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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.


Computer Science and Engineering

   •  CSE 150: Operating Systems
   •  CSE 160: Computer Networks
   •  CSE 165: Introduction to Object Orientated Programming
   •  CSE 170: Computer Graphics
   •  CSE 171: Game Programming
   •  CSE 173: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
   •  CSE 175: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
   •  CSE 176: Machine Learning
   •  CSE 177: Database Systems Implementation
   •  CSE 178: Computers and Networks Security
   •  CSE 179: Parallel Computing
   •  CSE 180: Introduction to Robotics
   •  CSE 185: Introduction to Computer Vision
   •  CSE 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CSE 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  CSE 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  CORE 001: The World at Home
   •  CORE 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  CORE 100: The World at Home: Planning for the Future in a Complex World II

Earth Systems Science

   •  ESS 001: Introduction to Earth Systems Science
   •  ESS 002: Sustainability Science
   •  ESS 005: Introduction to Biological Earth Systems
   •  ESS 010: Earth Resources
   •  ESS 012: Geology of California
   •  ESS 020: Fundamentals of Geology
   •  ESS 025: Introduction to Ecosystem Science
   •  ESS 034: Introduction to Marine Science
   •  ESS 040: Air Quality, Air Resources and Environmental Health
   •  ESS 050: Ecosystems of California
   •  ESS 060: Global Environmental Change
   •  ESS 070: Soil Foundations of Terrestrial Ecosystems
   •  ESS 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  ESS 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ESS 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  ESS 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  ESS 100: Environmental Chemistry
   •  ESS 102: Chemical Processes in the Soil Environment
   •  ESS 103: Geochemistry of Earth Systems
   •  ESS 104: Organic Geochemistry
   •  ESS 105: Biogeochemistry
   •  ESS 106: Instrumental Methods in Environmental Systems
   •  ESS 108: Surface and Colloid Chemistry of Earth Materials
   •  ESS 109: Inorganic Chemistry of Earth's Materials
   •  ESS 110: Hydrology and Climate
   •  ESS 112: Subsurface Hydrology
   •  ESS 120: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology
   •  ESS 124: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
   •  ESS 125: Microbial Ecology
   •  ESS 126: Environmental Genomics
   •  ESS 128: Theoretical Ecology
   •  ESS 129: Paleoecology
   •  ESS 130: Plant Biology
   •  ESS 131: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
   •  ESS 132: Applied Climatology
   •  ESS 133: Flora of California
   •  ESS 134: Air Pollution and Resources
   •  ESS 141: Environmental Science and Policy
   •  ESS 147: Astrobiology
   •  ESS 148: Fundamentals of Ecology
   •  ESS 149: Conservation Biology
   •  ESS 150: Geomorphology and Surface Processes
   •  ESS 170: Fundamentals of Soil Science
   •  ESS 170L: Soil Science Laboratory
   •  ESS 180: Field Methods in Earth Systems
   •  ESS 190: Undergraduate Seminar
   •  ESS 192: Topics in Environmental Systems
   •  ESS 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ESS 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  ESS 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  ECON 001: Introduction to Economics
   •  ECON 005: Introduction to Business & Finance
   •  ECON 010: Statistical Inference
   •  ECON 011: History of Economic Thought
   •  ECON 028: Intermediate Financial Accounting
   •  ECON 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  ECON 092: Internship in Economics
   •  ECON 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ECON 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  ECON 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  ECON 100: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
   •  ECON 101: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
   •  ECON 111: American Economic History
   •  ECON 115: Economics of Industrial Organization
   •  ECON 116: Organizational Strategy
   •  ECON 117: Marketing Strategy
   •  ECON 120: Economics of the Environment and Public Policy
   •  ECON 121: The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
   •  ECON 130: Econometrics
   •  ECON 140: Labor Economics
   •  ECON 141: Industrial Relations and Human Resource Economics
   •  ECON 142: The Economics of Gender and Poverty
   •  ECON 145: Health Economics
   •  ECON 150: Economic Development
   •  ECON 151: Public Economics
   •  ECON 152: Law and Economics
   •  ECON 153: Judgment and Decision Making
   •  ECON 155: Political Economics
   •  ECON 156: Urban and Regional Economics
   •  ECON 160: International Microeconomics
   •  ECON 161: International Finance

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