Silicon Valley Program

Course Descriptions

The Silicon Valley Program consists of four courses in an off-campus residential setting. Here is a brief description from the Claremont McKenna College catalog. Students from the other Claremont Colleges should consult with their respective Registrars’ office and/or department chair. The Silicon Valley Program director and Dean of the Robert Day School will be happy to assist.


ECON 123 CM – Quantitative Data Analysis

The course will give students an introduction to advanced data analysis. The main objective of the course is to allow students to apply statistical concepts to large data sets using both spread sheet software and statistical packages. Emphasis will be placed on acquiring programming skills within these programs. There will be an emphasis on real life applications both from data source publically available and from companies in the Silicon Valley, addressing both public policy questions and topics related to internships.

Prerequisite: ECON 101 CM or ECON 102 CM
Instructor: Keil, M [Fall 2013, Spring 2014]
ECON Credit: CMC = 1.0 Level 2
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade

Syllabus


ECON 165 CM -- Industrial Organization

Industrial Organization uses economics to study industries and firms. We will explain why imperfect competition is pervasive, discuss how to describe and compare imperfectly competitive industries and firms, consider alternative strategies firms employ, examine how industries evolve over time, evaluate the implications for profitability and welfare, and assess the impacts of public policies on firm strategy and industry performance. The insights are particularly useful for prospective consultants and entrepreneurs, and prospective investors, managers, and policy makers will benefit from the course as well.

Prerequisite: ECON 101 CM
Instructor: Filson, D [Fall 2013, Spring 2014]
ECON Credit: CMC = 1.0 Level 2
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade

Syllabus


ECON 198 CM -- Independent Study and Research

Students who have the necessary qualifications and who wish to investigate an area of study not covered in regularly scheduled courses may arrange for independent study under the direction of a faculty reader. For the Silicon Valley Program, students will design a research paper or other independent study project with the program director that best meets the students academic objectives. Projects should cover topics of interest to a technology / innovation culture, and may stem from work done on the internship, with approval of the student's employer. Some students will be required to seek academic supervision from a faculty member at his/her home campus.

Prerequisite: None
Instructor: Blomberg, B. [Fall 2013, Spring 2014]
ECON Credit: CMC = 1.0 Level 1 Non-ECON Credit: Possible
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade
Pomona College Notes

Syllabus


ECON 030 CM -- Internship in Economics, Technology, or Innovation

Taken as part of Silicon Valley Program off-campus internship programs. Students gain experience in a technology, business, or innovative setting through placement arranged with the program director.

Prerequisite: None
Instructors: Blomberg, B. & Siegel, S. [Fall 2013, Spring 2014]
ECON Credit: CMC = None; POM = None
Graduation Credit: CMC = 1.0; POM = None
Graded or Credit / No Credit: Letter Grade
Pomona College Notes

Internship Flyer


Classrooms for the Silicon Valley Program are provided by Google in their Mountain View satellite campus on Crittenden Lane. The Silicon Valley Program is grateful to our partners at Google for their hospitality and generosity.