The Harvey Mudd curriculum integrates vigorous STEM and liberal arts courses to educate talented scientists, engineers, and mathematicians—inspiring them to become passionate problem solvers who understand the impact of their work on society.
The curriculum has three components:
The Common Core: a Broad Foundation in STEM Disciplines
Our educational experience starts with the Common Core, a set of coordinated courses in all the STEM disciplines—biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, math, and physics—as well as classes in academic writing and critical inquiry. The Core gives you a broad scientific background, no matter what your future major, and introduces you to the critical relationships between the STEM disciplines.
Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts: Know Your Impact
Harvey Mudd believes STEM students can only understand their impact on society if they understand society. In addition to the Core, we require one quarter of coursework be in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Arts (HSA). Students can take classes in Chinese Language and culture, Shakespeare, macroeconomics, jazz improvisation, neuropsychology, photography… HSA is the largest department at Harvey Mudd, but if you don’t find what you are interested in here, you can take courses at any of The Claremont Colleges. Why do we require this? Because we believe technology divorced from humanity is worse than no technology at all.
The Major: Explore Your Field Through Research and Experiential Learning
The major builds depth and technical competence in a chosen field. Majors at Harvey Mudd emphasize a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to equip our students with problem-solving skills and the ability to adapt to any challenge. Coursework comes alive with project-based experiential learning and graduate-level research opportunities. You’ll finish your major working on real-world research or design projects. Throughout the entire curriculum runs an emphasis on developing strong oral and written communications and excellent computational skills.
Harvey Mudd’s Majors
- computer science
- chemistry and biology
- mathematical and computational biology
- computer science and mathematics
- Off-campus major (OCM)
- Individual program of studies (IPS).
See the Academic Catalogue for more information.