Sep 28, 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.

 

Writing

  
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    WRI 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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    WRI 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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    WRI 100: Advanced Writing


    Units: 4

    An emphasis on development of style, voice and syntax within writing projects. As a pre-professional writing course, it will include readings and writing in creative non-fiction as well as writing for popular and academic periodicals.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 101: Writing in the Disciplines: Psychology


    Units: 4

    Intended for psychology majors and majors in closely related disciplines, this course refines a student’s ability to analyze, synthesize, and explain complex information by producing professional written texts and oral reports for appropriate audiences. Using APA style, each student will also collaborate on a research project.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 104: Personal Style and Formal Writing


    Units: 3

    Examining current and historical issues of grammar, style, and usage, students will refine their personal style as writers while they also strengthen their command of formal academic discourse.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 105: Grammar and Style


    Units: 4

    An introduction to some basic principles of language study, including the key distinction between classifying and explaining grammatical forms and functions. Building on principles of grammar study, students will analyze style in texts representing various genres and formats that range from literary to conversational to disciplinary discourse.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 110: Tutor Training


    Units: 4

    To gain experience in the tutoring process, students will examine theoretical and practical parameters of learning to write. Pedagogies for working with a diverse student population are addressed through readings, reflective journals, research, writing projects and a practicum.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 111: Course-Embedded Tutor Training


    Units: 4

    Provides opportunities to engage in reflective practices, review of composition theory, research peer education pedagogy and to gain experience tutoring and assisting in classroom and consultative support to entry-level writers. Students reflect and synthesize through readings, reflective journals, writing projects and a practicum.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

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


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    WRI 112: Writing in the Arts


    Units: 4

    An upper-division course within our Writing Minor Program and a General Education requisite, with subjects including Studio Art, Art History, Music, Cinema and Media, Performance Studies and Architecture. This course will use the medium of Arts to build critical inquiry and advanced composition skills.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 114: Environmental Writing


    Units: 4

    Technical, scientific, policy, journalistic, and nonfiction writing focused on environmental science, for the purposes of critical inquiry and advanced composition skills. With potential applications in environmental research, advocacy, art, this course provides opportunity to theorize the idea of place, analyze local environmental issues, and explore integrated and applied writing processes.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 115: Topics in Science Writing


    Units: 4

    To better understand the difficult process of explaining technical information in clear, accessible, non-technical language, students read widely in the scientific literature, including works by established science journalists and by prominent scientists who have written for the general public. Oral presentations and group projects complement various writing tasks.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 116: Science Writing in Natural Sciences


    Units: 4

    To improve their command of scientific discourse, students in the School of Natural Sciences read widely in scientific literature, including research published in established scientific journals and articles or books by prominent scientists who have written for the general public. Oral presentations and group projects complement various writing tasks.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes
    Permission of instructor required for non-science majors


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    WRI 117: Writing for the Social Sciences and Humanities


    Units: 4

    Study and practice of reading and writing social science research, with an emphasis on the interpretation, articulation, and presentation of quantitative and qualitative data. With a focus on disciplinary conventions and style, writing projects may include research proposals, literature reviews, case studies, field notes, object/artifact analyses, interviews, ethnographies, academic posters.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Open only to SSHA Majors


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    WRI 118: Management Communication Theory and Practice


    Units: 4

    Students analyze and demonstrate effective managerial communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking, presentations, and writing. Topics include business ethics, media relations, intercultural communication, interviewing, persuasion, and the visual representation of data. Extensive work in impromptu oral and written communication in various managerial, organizational, interpersonal situations.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 119: Writing for Engineering


    Units: 4

    Intensive practice in the presentation of technical subject matter. Students survey the range of audiences to which engineering communities respond, and explore variations in the style and logic of written discourse within the profession. Assignments may include technical reports, design projects, project proposals, press releases, oral presentations, and collaborative projects.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 120: Rhetorical Theory


    Units: 4

    Intensive study in classical and contemporary theories of written rhetoric. The course will enable students to analyze, criticize and deploy rhetorical strategies via readings in rhetorical theory, application of theory to the criticism of texts, and the imitation and production of arguments.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 121: International Rhetoric


    Units: 4

    Focused on non-Western authors writing in English (and sometimes in translation), students will identify and analyze various cultural contexts that shape rhetorical choices and styles. Centered on one or two specific geographic regions, historical moments or genres, this course fosters critical engagement with rhetorical analysis, linguistic adaptations, and composition styles.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (WRI 010 or equivalent exam) and (WRI 100 or WRI 105 or WRI 120)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 125: Topics in Creative Writing


    Units: 4

    Provides an opportunity to pursue advanced work in creative writing by focusing on one genre: poetry, fiction, drama, or creative nonfiction. The course will follow a workshop format.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 025 and WRI 090
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 125A: Topics in Creative Writing: Poetry


    Units: 4

    Following the introductory creative writing coursework, students in this course deepen their understanding and process of writing and analyzing poetry. Students connect to genres and hybrid forms of poetry in contemporary literature and place their process and production of poems into contemporary context.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 025 and WRI 090
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 125B: Topics in Creative Writing: Fiction


    Units: 4

    Following introductory creative writing coursework, students in this course deepen their understanding and process of writing and analyzing fiction. In drafting, feedback, and workshop, students connect to genres and hybrid forms of fiction in contemporary literature and place their process and production of fiction into contemporary context.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 025 and WRI 090
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 125C: Topics in Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction


    Units: 4

    Following the introductory creative writing coursework, students in this course deepen their understanding and process of writing and analyzing creative nonfiction. Students connect to genres and hybrid forms of creative nonfiction and place their process and production of creative nonfiction into contemporary context.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 025 and WRI 090
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 125D: Topics in Creative Writing: Drama


    Units: 4

    Following the introductory creative writing coursework, students in this course deepen their understanding and process of writing and analyzing drama. Students connect to genres and hybrid forms of drama and place their process and production of writing drama into contemporary context.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 025 and WRI 090
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 130: Topics in Professional Writing


    Units: 4

    Specialized instruction in one aspect of Professional writing. Topics will include, but not be limited to, Journalism, Technical Writing, Copy-Editing, Writing for the Internet, and Research for Writers. Each class will provide practical instruction in “real-world” writing scenarios.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 030 and WRI 090
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 131: Journal Production


    Units: 2

    Intended for students working on the Undergraduate Research Journal, we examine issues of journal production in print and electronic forms, including editorial analysis of texts and principles of revision. Course work is adjusted to match each student’s experience in publication.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 4

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 131A: Journal Production: Technical Writing and Editing


    Units: 2

    Theoretical and practical approaches to journal editing in academic, creative, and professional genres. Engaging a range of stylistic, content, layout, and ethical concerns for digital and print journals, students address the demands of reviewing and editing various stages of manuscript preparation, from content to copyediting.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 131B: Journal Production: Vernal Pool


    Units: 2

    Practical approaches to editing the Vernal Pool, UC Merced’s undergraduate literary journal. Students coordinate the journal’s editorial flow and manage stages of submission. Students engage author inquiries and editorial board suggestions for sustainably producing the journal, engaging a range of content, layout, and ethical concerns for publication.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Concurrent Prerequisites: WRI 131A
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 131C: Journal Production: Undergraduate Research Journal (URJ)


    Units: 2

    Practical approaches to editing UC Merced’s Undergraduate Research Journal. Students coordinate the journal’s editorial flow and manage stages of submission, including layout. Students engage author inquiries and editorial board suggestions for sustainably producing the journal, engaging a range of content, layout, and ethical concerns for publication.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Concurrent Prerequisites: WRI 131A
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 140: Topics in Ethnic Writing


    Units: 4

    Refines students abilities to analyze, synthesize, apply, and explain complex rhetorical forms for appropriate audiences. Intensive study in theories of oral and written rhetoric related to Chicana/o rhetorical discourses. The course emphasizes readings in rhetorical theory, criticism, and formal argument. Students will also submit a cumulative writing portfolio.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 010 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 141: Writing Narrative for Archaeology


    Units: 4

    An integration of archaeological knowledge with narrative and analytical writing. Students develop research and writing skills while learning to use and disseminate knowledge gained by producing creative, culturally sensitive, and factually supported texts.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ANTH 141
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ANTH 003 and (WRI 010 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 150: Seminar in Creative Writing


    Units: 4

    In this advanced workshop students will produce creative and critical work in one of the following genres: fiction, playwriting, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 125
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 155: Seminar in Professional Writing


    Units: 4

    This seminar is based on case studies representing different contexts of professional writing. Specific attention will be devoted to technical writing for the representation of complex information in a form that is accessible to general readers. Elements of translation theory will also be reviewed.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 130
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 160: Seminar in Editing


    Units: 4

    This workshop course on editing examines grammar and style, documentation, manuscript solicitation, selection and review, as well as generating manuscripts. Concerns fundamental to editing, such as consistency of voice, integrity of the author’s concepts, and use of multiple languages, will be included as part of the editorial process.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 125 or WRI 130
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    WRI 192: Internship in Writing


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

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

    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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    WRI 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

    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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    WRI 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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    WRI 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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