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    University of California Merced
  Jan 19, 2018
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

Lower Division Courses numbered 1–99 are designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores but are open to all students for lower division credit. (Graduate students requesting to enroll in lower-division undergraduate courses will not receive unit credit nor will the course fulfill degree requirements.) Upper Division Courses courses numbered 100–199 are open to all students who have met the necessary prerequisites as indicated in the catalog course description. Preparation should generally include completion of one lower division course in the given subject or completion of two years of college work.

Courses numbered 200–299 are open to graduate students. (Undergraduate students must obtain the signature of the instructor, School Dean, and the Dean of Graduate Studies. Graduate level units will count towards the required 120 units for graduation; however students are urged to meet with their academic advisor in order to determine if graduate course units may be used to fulfill a graduation requirement.)

Cross-listed Courses are the same course offered under different course subjects at the same level (either undergraduate or graduate) that share the same meeting time, requirements, units, etc. Conjoined Courses are the same course but one is undergraduate and one is graduate.

A corequisite course is a course that must be taken at the same time as another course.

Prerequisites for courses should be followed carefully; the responsibility for meeting these requirements rests on the student. If you can demonstrate that your preparation is equivalent to that specified by the prerequisites, the instructor may waive these requirements for you. The instructor also may request that a student who has not completed the prerequisites be dropped from the course. Note: For all courses a “C-” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “P/NP” grade then a “P” grade is required. If the prerequisite for a course is not satisfied, students must obtain the approval of the instructor (or school designee) of the course they wish to take.

No credit is allowed for completing a less advanced course after successful completion (C-or better) of a more advanced course in the foreign languages. This applies only to lower division foreign language courses, not upper division courses. 

More information about Course Substitutions , Grading Options , and Course Materials and Services Fees  can be found in alternate areas of the catalog.


Biological Sciences

   •  BIO 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  BIO 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  BIO 101: Biochemistry I
   •  BIO 102: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
   •  BIO 104: Biophysics
   •  BIO 104L: Biophysics Laboratory
   •  BIO 105: Enzymology
   •  BIO 105L: Enzymology Laboratory
   •  BIO 106: Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
   •  BIO 107: Physical Biochemistry
   •  BIO 110: The Cell
   •  BIO 111: Cells, Tissues and Organs
   •  BIO 120: General Microbiology
   •  BIO 120L: General Microbiology Laboratory
   •  BIO 121: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology
   •  BIO 122: Microbial Pathogenesis
   •  BIO 123: Human Parasitology
   •  BIO 124: Microbial Evolution
   •  BIO 127: General Virology
   •  BIO 129: Paleoecology
   •  BIO 130: Plant Biology
   •  BIO 133: Flora of California
   •  BIO 134: Marine Sciences Theory and Practice
   •  BIO 135: Public Health Genetics
   •  BIO 140: Genetics
   •  BIO 141: Evolution
   •  BIO 142: Genome Biology
   •  BIO 143: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life
   •  BIO 143F: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life
   •  BIO 144: Phylogenetics
   •  BIO 144L: Phylogenetics Laboratory
   •  BIO 145: Introduction to Population and Community Ecology
   •  BIO 146: Paleobiology
   •  BIO 147: Astrobiology
   •  BIO 148: Fundamentals of Ecology
   •  BIO 148F: Ecology Field and Lab Course
   •  BIO 149: Conservation Biology
   •  BIO 149F: Conservation Biology Laboratory
   •  BIO 150: Embryos, Genes, and Development
   •  BIO 151: Molecular Immunology
   •  BIO 151L: Molecular Immunology Laboratory
   •  BIO 152: Cancer Genetics and Tumor Biology
   •  BIO 153: Evolution and Development
   •  BIO 154: Developmental Immunology
   •  BIO 160: Comparative Physiology
   •  BIO 160L: Comparative Physiology Laboratory
   •  BIO 161: Human Physiology
   •  BIO 162: Evolutionary Constraints of Physiology
   •  BIO 163: Endocrinology
   •  BIO 163L: Endocrinology Laboratory
   •  BIO 164: Human Anatomy
   •  BIO 170: Neurobiology
   •  BIO 170L: Neurobiology Laboratory
   •  BIO 171: Neurobiology of Brain Dysfunction and Disorders
   •  BIO 175: Biostatistics
   •  BIO 180: Mathematical Modeling for Biology
   •  BIO 181: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulation
   •  BIO 182: Bioinformatics
   •  BIO 183: Population Genetics
   •  BIO 190: Research Seminar
   •  BIO 192: Communicating Science
   •  BIO 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  BIO 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  BIO 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  CHEM 001: Preparatory Chemistry
   •  CHEM 002: General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 002H: Honors General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 008: Principles of Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 008H: Honors Principles of Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 010: General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 010H: Honors General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 090X: Freshman Seminar in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  CHEM 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  CHEM 100: Organic Synthesis and Mechanism
   •  CHEM 100L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 101L: Advanced Synthetic Laboratory
   •  CHEM 111: Biochemistry I
   •  CHEM 112: Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 113: Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics
   •  CHEM 115: Instrumental Analysis and Bioanalytical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 120: Inorganic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 122: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
   •  CHEM 130: Organic Spectroscopy and Computation
   •  CHEM 131: Molecular Spectroscopy
   •  CHEM 133: Biophysical Chemistry
   •  CHEM 140: Nanoscale Materials Chemistry
   •  CHEM 150: Inorganic and Materials Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 153: Physical Chemistry Laboratory
   •  CHEM 155: Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
   •  CHEM 181: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulation
   •  CHEM 190: Advanced Topics in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 194: Ethics and Communication in Chemistry
   •  CHEM 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CHEM 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  CHEM 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  CHEM 200: Advanced Organic Synthesis
   •  CHEM 201: Organic and Organometallic Reaction Mechanisms
   •  CHEM 202: Bioorganic Chemistry

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