Nov 26, 2022  
2019-2020 Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

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.

GRADUATE COURSES

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/CONJOINED COURSES

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.

COREQUISITE COURSE

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

PREREQUISITES

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.

WORLD LANGUAGES

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

GRADING OPTIONS

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.

 

Natural Sciences Education

  
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    NSED 043: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School


    Units: 1

    Introduction to teaching science in middle school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 053
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 044
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 044: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School


    Units: 1

    Fieldwork component for the NSED 43 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a middle school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 054
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 043
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 053: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School


    Units: 1

    Introduction to teaching mathematics in middle school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 043
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 054
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 054: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School


    Units: 1

    Fieldwork component for the NSED 053 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a middle school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 044
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 053
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 063: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School


    Units: 1

    Introduction to teaching science in high school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 073
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 064
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 064: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School


    Units: 1

    Fieldwork component for the NSED 63 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a high school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 074
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 063
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 073: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School


    Units: 1

    Introduction to teaching mathematics in High school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 063
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 074
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 074: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School


    Units: 1

    Fieldwork component for the NSED 073 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a high school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Fall
    • Spring
    • Summer

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: NSED 064
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (NSED 023 or NSED 033) and (NSED 024 or NSED 034)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: NSED 073
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 090X: Introduction to Teaching Science/Math


    Units: 1

    Freshman seminar.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    NSED 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 12

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Earth Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESS
    • Environmental Systems Science (Undergraduate) - ESY
    • Applied Mathematical Sciences (Undergraduate) - MATH
    • Chemical Sciences (Undergraduate) - CHEM
    • Physics (Undergraduate) - PHYS
    • Biological Sciences (Undergraduate) - BIOS

    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    NSED 099: Lower Division Individual Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    NSED 100: Project Based Instruction: Assessment and Management for Beginning Teachers


    Units: 4

    The course prepares students for careers in K-12 education. Students gain knowledge of classroom management strategies and learn how to organize a classroom, to plan units and to develop lesson plans. A special focus will be the techniques necessary to effectively teach in multicultural and multilingual schools.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 120: Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity in Urban and Rural Schools


    Units: 4

    Focusing on American education, we examine historical and current issues of diversity, noting controversial initiatives such as mainstreaming, bilingual education, multiculturalism, and gender-neutral or gender-segregated instruction. Students also consider cultural and linguistic challenges of teaching English language learners, including those who are generation 1.5 students.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 130: Technology in Education


    Units: 3

    Designed for students interested in careers in education, particularly at a K-12 level. Teaches students to use digital learning tools and to integrate technology in the classroom in an effective way, with a particular focus on using technology to support state standards in education.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 150: Research Methods in Education


    Units: 4

    The purpose of this course is to help pre-service teachers develop the required skills to carry out research in classroom settings to inform their daily instructional strategies. Pre-service teachers will gain hands-on experience in conducting research/action research in actual classrooms or any other school-learning environment.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: At least one lower-division NSED course and one lower-division NSED fieldwork
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 174: Contemporary Issues in Teaching with Fieldwork


    Units: 1

    Combines study and observation of a K-12 classroom setting and reflection the aspects of teaching which have current importance in the field of education. The course includes fieldwork component where students will be working in classrooms of the local K-12 schools.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Two of the following courses: NSED 024, NSED 034, NSED 044, NSED 054, NSED 064, NSED 074
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    NSED 184: Apprentice Teaching Fieldwork


    Lower Unit Limit: 3
    Upper Unit Limit: 9

    Final part of the NSEC minor program which allows students to receive a single subject teaching credential upon graduation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: NSED 100 and NSED 120
    Corequisite: UGIC 303 (UC Berkeley course)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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Philosophy

  
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    PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the main areas of philosophy using classic and contemporary sources. Consideration of central and enduring problems in philosophy, such as skepticism about the external world, the mind-body problem and the nature of morality.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics


    Units: 4

    Consideration of basic questions and themes in moral philosophy through the study of historical and contemporary philosophical texts. Questions may include: Are moral rules relative? What is the best sort of human life? What sorts of acts are right? Should wealth be shared with those less fortunate?

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 003: Contemporary Moral Problems


    Units: 4

    Consideration of topics in applied ethics, which may include euthanasia, abortion, economic justice, world hunger, the treatment of animals, and punishment. This course will also cover some more general approaches to ethical thinking, such as theories based on rights and entitlements.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 004: Critical Reasoning


    Units: 4

    Covers informal logic, especially the analysis and assessment of arguments in natural language. Topics include premises and conclusions; ambiguity, vagueness, and other linguistic issues; the principle of charity; deductive validity and soundness; inductive force and inference; rhetorical ploys; formal, substantial, and other fallacies; argument reconstruction; and argument assessment.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 005: Introduction to Logic


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the techniques of deductive reasoning. Topics include the translation between English and symbolic language, rules of inference, deductive vs. inductive reasoning, validity and soundness, truth tables, and proof techniques in statement and predicate logic.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Lower Division: Quantitative Reasoning
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 009: Phenomenology and Existentialism


    Units: 4

    Consideration of central themes in phenomenology and existentialism and their philosophical origins in nineteenth century philosophy. Readings from such figures as Nietzsche, Husserl, Sartre, Freud, Merleau-Ponty, and Heidegger.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 090X: Freshman Seminar


    Units: 1

    Examination of a topic in philosophy.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 092: Internship in Philosophy


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

    Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to philosophy in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of philosophy. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of philosophy.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 099: Lower Division Individual Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 101: Metaphysics


    Units: 4

    Inquiry into the fundamental nature of reality: the categories of being; the differences between abstract entities, concrete entities, substances, properties, and processes; what constitutes identity of objects through time; necessity and possibility; free will and determinism; space, time, and causation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 005
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 102: Epistemology


    Units: 4

    Consideration of basic questions in the study of knowledge, which concern what we know and how we know things. Topics to be covered may include: certainty, justification, perception, skepticism, and introspection.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 103: Philosophy of Mind


    Units: 4

    Selected topics in the philosophy of mind, including the relation between mind and body, the self, personal identity, consciousness, and free-will.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 005
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 104: Ethical Theory


    Units: 4

    An examination of core issues in moral philosophy. Topics may include: the nature of moral judgments, methods of ethical decision making, the relationship between morality and self-interest, and proposed resolutions to situations involving conflicting moral principles.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 001
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 105: Philosophy of Language


    Units: 4

    Consideration of work by both philosophers and linguists on the nature of language and meaning. Topics include theories of truth and reference, speech acts, metaphor, pictorial representation, and the relation between the social and mental aspects of language.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 106: Philosophy of Science


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the philosophy of science. Topics may include the nature of scientific theories, causation, explanation, laws of nature, natural kinds, theoretical entities, inductive reasoning, inter-theoretic reduction, realism and anti-realism.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 107: Philosophy of Religion


    Units: 4

    An examination of core issues in the philosophy of religion, using classical and contemporary sources. Topics may include: arguments for and against the existence of God, differing concepts of the divine, the rationality of religious belief, mysticism, divine foreknowledge and free-will, death and immortality.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 001
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 108: Political Philosophy


    Units: 4

    An examination of core issues in political philosophy. Topics may include: descriptive and normative analyses of institutions, alternative justifications of political authority, classical and modern accounts of the social contract, theories of justice.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Global Awareness

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 001
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 109: Philosophy of Law


    Units: 4

    Exploration of the nature of law, including the social nature of law, law’s authority and the relationship between law and the common good.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 110: Philosophy of Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    Consideration of philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science, including the Turing Test, the Chinese Room argument, the nature of cognitive architecture, animal cognition, connectionism vs. symbolic artificial intelligence, and the possibility of thinking machines.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 110
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 001 or COGS 001
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 110A: Topics in Philosophy of Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    Special topics in philosophy of cognitive science. Consideration of empirical work in cognitive science in relation to such topics as personal identity, the self, brain injury, emotion, and morality.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Crosslisted with: COGS 110A
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 001 or PSY 001 or PHIL 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 111: Philosophy of Neuroscience


    Units: 4

    Considerations of questions at the intersection of philosophy and neuroscience. Specific topics may include the mind-body problem, free will, consciousness, religion, and the nature of the self.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 001
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 119: Topics in Philosophy of Science


    Units: 4

    In-depth study of selected topics in the philosophy of science.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 130: Ancient Philosophy


    Units: 4

    An examination of some of the core issues and central texts of ancient philosophy. Questions to be covered include: What is happiness? What is the best life? What are the ultimate constituents of reality? What can we know? Is there a soul, and does it survive death?

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 131: Topics in Ancient Philosophy


    Units: 4

    Selected topics in ancient philosophy, for example close readings of texts from Plato, Aristotle, the Presocratics, or Hellenistic philosophers.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 134: Modern Philosophy


    Units: 4

    An examination of the works of several of the most important philosophers of the 17th and early 18th centuries. Special attention will be devoted to the new theories of knowledge and the new moral theories proposed during this time.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 137: Topics in 19th Century Philosophy


    Units: 4

    A study of some major works of important philosophers of the 19th Century such as Fichte, Hegel, Bentham, Marx, Mill, Schopenhauer, Sidgwick, Kierkegaard, or Nietzsche. The authors and works covered in this class might change from year to year and instructor to instructor.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 138: Topics in 20th Century Analytic Philosophy


    Units: 4

    We will study some of the main ideas and arguments proposed in the analytic tradition in philosophy. We also discuss how some of the developments in analytic philosophy such as symbolic logic and subjective probability theory have influenced contemporary sciences such as mathematics, computer science and economics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 141: Topics in Continental Philosophy


    Units: 4

    In-depth study of one or more figures or topics in continental philosophy. Possible topics include German idealism, Marxism, phenomenology, existentialism, the Frankfurt school, cultural studies, and critical theory.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Crosslisted with: ENG 121
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL or ENG course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 150: Topics in Phenomenology


    Units: 4

    Introductory topics in phenomenology (the study of conscious experience). Historical figures covered may include Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Sartre, and de Beauvoir. Topics may include phenomenological method, intentionality, perception, cognition, other minds, and intersubjectivity, as well as application of phenomenological methods to themes in natural science, social science, art, and literature.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 157: Philosophy of Love and Friendship


    Units: 4

    Philosophical exploration of the nature of love and friendship and their relation to morality and the good life. Topics may include the question of whether friends and lovers are essential to happiness, why we love others, and how love and friendship relate to morality.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 160: Mathematical Logic


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the meta-theory of first-order logic. Topics include the consistency, compactness, completeness and soundness proofs for propositional and first-order logic; model theory; the axiomatization of number theory; Gödel’s incompleteness theorems and related results.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: MATH 160
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 005
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 170: Philosophy, Politics and Economics


    Units: 4

    Explores issues in the intersection of philosophy, political theory and economic theory. We will consider how discoveries in political science and economics can advance some debates in traditional political and moral philosophy. Conversely, we will consider how the insights and methods of philosophy influence economics and political science.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHIL 001
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 171: Free Will in Philosophy and Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    An exploration of the concept of free will and the plausibility of its existence through both philosophy and cognitive science. By the end of the course students will be conversant on the topic of free will and the latest developments in the debate.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 160
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 001 or any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 172: Experimental Philosophy


    Units: 4

    Consideration of how philosophers and cognitive scientists have tried to bring experimental methods to bear on philosophical debates. Topics may include consciousness, free will, and moral psychology.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 161
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 001 or any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 173: Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    Exploration of the phenomenon of consciousness in both philosophy and cognitive science. By the end of the course, students will be conversant on different forms of consciousness and techniques for studying consciousness.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 177
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 001 or any lower-division PHIL course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 190: Advanced Seminar in Philosophy


    Units: 4

    Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem within philosophy.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: Yes
    Course may be repeated 1 time for credit in different subject area


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    PHIL 191: Senior Philosophy Assessment


    Units: 1

    Senior online capstone course which covers the philosophy program learning outcomes and culminates in an online test designed to assess student’s understanding of certain basic questions about philosophy.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHIL 192: Internship in Philosophy


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

    Provides oversight and structure for a student’s internship in a field related to philosophy in community organizations, professional research projects, etc. connected to the study of philosophy. Students are required to write an original research paper or relevant product that demonstrates how the internship advanced their knowledge of philosophy.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHIL 199: Upper Division Individual Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHYS 006: The Cosmos, Science and You


    Units: 4

    Introduction to physics and astronomy for non science and engineering majors. Topics include: Scientific method as illustrated by astronomical discoveries about the Cosmos; and the concepts of matter and energy; and the formation of the Universe, galaxies, stars and the Solar System. Throughout the course our physical connection and dependence the Cosmos are illustrated using new discoveries in astrophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 008: Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences


    Units: 4

    Introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Intended for students with preparation in calculus and algebra. Topics include introduction to forces, kinetics, equilibria, fluids, waves, and heat. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 021 or equivalent exam
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: PHYS 008H, PHYS 018
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 008H: Honors Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences


    Units: 4

    A mathematically intense introduction to classical mechanics designed for majors and other highly motivated students. Utilizing differential and integral calculus, topics include forces, kinetics, energy, momentum, gravity, rotations, waves, and fluids. Advanced coursework in all areas (i.e. homework, etc.) prepares students for success in upper-division physics courses.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 021 or equivalent exam
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: PHYS 008, PHYS 018
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 009: Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences


    Units: 4

    Continuation of introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Topics include introduction to electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam and MATH 021 or equivalent exam) or (MATH 011 with B or better or equivalent exam and PHYS 018 or equivalent exam)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 022 or equivalent exam
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: PHYS 009H, PHYS 019
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 009H: Honors Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences


    Units: 4

    A mathematically intense introduction to classical electromagnetism for students who are motivated to learn physics at an advanced level. Utilizing calculus, topics include electrostatics, magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, and optics. Advanced coursework prepares students for advanced study in physical science and engineering courses.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 021 with B or better or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 008 with A- or better or PHYS 008H with B or better or equivalent exam)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 022 or equivalent exam
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: PHYS 009, PHYS 019
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 010: Introductory Physics III


    Units: 4

    An introduction to developments in modern physics over the last 100 years that have radically altered our view of nature. Particular emphasis is placed on the quantum theory, with applications to atoms, molecules, solids, and light.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 024 and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 012: Light, Color, and Vision


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the physics, chemistry, and biology of light and vision for nonscientists. Covers basic optics, optical instruments, photography, light and color in nature, human and animal vision, visual perception and optical illusions, and aspects of modern technology including fiber optics and lasers. Includes classroom demonstrations and out-of-class observational exercises.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 018: Introductory Physics I for Biological Sciences


    Units: 4

    First introductory physics course for biological science majors. Topics include vectors, kinematics, Newton’s Laws, Work, Energy and Conservation, Torque and rotation, Fluids and Elasticity, Oscillations and Waves all with an emphasis on biological applications.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: PHYS 008, PHYS 008H
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 019: Introductory Physics II for Biological Sciences


    Units: 4

    The physical principles of electromagnetism and thermodynamics are introduced, examined, and discussed in the context of biological applications.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion and Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: MATH 012 or MATH 022 or equivalent exam
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: PHYS 009, PHYS 009H
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 090X: Freshman Seminar


    Units: 1

    Examination of a topic in physics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHYS 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHYS 099: Lower Division Individual Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHYS 104: Biophysics


    Units: 4

    Provides students an understanding of relevant physical principles for biological systems, introduce them to experimental and theoretical techniques of biophysics and to communicate the excitement of cutting-edge biophysics research. Topics include diffusion, fluids, entropic forces, motor proteins, enzymes, nerve impulses, networks and evolution.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 104
    Conjoined with: PHYS 204
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 105: Analytic Mechanics Core


    Units: 4

    Rigorous, mathematical foundation in classical mechanics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics; motion of particles in one, two and three dimensions; central force motion; moving coordinate systems; mechanics of continuous media; oscillations; normal modes; Lagrange’s equations; and Hamiltonian methods.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 022 or equivalent exam)
    Concurrent Prerequisites: (MATH 023 or MATH 023H) and MATH 024
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 108: Thermal Physics Core


    Units: 4

    Aims to give students a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of thermal physics. Topics include probability, ensembles, equilibrium, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, heat engines, magnetism, chemical equilibria and quantum statistics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 109: Soft Matter Physics


    Units: 3

    An introduction to the physics of soft materials designed for upper level undergraduate students in physics. In this course we will use a physics based approach to study the structure and assembly of a variety materials including liquid crystals, polymers, colloidal systems and surfactants including biological examples.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: PHYS 209
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 108
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 110: Electrodynamics Core


    Units: 4

    Intermediate Electrodynamics. Topics covered include vector calculus including divergence, curl and vector field theorems; Electrostatics including field, potential, work and energy; Laplace’s equation including solutions in different geometries, separating variables, method of images and multipole expansions; Electrostatics in media including polarization and dielectrics (linear/nonlinear); Magnetostatics including the Biot-Savart Law, Ampere’s Law and vector potentials; Magnetic fields in matter including magnetization, linear and non-linear media; and Electrodynamics including EMF, induction and Maxwell’s equations as well as conservation of charge, energy, and momentum in EM fields.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H) and (MATH 023 or MATH 023H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 112: Statistical Mechanics


    Units: 4

    Covers the fundamental concepts of statistical mechanics, which form the microscopic basis for thermodynamics. Topics include applications to macroscopic systems, condensed states, phase transformations, quantum distributions, elementary kinetic theory of transport processes, and fluctuation phenomena.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 108
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 115: Electrodynamics Core II Waves and Dynamic Electromagnetic Fields


    Units: 4

    Waves and advanced electromagnetic fields, including radiation and special relativity. General discussion of waves and vibrations. Review of Maxwell’s equations and discussion on conserved quantities in electromagnetic fields. Electromagnetic waves, potential formulations, radiation from moving charges, and special relativity.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 116: Mathematical Methods


    Units: 4

    Essential mathematical methods for physicists, with an emphasis on Linear Algebra, Partial Differential Equation, and Fourier Transform. The subjects covered in this course are the standard tools for quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and electrodynamics. This Course Satisfies the Physics Programmatic Learning Outcomes #2: Mathematical Expertise.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 023 or MATH 023H) and MATH 024 and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 120: Physics of Materials


    Units: 4

    Electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of solids. Free electron model, introduction to band theory. Crystal structures and lattice vibrations. Mechanisms and characterization of electrical conductivity, optical absorption, magnetic behavior, dielectric properties, and p-n junctions.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 009  or PHYS 009H ) and CHEM 112  
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 126: Special Relativity Minicourse


    Units: 2

    Introduces the exciting and thought-provoking physics of special relativity through a half-semester minicourse. Topics include hallmark experiments; Lorentz transformations; time dilation and length contraction; relativistic optics; tensor techniques; mass, energy, and momentum; relativistic mechanics; and relativistic electricity and magnetism.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 137: Quantum Mechanics Core


    Units: 4

    Fundamentals of quantum mechanics, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Topics include the Schroedinger equation, Hilbert spaces, the operator formalism, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, tunneling, perturbation and WKB theory, fermions, and bosons.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 010 and (MATH 023 or MATH 023H) and MATH 024
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 138: Quantum Mechanics II Core


    Units: 2

    Applies quantum mechanics to solve problems in atomic physics. Includes two parts: (1) the study of perturbative techniques, variational principle and adiabatic approximation, all of which are widely used in modern physics; (2) the study of the quantum theory of angular momentum.

    Course Details
    Anticipated term(s) course will be offered:
    • Spring

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 137
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 141: Condensed Matter Physics


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the physics of materials designed for upper-level undergraduate students in physics, chemistry, or materials science and engineering. The course will cover traditional solid-state physics and examine the relationship between microscopic structure and bulk properties in different materials.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: PHYS 241
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 010 or CHEM 112
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 144: Modern Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics


    Units: 4

    Discusses modern topics in the so-called Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics. The interaction of atoms with radiation, laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation, atomic interferometry, ion traps, and quantum computing. An advanced physics course that is closely connected to ongoing research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: PHYS 244
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 137
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 148: Modern Optics


    Units: 4

    Discusses light from the electromagnetic and geometrical perspectives. Students will learn about reflection and refraction, revisit and then expand upon geometrical optics, gain a deeper understanding of interference, and learn about polarization.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H) and (MATH 023 or MATH 023H) and MATH 024
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 150: Energy Sources


    Units: 3

    Fossil energy resources, nuclear energy, solar energy, and other renewable energy sources (wind, hydro, geothermal.)

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or MATH 022 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 151: Topics in Solar Energy Physics


    Units: 3

    The physics of solar energy production and utilization. Specific topics may be emphasized according to instructor, including: the solar energy resource, modeling and simulation, thermal and photovoltaic collectors, solar energy systems, nonimaging optics, and special applications (solar lasers, material processing, etc.).

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ME 260
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 022 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 159: Particle Physics


    Units: 4

    Tools of particle and nuclear physics. Properties, classification, and interactions of particles including the quark-gluon constituents of hadrons. High-energy phenomena analyzed by quantum mechanical methods. Quantum number determination of resonances, hadron structure functions, introductory electroweak theory with dirac matrices, Standard Model (overview), grand unified theories.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 137
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 160: Modern Physics Lab


    Units: 4

    Provides a rigorous foundation in physics laboratory techniques, with an emphasis on hands-on laboratory training. The nature of the experiments available to students cover a range of modern topics, from nonlinear dynamics and chaos through nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on error estimation, data analysis, and interpretation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 010
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 161: Astrophysics and Cosmology


    Units: 3

    Elements of general relativity. Physics of pulsars, cosmic rays, black holes. The cosmological distance scale, elementary cosmological models, properties of galaxies and quasars. The mass density and age of the universe. Evidence for dark matter and concepts of the early universe and of galaxy formation. Reflections on astrophysics as a probe of the extrema of physics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (MATH 022 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 172: Quantum Information Science


    Units: 4

    The course covers: 1) basic concepts in quantum information and quantum computation, (2) physical systems for implementation of quantum bits and logic gates, in particular, solid-state and AMO systems, and (3) quantum information and its connections to many-body physics including quantum simulation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 137
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 180: Nonlinear Dynamics


    Units: 4

    Most processes encountered in nature are inherently nonlinear. This course introduces the main topics of low-dimensional nonlinear systems, with applications to a wide variety of disciplines, including physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. Specific topics include maps and flows in one and two dimensions, phase portraits, bifurcations, chaos, and fractals.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: PHYS 280
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 023 or MATH 023H) and MATH 024
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    PHYS 192: Special Topics in Physics


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

    Treatment of a special topic or theme in Physics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 6

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Course may be repeated for credit in different subject area


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    PHYS 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHYS 196: Undergraduate Thesis


    Units: 2

    Gives upper-division undergraduate Physics majors further opportunity to engage in laboratory, field, theoretical, and/or computational research under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. The seminar portion of this course supports students in writing and orally presenting their senior thesis.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PHYS 195
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Physics (Undergraduate) - PHYS

    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    PHYS 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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