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 you 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.

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 Honors/AP/IB biology, Honors/AP/IB chemistry, Honors/AP/IB physics and Honors/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.

Interdisciplinary Learning at Pitzer



Keck Class Sampling – Spring 2018

Course NameProfessorDaysTimeLocation
Biology of CancerNagel, AnastasiaT/R8:10 AM –
9:25 AM
Keck Science Center, 101
Applied Ecology & ConservationThomson, Diane M.T/R11:00 AM –
12:15 PM
Keck Science Center, 127
Modern Molecular PhotochemistryKliegman, SarahT/R1:15 AM –
2:30 PM
Keck Science Center, 101
Environmental ChemistryPurvis Roberts, KathleenW9:35 AM –
10:50 AM
Keck Science Center, 101
Principles of PhysicsLandsberg, AdamM/W/F8:00 AM –
9:50 AM
Keck Science Center, 137
Vertebrate Physiology


Preest, Marion




11:00 AM –
12:15 PM
1:15 PM –
5:15 PM
Keck Science Center, B31
Keck Science Center, B35
Soils and SocietyRobins, Colin R.M/W1:15 PM –
2:30 PM
Keck Science Center, 17
Special Topics: UAV’sMcFarlane, Donald A.T1:15 PM –
3:45 PM
Keck Science Center, 39