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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.

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.

Fundamentals: Issues and Texts

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The Fundamentals program enables students to concentrate on fundamental questions by reading classic texts that articulate and speak to these questions. It seeks to foster precise and thoughtful pursuit of basic questions by means of rigorous training in the interpretation of important texts, supported by extensive training in at least one foreign language, and by the acquisition of the knowledge, approaches, and skills of conventional disciplines: historical, religious, literary, scientific, political, and philosophical.

Philosophy

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Philosophy covers a wide range of historical periods and fields. The BA program acquaints students with some of the classic texts of the discipline and trains students in rigorous methods of argument. The intensive track option is for qualified students interested in small group discussions of major philosophical problems and texts. The option in philosophy and allied fields is designed for students who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary program involving philosophy and some other field.

History

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Studying history sheds light on human experience and thought in different times and places. Fields of study may be defined by nations (e.g., Chinese, Roman, U.S., international history) or by genres (e.g., legal, cultural, gender history). Topics include the history of revolution, slavery, sexuality, colonialism, ethnicity, war, and work. History is excellent preparation for a wide field of endeavors from law, government, and public policy to the arts and business.

Anthropology

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Anthropology encompasses a variety of historical and comparative approaches to human cultural and physical variety, ranging from the study of human evolution and prehistory to the study of cultures as systems of meaningful symbols. Anthropology can lead (through graduate study) to careers in research and teaching in university and museum settings.

Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Gender and Sexuality Studies allows undergraduates the opportunity to shape a disciplinary or interdisciplinary plan of study focused on gender and sexuality. Students can create a program linked by a focus on gender as an object of study or by gender categories in topics such as sexuality, social life, science, politics and culture, literature and the arts, or systems of thought.

Physics

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Physics is concerned with the study of matter, energy, forces, and their interaction in the world and universe around us. The BA in physics includes a strong emphasis on experiment and covers the broad fundamentals necessary for graduate study in theoretical physics, experimental physics, or astronomy and astrophysics, as well as some fields of engineering and many interdisciplinary specialties requiring a strong technical background (e.g., biophysics, medical physics, atmospheric and environmental sciences).

Art History

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Art History encompasses the visual arts and material culture of a wide range of regions and historical periods. The major in art history introduces students to a variety of cultures and approaches while providing analytical skills.

Geographical Studies

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The discipline of geography contributes to an understanding of society by exploring the Earth’s environment and its interactions with human life, by inquiring into cultures and societies from the perspective of area study, and by investigating problems of spatial organization. The BA program in geographical studies provides a background both for advanced specialization in the discipline and for study in other fields.

Political Science

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Political science contributes to a liberal education by introducing students to concepts, methods, and knowledge that help them understand politics within and among nations. A bachelor’s degree in political science can lead to a career in business, government, journalism, education, or non-profit organizations. It can lead to a Ph.D. program in the social sciences or to professional school in law, business, public policy, or international relations.

Biological Chemistry

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The BS degree in Biological Chemistry is designed to prepare you to enter a variety of interdisciplinary fields in biochemical and biophysical sciences. Students in this program are given the opportunity to study chemistry and physics of macromolecules, mechanisms of actions of enzymes and hormones, molecular and cellular biology, biotechnology, and other related fields.

Geophysical Sciences

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Geophysical Studies students explore the dynamics of the atmosphere, oceans, and ice sheets; past and present climate change; the origin and history of the Earth, moon, and meteorites; properties of the deep interior of the Earth; and the evolution and geography of life. Students may pursue a BS or BA in Geophysical Sciences or a BS in Environmental Science.

Psychology

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The psychology major introduces students to the fundamentals of scientific psychology, providing a firm basis of psychological knowledge and research experience. Students explore the fundamentals of psychology, statistics, and a number of courses in specialized sub-areas of psychology.

Biological Sciences

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Biology is the study of organisms and their adaptations to the pressures of natural selection. This program provides the knowledge of biology essential for understanding many of the most pressing problems of modern life and for intelligent involvement in their eventual solution. The goals of the program are to give students an understanding of currently accepted concepts in biology and the experimental support for these concepts and an appreciation of the gaps in our current understanding and the opportunities for new research in this field. The Biology major offers specializations in Ecology and Evolution, Endocrinology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology, and Neuroscience.

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