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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.

 

Mechanical Engineering

  
  
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    ME 144: Introduction to Multi-body Dynamics


    [4.0 units]

    Rigid body mechanics (Rotation parameterization, Newton-Euler equations, inertia tensor), Interconnected bodies (joints, actuators, controllers), Equations of motion (Lagrange’s equations, Lagrange multipliers, body jack, DAEs) and Analyses (kinematic, static, quasi-static, dynamic, kinetostatic, linear-dynamic). Background in vector mechanics, differential equations, numerical methods, linear algebra, MATLAB-Simulink, and Vibrations is strongly recommended.

    Prerequisite: ME 140  (may be taken concurrently) and ENGR 151  and MATH 131  Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    ME 215: Matrix Methods in Dynamics and Control


    [4.0 units]

    Review of mathematical theory and computations of matrix. LU decomposition. Singular value decomposition. QR decomposition. Schur decomposition. Eigen-decomposition. Cholesky decomposition. Expansion theorem. Pseudoinverse and solution of linear algebraic equations. Matrix representation of dynamical systems, the fundamental solution, and control formulation. Optimal sliding surface. Other engineering applications. Knowledge of the topics covered in ME 140 Vibration and Control are necessary for the successful completion of this course.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 232: Convective Heat and Mass Transfer


    [3.0 units]

    Fluid transport properties and relevant conservation equations. Momentum, heat and mass transfer in laminar and turbulent internal and external flows. Buoyancy driven flows (free convection). Heat transfer in high-speed flow. Convective mass transfer. Special topics in heat and mass transfer; e.g., ablation, combustion, forced convection boiling and condensation (2-phase flow). Knowledge of undergraduate thermodynamics, heat transfer and graduate fluid mechanics is strongly advised.

    Normal Letter Grade only.


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    ME 244: Introduction to Multi-body Dynamics


    [4.0 units]

    Rigid body mechanics (Rotation parameterization, Newton-Euler equations, inertia tensor), Interconnected bodies (joints, actuators, controllers), Equations of motion (Lagrange’s equations, Lagrange multipliers, body jack, DAEs) and Analyses (kinematic, static, quasi-static, dynamic, kinetostatic, linear-dynamic).  Background in vector mechanics, differential equations, numerical methods, linear algebra, MATLAB-Simulink, and Vibrations is necessary.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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    ME 260: Non-Imaging Optics


    [4.0 units]

    Provides the fundamentals and methodologies of non-imaging optics to design energy systems. The first part covers material fundamental to the understanding of imaging optics. This will lead into the non-imaging optical systems and the physics that made it possible to design solar energy concentrators. The second half of the course covers material dedicated to the designs of non-imaging optical systems applied to the solar energy field and optimization and analysis of these systems.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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Natural Sciences Education

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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    NSED 120: Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity in Urban and Rural Schools


    [4.0 units]

    Focusing on American education, we examine historical and current issues of diversity, noting controversial initiatives such as mainstreaming, bilingual education, multiculturalism, and gender-neutral or gender-segregated instruction. Students also consider cultural and linguistic challenges of teaching English language learners, including those who are generation 1.5 students.

    Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion included.


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Philosophy

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
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    PHIL 150: Topics in Phenomenology


    [4.0 units]

    Study of the foundations of phenomenology in Husserl and its background in Bolzano, Frege, Brentano, Meinong, Kant, and Descartes. Topics include phenomenological method, theory of intentionality, meaning, perception, evidence, ego, other minds, intersubjectivity, and the life-world, as well as application of phenomenological methods to themes in natural science, social science, art, and literature.

    Course may be repeated 1 time for credit.


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    PHIL 192: Internship in Philosophy


    [1.0-4.0 units]

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

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


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Physics

  
  
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    PHYS 006: The Cosmos, Science and You


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to physics and astronomy for non science and engineering majors. Topics include: Scientific method as illustrated by astronomical discoveries about the Cosmos; and the concepts of matter and energy; and the formation of the Universe, galaxies, stars and the Solar System. Throughout the course our physical connection and dependence the Cosmos are illustrated using new discoveries in astrophysics, astrochemistry and astrobiology.

    Discussion included.


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    PHYS 008: Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Intended for students with preparation in calculus and algebra. Topics include introduction to forces, kinetics, equilibria, fluids, waves, and heat. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021 , which may be taken concurrently. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS008H, PHYS018. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 008H: Honors Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Physics 008H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical mechanics designed for majors and other highly motivated students. Utilizing differential and integral calculus, topics include forces, kinetics, energy, momentum, gravity, rotations, waves, and fluids. Advanced coursework in all areas (i.e. homework, etc.) prepares students for success in upper-division physics courses.

    Prerequisite: MATH 021  (may be taken concurrently). Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS008, PHYS018. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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    PHYS 009H: Honors Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences


    [4.0 units]

    Physics 009H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical electromagnetism for students who are motivated to learn physics at an advanced level. Utilizing calculus, topics include electrostatics, magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, and optics. Advanced coursework prepares students for advanced study in physical science and engineering courses.

    Prerequisite: (MATH 021  with a B grade or better and PHYS 008  with an A- grade or better) or (PHYS 008H  with a B grade or better and MATH 021  with a B grade or better) and (MATH 022 , which may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for: PHYS009, PHYS019. Normal Letter Grade only. Discussion, Laboratory included.


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