Dec 07, 2019  
2018-2019 Catalog 
2018-2019 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. 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.

For all undergraduate 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.

For all graduate courses a “B” or better grade is required for a course to be used as a prerequisite for another course. If a course was taken for a “S/U” grade then a “S” grade is required.


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. 


Unless otherwise stated in the course description, each course is letter graded with a P/NP or S/U option (unless required for your major or graduate program). The policy regarding Grading Options , can be found in an alternate section of the catalog.

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


Earth Systems Science

   •  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 148: Fundamentals of Ecology
   •  ESS 149: Conservation Biology
   •  ESS 150: Geomorphology and Surface Processes
   •  ESS 156: Ecological Dynamics
   •  ESS 170: Fundamentals of Soil Science
   •  ESS 170L: Soil Science Laboratory
   •  ESS 172: Sustainability of Agricultural Ecosystems
   •  ESS 174: Stable Isotope Ecology
   •  ESS 179: Critical Zone Science
   •  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 and Finance
   •  ECON 006A: Financial Accounting I
   •  ECON 006B: Financial Accounting II
   •  ECON 007: Managerial Accounting
   •  ECON 010: Statistical Inference
   •  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 105: Corporate Finance
   •  ECON 108: Marketing and Consumer Behavior
   •  ECON 110: Econometrics
   •  ECON 111: American Economic History
   •  ECON 115: Economics of Industrial Organization
   •  ECON 116: Organizational Strategy
   •  ECON 120: Economics of the Environment and Public Policy
   •  ECON 121: The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions
   •  ECON 126: Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
   •  ECON 131: History of Economic Thought
   •  ECON 140: Labor Economics
   •  ECON 142: The Economics of Gender and Poverty
   •  ECON 145: Health Economics
   •  ECON 147: Introduction to Economic Growth
   •  ECON 149: Economics of Sports
   •  ECON 150: Economic Development
   •  ECON 151: The Economics of Government and Business
   •  ECON 153: Judgment and Decision Making
   •  ECON 155: Political Economics
   •  ECON 156: Urban and Regional Economics
   •  ECON 158: Economics of Regulation
   •  ECON 161: International Finance and Trade
   •  ECON 163: Economics of Investments, Futures, and Options
   •  ECON 164: Economics of Emerging Markets
   •  ECON 170: Game Theory
   •  ECON 171: Advanced Econometrics
   •  ECON 172: Experimental Economics
   •  ECON 190: Topics in Economics
   •  ECON 192: Internship in Economics
   •  ECON 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ECON 196: Senior Thesis in Economics I
   •  ECON 197: Senior Thesis in Economics II
   •  ECON 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  ECON 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  ECON 240: Advanced Labor Economics I
   •  ECON 290: Quantitative Labor Studies Seminar
   •  ECON 295: Graduate Research
   •  ECON 298: Directed Group Study
   •  ECON 299: Directed Independent Study


   •  EDUC 010: The Essentials of Educational Practice and Policy
   •  EDUC 090X: Freshman Seminar

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

   •  EECS 205: Probability and Stochastic Processes
   •  EECS 207: Digital Image Processing
   •  EECS 243: Interdisciplinary Computational Graduate Education
   •  EECS 245: Parallel Computing
   •  EECS 250: Advanced Topics in Computer Systems
   •  EECS 252: Embedded Computer Systems
   •  EECS 255: Advanced Human-computer Interaction
   •  EECS 260: Optimization
   •  EECS 262: Networking of Embedded Sensor Systems
   •  EECS 263: Cloud Computing
   •  EECS 265: Computational Geometry
   •  EECS 267: Computer Graphics
   •  EECS 270: Robot Algorithms
   •  EECS 271: Theory of Computation
   •  EECS 272: Program Verification and Model Checking
   •  EECS 273: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
   •  EECS 274: Computer Vision
   •  EECS 275: Matrix Computation
   •  EECS 276: Machine Learning

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