May 28, 2022  
2014-2015 Catalog 
    
2014-2015 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. Note: For all 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. 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.

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

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

 

Arts

  
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    ARTS 101: History of Clothing, Costume and Fashion: Euro-centric Pre-History to 1800


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of history of Euro-centric clothing, costumes and fashion from pre-history to 1800. Emphasizes the intrinsic connection between clothing and all aspects of human existence from politics, economics, sociology, cultural history, to climate, psychology and art. Each student is encouraged to pick research topics connected to his or her major.


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    ARTS 102: History of Clothing, Costume and Fashion: Euro-centric 1800 to 1980


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of history of Euro-centric clothing, costumes and fashion from 1800 to 1980. Emphasizes the intrinsic connection between clothing and all aspects of human existence from politics, economics, sociology, cultural history, to climate, psychology and art. Each student is encouraged to pick research topics connected to his or her major.


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    ARTS 103: History of Ethnic Costume


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of ethnic costume across the globe. Covers indigenous clothing, emphasizing the intrinsic connection between clothing and cultural history. Each student is encouraged to pick research topics connected to his or her major.

    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 104: History of Costume Design


    [4.0 units]

    Survey of history of costume design with emphasis on costumes for the stage. Examines the practice of costume design across world cultures as well as the relationship between costumes and prevailing cultural values. Course work concentrates on research but may include a creative component.

    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 115: Twentieth Century Drama: Theatre and Social Responsibility


    [4.0 units]

    Examination of ways in which the works of selected 20th century playwrights contribute to awareness of social responsibility. Explores correlation between dramaturgy and political activism. Includes staged readings of plays, research and writing.


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    ARTS 120: Critical Popular Music Studies


    [4.0 units]

    Investigate popular music and the various meanings it has held for musicians, critics and audiences. What, exactly, is popular music? This course will explore this and related questions in order to complicate our notions of what constitutes popular music.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and ARTS 011  or consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 121: Music of the Twentieth Century


    [3.0 units]

    A critical investigation of various music trends in the 20th century with an emphasis on the musicians who have bridged or blurred the distinctions between art music and popular music.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 007 .


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    ARTS 121A: Music Ensemble


    [3.0 units]

    Course for students who are proficient in playing and have access to an instrument of their choice. Course gives students opportunity to play in ensembles with professional coaching, instruction, and supervision. Content is dedicated to explore numerous genres from the baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire.

    Prerequisite: Audition during semester prior to enrollment or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated 4 times for credit.


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    ARTS 125: African American Music of the 20th Century


    [4.0 units]

    Focuses on a central question: how do we locate African American music, i.e., how can we define African American music? In attempting to answer this question, we think through concepts such as authenticity, representation, recognition, cultural ownership, appropriation, origin(s).

    Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 129: Advanced Musicianship


    [4.0 units]

    Course intended for students with foundational knowledge of music, and some proficiency in singing or playing an instrument who wish to further their musical understanding. Among other content, course seeks to enhance students’ understanding of musical symbols, their physical execution, and the ability to translate them into practice.

    Prerequisite: Audition or consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 130: History of World Architecture


    [4.0 units]

    Introduces students to significant examples of world architecture and investigates the ways in which architecture serves as an integral part of cultural, socioeconomic, and political development in cultures around the world.

    Prerequisite: GASP 001  or GASP 002  or GASP 003  or GASP 004  or GASP 005  or GASP 101  or consent of instructor. Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ARTS 131: Advanced Vocal Traditions


    [2.0 units]

    For advanced vocal students of a traditional folk culture.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 030  (must be completed with B- or better) and audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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    ARTS 134: Global Pop


    [4.0 units]

    The central aim of this course is to grant students literacy in popular music genres from around the world, and an understanding of how those genres can function as lenses on globalization.

    Prerequisite: Junior Standing. Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ARTS 141: History and Practice of Photography


    [4.0 units]

    In this course students examine critical texts on the history and theory of photography, study the work of photographers from diverse backgrounds, and investigate cultural and socio-political issues in photographic practice and production. Students will also learn some basic techniques of taking photographs through various in-class exercises and assignments.

    Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and any lower division ARTS or GASP course. Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ARTS 142: Postmodern Art


    [4.0 units]

    Focuses on the history of twentieth-century visual arts after WWII and the emergence of postmodernism in a global context. It examines artwork and critical theories in relation to historical, cultural and sociopolitical developments in various cultures throughout the world.

    Prerequisite: GASP 001  or GASP 002  or GASP 003  or GASP 004  or GASP 005  or GASP 101  or consent of instructor. Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ARTS 150: Assemblage Sculpture


    [4.0 units]

    Course in assemblage sculpture, a unique three dimensional art form that consists of creating works of art that are assembled rather than modeled, carved or cast. The elements are pre-formed, natural or manufactured materials or objects. Course work includes research into the history and uses of assemblage, and writing.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 004A  and ARTS 004B  or portfolio and consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 152: Topics in Music Studies


    [4 Units]

    Focuses on a combination of individual and group research projects in music studies.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Normal Letter Grade Only.


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    ARTS 159: Advanced Projects in Acrylic Painting


    [4.0 units]

    Course in application of acrylic medium techniques for the purpose of creating original works. Course advances each student’s understanding and application of color, composition, proportion, and principles of artistic creativity.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 001A  or (ARTS 003  and ARTS 003B ) or portfolio and consent of instructor. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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    ARTS 160A: Advanced African Ensemble - Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of an African musical tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 060A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 160B: Advanced African Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of an African dance tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 060B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 161A: Advanced Asian Ensemble - Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of an Asian musical tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 061A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 161B: Advanced Asian Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of an Asian dance tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 061B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 162A: Advanced Pacific Ensemble - Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a Pacific Island musical tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 062A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 162B: Advanced Pacific Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a Pacific Island dance tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 062B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 163A: Advanced American Ensemble — Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a musical tradition of the Americas.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 063A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 163B: Advanced American Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a dance tradition of the Americas.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 063B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 164A: Advanced Swing Ensemble — Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of big band.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 064A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 164B: Advanced Swing Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of swing dance.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 064B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 165A: Advanced Middle Eastern Ensemble — Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of an Middle Eastern musical tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 065A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 165B: Advanced Middle Eastern Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a Middle Eastern dance tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 065B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 166A: Advanced Nordic Ensemble — Music


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a Nordic musical tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 066A  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 166B: Advanced Nordic Ensemble — Dance


    [2.0 units]

    Designed for advanced students of a Nordic dance tradition.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 066B  (must be completed with B- or better) or audition or consent of instructor. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 170: Techniques of Contemporary Artists


    [4.0 units]

    Students have opportunity to study with a contemporary artist. Open to any student interested in learning how acquisition of technique supports creative processes. Emphasis is put on process instead of result. Technique taught varies depending on instructor artist’s medium of expression.

    Course may be repeated 4 times for credit. Laboratory included.


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    ARTS 171: Techniques of Interdisciplinary Research in Arts


    [4.0 units]

    Explores differences between research conducted by artists and by academics. Examines how artists process information, as well as how various forms of artistic expression influence content and meaning. The role of cliché and stereotypical representation in the creation of works of art is also explored.

    Course may be repeated 3 times for credit.


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    ARTS 180: Architecture Design Studio: Modern Houses


    [4.0 units]

    Course introduces students to issues of complex form making in architecture through the study of important works of Modern domestic architecture. Tools of exploration will include research and writing, drawing, three dimensional model-making and computer modeling.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 001A  or (ARTS 004A  and ARTS 004B ) or portfolio and consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 181: Architecture Design Studio: Urban Architecture and Sustainability


    [4.0 units]

    Course introduces students to issues of sustainability in urban architecture. Tools include analyzing and diagramming modern and pre-modern urban form, in-depth study of specific regional and urban issues around the city of Merced, and design projects created to address these subjects. Course work includes research, writing, drawing, and model-making.

    Prerequisite: ARTS 001A  or (ARTS 004A  and ARTS 004B ) or portfolio and consent of instructor.


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    ARTS 183: 3-Dimensional Computer Modeling for Architecture


    [4.0 units]

    Introduces students to 3-Dimensional computer modeling in architecture. The software platform used is free version of Google Sketchup, a powerful and intuitive 3-Dimensional modeling program widely used by architects. Digital media represent substantive shift in representational possibilities when compared with traditional methods. Assignments include hands-on projects, research and writing.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ARTS 190: UC Merced Chorus


    [2.0 units]

    Selected mix of 50 to 80 voices performing choral music appropriate for a choral ensemble designed to provide singers and audiences with stimulating musical experience. Chorus will perform concert(s). Previous singing experience and sigh reading skills are required. Acceptance into chorus is by audition only.

    Prerequisite: Audition and proof of previous singing experience and sight reading skills. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    ARTS 192: Internship in the Arts


    [1.0-4.0 units]

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

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Pass/Fail only. Course may be repeated 2 times for credit.


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    ARTS 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research


    [1.0-6.0 units]

    Group or individual research projects.

    Course may be repeated for credit.


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Bioengineering

  
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    BIOE 030: Introduction to Bioengineering


    [4.0 units]

    Presents students with an overview of the creative synergies between engineering and life sciences that define the scope of Bioengineering. Examples of successful Bioengineering endeavors (devices, materials, processes, models) are provided. Discussion of current frontiers and future direction of Bioengineering, with an emphasis on information technology and nanotechnology.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 001  and (CHEM 002  or CHEM 002H , which may be taken concurrently). Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    [1.0-5.0 units]

    Supervised research.

    Course may be repeated for credit. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 100: Physiology for Engineers


    [4.0 units]

    Using the conceptual, analytical, modeling and design tools of engineering to achieve quantitative insights into physiological systems. Transport mechanisms, energy transduction, feedback and feed forward control, optimization, and materials selection principles in the context of cells, tissues, and organs. How muscles, nerves and biological fluids interact to allow you to read this course description.

    Prerequisite: BIO 002  and MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and (CHEM 008  or CHEM 008H ). Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 101: Modeling of Nanoscale Process in Biology


    [3.0 units]

    Advanced mathematical modeling, simulation and data analysis applied to biological problems at the molecular level; probabilistic models. Scope and limitations of these techniques. Molecular conformations and folding, protein structure, molecular interactions, binding sites, formation of aggregates and complexes, phase changes, membrane transport, physiological control systems in cells.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and MATH 023  and BIO 001 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 102: Biosensors


    [4.0 units]

    Design of natural and artificial devices for characterizing the physical and chemical environment inside and outside living cells. Detection of metabolites, toxins, pathogens and cancers. Molecular and nanoparticle probes. Immunosensors. Nucleic acid sensors and DNA chips. Enzyme-based biosensors. Organism and whole cell-based biosensors. Natural and synthetic receptors for biosensors. Remote diagnosis.

    Prerequisite: BIO 001  and MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ). Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 103: Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation


    [4.0 units]

    Intended for the last-year engineering student to facilitate the student’s development into bioengineering investigation. Designed to introduce fundamental principles of circuit theory, analog and digital electronics and biological instrumentation techniques commonly used in biomedical research.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H  or PHYS 018 ) and BIO 001  and ENGR 166 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 104: Biotransport


    [4.0 units]

    Biological Transport Phenomena is the quantitative description of momentum transport (viscous flow) and mass transport (convection and diffusion) in living systems. We explore the similarities between the fundamental principles of momentum, heat, and mass transfer, and combine fundamentals with conservation laws to develop mathematical descriptions of physiological and engineering systems.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 018  or PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 002  and (CHEM 002  or CHEM 002H ). Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 110: Self-Assembling Molecular Systems


    [3.0 units]

    Preparation, characterization, and applications of supramolecular structures. Factors that promote controlled molecular assembly at interfaces and in 3-D. Hydrophobic bonding and the role of water. Liquid crystalline phases. In vivo and in vitro examples of self-assembly. Biomimetic materials: the quest for adaptive responses to changes in environment, and self-healing. “Green” processing routes via biotechnology. Limitations of biomimetic materials.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 002 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 111: Biomembranes


    [3.0 units]

    The molecular and physical chemistry of membranes formed from natural and synthetic amphiphiles. Relationships between surfactant molecular structures, chemical and physical environment, and membrane assembly. Solubility of proteins in biomembranes. Pore formation and structure. Transport through biomembranes. Biomembranes as catalysts and reaction vessels. Characterization of membrane structure and properties.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 002 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 112: Biomolecule-Substrate Interactions


    [3.0 units]

    Cell receptor biology in the context of cell interactions with materials. Biomolecule adsorption to solid materials. Relevance to catalysis, adhesion, and responses to implanted biomaterials. Interactions between nanoparticles and biological tissue. Coagulation and thrombosis, infection, acute inflammation, chronic inflammation and the foreign body response, immune and tumorgenic mechanisms. Surface and interface characterization methods.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 002  and ENGR 045 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 113: Bioinstrumentation


    [4.0 units]

    Introduce fundamental principles of biomedical instrumentation commonly used in biomedical engineering research labs and hospitals. Techniques and principles of bioinstrumentation include biosignal and noise, biosensors, electrodes, electrocardiogram (ECG), defibrillators, pacemakers, electroencephalography (EEG), electromyogram (EMG), respiratory instruments, and optical microscopy. Biomedical circuit and electronics will be reviewed.

    Prerequisite: (PHYS 009  or PHYS 009H  or PHYS 019 ) and BIO 001  and ENGR 065 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 114: Tissue Engineering Design


    [3.0 units]

    Fundamental topics include: issues related to the cell source (including stem cells, plasticity, transdifferentiation, therapeutic cloning vs. reproductive cloning, bone marrow transplants, and cell differentiation and purification), cell culture and tissue organization, gene therapy delivery methods, cell adhesion and migration, issues in construct design, tissue preservation, and immunoisolation and/or modulation. We also cover current case studies and issues for FDA approval of tissue engineered products.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 002 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 117: Lab on a Chip: Developing 3rd World Diagnostics for Global Health


    [3.0 units]

    Innovative campus course between UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced which aims to 1) raise awareness and knowledge about global health issues 2) teach students critical engineering skills such as nano/micro-fabrication 3) enable students to design, build, and test their own diagnostics and 4) develop entrepreneurial skills. Students learn about tuberculosis from leading experts at UCSF and then address the death of sensitive diagnostics by designing and testing their own nano/micro-systems. Taught at UC Merced with tele-conferencing to the other campuses. Two field trips also are required.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 001  and (CHEM 002  or CHEM 002H ). Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 120: Physiology for Engineers: Lab Only


    [1.0 unit]

    Human physiological functions in organ systems. Labs emphasize functional aspects of organs systems through experimentation. This lab should help you gain practical lab skills, scientific reasoning, understanding of physiology subject matter, and teamwork skills. Physiology laboratory is intended for transfer students that have completed the lecture portion of Physiology at another institution.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 008  or PHYS 008H ) and BIO 002 . Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 124: Introduction to biomedical imaging


    [3.0 units]

    Designed to introduce fundamental principles of biomedical imaging commonly used in biomedical engineering research and applications. Techniques and principles of biomedical imaging include x-ray photon generation, x-ray imaging, fluorescence optical imaging, position emission tomography, single photon emission computed tomography, ultrasound imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging.

    Prerequisite: MATH 032  and PHYS 019  and ENGR 166 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 126: Nanodevice Fabrication: Bridging Research and Education


    [4.0 units]

    Basic properties of nanomaterials and their applications as transducers (the lecture part). Nanomaterial synthesis using both solution and vapor-based approaches will be performed and a transducer will be fabricated and tested (the lab part). The interactive and experiential education will be blended with theoretical concepts.

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and (CHEM 002  and CHEM 002H ) and (PHYS 009  or PHYS 009H  or PHYS 019 ). Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIOE 140: Biomolecular Engineering


    [4 units]

    Focuses on the analysis and design of custom biomolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, and macromolecular complexes. Students will learn the fundamentals of biomolecular structure and function, the experimental and computational tools/approaches for engineering biomolecules and their application to solving pressing problems in biotechnology, medicine and bioengineering.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and (PHYS 009  or PHYS 009H  or PHYS 019 ) and (CHEM 008  or CHEM 008H ) and (CHEM 010  and CHEM 010H ). Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BIOE 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research


    [1.0-5.0 units]

    Research credit is designed to give credit to students that elect to conduct research in a laboratory on campus. Credits are proportional to the hours spent in the laboratory (1-5 credits).

    Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated for credit. Laboratory included.


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Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies

  
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    BEST 200: Special Topics in Bioengineering


    [3.0 units]

    Special Topics in Bioengineering cover background principles of cutting-edge research directions in the field of Biological Engineering. Includes 3 hours of lecture and discussion per week and significant out-of-class reading and study. The course format also emphasizes student-led presentation, analysis and discussion of reading assignments from the current and recent scientific literature.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  and BIO 002 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BEST 201: Special Topics in Materials


    [3.0 units]

    Special Topics in Materials covers background principles of cutting-edge research directions in the field of material science. Includes 3 hours of lecture and discussion per week and significant out-of-class reading and study. The course format also emphasizes student-led presentation, analysis and discussion of reading assignments from the current and recent scientific literature.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  , PHYS 008  and BIO 002 . Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BEST 204: Materials Kinetics and Processing


    [4.0 units]

    Application of kinetic principles to the study of mass transport processes, transformations, and reactions. Thermal activation and rates of processes; nucleation and growth; phase transformations; control of micro- and nano-structure. Case studies relevant to the processing of metals, polymers, ceramics, and nanomaterials. Undergraduate preparation in introductory calculus, physics, chemistry, and thermodynamics highly recommended.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    BEST 210: Structure and Properties of Materials


    [4.0 units]

    Structure and bonding of materials and their relationship to the mechanical, thermal, electrical, optical, and magnetic properties of materials within the context of structure-properties-processing performance relationships. Non- and quasi-crystalline materials and the role of defects. Processing and device applications.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    BEST 211: Synthetic Biology


    [4.0 units]

    The field of synthetic biology is quickly emerging as potentially one of the most important and profound ways by which we can understand and manipulate our physical world for desired purposes. While synthetic biology builds upon existing areas, such as genetic engineering, systems biology, and non-biological fields such as computer science, it is becoming evident that synthetic biology represents its own new engineering discipline. At the heart of synthetic biology is the aim to make the engineering of new biological functions predictable, safe, and quick and to aid in creating biological applications of benefit to society. Relevant topics in cellular and molecular biology and biophysics, dynamical and engineering systems, and design and operation of natural and synthetic circuits are covered in a concise manner that than allows the students to begin to design new biology-based systems.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    BEST 214: Tissue Engineering Design


    [3.0 units]

    Fundamental topics include: issues related to the cell source (including stem cells, plasticity, transdifferentiation, therapeutic cloning vs. reproductive cloning, bone marrow transplants, and cell differentiation and purification), cell culture and tissue organization, gene therapy delivery methods, cell adhesion and migration, issues in construct design, tissue preservation, and immunoisolation and/or modulation. We also cover current case studies and issues for FDA approval of tissue engineered products.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BEST 217: Lab on a Chip: Developing 3rd World Diagnostics for Global Health


    [3.0 units]

    This is the first-ever four campus course between UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced which aims to 1) raise awareness and knowledge about global health issues 2) teach students critical engineering skills such as nano/micro-fabrication 3) enable students to design, build, and test their own diagnostics and 4) develop entrepreneurial skills. Students learn about tuberculosis from leading experts at UCSF and then address the dearth of sensitive diagnostics by designing and testing their own nano/micro-systems. Taught at UC Merced with tele-conferencing to the other campuses and two field trips.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BEST 219: Materials Simulations


    [3.0 units]

    Covers computational methods in materials research and their applications in theoretical studies. Among such methods are ab initio, molecular dynamics (MD), Mesoscale, Multiscale modeling and Finite element methods. Nanostructure evolution and materials properties will also be included. A computational MD project will be developed (lab).

    Prerequisite: Bio Engineering Small Scale Technology majors only. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    BEST 220: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging


    [4 Units]

    Introduces fundamental principles of biomedical imaging commonly used in biomedical engineering research and applications. Techniques and principles of biomedical imaging include x-ray photon generation, x-ray imaging, fluorescence optical imaging, position emission tomography, single photon emission computed tomography, ultrasound imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging.

    Normal Letter Grade Only.


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    BEST 221: Mechanical Behavior of Materials


    [4.0 units]

    Matrix, tensor, and representation surface descriptions of stress, strain, and material properties (elastic, plastic, photoelastic and piezoelectric). Isotropic and anisotropic properties. Microscopic and macroscopic response of materials to stress, including plasticity due to dislocation motion, twinning and martensitic transformations. Kinetics of plastic deformation. Applications to materials processing, strengthening, and failure. Knowledge in an introductory materials course such as ENGR 045 is strongly suggested.

    Prerequisite: Bio Engineering Small Scale Technology, Applied Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics majors only. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    BEST 224: Polymeric Materials


    [4.0 units]

    Relationships between molecular characteristics, thermodynamics, kinetics, microstructure and properties in the context of polymeric materials. Students will apply their knowledge of physics, chemistry, mathematics and biology to develop a proficient understanding of how structure and processing affect the properties and performance of biological and synthetic polymers.

    Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Engineering or Natural Sciences. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    BEST 226: Nanodevice Fabrication: Bridging Research and Education


    [4.0 units]

    Will teach basic properties of nanomaterials and their applications as transducers (the lecture part). Nanomaterial synthesis using both solution and vapor-based approaches will be performed and a transducer will be fabricated and tested (the lab part). The interactive and experiential education will be blended with theoretical concepts.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BEST 240: Biomolecular Engineering


    [4 units]

    Focuses on the analysis and design of custom biomolecules, including proteins, nucleic acids, and macromolecular complexes. Students will learn the experimental and computational tools/approaches for engineering biomolecules and how to apply these new technologies to solving some of the most pressing problems in biotechnology, medicine and bioengineering.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    BEST 291: Research Seminar


    [1.0 unit]

    Seminar series covering various topics in bioengineering, biomaterials and materials science & engineering, and nanotechnology, hosted by Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies Graduate Group.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated for credit.


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    BEST 292: Group Meeting


    [1.0 unit]

    Meetings to describe current research progress and future research plans lead by BEST faculty.

    Course may be repeated for credit.


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    BEST 293: Journal Club


    [1.0 unit]

    Student-led presentation, analysis and discussion of reading assignments from the scientific literature.

    Course may be repeated for credit.


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    BEST 294: Responsible Conduct in Research


    [1.0 unit]

    Seminar covering responsibilities and expectations for researchers as well as advice for success in graduate school and science careers, required for NIH-funded graduate students.

    Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory only.


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    BEST 295: Graduate Research


    [1.0-12.0 units]

    Supervised research with BEST faculty.

    Course may be repeated for credit. Laboratory included.


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    BEST 299: Directed Independent Study


    [1.0-6.0 units]

    Supervised course study with BEST faculty.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Course may be repeated 3 times for credit. Laboratory included.


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Biological Sciences

  
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    BIO 001: Contemporary Biology


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the major concepts in biology including origin of life, evolution, DNA, genes and genomes, principles and patterns of inheritance, genotype to henotype, gene, environment and disease relationships, biotechnology, ecosystem structure and function, nutrient cycles and pollution, biodiversity, earth systems.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    BIO 001L: Contemporary Biology Lab


    [1.0 unit]

    BIO 001L is the laboratory component of BIO 001 Contemporary Biology.

    Prerequisite: BIO 001 , which may be taken concurrently. Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIO 002: Introduction to Molecular Biology


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the molecules and molecular processes underlying life. Overview of structures and chemical properties of biological macromolecules.

    Prerequisite: BIO 001 . Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    BIO 002L: Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab


    [1.0 unit]

    Laboratory exercises demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 002.

    Prerequisite: BIO 002 , which may be taken concurrently. Normal Letter Grade only. Laboratory included.


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    BIO 003: To Know Ourselves: Molecular Basis of Health and Disease


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the molecular basis of a number of human diseases and molecular-based therapies for disease treatment.

    Discussion included.


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    BIO 005: Concepts and Issues in Biology Today


    [4.0 units]

    Fundamental biological concepts in the areas of genetics, evolution and ecology are explored in the context of current issues enabling students to understand the relevance of biology to their lives both as individuals and as voting citizens.

    Course cannot be taken for credit after successfully completing BIO 001 or BIO 002. Not recommended for BIO majors. Discussion included.


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    BIO 010: Genetics, Stem Cells and Development


    [4.0 units]

    Issues associated with genes, stem cells and embryonic development increasingly impact our lives. Integrates an overview of biologic topics such as genetic testing, stem cells and the use of animal models with their bioethical considerations. It places science in the context of personal decisions and ethics.

    Discussion included.


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    BIO 034: Introduction to Marine Science


    [4.0 units]

    An 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.

    Discussion included.


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    BIO 043: Biodiversity and Conservation


    [4.0 units]

    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.

    Laboratory included.


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    BIO 046: Paleobiology: Age of Dinosaurs


    [4.0 units]

    Dinosaurs are used to explore the development of science and fundamental concepts of geology, evolution, and biodiversity. Students are also introduced to basic anatomy and the underlying unity of animal form. Current controversies such as mass extinctions are explored, and students weigh evidence in coming to their own interpretations.

    Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    BIO 050: Human Development


    [4.0 units]

    Male and female reproductive systems, hormonal control of egg-sperm interactions, fertilization, venereal disease, embryonic development, fetal physiology.

    Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    BIO 051: Cancer and Aging


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to the biology of cancer and aging, including discussions of the biological and molecular basis of aging and cancer, novel and conventional cancer treatments, cancer prevention, and prospects for new approaches to increase longevity and health.

    Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    BIO 060: Nutrition


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to nutrition science that integrates basic concepts of nutrients, human physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, and the psychology of wellness.

    Discussion included.


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    BIO 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research


    [1.0-5.0 units]

    Supervised research.

    Course may be repeated for credit. Laboratory included.


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