This page lists all required textbooks for Caltech courses offered during the WI 2020-21 term and is updated as more information comes in from instructors. Only courses with required textbooks are listed. Please consult Canvas to view your classes’ course reserves. Course reserves are available in the Sherman Fairchild Library only. Physical reserve material is available for 24-hour checkout. Online access is also available for some material.

Last updated: 12/21/2020




Ae/ACM/ME/ 232A. Computational Fluid Dynamics. 

Required textbooks:

Ferziger, Joel H.; Peric, Milovan; Street, Robert L. Computational Methods for Fluid Dynamics (4th), 2020. ISBN: 9783319996936


Ch 001B. General Chemistry.

Required textbooks:

Oxtoby, D.; Gillis, H.P.; Butler, L. Principles of Modern Chemistry (8th), 2016. ISBN: 9781305079113


Ch 041B. Organic Chemistry.

Required textbooks:

Loudon, Marc; Parise, Jim. Organic Chemistry (6th edition), W.H. Freeman, July 1, 2015. ISBN: 978-1936221349


Ch/Bi 111. Biochemistry of Gene Expression.

Required textbooks:

Weaver, R.F. Molecular Biology (5th), 2012. ISBN: 9780073525327


ChE/BE/MedE 112. Creativity and Technological Innovation with Microfluidic Systems.

Required textbooks:

Adams, James L. Conceptual Blockbusting (5th Edition), Basic Books, 2019. ISBN: 9781541674042

Folch, Albert. Introduction to BioMems, 2013. ISBN: 9781439818398


ChE/Ch 164. Introduction to Statistical Thermodynamics.

Required textbooks:

Chandler, David. Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics (1st), Oxford University Press, 1987. ISBN: 9780195042771


ChE103B. Transport Phenomena.

Required textbooks:

Bird, R. Byron; Stewart, Warren E. and Lightfoot, Edwin N. Transport Phenomena (Revised 2nd edition), 2006. ISBN: 9780470115398


Ec 140. Economic Progress.

Required textbooks:

Gordon, Robert J. The Rise and Fall of American Growth: The U.S. Standard of Living since the Civil War, Princeton University Press, 2016. ISBN: 9780691147727


EE 040. Physics of Electrical Engineering.

Required textbooks:

Neamen, Donald. Semiconductor Physics And Devices (4th), 2012. ISBN: 9780073529585

Ulaby, Fawwaz T. Fundamentals of Applied Electromagnetics (8th), Pearson, 2020. ISBN: 9780135739433


En 086. Fiction and Creative Nonfiction Writing.

Required textbooks:

Percy, Benjamin. Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction, Graywolf, 2016. ISBN: 9781555977597

Silber, Joan. The Art of Time In Fiction: As Long As It Takes, Graywolf, 2009. ISBN: 9781555975302


En 111. Violence and Reconciliation on the Shakespearean Stage.

Required textbooks:

Beaumont, Francis. The Knight of the Burning Pestle, New Mermaids, 2009. ISBN: 9780713650693

Jonson, Ben. Ben Jonson: Four Plays, New Mermaids, 2014. ISBN: 9781408179628

Kyd, Thomas. The Spanish Tragedy (2nd Edition), Arden, 2013. ISBN: 9781904271604

Shakespeare, William. Titus Andronicus (2nd Edition), Arden, 2018. ISBN: 9781350030916

Shakespeare, William. Measure for Measure (3rd Edition), Arden, 2020. ISBN: 9781904271437

Shakespeare, William. King Richard II (3rd Edition), Arden, 2002. ISBN: 9781903436332

Shakespeare, William. The Tempest (4th Edition), Arden, 2011. ISBN: 9781408133477


En 120. What Women Want: Desire and the Modern American Novel.

Required textbooks:

Dreiser, Theodore. Sister Carrie (3rd edition), Norton, 2006. ISBN: 9780393927733

Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Yellow Wallpaper, Wisehouse, 2016. ISBN: 9789176374498

Hurston, Zora Neale. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Amistad, 2006. ISBN: 9780061120060

James, Henry. The Portrait of a Lady, Oxford World's Classics, 2009. ISBN: 9780199217946

Wharton, Edith. The House of Mirth, Vintage, 2012. ISBN: 9780307949523

Yezierska, Anzia. The Bread Givers (3rd edition), Persea, 2003. ISBN: 9780892552900


En/VC 117. Picturing the Universe.

Required textbooks:

Hardy, Thomas. Two on a Tower: a Romance, Penguin Books, 2000. ISBN: 9780140435368

Okorafor, Nnedi. Binti, 2015. ISBN: 9780765385253

Sobel, Dava. The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars, 2016. ISBN: 9780143111344

Tennyson, Alfred. In Memoriam (3rd), Norton Critical Editions, 2020. ISBN: 9780393679236


ESE/Bi 168. Microbial Metabolic Diversity.

Required textbooks:

White, David. The Physiology and Biochemistry of Prokaryotes (4th), 2012. ISBN: 9780195393040


H 108A. The Early Middle Ages.

Required textbooks:

Geary, Patrick J. Readings in Medieval History, Volume I: The Early Middle Ages (Fifth), 2015. ISBN: 9781442634336


H 149. Age of Fracture: America Since 1974.

Required textbooks:

Hyman, Louis. Temp: The Real Story of What Happened to Your Salary, Benefits, and Job Security (Paperback), 2018. ISBN: 9780735224070


HPS/Pl 128. Philosophy of Mathematics.

Required textbooks:

Marcus, Russell; McEnvoy, Marc. An Historical Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics, Bloomsbury, 2016. ISBN: 9781472525673


Hum/En 020. The Epic Tradition.

Required textbooks:

Homer. The Odyssey, trans. Emily Wilson (1st), W. W. Norton and Company, 2018. ISBN: 9780393356250

Homer. The Iliad, trans. Richmond Lattimore, University of Chicago Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780226470498

Milton, John; Teskey, Gordon (Editor). Paradise Lost (2nd), W. W. Norton & Company, 2020. ISBN: 9780393617085

Virgil. The Aeneid, trans. David Ferry (Illustrated Edition), University of Chicago Press, 2017. ISBN: 9780226450216


Hum/H 008A. Civilization, Science, and Archaeology: Before Greece: The Origins of Civilization in Mesopotamia.

Required textbooks:

Oppenheim, A. Leo. Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization, University of Chicago Press, 1964, revised in 1977. ISBN: 9780226631868

Postgate, J.N. Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History (1st), Routledge, July 7, 1994. ISBN: 9780415110327


Hum/Pl 039. Ancient Philosophy.

Required textbooks:

Plato (translated by Robin Waterfield). Republic, Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780199535767


Hum/VC 048. Ways of Seeing.

Required textbooks:

Mirzoeff, Nicholas. How to See the World, Basic Books (Penguin UK), 2016. ISBN: 9780465096008


Hum/VC 049. Consuming Victorian Media.

Required textbooks:

Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey, Penguin Books, 2003. ISBN: 9780141439792

Stoker, Bram. Dracula, Oxford World's Classics, Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 9780199564095


Hum105B | L 105B. Topics in French Culture and Literature.

Required textbooks:

Edmiston, William F.; Duménil, Annie. La France contemporaine (Fifth Edition), Cengage, 2016. ISBN: 9781305251083


L 102B. Elementary French.

Required textbooks:

Jansma, Kimberly; Kassen, Margaret Ann. Motifs: An Introduction to French (6th edition), Thomson Heinle, 2014. ISBN: 9781133311287

Jansma, Kimberly; Kassen, Margaret Ann. Student Activities Manual: Motifs: An Introduction to French (6th edition), Thomson Heinle, 2014. ISBN: 9781133611806


L 167. Latin Literature.

Required textbooks:

Lucan; Roche, Paul (ed.). De bello ciuili: Book VII, 2019. ISBN: 9781107614451


Mu 056. Jazz History.

Required textbooks:

DeVeaux; Giddins. Jazz - Second Edition, Norton, 2015. ISBN: 9780393264456


Ph 106B. Topics in Classical Physics.

Required textbooks:

Griffiths, David J. Introduction to Electrodynamics (4), Addison-Wesley, 2013. ISBN: 9780321856562


Ph 129B. Mathematical Methods of Physics.

Required textbooks:

Arfken, George B.; Weber, Hans J.; Harris, Frank E. Mathematical Methods for Physicists: A Comprehensive Guide (7th Edition), Elsevier, 2013. ISBN: 9780123846549


SS 223B. Topics in Theoretical and Applied Econometrics.

Required textbooks:

Manski, Charles F. Identification Problems in the Social Sciences, 1995. ISBN: 9780674442832