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.

 

Environmental Systems Science

  
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    Syllabus

    ESS 002: Sustainability Science


    Units: 4

    Explores the scientific basis for a rigorous definition of the concept of sustainability and its implementation in society. Using “back-of-the-envelope” style calculations it explains major magnitudes and trends of environmental impacts and sustainable activities. It will also employ assignments and discussions that encourage communication across disciplinary barriers.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Engineering Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 005: Introduction to Biological Earth Systems


    Units: 4

    Introduction to basic principles of coupled biological and earth systems for non-science majors and prospective majors. An interdisciplinary approach that combines concepts from biology and earth science to understand how the Earth functions as a biological incubator, the origin and evolution of molecular life, the rise of complex biological and ecological earth systems, human impacts, and the sustainable Earth.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 010: Earth Resources and Society


    Units: 4

    We are users and changers of our planet. This course discusses the materials and resources our planet supplies to societies, and the environmental consequences that result from consumption. We will examine the origin and use of food, water, energy, and mineral resources, and consider challenges to management and sustainability.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Engineering Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 015: Weather, Climate, and the Environment


    Units: 4

    Introduces the Earth’s weather and climate, and environmental issues associated with the Earth’s atmosphere. Topics include weather measurements, maps, forecasts, and extreme weather events, and environmental topics such as air pollution, the ozone hole, and climate change.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 020: Fundamentals of Geology


    Units: 4

    Introduction to geology with emphasis on physical and chemical processes that have shaped the Earth through time. Topics include Earth history, plate tectonics, mineral and rock formation, mountain building and landscape evolution, and interior and surface geologic processes.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 025: Introduction to Ecosystem Science


    Units: 4

    Fundamentals of ecosystem science; organization, function and development of ecological systems; energy and mass flow; biogeochemical cycling; biodiversity, population dynamics, and sustainability.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ESS 001 or ESS 005 or BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 034: Introduction to Marine Science


    Units: 4

    Introduction to biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, marine geomorphology, and their synthesis in the study of marine life; also including relationships with atmospheric, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. Areas of emphasis include ecosystems (from the deep sea to saltwater ponds), the integrated coastal zone, resource management, and global change.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 034
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 040: Air Quality, Air Resources and Environmental Health


    Units: 4

    A survey of principles and issues related to air quality and resources from global to regional scales, including evolution of the earth’s atmosphere, urban smog formation, visibility, acid rain, stratospheric and tropospheric ozone, effects of meteorology on air pollution, air pollution transport across political boundaries, and health effects of exposure to air pollution.

    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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    ESS 043: Biodiversity and Conservation


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the study of biodiversity and conservation. Patterns, origin, and importance of biodiversity are discussed. An introduction to the major biological groups and the conservation efforts used to preserve contemporary biodiversity.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 043
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    Syllabus

    ESS 047: Astrobiology


    Units: 4

    Astrobiology refers to the study of the origin and evolution of life in the cosmos: What is life, how did it form, and where is it? It is an integrative, multidisciplinary field that includes areas of astronomy, biology, (bio)chemistry, geology, and physics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 047
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 050: Ecosystems of California


    Units: 4

    An introduction to ecological principles and processes through the examination of California’s varied ecosystems; discussion of native and invasive species, land use, human impacts, and biodiversity; two Saturday field trips to a variety of California habitats.

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

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 060: Global Environmental Change


    Units: 4

    History, causes, and consequences of anthropogenic and natural changes in the atmosphere, oceans, and terrestrial ecosystems; geologic evidence for glacial cycles and climate changes, modern marine and atmosphere circulation, greenhouse gases, deforestation and species extinctions, and human population growth and impacts on climate and resources.

    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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    ESS 065: Natural History of Dinosaurs


    Units: 4

    Provides an introduction to the history of life, emphasizing the radiation of dinosaur species throughout the Mesozoic Era, and ecological roles filled by different dinosaur groups. Connections will be made between the ecological, and environmental events shaping the Mesozoic and those experienced throughout the Anthropocene.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 065
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 090X: Freshman Seminar


    Units: 1

    Examination of a topic in earth systems science.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 4

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    ESS 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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    ESS 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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    Syllabus

    ESS 100: Environmental Chemistry in Natural Sciences


    Units: 4

    Chemical principles of Earth systems focusing on environmental processes in water, soil, and air. Applications of equilibrium and kinetic concepts to natural and human-impacted environmental systems. Topics include composition of natural waters, acid-base chemistry, mineral and gas solubility, oxidation and reduction, natural organic matter, and biogeochemical cycles.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 102: Chemical Processes in the Soil Environment


    Units: 3

    Thermodynamics and kinetics of chemical process in soil systems. Topics include the formation and identification of common minerals, adsorption/desorption, precipitation/dissolution, and electrochemical reactions in soils.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ENVE 100 or ESS 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 103: Geochemistry of Earth Systems


    Units: 3

    Quantitative analysis of earth systems using principles of thermodynamics, kinetics, and isotope geochemistry; solution-mineral equilibrium and phase relations; equilibrium and reactive transport approaches to modeling geochemical processes at ambient and elevated temperatures.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ENVE 100 or ESS 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 104: Organic Geochemistry


    Units: 3

    Focus on organic chemical reactions in soils and sedimentary environments. Topics include the formation and weathering of natural organic matter and reactions of natural organic matter with pollutants.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ENVE 100 or ESS 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 105: Biogeochemistry


    Units: 4

    Biogeochemistry of the common elements such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, iron, and other important elements.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ES 205
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 148 or BIO 148
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 108: Surface and Colloid Chemistry of Earth Materials


    Units: 3

    Surface, colloid, and interfacial chemistry related to soil, environmental, and microbial applications; properties, energetics, and reactivity of surfaces and interfaces of Earth materials; the role of mineral surfaces in promoting and catalyzing chemical phenomena at phase boundaries.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ENVE 100 or ESS 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 109: Inorganic Chemistry of Earth’s Materials


    Units: 3

    Chemical principles, structure, and bonding of minerals and Earth materials, including crystallography (symmetry, space groups, group theory), coordination chemistry, bonding models (valence bond, crystal field, and MO theories), and electronic and magnetic properties.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ES 209
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 100 or ENVE 100 or CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    Syllabus

    ESS 110: Hydrology and Climate


    Units: 4

    Develops an understanding of the conceptual basis of the sciences of climate and hydrology and to introduce quantitative methods that (a) allow interpretation of hydrologic and climate data, (b) describe of linkages between the various components of the hydrologic and climate system, and (c) support decision making in resource management and conservation.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ENVE 020 or MATH 015) and (MATH 012 or MATH 022 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 112: Subsurface Hydrology


    Units: 4

    Hydrologic and geologic factors controlling the occurrence and use of groundwater on regional and local scales. Physical, mathematical, geologic and engineering concepts fundamental to subsurface hydrologic processes. Introduction to ground-water flow and transport modeling, with emphasis on model construction and simulation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ES 212
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ENVE 110 or ESS 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 113: Sustainability in the Anthropocene


    Units: 4

    Teaches intermediate-level concepts in sustainability and Anthropocene studies in the context of societal issues facing this and future generations. The goal is to help prepare students to effectively interpret, generate, and use data and multiple modes of communication in future venues as a researcher or a citizen.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 113
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Natural Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 120: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology


    Units: 4

    Fundamentals of microbiology in ecological and environmental systems, including the distribution of microbial diversity throughout terrestrial, extreme, and marine environments; microbial control of global biogeochemical cycles; and environmental services provided by microorganisms. Both classical and contemporary biochemical, molecular, and genomic approaches to microbial physiology, metabolism, and ecology will be discussed.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 121
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam) and (ESS 001 or BIO 001 or ENVE 020 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    Syllabus

    ESS 124: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology


    Units: 4

    Ecosystem ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their physical environment within an Earth-system context. Focuses on energy, water, and nutrient flows through the living (plants, animals, microorganisms) and nonliving (soils, atmosphere) components of both natural and human-modified terrestrial ecosystems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 157
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 148 or ESS 148
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 125: Microbial Ecology


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of microbiological systems and techniques.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 120
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 126: Environmental Genomics


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the principles and methods of genomics as applied to the understanding of ecosystems. Topics include population genetics, adaptation to environmental change, and genomic analysis of environmental microbial communities; experimental and computational methods relevant to environmental genomics.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 141 or ESS 120
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 128: Theoretical Ecology


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of the application of theoretical and quantitative methods for the analysis and interpretation of populations, communities and ecosystems.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 145 and (MATH 012 or MATH 022 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 129: Paleoecology


    Units: 3

    Introduction to the relationships of fossil organisms to one another and to their physical environment, focusing on terrestrial paleoecology of the past 2.5 million years. This class will introduce past environments, discuss common proxies for studying paleoecology, and examine ecological principles as applied to the past.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 129
    Conjoined with: ES 229
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 148 or ESS 148) and (one lower-division BIO or ESS course, or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 130: Plant Biology


    Units: 4

    Introduces students to the basics of plant biology. Topics covered include plant biochemistry and metabolism, anatomy, reproduction, evolution, and ecological interactions, as well as the interactions between plants and humans in the context of agriculture, medicine, and global change.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 130
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or BIO 148 or ESS 148 or equivalent exam) and (CHEM 002 or CHEM 002H or equivalent exam)
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 131: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics


    Units: 4

    Chemistry and physics of the troposphere and stratosphere, including atmospheric aerosols.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ESS 020 or ENVE 020) and (CHEM 008 or CHEM 008H) and (PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 132: Applied Climatology


    Units: 3

    Spatial and temporal patterns in climate and their association with land surface characteristics and processes. Methods for exploiting these for hypothesis testing, modeling, and forecasting. Applications include seasonal forecasting, ecological modeling, and analysis of processes such as flooding and wildfire.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ENVE 116
    Conjoined with: ES 232
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ENVE 110 or ESS 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 133: Flora of California


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the plant diversity of California. It consists of lectures and labs focusing on plant identification in the foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada and covers concepts such as endemism, plant/soil interactions, and vegetation types.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 133
    Conjoined with: ES 227
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or ESS 001 or BIO 148 or ESS 050 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 134: Air Pollution and Resources


    Units: 3

    Chemistry and physics of atmospheric pollutants, urban air pollution, visibility, mitigation, and resource economics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ES 234
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 100 or ENVE 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 141: Environmental Science and Policy


    Units: 4

    In depth-analysis of environmental case studies. Focus on science critical to policy development and implementation, the policy-making process, and policy outcomes. Special emphasis on interaction between scientific information and policy-making. Example topics include Western water resources, biodiversity conservation, and global warming. Emphasis on written and oral communication and critical analysis.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ENGR 141, GEOG 141
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (WRI 010 or equivalent exam) and any lower-division BIO, ECON, ENVE, ESS, POLI, or PUBP course or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 148: Fundamentals of Ecology


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the principles of ecology at population, community, ecosystem, landscape, and global scales.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 148
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: BIO 001 or BIO 005 or ESS 001 or ESS 005 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 149: Conservation Biology


    Units: 4

    Detailed examination of the evolutionary, ecological, management, and policy issues related to the conservation of ecosystems, species, and genetic diversity. Theory and practical aspects of biological conservation are presented, with special reference to case studies from California.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 149
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 018 or MATH 032 or BIO 018 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No
    BIO 148 recommended


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    ESS 150: Geomorphology and Surface Processes


    Units: 4

    Observation and analysis of earth surface processes and the development of landforms and landscape. The interaction between surficial processes and tectonic, biologic, hydrologic, climatic, and atmospheric processes. Evaluation of environmental hazards and engineering solutions.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 020 or ENVE 020
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 156: Ecological Dynamics


    Units: 3

    Introduction to theoretical ecology, involving a tour through population dynamics, stochastic processes, and ecological networks. Students will become familiar and comfortable with basic theoretical models in ecology and understand how these models are used to gain information about biological systems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 156
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (BIO 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 170: Fundamentals of Soil Science


    Units: 3

    Examines the soil as a natural resource and soils as ecosystems. Soil science explores the major physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, and fundamental processes that regulate interaction of the terrestrial biosphere with other components of the earth system.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ES 201
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (CHEM 002 or CHEM 002H or equivalent exam) and (BIO 001 or ESS 001 or equivalent exam)
    Corequisite: ESS 170L
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 170L: Soil Science Laboratory


    Units: 1

    An introduction to common laboratory methods used in soil science.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: ES 201L
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Corequisite: ESS 170
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 172: Sustainability of Agricultural Ecosystems


    Units: 4

    Application of ecological theory to understand sustainable management of agricultural ecosystems at local to global scales. Topics include nutrient cycling, biodiversity, landscape connectivity, soil fertility, organic matter management, and climate resilience.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 172
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 148 or BIO 148  
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 174: Stable Isotope Ecology


    Units: 4

    The fundamentals of stable isotope ecology, biochemistry, and geochemistry using both lecture and lab. Isotope systematics for carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur and how they operate in plants, animals, soils, microbes, and enzymes are the course’s framework. Lab section will teach sample preparation and hypothesis building using stable isotopes.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: BIO 174
    Conjoined with: ES 274
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 148 or BIO 148
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 179: Critical Zone Science


    Units: 4

    The Critical Zone (CZ) is defined as the Earth’s outer layer from vegetation canopy to the soil and groundwater that sustains human life. Teaches the importance and overall functioning of the CZ, and the temporal and spatial scales at which the CZ may be studied.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ESS 100 or ESS 110 or ESS 124 or BIO 157 or ESS 148 or BIO 148 or ESS 170
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 180: Field Methods in Earth Systems


    Units: 4

    Field techniques in chemistry, hydrology, geology, ecology, and microbiology, emphasizing principles of measurement, observation, and interpretation; integration of diverse data sets.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam) and (MATH 012 or MATH 022 or equivalent exam) and (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 190: Undergraduate Seminar


    Units: 1

    Weekly seminar of current topics in earth and environmental systems.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ESS 192: Topics in Environmental Systems


    Lower Unit Limit: 2
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

    Treatment of a special topic or theme in Environmental Systems.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 4

    Conjoined with: ES 292
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Course may be repeated 4 times for credit in different subject area


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    ESS 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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    ESS 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    ESS 199: Upper Division Individual Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    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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Economics

  
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    ECON 001: Introduction to Economics


    Units: 4

    Introduction to economics principles and methods, including microeconomics (operation of the economy at the individual and firm level) and macroeconomics (nature and functions of the national economy in a global context).

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

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 005: Introduction to Business and Finance


    Units: 4

    Provides an introduction to the modern business enterprise. It covers the role of the business enterprise in the global economy; financial tools, including the time value of money and capital budgeting; product pricing and marketing; and personal financial management.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 006A: Financial Accounting I


    Units: 4

    A broad introduction to accounting. Students draw up and interpret accounts and are introduced to some key ideas of auditing. Covers the fundamental accounting concepts and how to apply them; record accounting entries, prepare accounts for different business entities and understand the differences between them, the basic principles of auditing.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 006B: Financial Accounting II


    Units: 4

    Covers tools of financial accounting, including accounting for revenues and costs in the income statement; cash flows; and assets, liabilities, and equity in the balance sheet. There will be in-depth coverage of accounting for cash, receivables, inventories, property, plant and equipment, depreciation, and intangible assets.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 006A
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 007: Managerial Accounting


    Units: 4

    Learn what financial information is needed within an organization; where to obtain this information; and how managers can use this information. Topics include cost behavior and forecasting, capital budgeting, activity-based costing and management, costs of quality and productivity improvement programs, cost-volume analysis, tactical decision making and transfer pricing.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 006A
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 010: Statistical Inference


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the application of social scientific methods to the study of economics, politics, and management. Covers research design, random sampling, descriptive and inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, and the linear regression model with an emphasis on applications.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Lower Division: Quantitative Reasoning
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: MATH 005 or MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 090X: Freshman Seminar


    Units: 1

    Examination of a topic in economics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 092: Internship in Economics


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

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

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    ECON 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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    ECON 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    ECON 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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    ECON 100: Intermediate Microeconomic Theory


    Units: 4

    Price determination and resource distribution theory under conditions of perfect and imperfect competition. General equilibrium and welfare economics.

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

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 101: Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory


    Units: 4

    Analysis of output, employment, interest rates, and the price level. The effects of these on changes in monetary and fiscal variables.

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

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 001 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 105: Corporate Finance


    Units: 4

    Explores corporate decision making in allocating investment funds to capital projects and alternative methods of raising capital from financial markets. Related topics include asset pricing, capital budgeting, capital structure, dividend policy, valuation of bonds, stocks, and options. Particular attention is paid to how managers maximize shareholder wealth.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 001 or ECON 005 or equivalent exam) and (ECON 010 or equivalent exam) and ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 108: Marketing and Consumer Behavior


    Units: 4

    Outlines the foundations of marketing and its relationship with consumer behavior. Emphasis on the fundamental concepts underlying modern marketing practices including consumer preferences, product value, pricing strategies, retail markets, brand loyalty, advertising, product development and marketing ethics.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 110: Econometrics


    Units: 4

    Introduction of problems of observation, estimation and hypotheses testing in economics through the study of the theory and application of linear regression models, critical evaluation of selected examples of empirical research and exercises in applied economics.

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

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 010 or equivalent exam) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 111: American Economic History


    Units: 4

    Analysis of output, employment, interest rates, and the price level. A survey of trends in the American economy; emphasis on factors explaining economic growth and on the changing distribution of the gains and losses associated with growth.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 001 or equivalent exam) and (ECON 010 or POLI 010 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 112: GIS for World Economic History


    Units: 4

    Introduces the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in the study of major regions and processes in World Economic History. Focus on nineteenth century Asian and Western places of trade and commerce, and how production and marketing contributed to the historical growth and differentiation of civilizations and cultures.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: WH 112
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Economics (Undergraduate) - ECON
    • Economics Minor (Undergraduate) - ECON
    • Management & Business Economics (Undergraduate) - MBE
    • Management & Business Economics Minor (Undergraduate) - MBE
    • World Heritage Minor (Undergraduate) - WH

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 115: Economics of Industrial Organization


    Units: 4

    Examination of firm behavior in various competitive environments. Extends the theory of the firm and introduces real-world complications, such as contract enforcement, property rights, and limited information. Analyzes the determinants of market power by firms, strategic interactions among firms, and the role of government regulation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 116: Organizational Strategy


    Units: 4

    Discusses critical issues in the design and functioning of effective organizations, and the interplay of organization and strategy. The course focuses mainly on the firm as an organization. Topics covered include: the boundary of the firm, firm structure, arrangements within the firm, alliances and contracts between firms, trust and culture in the firm and the responsibility of the firm to society. Theoretical issues will be illustrated through case studies and student projects.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 010 or POLI 010 or quivalent exam) and ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 120: Economics of the Environment and Public Policy


    Units: 4

    Provides a systematic analysis of environmental policy issues using microeconomic theory. Topics covered include elements of welfare economics, theories of environmental policy instruments, the law and economics of environmental regulation, economics of recycling, and international environmental issues. Specifically, this course outlines the need for and the means of providing economically efficient environmental management. The emphasis will be on the fundamental concepts utilized in environmental policy. To facilitate this process, students will gain an advanced understanding of economic theory, focusing on the foundational elements relevant to environmental policy. In addition, the incompatibility of individual and social objectives will be outlined as they relate to environmental policy. The main emphasis of this course is to enhance students’ ability to critically assess contemporary environmental policy.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 121: The Economics of Money, Banking, and Financial Institutions


    Units: 4

    Addresses issues of money, banking, and financial institutions. Topics covered include: the structure of central banks and the Federal Reserve system, theories of money demand and money supply, the relationship between money supply and overall economic activity, and the role the Federal Reserve plays in economic stabilization.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Global Awareness

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 126: Economics of Innovation and Entrepreneurship


    Units: 4

    In-depth look at the innovation ecosystem both domestic and abroad; considering what spurs innovation, how new ideas flow, and the long run implications both domestic and abroad. Covers the startup process, and basics of funding and business feasibility. Considers intellectual property management and how to guard one’s ideas both domestically and abroad. Finally looks at public policy, innovation and economic growth in the US, considering macroeconomic implications rather than solely firm level.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 001 or equivalent exam) and (ECON 010 or POLI 010 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 131: History of Economic Thought


    Units: 4

    Studies the foundations and evolution of modern economic thought, from the Mercantilists of the 1500s to Smith, Marx, Keynes and the Post-Keynesians. In-depth look at the ever changing ways that economic theorists view the market, resources and their distribution.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 140: Labor Economics


    Units: 4

    Analysis of the economic forces that shape labor markets, institutions, and performance in the United States and other countries, with special attention to the determinants of labor supply and demand, human capital investment, and government policy.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: (ECON 010 or POLI 010 or equivalent exam) and (ECON 100 or MGMT 100)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 142: The Economics of Gender and Poverty


    Units: 4

    Analyzes economic issues pertaining to gender inequalities in developed and developing countries. In the development side, the focus is on the roots and current challenges of gender disparities. It also studies the main gender gaps present in the U.S. and other high-income countries, and the advances achieved in the last century. The intersection played between gender disparities and poverty is discussed, particularly as it pertains to welfare policies within and outside the U.S.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 145: Health Economics


    Units: 4

    An economic analysis of policies and institutions in the U.S. health care sector: supply and demand for health services, conceptual and policy issues relating to health insurance, and economic analysis of efficient regulatory policies toward the health care sector.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 147: Introduction to Economic Growth


    Units: 4

    Provides an introduction to the processes that have led to the differential acquisition of wealth across the world. In so doing, we will discuss the accumulation of factors of production, the growth of technology and innovation, and harder to measure cultural and institutional factors associated with economic well-being.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 101 or MGMT 101
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 149: Economics of Sports


    Units: 4

    Applies economic theory to topics such as league structure, team decision making, labor-relations, incentive structures, stadium financing and the role of public policy on competitive sports.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Ethics

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


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    ECON 150: Economic Development


    Units: 4

    Problems of underdevelopment and poverty, policy issues, and development strategy.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Global Awareness

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 151: The Economics of Government and Business


    Units: 4

    The influence of governmental revenue and expenditure decisions on economic performance. Examines such issues as public goods and externalities, as well as specific expenditure and taxation programs.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 010 and ECON 100 and ECON 110
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 153: Judgment and Decision Making


    Units: 4

    An introduction to the study of human judgment and decision making. Topics include decision making under uncertainty, financial choices, health decision making, group decisions, rational theories of choice behavior, and improving decision making. The material will be related to cognitive science, psychology, economics, and other social sciences.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 170, MGMT 153, POLI 153
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

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


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    ECON 155: Political Economics


    Units: 4

    Tools of political economics: preferences and institutions, electoral competition, agency, partisan politics. Redistributive politics: general interest politics, special interest politics. Comparative politics: electoral rules, separation of powers, political regimes. Dynamic politics: fiscal policy, growth.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 156: Urban and Regional Economics


    Units: 4

    Discussion of urban and regional economies focusing on the interactions of individuals and firms in markets. Topics include the size and distribution of cities, location decisions of households and firms, housing, labor, and real estate markets, transportation, environment, and regional growth and development.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 158: Economics of Regulation


    Units: 4

    Examines government regulation of market processes (“economic regulation”), using the principles of economic analysis. The course will be divided into three parts. First will be an in-depth look at the history of regulation, primarily in the United States, to provide a firm understanding of the scope, evolution and ubiquity of regulation. Second will be the theoretical treatment of several key regulatory issues: natural monopoly, oligopoly, price-setting and franchising. Finally, regulation (and in some cases deregulation) of certain specific industries will be explored: telecom, energy, transportation, solid waste and financial services.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 161: International Finance and Trade


    Units: 4

    Examines the determination of exchange rates, managing exchange rate risk, and the international macroeconomy. Topics may include the balance of payments mechanism, international banking and credit risk, the economics of foreign direct investment, international financial crises, and policy issues in international finance such as fixed versus floating exchange rates.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100 or MGMT 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 163: Economics of Investments, Futures, and Options


    Units: 4

    Covers the investment environment for financial securities. Price formation in commodity and financial futures and options markets will be examined. Additional topics include: the theory of inter-temporal price formation, common approaches used to forecast prices, statistical analysis of historical price behavior, and futures and options market regulation.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

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


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    ECON 164: Economics of Emerging Markets


    Units: 4

    Analysis of the economics of foreign investment in emerging economies such as the newly industrializing economies of Asia and Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on understanding international capital flows, foreign direct investment, privatization of industry, the role of exchange rate and currency risk, and models of foreign portfolio investment.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Sustainability
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 101
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 170: Game Theory


    Units: 4

    Consideration of non-cooperative games in the strategic and extensive form as well as applications of game theory to issues in social science and philosophy. Topics may include: solution concepts for non-cooperative games; epistemic foundations for solution concepts; indefinitely repeated games; theories of equilibrium selection; experimental game theory.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 171: Advanced Econometrics


    Units: 4

    Develops techniques that are commonly used in empirical research beyond that of OLS. Students will learn how to analyze data, make informed conclusions, and critique the limitations and assumptions of empirical analysis. Emphasizes the application of econometrics through the use of cutting edge statistical software packages.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis

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


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    ECON 172: Experimental Economics


    Units: 4

    Outlines the methods and research conducted using controlled lab experiments in economics. Covers auctions, behavioral economics, game theory, markets, public goods, social preferences and decision under uncertainty and risk by surveying current literature and methods.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 190: Topics in Economics


    Units: 4

    Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem in economics. May be repeated for credit in different subject area.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Management & Business Economics (Undergraduate) - MBE
    • Economics (Undergraduate) - ECON

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 192: Internship in Economics


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

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

    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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    ECON 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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    ECON 196: Senior Thesis in Economics I


    Units: 4

    First part in a year-long capstone seminar that culminates in the presentation of a senior thesis in economics. In this semester, students study research methods in economics, formulate a theoretical or empirical question for their thesis, and conduct a literature review.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 100 and ECON 110
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Economics (Undergraduate) - ECON

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    ECON 197: Senior Thesis in Economics II


    Units: 4

    Second part in a year-long capstone seminar that culminates in the presentation of a senior thesis in economics. In this semester, students develop and conduct the research proposed in the first semester, write the thesis, and present their work to faculty and peers.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Quantitative and Numerical Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: ECON 196
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Economics (Undergraduate) - ECON

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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