Options of Study

Techers declare an academic major (called an “option” at Caltech) at the end of their freshman year. Listed below are the options you can choose from. (Specialized concentrations within each option are in italics.) For details on the requirements for each option, see the Caltech Catalog.

 

 

Biology and Biological Engineering

Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Chemical Engineering
Biomolecular
Environmental
Process systems
Materials

Bacterium

Chemistry
Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics
Inorganic Chemistry
Organic Chemistry

Engineering & Applied Science

Applied and Computational Mathematics
Applied Physics
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering & Applied Science
        Computational and Neural Systems
        Environmental Science
        Materials Science

Mechanical Engineering

Geological & Planetary Sciences

Geobiology
Geochemistry
Geology
Geophysics
Planetary Science

Humanities & Social Sciences

Business Economics & Management
Economics
English
History
History and Philosophy of Science
Philosophy
Political Science

Physics, Mathematics & Astronomy

Astronomy
Mathematics
Physics

Minors

Aerospace
English
Geological and Planetary Systems
History
History and Philosophy of Science
Structural Mechanics

Independent Studies Program
The independent studies program allows students to design, with faculty advice, a customized course of study to investigate topics not covered by any of the traditional options.