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Molecular Engineering

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Molecular engineering is rooted in the concept of translating molecular-level science in physics, chemistry, and biology into new technologies and solutions to societal problems of global significance, and to continually inspire creative applications of molecular-level science. This new approach to engineering research and education combines skill sets across disciplines, emphasizing problem solving and disciplinary integration.

Astronomy and Astrophysics

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Astrophysics deals with some of the most majestic themes known to science. Among these are the evolution of the universe from the Big Bang to the present day; the origin and evolution of planets, stars, galaxies, and the elements themselves; the unity of basic physical law; and the connection between the subatomic properties of nature and the observed macroscopic universe.

Big Problems

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The Big Problems program offers capstone experiences as electives to fourth-year students in the College. Emphasizing process as well as content, “Big Problems” courses tackle matters of global or universal concern that cut across multiple disciplines and interest groups. These are problems for which solutions are crucially important but not obviously available.

Chicago Studies

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The Chicago Studies Program incorporates opportunities for students to engage academically and experientially with the city of Chicago by combining traditional coursework with experiential learning in Chicago. Course offerings range from anthropology and art history to public policy studies and geographical studies.

Computational Neuroscience

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Computational Neuroscience studies how animal and human nervous systems interact to produce behaviors. Students use quantitative and modeling approaches to describe how nervous systems function, then duplicate those functions with man-made devices. A major is not offered, but students may minor in Computational Neuroscience through the Biological Sciences Collegiate Division.

Human Rights

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The Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago integrates the core questions of human dignity with a critical examination of the institutions designed to promote and protect human rights. The curriculum examines human rights from a variety of disciplinary, thematic, and regional perspectives.

Creative Writing

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Creative writing at the University of Chicago can position itself as part of the intellectual framework of any program or major, and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary work. Students may pursue creative writing as part of the formal program in English Language and Literature or Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, as a stand-alone minor with any other major, as part of another major that accepts writing courses to count towards requirements, or as an elective.

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