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Non-Degree Programs

Caltech offers academic opportunities that do not lead to a degree from the Institute. These programs are designed to compliment and expand the educational and professional goals of individuals.

Exchange Program with Scripps Institution of Oceanography

An exchange program has been established with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), University of California, San Diego, permitting Caltech graduate students to enroll in and receive credit for graduate courses offered by SIO. Arrangements should be made through the student’s major option and the Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The student must obtain the advance approval of the instructors of courses to be taken at SIO. In some cases, when it is in the best interests of the student,arrangements may be made for the student to be temporarily in full-time residence at SIO.

Thesis research done partly at SIO may be arranged directly by the student's option and the staff of appropriate research laboratories at SIO, without the necessity of enrolling for SIO courses designated for research; in this case the student will continue to be under the supervision of his or her Caltech thesis adviser and will enroll for Caltech research units.

Exchange Program with Cal State Los Angeles

This is a non-degree exchange program. Participants are invited to enroll in CDS 104 (Introductory Concepts for Dynamical Systems) and CDS 273 (Frontiers in Control and Dynamical Systems), and the credits will be transferable to Cal State LA. The application for this program can be downloaded in PDF format.

Completed applications should be mailed to: 
   Office of the Dean of Graduate Studies
   Mail Code 230-87, Caltech
   1200 E. California Blvd.
   Pasadena, CA 91125
or brought in person to the Graduate Office before the first day of class.

Part-Time Non-Degree Programs

Caltech employees, both campus and JPL, are eligible to apply to take one or more graduate courses for credit. Participants in this program will not be considered to be working toward a Caltech degree, and courses taken under this program cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for a Caltech degree. Please consult the current Caltech Catalog for more information.