W.M. Keck Science Dept.
About W.M. Keck Science Dept.
The Claremont Colleges is a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, and Scripps) and two graduate institutions (Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute). Although the mission of each institution is distinct, all promote the teacher-scholar model, in which faculty maintain active research programs and to develop and teach creative courses. The Claremont Colleges are thirty miles east of Los Angeles, and are within a one-hour drive of Caltech, UCLA, USC, UC Irvine, and UC Riverside. The W.M. Keck Science Department serves as the integrated science department for Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps colleges, and is administered cooperatively. Founded in 1964, the department is housed in the 81,000-square-foot W.M. Keck Science Center, physically located at the intersection of the three sponsor schools. The department has a multidisciplinary structure in which more than 30 full-time faculty cooperate in offering a challenging curriculum that emphasizes interdisciplinary study and research.