2020 Summer Session Course Offerings

Summer 2021 classes will be available in January, 2021 and available to view on this page.

Course Descriptions

AMST120 HM – Hyphenated Americans

Instructor: Isabel Balseiro

This course focuses on the experience of immigrants in the United States and Americans of diverse ethnic backgrounds, as reflected in literature and critical theory. The course will weave together works that treat the lives of immigrants and minority groups in the United States with examinations of such contemporary issues as bilingual education, the conditions of migrant workers, and children as cultural and linguistic interpreters for their parents. The intentionally broad and interdisciplinary nature of the course will enable us to explore cultural identities, socioeconomic status, and gender-specific roles.

Prerequisite: None

ART 179H HM – The Expanded Studio

Instructor: Ken Fandell

Embracing the idea that art is not confined by specific spaces, facilities, techniques or mediums, this course emphasizes expansive creating and thinking within a variety of personal contexts and locations. Students will create experimental artworks daily that embrace the opportunities, challenges and questions of making art through “post-studio practice.” The parameters of projects will be determined by individual students but informed by a shared framework of historical and contemporary resources. Utilizing both synchronous and asynchronous strategies, this intensive studio art class will consist of art-making, discussions, presentations, readings and critiques.

Prerequisite: Modern and Contemporary Art Practices or Perm Request only. Course not open to high school students.

ASAM125 AA – Introduction to Asian American History

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

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 or permission of the instructor. Course not open to high school students.

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

CSCI144 HM/MATH164 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)

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).

GEOG179B 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.

HIST150 HM – Technology and Medicine

Instructor: Vivien Hamilton

This course explores the increasingly technological nature of medicine in the 19th and 20th centuries, investigating the impact of new technologies on diagnostic practices, categories of disease, doctors’ professional identities, and patients’ understanding of their own bodies. Technologies studied include the stethoscope, electrotherapy devices, X-rays, ultrasound, and MRI.

Satisfies HMC HSA writing-intensive requirement. Course not open to high school students.

Prerequisite: HSA 10 (or equivalent).

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 equivalent or MATH073 HM or equivalent.

MATH171 HM – Abstract Algebra I

Instructor: Yesim Demiroglu

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 and MATH055 HM or equivalent.

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

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, and MATH 60, 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

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.

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

Instructor: Theresa Lynn

Einstein’s special theory of relativity is developed from the premises 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.

Prerequisite: None.

PHYS032 HM – Gravitation (Must be taken with PHYS023)

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, or 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 or equivalent (Summer 2020 only), MATH040 HM and MATH065 HM, or MATH73. 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

PSYC179I HM – Psychology of Human Sexuality

Instructor: Leah Manning

Human sexuality is composed of animal instincts, anatomical details of sexual engagement, reproduction, needs for intimacy, sexual identities, and concerns with health and wellbeing. There are an enormous variety of ways humans express sexuality within social and cultural contexts and among individuals. The purpose of this course is to explore the different aspects and variations of sexuality in human lives.

Prerequisite: None. Course not open to high school students.

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

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

Instructors: Wendy Menefee-Libey, Kyle Thompson, & Ambereen Dadabhoy

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.