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2 0 1 3 - 1 4 Caltech Catalog California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California 91125 (626) 395-6811 September 2013 The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education. We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, while educating outstanding students to become creative members of society. While every
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  2013-14 Caltech Catalog California Institute of Technology Pasadena, California 91125(626) 395-6811September 2013 The mission of the California Institute of Technology is to expand humanknowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education.We investigate the most challenging, fundamental problems in science and technology in a singularly collegial, interdisciplinary atmosphere, whileeducating outstanding students to become creative members of society.  While everyeffort has been made to ensure that this catalog is accurate and up todate, it may include typographical or other errors. The Institute reserves the right tochange its policies, rules, regulations, requirements for graduation, course offerings,and any other contents of this catalog at any time. You can view the CaltechCatzalog  online at http://catalog.caltech.edu/. Please notethat the contents of websites that link to online course entries are not part of the official catalog.Cover: Lance R. Hayashida 1  CONTENTS 1. General Information  9Introduction12Historical Sketch19Buildings and Facilities28Undergraduate Research29Student Life35Student Health36Career Development 39Caltech Alumni  Association39International Student Programs40Auditing Courses40Grades and Grading45Notices and Agreements53Institute Policies 2. Areas of Study and Research  101Aerospace105 Applied and Computational  Mathematics107Applied Mechanics107Applied Physics109Astrophysics111Behavioral and Social Neuroscience112Biochemistry and  Molecular Biophysics103Bioengineering104Biology 116Chemical Engineering118Chemistry 120Civil Engineering121Computation and NeuralSystems122Computer Science125Control and Dynamical Systems125Electrical Engineering130Energy Science and  Technology 130Environmental Science and Engineering 134Geological and Planetary Sciences136History and Philosophy of Science136Humanities137Independent Studies Program137Information Science and  Technology 138Materials Science139Mathematics140Mechanical Engineering141Medical Engineering142Microbiology 143Neurobiology 144Physics146Social Science148Systems Biology  3. Information for Undergraduate Students 151Admission to the Freshman Class154 Admission to Upper Classes by Transfer158Study Abroad165ROTC166Registration Regulations169Scholastic Requirements174Undergraduate Expenses179Financial Aid198Prizes208Graduation Requirements, All Options 4. Information for Graduate Students 276Graduate Policies and Procedures287General Requirementsfor Graduate Degrees295Graduate Expenses 2 Contents   296Financial Assistance299Prizes304Special Regulations of Graduate Options 5. Courses 384General Information386Aerospace394Anthropology 396Applied and Computational  Mathematics402Applied Mechanics404Applied Physics409Art History 413Astrophysics419Biochemistry and  Molecular Biophysics420Bioengineering424Biology 438Business Economics and  Management 441Chemical Engineering447Chemistry 456Civil Engineering459Computation and NeuralSystems463Computer Science475Control and Dynamical Systems478Economics482Electrical Engineering492Energy Science and  Technology 493Engineering (General)496English505English as a Second Language506Environmental Science and Engineering 511Film512Freshman Seminars515Geological and Planetary Sciences530History 541History and Philosophy of Science549Humanities553Independent Studies Program553Information Science and Technology 554 Languages558 Law 559 Materials Science562 Mathematics571 Mechanical Engineering578Medical Engineering579 Music581Neurobiology 582 Performance and  Activities584 Philosophy 587 Physical Education594 Physics603 Political Science606 Psychology 607 Social Science613 Writing 6. Trustees, Administration, and Faculty  617 Officers617 Boardof Trustees621  Administrative Officers623 Faculty Officers and Committees626 Staff of Instruction and Research660Officers and Faculty  712Index  3 Contents    ACADEMICCALENDAR 2013-14 FIRST TERM 2013 September 18–20 International student orientation September 22–29 New student check-in and orientation September 30 Beginning of instruction—8 a.m. October 1 Undergraduate Academic Standardsand Honors Committee—9 a.m. October 18 Last day for adding courses andremoving conditions and incompletes October 30–November 5   Midterm examination period  November 11  Midterm deficiency notices due—9a.m.  November 18 Faculty meeting—4 p.m to 5 p.m.  November 20 Last day for dropping courses, exer-cising pass/fail option, and changingsections  November 21–December 6  Registration for second term, 2013–14  November 22 Last day for admission to candidacy for the degrees of Master of Science and Engineer  November 28–29  Thanksgiving (Institute holiday) December 6  Last day of classesLast day to register for second term,2013–14, without a $50 late fee December 7-10 Study period December 11*–13 Final examinations, first term,2013–14 December 13 End of first term, 2013–14 December 14–January 5   Winter recess December 18 Instructors’ final grade reports due—9a.m. December 25–26  Christmas (Institute holiday) December 27–31 Special release days SECOND TERM 2014  January 1 New Year’s Day (Institute holiday)  January 6  Beginning of instruction—8 a.m.  January 7  Undergraduate Academic Standardsand Honors Committee—9 a.m.  January 20  Martin Luther King Day (Instituteholiday)  January 24 Last day for adding courses andremoving conditions and incompletes  February 5–11  Midtermexamination period  February 17  Presidents’ Day (Institute holiday)  February18  Midterm deficiency notices due—9a.m.  February 24 Faculty meeting—4 p.m.-5 p.m.  February26  Last day for dropping courses, exercis-ing pass/fail option, and changingsections  February27–March 12 Registration for third term, 2013–14  March 12 Last day of classesLast day to register for third term,2013–14, without a $50 late fee  March 13–16  Study period 4  Academic Calendar  *First due date for final examinations 
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