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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.

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.

Germanic Studies

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Germanic Studies is intended to provide students with a wide ranging and highly personalized introduction to the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries and to various methods of approaching and examining these areas.

Public Policy Studies

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Public Policy Studies students pursue the interdisciplinary analysis of domestic and international policy issues with emphasis on the application of economics, political science, and sociology to real-world policy issues. The program is designed to introduce students to policy analysis and implementation, equip them to use quantitative and economic techniques and methods, train them in policy research, and give them a command of at least one particular policy area.

Chemistry

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Chemistry is concerned with the preparation, composition, and structure of matter and with the equilibrium and kinetic laws that govern its transformations. The BA and BS degrees in chemistry are designed to provide a broad foundation in the three principal branches of the science: inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. The BS degree offers a intensive program of study while the BA degree provides a wide opportunity for elective freedom and for the pursuit of interdisciplinary interests.

History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine

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History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Science and Medicine (HIPS) covers of a wide range of social, historical, and conceptual issues relating to science. The goal of the program is to provide students with a sound basis on which to interpret and evaluate science and science policy. Students in the program must do sufficient work in one or more sciences to acquire a sound foundation for studying the nature of science.

Religious Studies

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Religious Studies engages perennial questions about religion and human society, and investigates religions and how they shape and are shaped by human cultures. The program in Religious Studies exposes students to different sources, problems, and methodologies in the study of religion and is designed for students who wish to take interdisciplinary approaches to the study of religion.

Cinema and Media Studies

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Cinema and Media Studies provides a framework within which students can approach the history of film and related media from a variety of historical, critical, and theoretical perspectives. The program enables students to analyze how cinema creates meanings through particular forms, techniques, and styles; how industrial organization affects the way films are produced and received; and how the social context in which they are made and consumed influence the way we understand and make meaning of films.

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