assembling existing software packages and from-scratch design. Students will deploy and assess computing projects of their own design – with substantive application beyond CS itself – as the course’s final capstone. The course continues in the language of CSCI005 HM and especially encourages computing efforts which contribute to fields of interest beyond CS, whether academic or extracurricular.

Prerequisite: CSCI005 HM or CSCI005GR HM or equivalent background

Runs July 5, 2022 through July 22, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H5 2022

CSCI081 HM – Computability and Logic

Instructor: Chris Stone

An introduction to some of the mathematical foundations of computer science, particularly logic, automata, and computability theory. Develops skill in constructing and writing proofs, and demonstrates the applications of the aforementioned areas to problems of practical significance.

Prerequisite(s): MATH055 HM and (CSCI060 HM or CSCI042 HM). Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

Runs May 23, 2022 through June 10, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets in person Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H1 2022

ENGR086 HM – Materials Engineering

Instructor: Albert Dato

Introduction to the structure, properties, and processing of materials used in engineering applications. Topics include: material structure (bonding, crystalline and non-crystalline structures, imperfections); equilibrium microstructures; diffusion, nucleation, growth, kinetics, non-equilibrium processing; microstructure, properties and processing of: steel, ceramics, polymers and composites; creep and yield; fracture mechanics; and the selec­tion of materials and appropriate performance indices.

Prerequisites: CHEM023A HM, CHEM023B HM, MATH019 HM, MATH073 HM, and PHYS024 HM, or equivalents (one year of general chemistry and one semester each of calculus, linear algebra, and mechanics, respectively.) High school students interested in taking the course should have completed AP-level coursework in chemistry, calculus, and physics (mechanics).

Runs May 23, 2022 through July 1, 2022 (6week course). Class meets online Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. – 7:55 p.m. and Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H2 2022

GEOG105 HM – Place, Power and Difference

Instructor: David Seitz

This course introduces students to key concepts in social and cultural geography, including space, place and scale, as well as the “cultural turn” that led human geographers to re-think their understanding of what power is and how it operates. The course investigates the difference that thinking geographically makes to the study of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other relations of difference and power.

Does not satisfy HMC HSA writing-intensive requirement.

Prerequisite: None.

Runs May 23, 2022 through June 10, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H1 2022

MATH055 HM – Discrete Mathematics

Instructors: Dagan Karp (3 week remote course, May 23–June 10) and Michael Orrison (6 week in-person course, May 23–July 1)

Topics include combinatorics (clever ways of counting things), number theory, and graph theory with an emphasis on creative problem solving and learning to read and write rigorous proofs. Possible applications include probability, analysis of algorithms, and cryptography.

Corequisites: MATH073 HM or equivalent. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

Section 01 (Prof Karp) runs from May 23, 2022 through 10, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 1:15 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register for section 01 on the portal by searching for session SU H1 2022

Section 02 (Prof Orrison) runs from May 23, 2022 through July 1, 2022 (6-week course). Class meets in person Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register for section 02 on the portal by searching for session SU H2 2022

MATH082 HM – Differential Equations

Instructors: Darryl Yong and Jon Jacobsen

Modeling physical systems, first-order ordinary differential equations, existence, uniqueness, and long-term behavior of solutions; bifurcations; approximate solutions; second-order ordinary differential equations and their properties, applications; first-order systems of ordinary differential equations. Applications to linear systems of ordinary differential equations, matrix exponential; nonlinear systems of differential equations; equilibrium points and their stability. Additional topics.

Prerequisites: (MATH019 HM and MATH073 HM) or equivalent. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

Runs May 23, 2022 through July 1, 2022 (6-week course). Class meets in person Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H2 2022

MATH179 HM – Mathematics of Big Data

Instructor: Weiqing Gu

This is a course in how to utilize data: infer, predict, coerce, and classify. We will cover a large breadth of material, spanning supervised and unsupervised learning, recommender systems, and Bayesian modeling, to a high level of mathematical rigor. Upon successful completion of the course, students should be fully equipped to enter industry as a data scientist, read active research in the field of Machine Learning, and approach huge (data and otherwise) problems seen in the real world. Additionally, another goal of this course is to become comfortable using Amazon Web Services and GitHub as these tools are extremely prevalent in industry and academia when developing and deploying models. To that end, all code for homework and your final project will be hosted on GitHub.

Prerequisite: MATH073 HM and (MATH019 HM or MATH063 PO/SC/CM/PZ) and CSCI005 HM

Runs May 23, 2022 through July 1, 2022 (6-week course). Class meets online Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00 p.m. – 8:35 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H2 2022

MATH189AF HM – Mathematics for Human Flourishing

Instructor: Francis Su

What is the purpose of mathematics or a math education? How does society’s view of the nature of mathematics change our perceptions of who it’s for or why we do it? Why are the most rewarding parts of doing mathematics often not part of our educational experiences? Through a variety of readings, discussion, and reflection on historical, philosophical and mathematical sources, students will consider questions like these and develop a coherent view of how mathematics might connect to what it means to be a human being.

Prerequisite: None

Runs June 13–July 1, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H3 2022

PHIL179D HM – Empirical and Experimental Philosophy / Special Topics in Philosophy

Instructor: Kyle Thompson

To what extent is philosophy grounded on or informed by empirical observation and experimentation? To what extent ought it be so? To explore these questions, this course will make stops at important moments in the history of philosophy—such as Descartes’ armchair philosophizing and Carol Gilligan’s interviewing women about morality—on its way to the present movement called “experimental philosophy,” wherein philosophers conduct experiments similar to those in cognitive and social science in order to address philosophical questions. Students will learn how philosophers think about intuitions and the roles they play in grounding and challenging theories in ethics, epistemology, metaphysics, etc. In addition, students will explore important intersections between philosophy and science, such as the emergence of neurophilosophy and moral psychology in the 20th century. The armchair isn’t going anywhere, but neither is the question of which methods of inquiry, namely those empirically informed, are part of the philosopher’s toolkit in addressing diverse questions about mind, knowledge, and morality.

Prerequisite: None

Runs June 13, 2022 through July 22, 2022 (6-week course). Class meets online Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1:15 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H4 2022

RLST113 HM – God, Darwin, Design in America: A Historical Survey of Religion and Science

Instructor: Erika Dyson

Course examines the relationships between science and religion in the United States from the early 19th century to the present. Starting with the Natural Theologians, who made science the “handmaid of theology” in the early Republic, we will move forward in time through the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and Andrew Dickson White’s subsequent declaration of a war between science and religion, into the 20th century with the Scopes trial and the rise of Creationism, the evolutionary synthesis, and finally the recent debates over the teaching of Intelligent Design in public schools.

Satisfies HMC HSA writing-intensive requirement.

Prerequisite: None.

Runs May 23, 2022 through July 1, 2022 (6-week course). Class meets online Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H2 2022

STS 010 HM – Introduction to Science, Technology and Society

Instructor: Marianne DeLaet

An introduction to the interactions among science, technology, and society. Examines the different concepts of rationality and the values that underlie scientific and technological endeavors as well as the centrality of value conflict in technological controversies.

Prerequisite: None. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

Runs May 23, 2022 through June 10, 2022 (3-week course). Class meets online Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Note: HMC students can register on the portal by searching for session SU H1 2022