The Sciences at Pitzer

The W.M. Keck Science Department

The W.M. Keck Science Department serves Pitzer, Scripps, and Claremont McKenna Colleges. Multiple paths of discovery extend outwards as students and faculty explore a range of scientific disciplines and conduct research that builds on our knowledge of the world. If would like to find out more about biology, chemistry, physics, and the 15 discrete programs that fall under those umbrellas, please discover the W.M. Keck Science Department.

Pre-Health Advising at the W.M. Keck Science Department

Within the Keck Science Department is the Pre-Health Advising Office. The full-time advisor connects with students during Orientation to provide an overview of how to best prepare for health careers as an undergraduate student. The initial meeting will provide students with a general plan; including course sequencing, potential clinical activities, research exposure, and beyond.

Find out more about Pitzer’s pre-health advising.

Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence (AISS)

The Keck Science Department offers an intensive year-long introductory course, AISS, which was developed by the department with support from the National Science Foundation. AISS integrates instruction in the major principles in chemistry, biology, and physics, providing an accelerated start to fulfilling your major requirements. This course is open only to first-year students, who are all invited to apply to the program during the summer before their arrival to Claremont.

Explore our Accelerated Integrated Science Sequence.

The Summer Science Immersion Program (SSIP)

In the Summer of 2013, the W.M. Keck Science Department admitted the inaugural class of the Summer Science Immersion Program (SSIP), which was funded by a grant to The Claremont College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. A group of 38 incoming Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps science students participated in the week-long program, which was centered on the theme “The Chemistry of Life.” The students all lived in a residence hall on the Pitzer campus and ate their meals in the CMC dining hall. The program was constructed by the department to introduce participants to cutting-edge science and to the expectations and demands of college-level science coursework.

Discover the Summer Science Immersion Program.

MECHANISM for Success in the Molecular Sciences

The MECHANISM for Success in the Molecular Sciences Program offers both scholarship and programmatic support for scholarship recipients. The program is for academically talented students who apply for financial aid and demonstrate substantial financial need and who plan to major in mathematics or science, with preference given to students interested in the molecular sciences (biochemistry, chemistry, and molecular biology). Students who apply for admission to Pitzer College, meet the financial need and academic requirements, and indicate an interest in majoring in mathematics or science will be contacted directly by the Office of Admission about applying for the MECHANISM scholarship.

More information coming soon.

Joint Medical Program

In conjunction with the Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pitzer College offers a seven year joint medical program that prepares students for the distinctive approach that characterizes osteopathic medical education. Admission to this program is highly selective. A joint Admission Committee admits a maximum of six students each year. The Admission Committee expects that applicants have taken some of the most challenging courses offered at their high school, including Honor/AP/IB biology, Honor/AP/IB chemistry, Honor/AP/IB physics and Honor/AP/IB calculus. In addition, the Committee expects to see community involvement and motivation for a career in primary care medicine. Finalists are required to come for a day-long personal interview with the Admission Committee at Pitzer and Western University in late March.

Find out more about Pitzer’s Joint Medical Program.