Jun 29, 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.

 

Cognitive Science

  
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    COGS 142: Audition


    Units: 4

    Provides in-depth knowledge about audition. Students will engage in a variety of topics, such as: (1) the anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, from the ear to the brain; (2) how different forms of sound (e.g., speech/language and music) are processed in the brain; (3) brain/cognitive mechanisms that support speech understanding in challenging (noisy) listening environments; (4) development of the auditory system and speech perception in infants and children; and (5) the effects of aging and hearing loss on auditory perception and speech comprehension.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Scientific Method

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 001 or PSY 001 or BIO 001 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 144: Animal Cognition


    Units: 4

    Focuses on how different species of animals process, organize, and retain information. Topics such as learning and memory, sensation and perception, navigation and migration, and communication, are discussed from ethological, experimental, behavioral, and neuroscientific perspectives. Contemporary issues in the comparative study of the evolution of human cognition are also addressed.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PSY 001 or COGS 001 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 149: Music, Language, and Cognition


    Units: 4

    An overview of music and language as communicative systems. The focus is on the cognitive, perceptual, emotive, and social processes that drive the interpretation and production of musical and linguistic form. Some attention is given to musical and linguistic diversity across individuals (e.g., typical vs. atypical), cultures, and genres.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: GASP 103T
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 150: Language, Cognition, and Interaction


    Units: 4

    Examines the interactive nature of language. Discussion focuses on the extent to which perception, memory, and other non-linguistic processes interact with language and the way people use language to interact in everyday situations. Topics include conversational language, gesture, speech disfluencies, figurative language, spatial language, child-parent interaction, and speech recognition.

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

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


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    COGS 151: Speech Processing


    Units: 4

    Focuses on methods for recording speech and other vocal signals, for processing and modifying such recordings, and for synthesizing artificial speech. Necessary background in speech science is provided. In addition to class discussion and short, hands-on exercises, each student develops, executes, and presents a hands-on term project.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: COGS 251
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 155: Language Acquisition


    Units: 4

    A comprehensive survey of the theories, methods and findings on first and second language acquisition.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 005 and (COGS 001 or PSY 001 or equivalent exam)
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 159: Metaphor and Thought


    Units: 4

    An interdisciplinary survey of metaphor with links to linguistics, literature, philosophy, psychology, and other areas. The focus is on the use and understanding of metaphor in everyday thought and communication, art, politics, literature, and technology. Popular theories and approaches to studying metaphor are included.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

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


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    COGS 160: Free Will in Philosophy and Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

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

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHIL 171
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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

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


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    COGS 161: Experimental Philosophy


    Units: 4

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

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHIL 172
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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

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


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    COGS 170: 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 is related to cognitive science, psychology, economics, and other social sciences.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ECON 153, 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 PSY 001 or ECON 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 171: Memory and Cognition


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of recent research on human memory such as systems of memory, memory disorders, the neural basis of memory, memory and consciousness, memory and emotion, representation of knowledge, computer models of memory.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PSY 160
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 172: Thinking and Reasoning


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of recent research on thinking and reasoning such as inductive and deductive reasoning, concepts and categorization, problem solving, creative thinking, expertise, cognition in groups, relations to philosophy of science.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: PSY 160
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 173: Advanced Judgment and Decision Making


    Units: 4

    Advanced study of recent research on judgment and decision making, such as behavioral economics, rationality and intelligence, health and medical decision making, decision neuroscience.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: MGMT 173
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 153 or MGMT 153 or ECON 153 or POLI 153
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 175: Spatial Cognition


    Units: 4

    Topics include navigation, perception of space and motion, spatial attention, spatial language, neurological deficits related to spatial cognition, spatial mental models, motion path planning in humans and computers, and visual representation in the arts and new media.

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

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


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    COGS 177: Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

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

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: PHIL 173
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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

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


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    COGS 178: The Cognitive Science of the Emotions


    Units: 4

    Covers the mental, physiological, and behavioral dimensions characterizing the emotions with an emphasis on social and evolutionary considerations and focuses on understanding the methods used in scientifically studying the emotions and their contributions in human behavior.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

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


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    COGS 179: The Cognitive Science of Religion


    Units: 4

    Analyzes the ultimate functional purposes and proximate psychobiological mechanisms characterizing the emergence of supernatural beliefs. Understand the scientific methods used in studying religious cognition. Develop a vocabulary for thinking about supernatural beliefs as biological adaptations or by-products. Review and evaluate basic research on the psychological and/or brain mechanisms underlying the representation of supernatural agents as well as supernatural abilities.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

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


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    COGS 180: Topics in Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    A variety of topics in cognitive science are offered.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 2

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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


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    COGS 182: Service Science


    Units: 4

    Services e.g., restaurants, hotels, lawyers, information technology operations, business consulting – account for more than 80% of jobs in the US. Through case studies of businesses and scientific studies of people in real service settings, this course focuses on how to align people and technology effectively to generate value.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: MGMT 150, MIST 150
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 190: Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    Intensive treatment of a special topic or problem within cognitive science.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

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

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


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    COGS 192: Internship in Cognitive Science


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

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

    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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    COGS 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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    COGS 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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    COGS 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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    COGS 201: Cognitive Science Foundations I


    Units: 4

    Solidification and expansion of students’ existing knowledge of the fundamental theoretical frameworks and methodological tools of cognitive science. Connections among philosophy of mind, cognitive neuroscience, theoretical linguistics, artificial intelligence, and cognitive psychology, are emphasized. Required of all first-year Cognitive Science graduate students.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 202: Cognitive Science Foundations II


    Units: 4

    Continuation of COGS 201 , with more emphasis placed on recent developments and applications in Cognitive Science, and tools needed to conduct cognitive science research in a variety of domains. Also includes practical career information, such as tutorials in grant-writing, effective presentation, writing techniques, and professional development. Required of all first-year Cognitive Science graduate students.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 204: Complex Adaptive Systems


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the study of complex phenomena using dynamical computer simulations, which exhibit emergent properties, sensitivity to initial conditions, fractal structure, phase transitions in random graphs, and shifts from stability to meta-stability to chaos. Matlab projects include: probability games, neural networks, the Lorenz attractor, the logistic map, the Mandelbrot set.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: COGS 104
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 222: Modeling Social Behavior


    Units: 4

    A broad approach to understanding and using formal models to study social behavior and organization. We will take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from the social sciences and from evolutionary ecology in roughly equal measures. Methodology will focus on agent-based modeling, but also included some evolutionary game theory and related approaches. Topic covered include foraging, disease transmission, cooperation, segregation, social norms, and the cultural evolution of language.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: QSB 222
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 223: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience


    Units: 4

    Design and analysis of computational simulations of human behavior and brain function. Techniques for modeling active membranes, individual neurons, the dynamics produced by recurrent excitation and lateral inhibition, synaptic plasticity, and the computational role of neurotransmitters. Formal models of perception, attention, learning, memory, language, categorization, and cognitive control.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: EECS 273
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    COGS 243: Interdisciplinary Computational Graduate Education


    Units: 1

    Focuses on teaching first-year graduate students from a variety of graduate programs skills in computational methods, programming languages, team science, project development, problem solving, social networking, and career preparation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: CHEM 243, EECS 243, MATH 243, ME 243, PHYS 243, PSY 243, QSB 243
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    COGS 250: Cognitive Science Graduate Seminar


    Units: 4

    Broad issues in cognitive science, with an emphasis on computation, and the connections among mind, technology, and society. Each semester will feature guest speakers and topics such as artificial intelligence, design, human-computer interaction, perception, language, high level cognition, reasoning, philosophy of cognitive science, neuroscience, and the role of technology in society.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 251: Speech Processing


    Units: 4

    Introduces methods for recording speech and other vocalizations, for processing and modifying such recordings, and for synthesizing artificial speech. Necessary background in speech science is provided. Each student develops, executes, and presents a hands-on term project, related to their research interests, and produces a full-length technical conference proceedings style paper.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: COGS 151
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 269: Topics in Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    Seminar on a specific topic in cognitive science. May be repeated for credit on a different topic.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    COGS 278: The Cognitive Science of the Emotions


    Units: 4

    Covers the the mental, physiological, and behavioral dimensions characterizing the emotions, with an emphasis on social and evolutionary considerations and focuses on understanding the methods used in scientifically studying the emotions and their contributions in human behavior.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 279: The Cognitive Science of Religion


    Units: 4

    Analyzes the ultimate functional purposes and proximate psychobiological mechanisms characterizing the emergence of supernatural beliefs. Understand the scientific methods used in studying religious cognition. Develop a vocabulary for thinking about supernatural beliefs as biological adaptations or by-products. Review and evaluate basic research on the psychological and/or brain mechanisms underlying the representation of supernatural agents as well as supernatural abilities.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 285: Topics in Philosophy of Cognitive Science


    Units: 4

    Detailed study of special topics in the philosophy of cognitive science, including (but not limited to): Animal Cognition, Cognitive Architecture, Consciousness, Mental Representation, Modularity, Nativism vs. Empiricism, and Self.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 3

    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 290: Topics in Cognitive Science


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 3

    Under faculty supervision, group of students meets each week for a semester in a student-led study group to pursue a specific topic of their choice that is not covered in other department courses.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    COGS 295: Graduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 12

    Supervised research.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Normal Letter Grade with Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    COGS 298: Directed Group Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 6

    Group project under faculty supervision.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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    COGS 299: Directed Independent Study


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 6

    Independent project under faculty supervision.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: Yes


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Community Research and Service

  
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    CRS 010: Introduction to Community Engaged Research


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the conditions and contexts for Community Engaged Research (CEnR) in the San Joaquin Valley-Sierra Nevada region and analogous communities nationally and internationally. Fundamental principles and approach of CEnR, and fundamental skills necessary to work with community members will be explored.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRS 100: Doing Community Engaged Research


    Units: 4

    Provides students with a community-engaged research (CEnR) experience. Students will explore the implications and applications of CEnR for the San Joaquin Valley and nearby Sierra Nevada, a region characterized by disadvantages in the environment, economics, education, health, and civic engagement, as well as analogous regions nationally and internationally. Key concepts include analytics of prosperity, sustainability, and community-engaged innovation. One or more research projects will be developed to illustrate the principles and benefits of CEnR.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World
    • Upper Division: Integrative Culminating Experience

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CRS 010
    Cannot be taken for credit after successfully completing: CRS 010
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Community Research and Service Minor (Undergraduate) - CRS

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRS 195: Community Research and Service Experience


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 4

    Provides students with a community-based undergraduate research experience. Links to our local San Joaquin Valley and Sierra Nevada regions while also considering global analogs. Addresses themes of: analytics of prosperity, sustainable development, and community engagement or community-inspired innovation.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: 1

    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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Computer Science and Engineering

  
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    CSE 005: Introduction to Computer Applications


    Units: 4

    This project-based experience presents the use of computers to control information flow: data collection, management, analysis, and presentation. Basic programming skills, selection of appropriate computer-based tools and languages, and data security are covered. Emphasis is placed on computer knowledge necessary for non-CSE majors to successfully use and manage data and information.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Engineering Science
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 015: Discrete Mathematics


    Units: 4

    Explores basic concepts of discrete mathematics used in computer science and other disciplines that involve formal reasoning. Topics include logic, proof, counting, discrete probability, relations, graphs, trees, and Boolean algebra.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 020: Introduction to Computing I


    Units: 2

    Presents the basics of programming to a student with no prior experience. Basic concepts of Input/Output, Data Types, Variables and Arrays will be introduced in the context of solving problems. Elementary programming skills such as conditional and loops execution will be emphasized.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Lower Division: Language
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Engineering Science
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 021: Introduction to Computing II


    Units: 2

    Explores modern programming concepts such as Object-oriented Programming, methods, recursion and data manipulation will be introduced. Students are expected to solve problems using different programming paradigms.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Lower Division: Language
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Engineering Science
    • Badge: Practical and Applied Knowledge

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 020 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 030: Data Structures


    Units: 4

    Focuses on the design, analysis, and implementation of fundamental data structures, design patterns, and algorithms used throughout computer science, including linked lists, stacks, queues, trees, hash tables, graphs, recursion, and methods for searching and sorting.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 021 or equivalent exam
    Concurrent Prerequisites: CSE 015
    Corequisite: CSE 015
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 031: Computer Organization and Assembly Language


    Units: 4

    Exposes students to the underlying structure of machines. Starting from C programming, pointers, data representation, MIPS instruction-set, Compilation process and down to Hardware implementation.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 030
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    Lower Unit Limit: 1
    Upper Unit Limit: 5

    Supervised research.

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

    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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    CSE 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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    CSE 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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    CSE 100: Algorithm Design and Analysis


    Units: 4

    Introduction to the design and analysis of computer algorithms. Topics will include concepts of algorithm complexity, and various algorithmic design patterns like divide and conquer, dynamic programming and greedy algorithms. Also covers major algorithms and data structures for searching and sorting, graphs and some optimization techniques.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 030 and MATH 032
    Concurrent Prerequisites: CSE 031 and MATH 024
    Corequisite: CSE 031 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 106: Exploratory Computing


    Units: 4

    Our ability to manipulate data depends on and is limited by our familiarity with computing technologies. We study tools for exploratory computing, emphasizing programming and scripting languages over point-and-click interfaces. We cover the Unix basics and common utilities, regular expressions, Perl and R languages. Development of a problem solving ability to learn languages independently and cull online documentation.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 107: Introduction to Digital Image Processing


    Units: 4

    Overview of digital image processing including visual perception, image formation, spatial transformations, image enhancement, color image representations and processing, edge detection, image segmentation, and morphological image processing.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 111: Database Systems


    Units: 4

    Principles of database design and operation. Relational data model. High-level data modeling representations. SQL database language. Active databases with constraints and triggers. Query optimization with views and indexes. Exploiting database servers within programming languages for web application development. Other topics include transaction processing and recovery, user-defined functions, and data warehousing.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 120: Software Engineering


    Units: 4

    Teams work on approved design projects or on software teams. Through these projects, students will practice design methodology and learn modern software engineering techniques to create reliable, efficient, reusable, and maintainable software systems using various design process models. Good standard project practices topics will be covered.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Cannot also be taken due to similarity of content: ENGR 190, ENGR 193, ENGR 194
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 126: Information Systems and Service Design


    Units: 4

    Presents an end-to-end view of the design life cycle for information systems and services. Explains how design problems are conceived, researched, analyzed and resolved in different types of organizations and contexts, including start-ups, enterprises with legacy-systems, non-profit and government entities.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: MGMT 126
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Open only to following major/minor(s):
    • Management & Business Economics (Undergraduate) - MBE
    • Computer Science & Engineering (Undergraduate) - CSE

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 135: Introduction to Theory of Computation


    Units: 4

    Understanding the inherent capabilities and limitations of computers is a fundamental question in computer science. To answer this question, we will define formal mathematical models of computation, and study their relationships with formal languages. Topics will consist of three central areas of the theory of computation: automata, computability, and complexity.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 140: Computer Architecture


    Units: 4

    Fundamental concepts of digital computer design, including instruction sets, memory systems and registers, logic and mathematics units, modern CPUs and their architectural features are discussed along with the motivation for each design choice.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and ENGR 065
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 150: Operating Systems


    Units: 4

    Concepts of computer operating systems including concurrency, memory management, file systems, multitasking, performance analysis, and security.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 155: Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction


    Units: 4

    Introduces students to the basic concepts in the theory and practice of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Teaches how hardware and software design influence the interaction between human and computers to provide insights into the design and development of safe, effective, and enjoyable interactive systems.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Strong skills in computer and Web programming preferred.


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    CSE 160: Computer Networks


    Units: 4

    Design concepts and implementation features of computer networks. Concepts of network robustness, scalability, addressing, routing, and security. Several contemporary networking protocols are analyzed.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 165: Introduction to Object Orientated Programming


    Units: 4

    Topics include object-oriented programming concepts, such as classes, objects, methods, interfaces, packages, inheritance, encapsulation, and polymorphism.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ENGR 140
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 170: Computer Graphics


    Units: 4

    Basic algorithms in computer graphics enabling students to understand and experience the process of implementing modern computer graphics applications. Topics covered: programmable shaders, rasterization, hidden surface removal, transformations, rendering pipeline, scene graphs, curves and surfaces, boundary representation, spatial partition methods, keyframe animation, texture mapping, illumination and shading.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and (CSE 165 or ENGR 140) and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 171: Game Programming


    Units: 4

    Covers the main algorithms and techniques used in the implementation of interactive 3D Graphics, such as in Computer Games, Robotics Simulators and Virtual Reality. Topics covered are: keyframe animation, articulated figures, direct and inverse kinematics, physically-based simulation, path planning, behavior-based animation, scripting behaviors, and other advanced topics.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: EECS 287
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE100 and CSE 170 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 173: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience


    Units: 4

    Design and analysis of computational simulations of human behavior and brain function. Techniques for modeling active membranes, individual neurons, the dynamics produced by recurrent excitation and lateral inhibition, synaptic plasticity, and the computational role of neurotransmitters. Formal models of perception, attention, learning, memory, language, categorization, and cognitive control.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 123
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: COGS 001 and any upper-division COGS course
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 175: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence


    Units: 4

    Overview of the main concepts and methods underlying the construction and analysis of intelligent systems, including agent architectures, problem solving, heuristic search, knowledge representation, reasoning, planning, communication, perception, robotics, and machine learning. Includes a laboratory component in which intelligent systems are constructed and examined.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: COGS 125
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 021 or equivalent exam COGS 001 recommended
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 176: Introduction to Machine Learning


    Units: 4

    Survey of techniques for development and analysis of software that learns from experience. Specific topics: supervised learning (classification, regression); unsupervised learning (density estimation, clustering, dimensionality reduction); reinforcement learning; and others. Specific techniques: linear classifiers, mixture models, nonparametric methods, decision trees, neural networks, kernel machines, ensembles, graphical models, Bayesian methods, etc.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 141
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 177: Database Systems Implementation


    Units: 4

    Studies the internals of a database management system, with emphasis on query execution. The final goal of the class is to build a fully-functional database execution engine consisting of all the standard components: storage manager, buffer manager, query execution engine, query optimizer, and query compiler.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Conjoined with: EECS 277
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and CSE 111 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 178: Computers and Networks Security


    Units: 4

    Introduces fundamental concepts in the design and development of secure computer networks. Covers security threats, secret-key and public-key cryptography and algorithms, digital signatures, authentication, Electronic mail, Public-key infrastructure, viruses and worms.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and CSE 150 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 179: Introduction to Parallel Computing


    Units: 4

    Parallel computing is pervasive. From embedded devices, laptops, to high-end supercomputer, and large-scale data centers, parallel computing is widely employed to achieve performance and efficiency targets. This course introduces the foundations of parallel computing, including parallel architectures, parallel programming methods and techniques, and parallel algorithm designs.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and CSE 140 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 180: Introduction to Robotics


    Units: 4

    Covers the basic of robotics focusing on the algorithmic side, rather than technology. Introduces basic computational techniques concerning spatial modeling, planning, and sensor processing. The course has a strong hands-on component. Implementation of different techniques in simulation will complement the theoretical lectures.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CSE 185: Introduction to Computer Vision


    Units: 4

    Overview of fundamental image processing and pattern recognition techniques including image formation, edge detection, image segmentation, optical flow, recovery of three-dimensional structure from shading or stereo information, shape representations, and issues in object recognition.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Laboratory included
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CSE 031 and CSE 100 and MATH 024
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Junior
    • Senior

    Instructor Permission Required: No
    Requires mathematical background commensurate with upper-division engineering students


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    CSE 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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    CSE 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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    CSE 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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Core

  
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    CORE 001: The World at Home


    Units: 4

    Provides foundation for UC Merced’s general education program with a strong emphasis on writing, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and understanding events in their historical and cultural contexts. CORE 001 is designed to introduce students to UC Merced’s faculty, our research, and the academic fields in which we work.

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: WRI 001 or equivalent exam
    Open only to the following class level(s):
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CORE 090X: Freshman Seminar


    Units: 1

    Examination of a topic.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: Yes
    Repeat Limit: Unlimited

    Pass/No Pass only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

  
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    CRES 001: Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


    Units: 4

    Examines the historical and contemporary contexts of race and indigeneity. Uses an intersectional lens (including gender, sexuality, class, religion, etc.) to explore settler colonialism and labor; im/migration and segregation; and politics of representation and resistance.

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

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 020: Introduction to Asian American Studies


    Units: 4

    Examines the history of Asian immigration to the United States and Asian American racial formation through the immigration and citizenship restrictions, popular culture, and U.S. transnational relations with Asian nations. Traces the “Asian American” figure to foreground the categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality and center this figure in the formation of the U.S. nation-state.

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

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

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 027: Local Harvest, Global Industry: History of the Production and Consumption of Food


    Units: 4

    Looks at various ways to understand the complex role of food in society. Explores Issues of food production and consumption, and how our relationship to food contributes to the political and social structures that we live with.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 027
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 043: African Civilization


    Units: 4

    Surveys African civilization and culture from well before recorded history to the mid-1800s. Students will explore major themes and topics in pre-colonial African history such as African geography and environmental history, pre-conquest empires and kingdoms, the development of Swahili culture, the trans-Atlantic slave trade and the historical roots of apartheid, among others. Diverse histories of African people and places that existed on the continent prior to the era of European colonization is emphasized.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 043
    Discussion included
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 100: Theories in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


    Units: 4

    Advanced survey of key issues, themes, and debates in the field of critical race and ethnic studies. Perspectives may include symbolic interaction, class analysis, sovereignty, literary criticism, feminism, racial formation, critical race theory, postmodernism, and global or transnational.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Scientific Method
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CRES 001 or ANTH 100 or ENG 031 or SPAN 031 or ENG 100 or SPAN 100 or GASP 133 or GASP 021 or GASP 173A or GASP 160 or GASP 155 or GASP 101 or HIST 101 or GASP 175 or HIST 126 or HIST 017 or HIST 027 or HIST 100 or HIST 123 or HIST 141 or PHIL 103 or SOC 038 or SOC 100 or SOC 180 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 101: Race and the Media


    Units: 4

    Studies representations of race and its intersections with gender and sexuality in film and other popular media. Topics will include images in film, TV shows, and advertisements, the social implications of popular racial images, and the role of media in shaping and reflecting power relations.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 102: Race, Gender, Sexuality


    Units: 4

    Examines the idea of sexuality alongside the categories of race, gender, and nation. Traces sexuality’s co-construction with race through colonialism and modernity. Examines how sexuality, gender, and race intersect in culture, politics, and everyday practice. Addresses the question: how does sexual politics create racial subjugation? Turns to critical queer, trans, and feminist theory to ground our thinking and practice around race, sex, and gender.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 110: Interdisciplinary Methods in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies


    Units: 4

    Examines methodological approaches to the study of race and ethnicity in the United States. The course also assesses the relative strengths and weaknesses of key methodological paradigms. Perspectives may include ethnography and oral history, archival research, literary and cultural analysis, and decolonizing methods.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 120: Race, Law and Civil Rights


    Units: 4

    Explores the relationship between race, gender, class, sexuality and law as it applies to civil rights both in a historical and a contemporary context. Themes include myth, production, and effects of law. Topics include slavery, settler colonialism, voting rights, immigration, segregation, marriage, prison industrial complex, deportation, and reproductive rights.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 121: Critical Refugee Studies


    Units: 4

    Charts an interdisciplinary field of critical refugee studies (CRS) to re-conceptualize the refugee as a site of social and political critiques. It also assesses communities, movements, artists, and academic texts as critical sites of knowledge to forge new and humane dialogues and representations.

    Course Details
    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 122: Comparative Immigrations


    Units: 4

    Examines the history of immigration and citizenship legislations as well as contemporary debates about immigration to understand how the historical and contemporary issues impact immigrant groups. Traces the “immigrant” figure to foreground the categories of race, class, gender, and sexuality and center this figure in the formation of the U.S. nation-state. Examines immigrant rights movements and cultural productions that reshape the immigration debate.

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

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

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline

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


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    CRES 123: Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the United States


    Units: 4

    Examines the construction of race and ethnicity in the United States in an historical and comparative context. The foundational concept of this course is that race is a social construction that comes into being through both historical and continuing interactions between various groups within U.S. society.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 123
    Normal Letter Grade with Pass/No Pass option

    GE Requirements
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Media and Visual Analysis
    • Badge: Societies and Cultures of the Past

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 124BR: African American History 1877 to Present: Research


    Units: 4

    Explores the African American experience from Reconstruction through the present day. Themes include the development of African American culture, Jim Crow segregation, civil rights, black power, and the prison industrial complex. The “R” version of the course involves a student research project.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 124BR
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: HIST 016 or HIST 017 or CRES 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 144: Ancient Africa: Crossroads of the World


    Units: 4

    Explores in depth the rich cultures, societies, and civilizations of North, South, East, and West Africa from prehistoric times through late antiquity. The course will focus on African development as well as knowledge production and exchange from its earliest times to showcase the sophistication of African peoples throughout the continent. The course also focuses on the contributions of ancient Africa to other ancient civilizations such as those in Asia, India, Greece, Rome, Phoenicia, and even the ancient Americas.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 144
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 150: Asians in the Americas


    Units: 4

    Focuses on Asian migrations to the Americas and cultural production by and about Asian Latin Americans.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: SPAN 150
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Upper Division: Crossroads
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Social Science
    • Approaches to Knowledge: Arts and Humanities
    • Badge: Literary and Textual Analysis
    • Badge: Diversity and Identity
    • Badge: Global Awareness
    • Badge: Ethics

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: CRES 001 or SPAN 050 or SPAN 051 or SPAN 103 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 151: British Romanticism and India


    Units: 4

    During the Romantic period (roughly 1780-1830), British literature and the early British Empire underwent transformations in which the Orient, real and imagined, served as an experimental site for envisioning a global modernity. This course is premised on the assumption that literature served as a crucial medium through which Britons and their colonial subjects understood a developing western empire, and the early empire in turn profoundly informed the themes and forms of literary expression in Britain and India.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: ENG 110
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    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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    CRES 159: History of Iran


    Units: 4

    Focuses on the history of Iran. Begins with the pre-Islamic era, and then examines the Islamic conquests, and social, political and religious developments. Special topics will include literature, art and architecture, kingship, and political legitimacy.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 159
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite:  

    Any lower-division HIST course or CRES 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 160: History of Women and Gender in the Middle East


    Units: 4

    Covers the history of women and gender in the Middle East beginning with the period immediately prior to the establishment of Islam and continuing into the modern period. Examines issues related to veiling, power and authority, women and religion, colonialism, nationalism and revivalist movements, and intersectionality. Readings will cover a broad variety of historical texts, emphasizing women’s voices.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: HIST 160
    Normal Letter Grade only

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: Any lower-division HIST course or CRES 001 or equivalent exam
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 183: Intersectionality


    Units: 4

    Examines the concept, theory, method and practice of intersectionality. The following will be considered and addressed: how scholars have intersectionality as a concept, theory, method and practice of social change; what intersectionality has to offer to other theoretical approaches; and the ongoing debates regarding intersectionality and the study of social inequality and justice. The objective of this course is to critically examine and understand the paradigm of intersectionality.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Crosslisted with: SOC 183
    Normal Letter Grade only

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite: SOC 001 or CRES 001 or SOC 038 or SOC 060 or SOC 030 
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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    CRES 190: Senior Capstone


    Units: 4

    Senior capstone for critical race and ethnic studies students. Students will formulate a research proposal, conduct research, and write a final capstone paper based on their research. Students will apply interdisciplinary theories and methods to produce knowledge about race, gender, sexuality, and power in the United States. This course will be a culmination of the critical thinking, research, and interdisciplinary skills cultivated in other preceding CRES courses.

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

    Repeatable for Credit: No
    Normal Letter Grade only

    GE Requirements
    • Badge: Leadership, Community, and Engaging the World
    • Upper Division: Culminating Experience
    • Upper Division: Writing in the Discipline

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Prerequisite:

    CRES 001 and CRES 100 and CRES 110
    Open only to following major/minor(s):

    • American Studies Minor (Undergraduate) - AMER
    • Anthropology (Undergraduate) - ANTH
    • Chicano Chicana Studies Minor (Undergraduate) - CCST
    • Critical Race & Ethnic Studies (Undergraduate) - CRES
    • English (Undergraduate) - ENG
    • Global Arts Studies (Undergraduate) - GASP
    • History (Undergraduate) - HIST
    • Sociology (Undergraduate) - SOC
    • Spanish (Undergraduate) - SPAN

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

    Instructor Permission Required: No


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Environmental Systems Science

  
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    Syllabus

    ESS 001: Introduction to Earth Systems Science


    Units: 4

    Introduction to basic principles of earth systems for non-science majors and prospective majors. A multidisciplinary approach that draws from geology, chemistry, physics, and biology to understand how the Earth functions as a complex system, and the role and impact of human beings on Earth systems.

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

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

    Requisites and Restrictions
    Instructor Permission Required: No


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