Dec 14, 2019  
2014-2015 Catalog 
2014-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions

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.

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 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.

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

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.

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 101: History of Clothing, Costume and Fashion: Euro-centric Pre-History to 1800
   •  ARTS 102: History of Clothing, Costume and Fashion: Euro-centric 1800 to 1980
   •  ARTS 103: History of Ethnic Costume
   •  ARTS 104: History of Costume Design
   •  ARTS 115: Twentieth Century Drama: Theatre and Social Responsibility
   •  ARTS 120: Critical Popular Music Studies
   •  ARTS 121: Music of the Twentieth Century
   •  ARTS 121A: Music Ensemble
   •  ARTS 125: African American Music of the 20th Century
   •  ARTS 129: Advanced Musicianship
   •  ARTS 130: History of World Architecture
   •  ARTS 131: Advanced Vocal Traditions
   •  ARTS 134: Global Pop
   •  ARTS 141: History and Practice of Photography
   •  ARTS 142: Postmodern Art
   •  ARTS 150: Assemblage Sculpture
   •  ARTS 152: Topics in Music Studies
   •  ARTS 159: Advanced Projects in Acrylic Painting
   •  ARTS 160A: Advanced African Ensemble - Music
   •  ARTS 160B: Advanced African Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 161A: Advanced Asian Ensemble - Music
   •  ARTS 161B: Advanced Asian Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 162A: Advanced Pacific Ensemble - Music
   •  ARTS 162B: Advanced Pacific Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 163A: Advanced American Ensemble — Music
   •  ARTS 163B: Advanced American Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 164A: Advanced Swing Ensemble — Music
   •  ARTS 164B: Advanced Swing Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 165A: Advanced Middle Eastern Ensemble — Music
   •  ARTS 165B: Advanced Middle Eastern Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 166A: Advanced Nordic Ensemble — Music
   •  ARTS 166B: Advanced Nordic Ensemble — Dance
   •  ARTS 170: Techniques of Contemporary Artists
   •  ARTS 171: Techniques of Interdisciplinary Research in Arts
   •  ARTS 180: Architecture Design Studio: Modern Houses
   •  ARTS 181: Architecture Design Studio: Urban Architecture and Sustainability
   •  ARTS 183: 3-Dimensional Computer Modeling for Architecture
   •  ARTS 190: UC Merced Chorus
   •  ARTS 192: Internship in the Arts
   •  ARTS 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ARTS 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  ARTS 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  BIOE 030: Introduction to Bioengineering
   •  BIOE 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  BIOE 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  BIOE 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  BIOE 100: Physiology for Engineers
   •  BIOE 101: Modeling of Nanoscale Process in Biology
   •  BIOE 102: Biosensors
   •  BIOE 103: Biosensors and Bioinstrumentation
   •  BIOE 104: Biotransport
   •  BIOE 110: Self-Assembling Molecular Systems
   •  BIOE 111: Biomembranes
   •  BIOE 112: Biomolecule-Substrate Interactions
   •  BIOE 113: Bioinstrumentation
   •  BIOE 114: Tissue Engineering Design
   •  BIOE 117: Lab on a Chip: Developing 3rd World Diagnostics for Global Health
   •  BIOE 120: Physiology for Engineers: Lab Only
   •  BIOE 124: Introduction to biomedical imaging
   •  BIOE 126: Nanodevice Fabrication: Bridging Research and Education
   •  BIOE 140: Biomolecular Engineering
   •  BIOE 150: Bioengineering Design
   •  BIOE 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  BIOE 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  BIOE 199: Upper Division Individual Study

Biological Engineering and Small-Scale Technologies

   •  BEST 200: Special Topics in Bioengineering
   •  BEST 201: Special Topics in Materials
   •  BEST 204: Materials Kinetics and Processing
   •  BEST 210: Structure and Properties of Materials
   •  BEST 211: Synthetic Biology
   •  BEST 214: Tissue Engineering Design
   •  BEST 217: Lab on a Chip: Developing 3rd World Diagnostics for Global Health
   •  BEST 219: Materials Simulations
   •  BEST 220: Introduction to Biomedical Imaging
   •  BEST 221: Mechanical Behavior of Materials
   •  BEST 224: Polymeric Materials
   •  BEST 226: Nanodevice Fabrication: Bridging Research and Education
   •  BEST 240: Biomolecular Engineering
   •  BEST 291: Research Seminar
   •  BEST 292: Group Meeting
   •  BEST 293: Journal Club
   •  BEST 294: Responsible Conduct in Research
   •  BEST 295: Graduate Research
   •  BEST 298: Directed Group Study
   •  BEST 299: Directed Independent Study

Biological Sciences

   •  BIO 001: Contemporary Biology
   •  BIO 001L: Contemporary Biology Lab
   •  BIO 002: Introduction to Molecular Biology
   •  BIO 002L: Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab
   •  BIO 003: To Know Ourselves: Molecular Basis of Health and Disease
   •  BIO 005: Concepts and Issues in Biology Today
   •  BIO 010: Genetics, Stem Cells and Development
   •  BIO 034: Introduction to Marine Science
   •  BIO 043: Biodiversity and Conservation
   •  BIO 046: Paleobiology: Age of Dinosaurs
   •  BIO 050: Human Development
   •  BIO 051: Cancer and Aging
   •  BIO 060: Nutrition
   •  BIO 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  BIO 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research

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