2020-21 Pomona College Catalog 
    
    May 27, 2022  
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Mathematics

  
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    MATH001 PO - Math, Philosophy and the Real World

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): G. Karaali
    Credit: 1

    Throughout history, mathematics has changed the way people look at the world. This course will include examples such as: Euclidean geometry (which suggested to philosophers that certainty was achievable by human thought), discussions of the infinite (which confounded the believer and the agnostic alike) and probability and statistics (which gave scientists a way of dealing with events that did not seem to follow any laws but those of chance). Readings and problems will be taken from several types of sources, including historical, mathematical and philosophical texts. Offered jointly by Pitzer and Pomona colleges. Prerequisites: High-school Algebra and Geometry.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH001 PZ - Mathematics, Philosophy and the Real World


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH007 PZ - Mathematics of Gambling


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH010B PZ - Cartography


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH010G PZ - Mathematics in Many Cultures


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH010Z PZ - History of Algorithms


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH030 PO - Calculus I

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): A. Adeniran; A. Chávez; G. Karaali; A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos; G. Sarkis; B. Shtylla; Staff
    Credit: 1

    MATH 030, 031 and 032 comprise a standard course in the calculus of one and several variables. This course focuses on limits, derivatives, integrals, mean-value theorems and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH031 PO - Calculus II

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): A. Adeniran, A. Chávez, A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos; G. Sarkis; B. Shtylla; Staff
    Credit: 1

    Transcendental functions, techniques of integration, infinite series and related material. Prerequisite: MATH 030 PO  or equivalent.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH031H PO - Honors Topics in Calculus II

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): A. Rumbos; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari
    Credit: 1

    Explores selected topics from Calculus II in greater depth than MATH 031 PO  and relates these topics to other areas of mathematics. This course is intended for students who have already seen some of the Calculus II material but are not yet ready for Calculus III or Linear Algebra. Prerequisite: MATH 030 PO  or equivalent.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH031S PO - Calculus II with Applications to the Sciences

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): A. Radunskaya; B. Shtylla; A. Rumbos
    Credit: 1

    The core topics of MATH 031 PO, as well as an introduction to modeling, differential equations and computing, in the context of problems from the sciences. Provides an excellent background for students taking multi-variable calculus (MATH 032 PO or MATH 032S PO) and for students who will use mathematics in other fields. Prerequisites: MATH 030 PO  or evidence of having completed an equivalent calculus I course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH032 PO - Calculus III

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; M. Hohn
    Credit: 1

    Vectors and vector functions, partial derivatives and differentiability of functions of several variables, multiple integrals. Prerequisite: one of MATH 031 PO , MATH 031H PO , MATH 031S PO  (C or better) or equivalent. Students can receive credit for only one of MATH 032 PO, MATH 032H PO or MATH 067 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH032S PO - Calculus III with Applications to the Sciences

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): A. Radunskaya; B. Shtylla; A. Rumbos
    Credit: 1

    Presents the core topics of Multivariable Calculus (MATH 032 PO) in the context of problems from the sciences. Topics include: vector fields, limits and continuity, differentiability, linearization, linear systems theory, multiple integrals, line integrals and Green’s Theorem. Applications include models of species interaction in ecosystems, the spread of diseases, mutations and chemical networks. Provides an excellent background for students who intend to go on to MATH 102 PO as well as for students taking a mathematical modeling course (e.g. MATH 183 PO) or a course on dynamical systems (e.g. MATH 112 PO). Prerequisites: MATH 031 PO  or evidence of having completed an equivalent calculus II course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH055 HM - Discrete Mathematics


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH057 PO - Statistical Thinking

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    The application of statistics to real-world problems goes beyond the application of formulae to a body of
    data. Statisticians become involved in research problems at the initial stages of formulating the
    hypotheses to be addressed, and continue their involvement through the design and presentation of the
    results. This course exposes the student to the complete spectrum of activities in which a statistician is
    involved. Many topics from introductory statistics will be covered including conditional probability,
    sampling, hypothesis testing, and ethical reporting. Course is equivalent to MATH 058 PO 
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH058 PO - Introduction to Statistics with lab

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin; Staff
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the methodology and tools vital to the researcher in both the sciences and social sciences. Introduction to probability; binomial, normal, t and Chi-squared distributions; testing hypotheses; confidence intervals; analysis of variance; and regression and correlation analysis. Concepts will be applied to current data using statistical computer software. Prerequisite: MATH 030 PO  or MATH 031 PO  or MATH 032 PO  or MATH 060 PO . Not recommended for students who have taken AP statistics.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH058B PO - Introduction to Biostatistics with lab

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): J. Hardin; Staff
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the methodology and tools vital to research in the biological and health sciences and medicine. Topics include probability, distributions of random variables, testing hypotheses, confidence intervals, analysis of variance, regression analysis, odds ratios, sensitivity and specificity; and nonparametric methods. Concepts will be applied to current data using statistical computer software. Prerequisite: MATH 030 PO . Not recommended for students who have taken AP statistics.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
  
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    MATH060 PO - Linear Algebra

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva; S. Garcia; E. Goins; G. Karaali; A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari; Staff
    Credit: 1

    Emphasizes vector spaces and linear transformations. Linear independence and bases, null spaces and ranks of linear transformations, the algebra of linear transformations, the representation of linear transformations by matrices. Additional topics may include Gaussian elimination, inner product spaces; determinants, eigenvalues; and applications of linear algebra. Prerequisite: one of MATH 031 PO , MATH 031H PO , MATH 031S PO , MATH 032 PO , MATH 032S PO  or equivalent.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
  
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    MATH067 PO - Vector Calculus

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva; A. Rumbos; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari; Staff
    Credit: 1

    Building on linear algebra and single-variable calculus, gives a streamlined introduction to multivariable (or “vector”) calculus. Topics include different types of integrals (line, double, surface, triple) and derivatives (partial, directional, total); the famous div, grad and curl operators; why the chain rule is easy and fun; the all-time best version of the fundamental theorem of calculus (by Stokes); and an answer to the vexing question: “What is dx?”. Prerequisites: MATH 060 PO 
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH091 PO - Undergraduate Math Colloquium

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0

    Undergraduate Mathematics Colloquium. Mr. Rumbos. Attendance at talks given by senior math majors, the Claremont Colleges Mathematics Colloquium and other suitable talks in Claremont. Offers students the opportunity to sample the wide range of active research areas and current trends in mathematics. Not open to senior math majors. Prerequisite: any math course numbered above 100. Non-credit. Each spring.
  
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    MATH101 PO - Introduction to Analysis

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva; G. Karaali; A. Rumbos; G. Sarkis; B. Shtylla; Staff
    Credit: 1

    A workshop course on how to write proofs in the context of analysis. Focus on the construction and presentation of rigorous proofs. Learn how to use the language of analysis to prove results about sequences, limits and continuity. Students regularly present proofs in both written and oral form. Prerequisite: MATH 060 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5; Speaking Intensive
  
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    MATH102 PO - Differential Equations and Modeling

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): E. Goins; A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos; B. Shtylla
    Credit: 1

    Introduction to the theory of ordinary differential equations, with applications to modeling in the physical, biological and social sciences. Emphasis on the qualitative study of differential equations via analytic methods or numerical techniques using standard mathematical software packages. A good understanding of the theory of vector spaces and linear transformations is assumed. Prerequisites: MATH 032 PO  or MATH 067 PO ; and MATH 060 PO  or MATH 032S PO  and permission of instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH103 PO - Combinatorial Mathematics

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the techniques and ideas of combinatorics including counting methods, generating functions, Ramsey theory, graphs, networks and extremal combinatorics. Offered jointly by Pomona and Scripps colleges. Prerequisites: MATH 060 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH106 HM - Combinatorics


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH108 PZ - History of Mathematics


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH112 PO - Discrete Dynamical Systems and Chaos

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): A. Radunskaya
    Credit: 1

    The studies of discrete dynamical systems in dimensions one and higher is motivated and presented with examples taken from the recent research literature, including mathematical models of biological processes and neural networks. Among the mathematical topics introduced will be routes to chaos, bifurcation analysis and Sarkovskii’s Theorem. Prerequisites: MATH 032 PO MATH 032S PO  or MATH 067 PO ; and MATH 060 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH113 PO - Number Theory and Cryptography

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): S. Garcia; G. Sarkis
    Credit: 1

    This course introduces basic elements of the elegant and beautiful theory of numbers, including prime factorization, congruences and modular arithmetic, Fermat’s little theorem, Euler’s phi function and quadratic reciprocity, together with their powerful application to public key cryptosystems like RSA and Diffie-Hellman. Students can receive credit for only one of MATH 113 PO or MATH 175 CM or MATH 175 SC. Prerequisite: MATH 060 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH115 HM - Fourier Series and Boundary Value Problems


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH119 PO - Mathematics Research Circle

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): J. Hardin; A. Radunskaya; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari
    Credit: 0.5

    An in-depth study of a topic to be chosen by the faculty Research Circle Facilitator(s), with special attention paid to explicit examples. The course will draw from current journal articles and culminate in research on related conjectures.
  
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    MATH131 PO - Principles of Real Analysis I

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; S. Garcia
    Credit: 1

    Countable sets, least upper bounds and metric space topology including compactness, completeness, connectivity and uniform convergence. Prerequisites: MATH 032 PO MATH 032S PO  or MATH 067 PO ; and MATH 060 PO ; a proof-based course above 100 is strongly recommended.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH132 PO - Principles of Real Analysis II

    When Offered: Each spring by a rotating Claremont Colleges Math Department.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; S. Garcia
    Credit: 1

    Topics may include: Baire category theorem, Weierstrass approximation theorem, Stone-Weierstrass theorem, equicontinuity, Arzela-Ascoli theorem, Riemann integration, Frechet derivatives, inverse and implicit function theorems, Euler-Lagrange optimization and Fourier series. Prerequisite: MATH 131 PO  or equivalent. Offered jointly by Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd and Pomona colleges.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH135 PO - Functions of a Complex Variable

    When Offered: Each spring by a rotating Claremont Colleges Math Department.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; S. Garcia; A. Rumbos
    Credit: 1

    Topics may include: Cauchy Riemann equations, harmonic functions, Cauchy’s theorem, Liouville’s theorem, Cauchy’s Integral formula, maximum modulus principle, argument principle, Rouche’s theorem, series expansions, isolated singularities, calculus of residues and conformal mapping. Students can receive credit for only one of MATH 135 PO or MATH 136 HM . Prerequisites: MATH 101 PO  or MATH 131 PO  or consent of instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH136 HM - Complex Variables and Integral Transforms


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH137 CM - Real Analysis I


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH137 HM - Graduate Analysis I


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH137 PO - Real and Functional Analysis I

    When Offered: Offered by a Claremont Colleges Math Deparment on a rotating basis.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; S. Garcia
    Credit: 1

    Abstract measures, Lebesgue measure, on Rn and Lebesgue-Stieljes measure on R. The Lebesgue integral and limit theorems. Product measures and the Fubini Theorem. Additional related topics as time permits. Prerequisites: MATH 132 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH138 PO - Real and Functional Analysis II

    When Offered: Offered by a Claremont Colleges Math Department on a rotating basis.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; S. Garcia
    Credit: 1

    Continuation of MATH 137 PO . Some of the topics covered will be Banach and Hilbert spaces, Lp spaces, complex measures and Radon-Nikodym theorem. Prerequisite: MATH 137 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH142 HM - Differential Geometry


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH145 PO - Topics in Geometry and Topology

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva
    Credit: 1

    Topic varies from year to year and will be chosen from differential topology, Euclidean and non-Euclidean geometries, knot theory, algebraic topology and projective geometry. Prerequisites: MATH 131 PO  or MATH 171 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH147 PO - Topology

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva
    Credit: 1

    Topological spaces, product spaces, quotient spaces, Hausdorff spaces, compactness, connectedness, path connectedness, fundamental groups, homotopy of maps and covering spaces. Prerequisite: MATH 131 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH150 PO - Methods in Biostatistics

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    A methods course in biostatistics. Emphasis on the most commonly used statistical methods in medical and other biological research. Topics such as experimental design, power and sample size determination, odds ratio and relative risk, logistic regression, survival analysis, and adjustments for multiple comparisons. Prerequisites: MATH 030 PO  and one of the following MATH 058 PO  , MATH 152 PO  , ECON 057 PO  , PSYC 158 PO  or AP Statistics.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH151 PO - Probability

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin; A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos.
    Credit: 1

    Probability spaces, discrete and continuous random variables, conditional and marginal distributions, independence, expectation, generating functions, transformations, central limit theorem. Prerequisites: MATH 032 PO  or MATH 067 PO ; and MATH 060 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH152 PO - Statistical Theory

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    Introduction to statistical inference, estimation of parameters, confidence intervals, Bayesian analysis and tests of hypotheses. Prerequisite: MATH 151 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH153 PO - Bayesian Statistics

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to principles of data analysis and advanced statistical modeling using Bayesian inference. Topics include a combination of Bayesian principles and advanced methods; general, conjugate and noninformative priors, posteriors, credible intervals, Markov Chain Monte Carlo methods, and hierarchical models. The emphasis throughout is on the application of Bayesian thinking to problems in data analysis. Statistical software will be used as a tool to implement many of the techniques. Prerequisites: MATH 151 PO  or by permission of the instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH154 PO - Computational Statistics

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to computationally intensive statistical techniques. Topics may include: random variable generation, Markov Chain Monte Carlo, tree based methods (CART, random forests), kernel based techniques (support vector machines), optimization, other classification, clustering & network analysis, the bootstrap, dimension reduction techniques, LASSO and the analysis of large data sets. Theory and applications are both highlighted. Algorithms will be implemented using statistical software. Prerequisites: MATH 031 PO  or MATH 032 PO ; and MATH 058 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH155 PO - Time Series

    When Offered: Offered by a Claremont Colleges Math Deparment on a rotating basis.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to the analysis of time series data. Topics include both the time and frequency/spectral domain. Stationary models (ARMA) as well as popular non-stationary models such as ARCH and GARCH are studied. Emphasis on both theory and applications. Statistical software will be utilized. Prerequisites: MATH 031 PO  or MATH 032 PO ; and MATH 058 PO 
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH156 HM - Stochastic Processes


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH158 PO - Statistical Linear Models

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): G. Chandler; J. Hardin
    Credit: 1

    An introduction to linear regression (including simple linear regression, multiple regression, variable selection, stepwise regression and analysis of residual plots, shrinkage methods, and splines) and analysis of variance (including one-way and two-way fixed effects ANOVA). Emphasis will be on both methods and applications to data. Statistical software will be used to analyze data. Prerequisites: MATH 030 PO MATH 031 PO  or MATH 032 PO  and one of: MATH 058 PO , MATH 152 PO , ECON 057 PO , PSYC 158 PO  or AP Statistics. Recommended: MATH 060 PO  .  
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH160 CM - Monte Carlo Methods


    See the Claremont McKenna College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH164 HM - Scientific Computing


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH165 HM - Numerical Analysis


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH171 PO - Abstract Algebra I: Groups and Rings

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): E. Goins; G. Karaali; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari
    Credit: 1

    Covers basic structures which appear throughout mathematics including groups and rings. Topics in group theory will include isomorphism theorems, orbits and stabilizers and coset partitions. Topics in ring theory will include ideals, quotient rings and prime and maximal ideals. Ring and field extensions may also be introduced. Prerequisite: MATH 060 PO ; a proof-based course above 100 is strongly recommended.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH172 PO - Abstract Algebra II: Galois Theory

    When Offered: Offered by a Claremont Colleges Math Department on a rotating basis.
    Instructor(s): E. Goins; G. Karaali; G. Sarkis, S. Shahriari.
    Credit: 1

    The topics covered will include polynomial rings, field extensions, classical constructions, splitting fields, algebraic closure, separability, Fundamental Theorem of Galois Theory, Galois groups of polynomials and solvability. This course is independent from MATH 174 PO  and may be taken by students who have taken MATH 174 PO . Prerequisite: MATH 171 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH173 PO - Advanced Linear Algebra

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): K. Aguilar; S. Garcia
    Credit: 1

    Topics may include approximation in inner product spaces, similarity, the spectral theorem, Jordan canonical form, the Cayley Hamilton theorem, polar and singular value decomposition, Markov processes, behavior of systems of equations. Prerequisite: MATH 060 PO  and a course above 100 or consent of the instructor.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH174 PO - Abstract Algebra II: Representation Theory

    When Offered: Each year by a rotating Claremont Colleges Math Department.
    Instructor(s): E. Goins; G. Karaali; G. Sarkis; S. Shahriari.
    Credit: 1

    The topics covered will include group rings, characters, orthogonality relations, induced representations, application of representation theory and other select topics from module theory. Prerequisite: MATH 171 PO . This course is independent from MATH 172 PO  and may be taken by students who have taken MATH 172 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH176 HM - Algebraic Geometry


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH176 PO - Algebraic Geometry

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): E. Goins
    Credit: 1

    Topics include affine and projective varieties, the Nullstellensatz, rational maps and morphisms, birational geometry, tangent spaces, and non-singularity and intersection theory. Additional topics may be included depending on the interest and pace of the class. Prerequisites: MATH 171 PO . Recommended previous courses in Analysis, Galois Theory, Differential Geometry, and Topology are helpful, but not required.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH180 HM - Applied Analysis


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH180 PO - Introduction to Partial Differential Equations

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): A. Rumbos; B. Shtylla
    Credit: 1

    Partial Differential Equations (PDEs) including the heat equation, wave equation, and Laplace’s equation; existence and uniqueness of solutions to PDEs via the maximum principle and energy methods; method of characteristics; Fourier series; Fourier transforms and Green’s functions; Separation of variables; Sturm-Liouville theory and orthogonal expansions; Bessel functions. Prerequisites: MATH 102 PO  and either MATH 101 PO  or MATH 131 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH181 PO - Dynamical Systems

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos
    Credit: 1

    Continuous dynamics and most of the following topics: linear and nonlinear systems; bifurcation theory and chaos; existence and uniqueness theory and dependence on data; Hartman-Grobman and Poincaré-Bendixson theorems; Lyapunov stability theory; and stable manifold theory. Prerequisites: MATH 102 PO  and either MATH 101 PO  or MATH 131 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
  
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    MATH183 PO - Mathematical Modeling (CP)

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): A. Radunskaya; A. Rumbos; B. Shtylla
    Credit: 1

    Introduction to the construction and interpretation of deterministic and stochastic models in the biological, social and physical sciences, including simulation studies. Students are required to develop a model in an area of their interest. Offered with an optional Community Partnership activity. Prerequisite: MATH 102 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
  
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    MATH187 PO - Deterministic Operations Research

    When Offered: Last offered spring 2020.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva; S. Shahriari
    Credit: 1

    Linear, integer, nonlinear and dynamic programming, classical optimization problems, applications to Markov chains, networks; and game theory. Prerequisites: MATH 032 PO  or MATH 067 PO ; and MATH 060 PO .
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH188 HM - Social Change and Decision Making


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH189B PO - Topics in Applied Mathematics

    When Offered: Last offered fall 2019.
    Instructor(s): A. Radunskaya; B. Shtylla; A. Rumbos
    Credit: 1

    Cutting edge topics in Applied Mathematics that will be of interest to students in a broad range of disciplines. Specific topics might include: Optimization, variational methods, discrete models, stochastic differential equations, delay differential equations, control theory & perturbation methods. Prerequisites: MATH 102 PO  and either MATH 101 PO  or MATH 131 PO . May be repeated once for credit. Previously offered as MATH188  PO.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 5
  
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    MATH190 PO - Seminar in Mathematical Exposition

    When Offered: Each fall.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva; S. Shahriari; G. Sarkis
    Credit: 0.5

    Directed study for majors. Seminar will discuss how to do a literature search in mathematics, how to read research papers in mathematics, how to write a mathematics paper and how to present a mathematics talk. Students will give oral presentations on the background material and major questions in the area of their senior research. Attendance is required. Required for senior majors. Half-course. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Speaking Intensive
  
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    MATH191 PO - Senior Thesis in Mathematics

    When Offered: Each spring.
    Instructor(s): V. de Silva
    Credit: 0.5

    Preparation and presentation of senior thesis for completion of the major. Required for senior majors; attendance is required. Half-course. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Speaking Intensive
  
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    MATH197 HM - Selected Topics in Mathematics

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
  
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    MATH199DRPO - Mathematics: Directed Readings

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Syllabus reflects workload of a standard course in the department or program. Examinations or papers equivalent to a standard course. Regular interaction with the faculty supervisor. Weekly meetings are the norm. Available for full- or half-course credit.
  
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    MATH199IRPO - Mathematics: Independent Research

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5-1

    Independent Research or Creative Project. A substantial and significant piece of original research or creative product produced. Prerequisite course work required. Available for full- or half-course credit.
  
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    MATH199RAPO - Mathematics: Independent Research Assistantship

    When Offered: Each semester.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 0.5

    Research Assistantship. Lab notebook, research summary or other product appropriate to the discipline is required.

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    MS045 PZ - Documentary Media


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS046 PZ - Feminist Documentary


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS049 PO - Introduction to Media Studies

    When Offered: Fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): J. Friedlander
    Credit: 1

    Presents a comprehensive view of the issues important to media studies, including the development of new technologies, visual literacy, ideological analysis and the construction of content. Students will read theory, history and fiction; view films and television programs; and write research and opinion papers. Same course as MS 049 SC. [I]
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS049 SC - Introduction to Media Studies


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS050 PO - Introduction to Film

    When Offered: Spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): K. Wynter
    Credit: 1

    One of three gateway courses to the Media Studies Major, this course introduces film and video from aesthetic, historical and political perspectives. Students learn the basic categories necessary to comprehend formally the filmic image: cinematography, mise-en-scene and editing. Students study the history of genres and film movements and engage the theory and politics of filmic representation. Same course as LIT 130 CM . [I]
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS051 PO - Introduction to Digital Media Studies

    When Offered: Spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): M. Andrejevic; R. Engley
    Credit: 1

    An interdisciplinary introduction to the study of digital and electronic media, exploring the relationships between “old” and “new” media forms, the historical development of computer-based communication and the ways that new technologies are reshaping literature, art, journalism and the social world. [I]
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS057 SC - Intro to Game Design


    See the Scripps College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS060 HM - Documentary Fact and Fiction


    See the Harvey Mudd College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS070 PZ - Media and Social Change


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS 071 PZ - Video Art


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS074 PZ - Sound Theory, Sound Practice


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS079 PZ - Silent Film


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS080 AA - Video and Diversity


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS082 PZ - Introduction to Video Art


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS083 PZ - Contemporary Practices in Media


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS 084 PZ - Handmade Film


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS087 PZ - Media Sketchbook


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS088 PZ - Mexican Visual Cultures


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS089D PO - Popular Cultures and Audiences

    When Offered: Spring 2021.
    Instructor(s): Staff
    Credit: 1

    In this course, we will survey the concept of popular culture throughout American history. How have people received, remixed, and reinterpreted cultural forms and practices? How did demographic shifts and technological innovations play a role? Methodologically, we will draw from such disciplines as media studies, sound studies, history, anthropology, and musicology, combining secondary literature with our own close readings of primary texts, recordings, oral histories, and archival collections. We will examine such topics as Colonial era Native American Psalmody, 19th century riots over Shakespeare, Amateur Night at the Apollo, Star Trek slash fiction, and social eating live streams, in order to better understand the ways in which people use culture to construct, develop, or enforce notions of citizenship, identity, and belonging.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS 091 PO - History of American Broadcasting

    When Offered: Spring 2019.
    Instructor(s): R. Engley
    Credit: 1

    History of American Broadcasting. Studies the history of American broadcasting from the diffusion of radio as a mass media through the transition to television, up to the development of television as the dominant broadcasting form. Students will begin to understand the impact of U.S. broadcasting by familiarizing themselves with key programs and trends. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS 091 PZ - History of American Broadcasting


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
  
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    MS092 PO - Principles of Television Study

    When Offered: Offered alternate years; next offered fall 2020.
    Instructor(s): R. Engley
    Credit: 1

    Television is now at the forefront of political and aesthetic culture in a way that used to be reserved strictly for film, literature, and visual art. Seizing this contemporary moment of TV’s (seemingly) widespread culture legitimation, this course examines the historical development of television study, focusing on concepts such as: flow, immediacy, genre, platform, narrative complexity, liveness, ideology, and bingeing. Letter grade only.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1; Speaking Intensive
  
  
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    MS099 PZ - Advanced Editing


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 6
  
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    MS100 AA - Asian Americans in Media


    See the Pitzer College Catalog for a description of this course.
    Satisfies the following General Education Requirement(s), subject to conditions explained in the Degree Requirements section of this Catalog:
    Area 1
 

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