Oct 24, 2021  
2016-2017 Scripps Catalog 

Special Programs

Study Abroad and Global Education

The importance of global competence in an increasingly interdependent world prompts students to consider studying and living in a foreign environment as an integral part of their Scripps education. On average, sixty percent of Scripps students, representing all majors, complete a semester of study,- away,- typically in their junior year. The College offers options in over 110 study programs in 76 countries throughout the world. Scripps students choose from opportunities that include traditional, university-based programs, experiential or thematic programs, specialized programs in the arts, internships abroad or in Washington, D.C., the Silicon Valley, and an exchange with Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. More information is available at the Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement (SAGE) in Balch Hall, Room 136, and on the SAGE website at http://inside.scrippscollege.edu/sage/

Approved Programs

The Committee on Study Abroad (COSA), a faculty advisory committee, evaluates and approves programs appropriate to the Scripps curriculum and students' academic interests. Approved programs are available in the following study sites:

Argentina: Buenos Aires
Australia: Brisbane, Cairns/Townville, Melbourne, Sydney
Austria: Vienna
Belgium: Brussels
Bolivia: Cochabamba
Brazil: Salvador da Bahia
Chile: Arica, Santiago, Valparaiso
China: Beijing, Shanghai
Costa Rica: Heredia, San Jose
Cuba: Havana
Czech Republic: Prague
Denmark: Copenhagen
Dominican Republic: Santiago, Santo Domingo
Ecuador: Quito
England: Brighton, London, Norwich, Oxford, York
France: Aix-en-Provence, Marseilles, Nantes, Paris, Strasbourg
Germany: Berlin, Heidelberg
Ghana: Accra, Legon
Greece: Athens
Hungary: Budapest
India: Delhi, Madurai
Ireland: Ballyvaughan, Cork, Dublin, Galway
Israel: Haifa, Jerusalem
Italy: Ferrara, Florence, Milan, Parma, Rome, Siena
Japan: Osaka, Tokyo
Jordan: Amman
Kenya: Mombasa, Nairobi
Korea: Seoul
Lebanon: Beirut
Madagascar: Fort Dauphin
Mexico: Mérida
Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar
Morocco: Rabat
Nepal: Kathmandu
Netherlands: Amsterdam
New Zealand: Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington
Russia: St. Petersburg
Scotland: Edinburgh, Glasgow, St. Andrews
Senegal: Dakar
South Africa: Cape Town, Durban, Kruger National Park
Spain: Granada, Madrid, Seville
Sweden: Stockholm
Tanzania: Rhotia
Tunisia: Tunis
Turkey: Istanbul
U.S.: Atlanta,GA, Mountain View, CA, Washington, D.C.

Additional information on each approved program is available on the SAGE website. With compelling academic justification, other study sites may be approved by petition on a case-by-case basis.

The Committee On Study Abroad (COSA)

COSA is the college committee composed of faculty, staff, and a student representative with oversight for academic policies related to all semester-long study programs not on the campus of a U.S. institution. Applications for participation must be submitted to the Office of Study Abroad and Global Engagement. Students must meet or exceed the eligibility requirements; submit a written application; obtain letters of recommendation from faculty; and demonstrate that they have the academic preparation, motivation, and personal maturity to be successful.

Eligibility Requirements for Study Abroad and Global Education

  1. Policies for which there are no exceptions; students must
    1. be enrolled at Scripps College during participation on the program;
    2. be in good academic standing (not on academic probation);
    3. be clear of probation for student misconduct or other disciplinary action;
    4. be current with their financial obligations to the College; and
    5. have completed Core I, II, III and Writing 50.
  2. Additional COSA policies;
    1. Students are expected to participate in Scripps-approved programs;
    2. Students will have a minimum 9.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) or meet the program/host institution GPA requirement whichever is higher at the time of application;
    3. Students will have a 9.0 GPA in the prerequisite foreign language for the study site, and
    4. Students will have completed the COSA prescribed pre-departure language requirement or the program requirement, if higher:
      • 4 semesters of college-level French, German, Russian, or Spanish
      • 2 semesters of college-level Arabic, Chinese, German (Vienna only), Italian, Japanese, or Korean.

Students are strongly advised to take language classes to fulfill the general education requirement in an uninterrupted sequence. All students must meet the Scripps prescribed language prerequisites in order to study abroad with the exception of Classics majors studying in Italy, who will have studied two semesters of college-level Latin or Greek.

An exception may be made to the above language policy for students who have already met the three-semester general education requirement for language. Students who wish to pursue proficiency in an additional language may petition to be exempted from the Scripps pre-departure minimum language requirement, but must meet the program's language requirement.

In addition, any student who will not have completed the general education foreign language requirement prior to participation is expected to demonstrate a plan to complete this requirement before the final semester at Scripps College.


Students may petition any exception to COSA policies not included in Eligibility Requirements (#1).

Appeal Process

A student may appeal any COSA decision, especially if new information is available which may alter the original decision. If unsatisfied with the outcome of the appeal, the student has the right to appeal to the Faculty Executive Committee.

Foreign Language Requirement while Abroad

Students in non-English-speaking countries must enroll in at least one course taught in the host country language, either a language class or a content course, during each semester spent abroad.

Period of Study

Students typically study away for one semester. As part of the application process, students must meet with and obtain approval from their major and minor advisers to determine how requirements will be met for graduation. Students wishing to study away for more than one semester must petition in a competitive process and provide compelling academic justification. Exceptions: Students applying to programs designated as yearlong only by COSA (e.g., London School of Economics, Oxford University, Hamilton College Paris Program).

Timing of Study

Normally, students participate during junior year. In exceptional cases, students may petition to study away during the second semester of their sophomore year or during their senior year if their major allows this. All petitions require a compelling, academic rationale. Sophomores must declare their major prior to departure. COSA discourages petitions for participation in the final semester of senior year.


Students participating in semester study away programs are expected to enroll in 15-16 U.S. semester units per semester, the equivalent of a full-time program of study at Scripps College (four U.S. semester units equals one Scripps course). Grades and credits for courses taken while participating in a SAGE program are posted on the student's official Scripps transcript. All grades will be calculated in the Scripps grade point average. Faculty from each Scripps department determine whether courses fulfill major and/or minor department requirements for graduation.

Students who do not obtain prior approval from the Committee on Study Abroad to study away on a program not on the campus of a U.S. institution during the academic year will not receive academic credit. Students will not be allowed to transfer credit from a college or university abroad or one with which Scripps has a formal agreement unless enrolled through Scripps College and paying Scripps College comprehensive fees. Summer programs are not included in this policy and Scripps transfer credit policies will apply for any coursework completed over the summer, at the discretion of the registrar.

Pass/Fail and Withdrawal Policies

A maximum of one course per semester may be taken pass/fail if the course is not needed to meet any major, minor, or general education requirement for graduation. The grade must be C or better (not including C-) to receive a pass. Many programs do not provide a procedure for a pass/fail option so students may register with the SAGE Office to have the pass/fail grade recorded on the Scripps transcript. Students must submit a request in writing to both the academic adviser and SAGE prior to the midpoint of the class term, not including the exam period. A pass/fail request for year-long courses must be submitted between the program's fall and winter terms and will result in the pass/fail grade being recorded in both semesters on the Scripps transcript.

Similarly, students may apply for a withdraw (W) grade to be recorded on their Scripps transcript if a written request is made to both the faculty adviser and SAGE by the last day of program classes (not including reading days and exams) and if they continue to maintain full-time student status for student visa and financial aid purposes (12 semester units on most programs). Students will be required to sit for the exam and complete any class projects, even though they plan to withdraw. Withdrawing from a full-year course results in a W for both semesters.

Students who request either a pass/fail grade or a withdrawal through the Scripps College procedure should note that graduate schools and fellowship applications often require an original transcript from the program sponsor where the actual grade earned on the program will be recorded.


Students participating in program-sponsored internships on semester programs may earn academic credit if the grade and credit are recorded on the program transcript. An internship is for the purpose of integrating relevant work experience into the student's academic program. The internship must provide a full academic component including papers, readings, and research. Students will be able to receive a maximum of one course credit for an approved internship. 

Independent Study

Scripps College faculty does not supervise independent study for credit during the period a student is enrolled in a study away program.

Fee Policy

As fully matriculated Scripps students, SAGE participants continue to pay the Scripps comprehensive fee for tuition, student fees, and room and board, regardless of the cost of the program. The payment of the Scripps College comprehensive fee covers, tuition, room plus board while classes are in session, a contribution toward round-trip airfare between Los Angeles and the program site, the International Student Identity Card, a medical and accident insurance policy while abroad, and the cost of administering study abroad and semester internship programs at Scripps College.

Optional study trips or "travel courses" of less than three credits will not be covered by Scripps College and are not eligible for credit. For pre-approved courses with supplemental fees for a required study trip, Scripps will cover the supplemental fee if the class fulfills a requirement in the student's major or minor, for a maximum of two courses per student.

Participants will need to budget for certain expenditures, including passport fees, visa charges, local transportation, immunizations and other personal expenses abroad. When participating in the Spelman exchange, students are responsible for their own transportation costs to Atlanta.

Financial Aid

Scripps students retain their financial aid eligibility with the exception of college work-study funds during their participation in a Scripps approved off-campus study program.


Students deciding to withdraw for any reason must immediately notify the SAGE Office in writing. Students who withdraw after officially confirming their participation with the program sponsor will be responsible for all unrecoverable program costs incurred on their behalf (i.e., deposits, program fees and stipends provided by the College) and any withdrawal penalties assessed by the program sponsor. Students who withdraw after submitting the Confirmation of Participation may lose their housing priority for the following semester. A student withdrawing after the start of the program may not be eligible for any refund. Any refund of fees is subject to the refund policy of the program provider. The granting of any credit from the semester after withdrawal is at the discretion of the program provider.


European Union Center of California

Based at Scripps College, the mission of the European Union Center of California is to advance public understanding of European integration and transatlantic relations through education, research, and outreach.

The EU Center conducts its programs cooperatively with the other members of The Claremont Colleges. Those programs include scholarly conferences and lectures by distinguished visitors; study and internship opportunities for students at various academic centers, international organizations, and think tanks based in Europe; and participation in the West Coast Model European Union. The EU Center also hosts the oldest and largest conference in the United States dedicated to undergraduate research on the EU and transatlantic relations.


Physical Education

Physical Education activities for which students register and receive a grade of Pass will receive .25 course credit. A total of one course of Physical Education credit may be counted toward graduation. A wide variety of activities are offered each semester, in cooperation with Claremont McKenna College and Harvey Mudd College. Check the Scripps portal for current offerings in Physical Education. 

In addition to physical education classes, intercollegiate sports, club sports, and intramural sports are offered. See Athletics  in the Student Life  section of this catalog.


Military Science—ROTC

Air Force

Students interested in earning a commission in the United States Air Force concurrently with obtaining a degree may do so by enrolling in AFROTC. Harvey Mudd College (through an agreement with the University of Southern California) has been designated as the host college for the Air Force for The Claremont Colleges. Further information may be obtained by writing to the Professor of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC, Harvey Mudd College, 301 East Twelfth Street, Claremont, CA 91711-5990.


Students interested in earning a commission in the United States Army concurrently with obtaining a degree may do so by enrolling in either the two- three- or four-year program offered through the Department of Military Science and Leadership, Bauer Center (South), 500 East Ninth Street, Claremont, CA 91711-6400 at Claremont McKenna College. Information may be obtained by contacting the ROTC Enrollment Officer at (909) 607-7752, Fax (909) 607-6735 or visiting the website at www.cmcarmyrotc.com.


High school students interested in four-year ROTC national scholarships, which will cover 100% tuition, books, and some personal expenses, must apply to Army ROTC by January 10 of their senior year. Campus based scholarships are available after the national scholarship boards. Details about the scholarship program may be obtained by contacting the ROTC unit directly or a high school counseling office.

College students should contact their local ROTC detachments for information on the one-, two-, and three-year scholarship programs.


Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program

The Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program provides individuals with the opportunity to change the direction of their professional lives in order to pursue a career in medicine. By offering an intensive 13-month or two year part-time curriculum of prerequisite science, the program enables returning students to prepare for admission to medical, dental, and veterinary school. The students in the Post-Baccalaureate Program comprise a diverse and interesting group of people who are characterized by their intelligence, motivation, maturity, and commitment to increasing their own knowledge and life possibilities. The program is not intended for students seeking to enhance an existing premedical record, nor is it designed for students who wish to retake the prerequisite science courses to strengthen their grade point average or MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) performance.

Curriculum and Schedule

Students may begin the program in May or September, and can choose from two sequences to complete their necessary course work: the 13-month program and the two-year part-time program. Instruction for the 13-month program, the most common track, begins in late May and terminates in late June of the following summer. A part-time program is available that begins in September and continues through two academic years with a break during the first summer and a final biochemistry class during the second summer. Students in the part-time sequence are required to work at least 20 hours per week or participate in 20 hours of volunteer work or research. For both the 13-month and two-year part-time programs, students must have completed their math requirements before entering the program. The program a student follows is determined on a case-by-case basis, and an applicant is encouraged to discuss the choice of sequence in the personal statement and/or at the time of his or her interview.

Timely completion of the core science courses is important to ensure proper preparation for the MCAT. Additional courses in calculus, upper division sciences, and humanities or social science electives will be chosen in consultation with the Faculty Director according to each student's background and interests. All courses are taken with the undergraduate students of Scripps, Pitzer, and Claremont McKenna Colleges.

Early Admission Agreements 

Post-Baccalaureate students can enter the general applicant pool for medical school following completion of the program, or they may apply for early, provisional admission to one of the following schools: The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Washington D.C., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Drexel University School of Medicine in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Hofstra Northshore LIJ School of Medicine in Long Island, NY, and Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Pomona, California. The early decision programs allow currently enrolled Post-Baccalaureate students to directly enter medical school in the fall following the completion of their Post-Baccalaureate curriculum.  The early decision programs are limited, and are only made available to students with superior qualifications. Selection is based upon a student's qualifications before entering the program and a student's academic and extracurricular record while enrolled in the Post- Baccalaureate Program. A linkage acceptance is contingent upon continued high academic achievement and performance on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).

Advising and Support 

The academic environment of the Keck Science Department, while rigorous and challenging is also positive and supportive. Communication and curricular cooperation among faculty members in biology, chemistry, and physics are facilitated by the interdisciplinary nature of the department. The small size of the Post-Baccalaureate Program allows for personalized guidance for students throughout the transition back to school and the selection and completion of course work. Faculty members in the Keck Science Department, as well as the program directors, work with Post-Baccalaureate students individually in advising and assessing performance and progress. Optional help sessions and tutoring are available and Post-Baccalaureate and undergraduate students are encouraged to work together in small study groups.

The Post-Baccalaureate Program Administrator's Office provides personalized assistance to students for all administrative needs, such as registration, course changes, financial aid counseling, loan applications, and housing information. Visiting speakers and medical school admissions representatives provide additional opportunities for students. Post-Baccalaureate students receive assistance with medical school applications, including information about application procedures, advice concerning individual medical schools, and a composite faculty committee letter of recommendation. Because of the small size of the program, these letters are highly personalized and detailed. Additionally, the program offers an MCAT review course at a reduced fee.


The Scripps Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program is open to both women and men who have received a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year institution in a field other than science. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 is required. Additional evidence of high achievement, such as appropriate standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or GRE), is desirable. The ideal candidate will be strongly motivated and will have had sufficient experience in the medical field, either through volunteer work or previous employment, to serve as a basis for an informed, mature, and committed decision to enter the field of medicine.

Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program Academic Dismissal Policy

The Committee on Academic Review will monitor the academic progress of all Scripps Post-Baccalaureate students. If in any semester a post-baccalaureate student receives a cumulative semester grade point average of below a 9.0 (B), the student will be dismissed from the program. For summer courses if a student receives a grade below a B they will be placed on probation and dismissed if in the subsequent term their grade(s) fall below a (B). This is regardless of whether the student has completed all courses required for the program.

For the purposes of the Scripps College Post-Baccalaureate Premedical Program the grades that will be used to determine the students GPA will include only math and science courses that would traditionally be included in the Biology, Chemistry, Physical Science and Math GPA used for Medical school admissions purposes. Specific courses that are included in the calculation of the GPA include:

Introductory Biology BIOL 043L  and BIOL 044L 
Vertebrate Physiology,
BIOL 131L   
Upper Division Biology, Chemistry, and or Physics courses with course numbers above 100
General Physics PHYS 030L , PHYS 031L 
Principles of Physics
PHYS 033L  and PHYS 034L 
Basic Principles of Chemistry 
CHEM 014L  and CHEM 015L 
Organic Chemistry CHEM 116L  and CHEM 117L  

Biochemistry BIOL 110   
MATH 030 , Calculus I and any higher level math

In addition, if the Committee on Academic Review (CAR) judges that the student is making slower than normal progress toward completion of the program, the student may be dismissed. A student must complete the program in no more than two full calendar years and is able to take one leave of absence which is not counted toward the total time to complete the program. It should be noted that a full-time load for a post-bac student is three to four courses and they would require permission from CAR to overload with five courses or more. Examples of situations that might trigger dismissal include, a full-time student dropping to a two-course load without taking on the required 20 hours per week of volunteer or paid work; or a part-time student dropping down to a one course load when two courses are the minimum that the program allows. During summer sessions, in the absence of CAR, the Scripps College Registrar, the Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Faculty Director and Administrative Director may jointly take similar action. Any request for an exception to the above policy will be handled by petition to the Committee on Academic Review. If a student is dismissed from the program a notation of the dismissal will be made to the transcript.

The Committee on Academic Review, under advisement from the Post-Baccalaureate Faculty Director, may establish specific probationary terms for any student, who in the judgment of the committee may be jeopardizing normal progress toward completion of the program.


Full-time tuition for the 2016-2017 academic year is $18,396 per semester, part-time tuition for students completing the program over 24 months is $9,198 per semester, and tuition for full-time student enrolled in only 2 courses, but completing the program in less than 24 months is $12,264 per semester.  The cost of Summer Chemistry is $2,450 per class or $4,900 for both Chemistry 14 and 15. Summer Biochemistry is included in spring tuition.