2021 Summer Session Course Offerings

2021 Summer Session *TENTATIVE* Course Offerings

Courses and course schedules are subject to change without notice.

Session I: May 24 – July 2

3-Week Courses: May 24 – June 11

ASAM125 AA: Introduction to Asian American History, 1850-present
CSCI005 HM: Introduction to Computer Science
CSCI070 HM: Data Structures & Program Development
ID  179** HM: Social Justice and Equity: STEM and Beyond
LIT 179AD HM: U.S. Latinx Literature / Special Topics in Literature
MATH055 HM: Discrete Mathematics
MATH178 HM: Nonlinear Data Analytics
MATH188 HM: Social Choice and Decision Making
MATH189R HM: Mathematics of Big Data
PHYS019 HM: Physics on the Edge
STS 010 HM: Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society

6-Week Courses: May 24 – July 2

CHEM023A HM: Chemistry in the Modern World I
CHEM187/BIOL187 HM: HIV-AIDS: Science, Society, and Service
ENGR086 HM: Materials Engineering
ENGR190AS HM: Biomaterials / Special Topics in Engineering
GEOG105 HM: Place, Power, and Difference
MATH164/CSCI144 HM: Scientific Computing
MUS 118 HM: Music in the United States
PHIL179D HM: Empirical and Experimental Philosophy / Special Topics in Philosophy
PHYS078 HM: Climate and Energy
PHYS084 HM: Quantum Information
POST114 HM: Comparative Environmental Politics
POST188 HM: Political Innovation
RLST183 HM: Ghosts and the Machines

Session II: June 14 – July 23

3-Week Courses: June 14 – July 2

CSCI005 HM: Introduction to Computer Science
LEAD179E HM: Leadership in Sports / Special Topics in Leadership
PHYS023 HM: Special Relativity

6-Week Courses: June 14 – July 23

ASTR021 HM: Stars, Planets, and Life: Introduction to Astrobiology
MATH019 HM: Single and Multivariable Calculus
MATH171 HM: Abstract Algebra I
WRIT001 HM: Introduction to Academic Writing

3-Week Courses: July 5 – July 23

CSCI035 HM: Computer Science for Insight
PHYS32 HM: Gravitation

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. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

ASTR021 HM – Stars, Planets, and Life: Introduction to Astrobiology

Instructor: Ann Esin

This course aims to acquaint the students with the basic concepts of astrobiology, which is the study of the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe. We will focus on two questions: How does life begin and evolve? Is there life outside of Earth and, if so, how can it be detected? The topics covered during this semester-long course will include basic orbital mechanics, thermal equilibrium of planets and criteria for habitability, the search for habitable planets outside our Solar System and planetary exploration inside our Solar System, appearance and evolution of organic compounds throughout our Universe leading to the appearance of self-organizing molecules, impact of planetary properties on the possibility of life forming and evolving, and, finally, a review of the common theories concerning the origin of life on Earth.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM23A HM – Chemistry in the Modern World I

Instructor: Kathy Van Heuvelen

Chemistry plays a powerful role in addressing an array of current and future global and societal challenges. This course examines contemporary applications of chemistry to describe innovative advances in such areas as energy, medicine, technology, materials, to name a few. These applications illustrate such fundamental concepts as molecular and electronic structure in dictating chemical and physical properties; intermolecular forces, phase behavior, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, kinetics, and equilibria. Lecture and individual and group exercises conducted in class are used as a context for introducing chemistry principles.

Prerequisite: None

CHEM187 HM/BIOL187 HM – HIV-AIDS: Science, Society, and Service

Instructor: Karl Haushalter

The molecular biology of HIV infection, the biochemistry of antiviral interventions, and the causes and impact of the global HIV-AIDS pandemic, including the inter-relationships among HIV-AIDS, prejudice, race, and stigma. (Crosslisted as BIOL 187 HM)

Prerequisite: BIOL 113 HM and BIOL182 HM/CHEM182 HM permission of the instructor. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

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, implementa¬tion, 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.

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

CSCI070 HM – Data Structures & Program Development

Instructor: Julie Medero

Abstract data types including priority queues and dynamic dictionaries and efficient data structures for these data types, including heaps, self-balancing trees, and hash tables. Analysis of data structures including worst-case, average-case and amortized analysis. Storage allocation and reclamation. Secondary storage considerations. Extensive practice building programs for a variety of applications.

Prerequisite(s): (CSCI060 HM or CSCI042 HM), and at least one mathematics course at the level of calculus or higher; MATH055 HM recommended. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

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 & 023B HM, MATH030B/G HM, MATH040 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).

ENGR190AS HM – Biomaterials/Special Topics in Engineering

Instructor: Albert Dato

Introduction to various classes of biomaterials and their applications in medicine. Topics include the synthesis, properties, structure, and performance of materials that come into contact with tissue and biological fluids.

Prerequisite: ENGR086 HM. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

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.

Student may choose to have this course meet the HSA writing-intensive requirement.

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

ID  179** Social Justice and Equity: STEM and Beyond

Instructor: Kathy Van Heuvelen

Details coming soon

LEAD179E HM – Leadership in Sports / Special Topics in Leadership (1.5 credit course)

Instructor: Paul Settles

South African President and Nobel Peace Prize Winner Nelson Mandela said, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. Sport can create hope…” This course examines sports leadership and its intersection with business, politics, and entertainment, in an attempt to understand how sports is part of our culture, and in a reciprocal way, how our culture impacts sport at the amateur and professional levels. Students will examine case studies of sports leaders – coaches, athletes, and organizations – who demonstrate both successful and flawed attributes and behaviors. How do these attributes and behaviors impact performance, as well as key stakeholders?

The dynamics of sports teams, the attention given to athletes and coaches, and the fact that sports is a huge industry globally, makes it a perfect vehicle for the study of leaders and leadership. Much of the research on leadership and group dynamics, and leadership and management, fits nicely with the analysis of sports and the sports industry, and there is a growing research literature that directly studies leadership in sports teams, in coaching, and in the sports industry.

LIT 179ADHM – U.S. Latinx Literature / Special Topics in Literature

Instructor: Enrico Santi

The course will study fiction and autobiography works by contemporary U.S. Latino/a/s, their diverse cultural heritage, literary imagination, and collective debate on a number of issues. We will read works by authors of Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban-American and Dominican-American heritage, their struggle with society and language, their views on race, class and gender, as well as their polemical relationship to U.S. society in general and with the canon of American Lit. Our discussions will broach the issues of bilingualism, hybridity, and the tensions between inherited traditions and contemporary cultural pressures. There will also be readings in the relevant theories of contemporary Latino/Hispanic scholars, and varied historical contexts.

Prerequisite: None

MATH019 HM – Single and Multivariable Calculus

Instructor: Dagan Karp

A comprehensive view of the theory and techniques of differential and integral calculus of a single variable together with a robust introduction to multivariable calculus. Topics include limits, continuity, derivatives, definite integrals, infinite series, Taylor series in one and several variables, partial derivatives, double and triple integrals, linear approximations, the gradient, directional derivatives and the Jacobian, optimization and the second derivative test, higher-order derivatives and Taylor approximations, line integrals, vector fields, curl, divergence, Green’s theorem, and an introduction to flux and surface integrals.

Prerequisite: None

MATH055 HM – Discrete Mathematics

Instructor: Dagan Karp

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.

Prerequisites: MATH040 HM or MATH073 HM or equivalent

MATH164 HM/CSCI144 HM – Scientific Computing

Instructor: Darryl Yong

Computational techniques applied to problems in the sciences and engineering. Modeling of physical problems, computer implementation, analysis of results; use of mathematical software; numerical methods chosen from: solutions of linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations, finite elements, linear programming, optimization algorithms, and fast Fourier transforms.

Prerequisite: (MATH065 HM and (CSCI060 HM or CSCI042 HM)) or (MATH073 HM, MATH082 HM, and (CSCI060 HM or CSCI042 HM)). Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

MATH171 HM – Abstract Algebra I

Instructor: Michael Orrison

Groups, rings, fields, and additional topics. Topics in group theory include groups, subgroups, quotient groups, Lagrange’s theorem, symmetry groups, and the isomorphism theorems. Topics in Ring theory include Euclidean domains, PIDs, UFDs, fields, polynomial rings, ideal theory, and the isomorphism theorems.

Prerequisites: (MATH040 HM or MATH073 HM or equivalent) and (MATH055 HM or equivalent). Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

MATH178 HM – Nonlinear Data Analytics

Instructor: Weiqing Gu

In this course, we will cover analysis of nonlinear large dynamic data including but not limited from auto cars, cell phones, robots, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). We will start with visualizing such data using geometric methods. We then will represent such data in certain configuration spaces to capture the intrinsic non-linear relationship in the data. (For example, UAVs’ data including accelerometer and gyroscope data, obeys nonlinear kinematics and dynamics relationships, a curved 3-D sphere S3 can capture their rotations when we use unit quaternion representations. A traditional statistical correlation matrix cannot capture those nonlinear relations since a correlation matrix only captures linear relationships in the data.) We will then cover more advanced geometric data analysis techniques including nonlinear Riemannian (non-Euclidean) distances for modeling such big data problems (e.g. used for building a cost function). We will also demonstrate how to perform optimization techniques on such curved configuration spaces by extending optimization methods such as gradient descent and Newton’s method to such curved spaces. Finally, we will apply our learned techniques to solve real-world problems involving big nonlinear dynamic data.

Prerequisite: CSCI070 HM and (CSCI140 HM, or MATH131 HM, or MATH157 HM or MATH168 HM) or equivalent. Course not open to high school students unless approved by the instructor.

MATH188 HM – Social Choice and Decision Making

Instructor: Francis Su

Basic concepts of game theory and social choice theory, representations of games, Nash equilibria, utility theory, non-cooperative games, cooperative games, voting games, paradoxes, Arrow’s impossibility theorem, Shapley value, power indices, “fair division” problems and applications.

Corequisite: MATH055 HM recommended or equivalent

MATH189R HM – Mathematics of Big Data, I

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 MATH 60 HM, or (high school) AP Statistics or equivalent

MUS 118 HM – Music in the United States

Instructor: Chuck Kamm

A survey of the history and development of music in the United States, this course will examine the diverse musical cultures and traditions, including European, African, Latin American, Native American, Asian, and others that have come to this country and have influenced the works of musicians and composers in the United States. Musical examples from American popular culture (jazz, rock, country, and pop), from religious services and practices of various denominations and sects, from ethnic groups and folk cultures within the United States, and from art music in the United States will be studied as expressions of important concerns and values in our society, and as influences on music in other countries as well.

Prerequisite: None

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

PHYS019 HM – Physics on the Edge

Instructor: Vatche Sahakian

This course will teach you about the conceptual foundations of modern physics. We will cover a wide range of examples and concepts that span many sub-disciplines while emphasizing the unity of physics and its fundamental character. We will discuss general concepts from Relativity to Quantum Mechanics to Cosmology and Black holes, from superconductivity and the beauty of phase transitions to the Standard Model of particle physics and quantum entanglement. We will use high school math to explore the details of these concepts. Visual interactive simulations will replace equations wherever possible, and homework will help you explore explicit cases with basic computations.

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

PHYS023 HM – Special Relativity (Must be taken with PHYS032) (1.5 credit course)

Instructor: Peter Saeta

Einstein’s special theory of relativity is developed from the premise that the laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames and that the speed of light is a constant. The relationship between mass and energy is explored and relativistic collisions analyzed. The families of elementary particles are described and the equivalence principle developed.

Students interested in taking PHYS023 HM must also register for PHYS032. Both classes together count as 3-credits.

Prerequisite: None

PHYS032 HM – Gravitation (1.5 credit course)

Instructor: Liz Connolly

The theory and applications of Newtonian gravitation and an introduction to the ideas of gravitation in general relativity. Topics covered include gravitational potentials, orbits and celestial mechanics, tidal forces, atmospheres, Einstein’s equivalence principle, black holes, and cosmology. The target audience is students with a strong interest in fundamental physics and the mathematical as well as conceptual underpinnings of gravity and its applications.

Prerequisite: Students should have prior coursework in calculus-based mechanics (AP, IB, college-level, PHYS024 HM similar)

PHYS078 HM – Climate and Energy

Instructor: Tom Donnelly

Our climate’s dominant behavior is determined by the delivery of solar energy to the Earth and the redistribution of that energy by the atmosphere and the ocean. Along the way, humans tap into this energy supply using tools such as solar collectors, wind turbines, and engines that burn fossil fuels. How humans harvest and use energy matters because the byproducts of the 500 EJ (5×10^20 J) of energy that humans use globally each year impacts the atmosphere and the ocean and thereby affects our climate. The HMC Core curriculum provides a springboard for understanding the science that governs how our climate behaves. This course will use what you’ve learned in the core to study the most important levers that drive our climate and to educate you about carbon-free energy resources. Throughout the course we will explore how human activity currently affects our climate and how we might provide energy to meet our future needs while reducing our impact on the climate.

Prerequisite: Comfort with calculus, 1 course in calculus-based mechanics, 1 course in introductory chemistry

PHYS084 HM – Quantum Information

Instructor: Theresa Lynn

Quantum computation and communication. Fundamentals of discrete-state quantum mechanics as appropriate for quantum information science. Possible topics include universal logic gates for quantum computing, quantum computing algorithms, quantum error correction, quantum cryptography and communication, adiabatic quantum computing, and hardware platforms for quantum computation and communication.

Prerequisite: PHYS024 HM or equivalent (Summer 2020 only), MATH040 HM and MATH065 HM, or MATH73 HM. Open to HS students who have taken HS physics and some intro CS and have good competency with vectors and matrices (dot products of vectors, matrix multiplication, determinants of matrices) and with complex numbers.

POST114 HM – Comparative Environmental Politics

Instructor: Paul Steinberg

An examination of the political challenges faced by environmental advocates in diverse countries around the globe. Drawing on the fields of comparative politics and public policy, topics include comparative political institutions, environmental movements, corrup­tion, authoritarian regimes, democratization, lesson-learning across borders, policy reform, gender analysis, decentralization, and European unification.

Prerequisite: None

POST188 HM – Political Innovation

Instructor: Paul Steinberg

Under what conditions do novel political ideas become realities? This course 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.

Prerequisite: None

RLST183 HM – Ghosts and the Machines

Instructor: Erika Dyson

An exploration of the interrelations between occult mediumship, modern media, and technology in Europe and the United States from the nineteenth-century through the present. The aim of the course is to explore how the Enlightenment and its offspring, modern technology, in their seemingly stark material and rational promises of progress, have never rid themselves fully of the paranormal and irrational. To explore the multiple relations between ghosts and the machines, topics for the course include: ghostly visions and magic lantern phatasmagoria; American spiritualism and the telegraph; phrenology and the rise of the archive; psychical research and stage magic; radio’s disembodied voices; spirit photography and light therapies; psychic television; and magic on film.

Satisfies HMC HSA writing-intensive requirement.

Prerequisite: None

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

WRIT001 HM – Introduction to Academic Writing (1.5 credit course)

Instructors: TBD

A seminar devoted to effective writing strategies and conventions that apply across academic disciplines. The course emphasizes repeated revision in the service of clarity, concision, and coherence in arguments, paragraphs, and sentences.

Prerequisite: Open only to incoming Harvey Mudd College students. This 1.5-credit course satisfies the Core WRIT001 HM requirement, typically completed in the fall semester of the first year.