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Mathematical, Physical, and Computer Sciences

Build, model, experiment, and code. Reason logically and creatively about computational, mathematical, and physical systems. Work with modern computing and research technology.

MPaCs program

Note: You can join or leave a Path of Study at any time and your credits will always count toward your Bachelor’s degree.

Careful observations of computational, mathematical, and physical systems reveal an underlying order, which mathematicians and scientists seek to understand, explain, and predict through model building, experimentation, logical reasoning, and creative insight. Studies in Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Mathematics, and Physics prepare you for careers and graduate study in a variety of fields, from alternative energy to cybersecurity to education to climate science. You will:

  • Gain hands-on experience with cutting-edge computing, lab, and research technology throughout your science studies. 
  • Engage directly with faculty and your classmates, learning collaboratively through an interdisciplinary and context-based lens. 
  • Develop the skills and practices that you’ll need as you join the ranks of mathematicians and scientists who seek to understand and explain the structures of the world around us. 
  • Design and carry out individual and collaborative projects; these often lead to advanced research and other kinds of independent capstone projects

Ultimately, you’ll become an analytical and ethical scientist and citizen, an effective team member, and a creative problem solver, with the skills to convey complex ideas to diverse audiences.

Programs that begin in Fall 2020

Algebraic Thinking (F, preparatory, course)
Chemistry Counts! (F, preparatory)
Geology and Mathematics (FW, preparatory)
Writing Machines: Computer Programming and Literature (FW, preparatory)

Calculus and Analytical Geometry I (F, foundational, course)
Computer Science Foundations (FW, foundational)
Integrated Natural Sciences (FWS, foundational)
Matter and Motion (FWS, foundational)

Data Structures and Algorithms (F, advanced)
Exploring Other Worlds: Astrobiology and Instrumentation (F, advanced)
Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics (FWS, advanced)

Programs that begin in Winter 2021

Chemistry Counts! (W, preparatory)
Precalculus I (W, preparatory, course)

Calculus and Analytical Geometry II (W, foundational, course)

Computability and Language Theory (WS, advanced)

Programs that begin in Spring 2021

Earth Art: Rock and Metal (S, exploratory)
Experiments in Photography: Science + Art (S, exploratory)
Waiting for Gödel: Mathematics in the Work of Samuel Beckett (S, exploratory)

Chemistry Counts! (S, preparatory)
Precalculus II (S, preparatory, course)

Calculus and Analytical Geometry III (S, foundational, course)

Programs planned 2021-25


  • Analyzing Permaculture Systems
  • Mathematics in Geology
  • Chemistry Counts


  • Computer Science Foundations (annual)
  • Matter and Motion (2020-21); Modeling Motion (2021-22) (alternate years)


  • Physical Systems and Applied Mathematics (2020-21 and every 2 years)
  • Mathematical Systems (2021-22 and every 2 years)
  • Atoms, Molecules and Reactions (2021-22 and every 2 years)
  • Environmental Analysis (2020-21 and every 2 years)
Red Square Triangle Fractal