Nov 22, 2019  
2017-2018 Catalog 
2017-2018 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. 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.


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. 


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.



   •  MATH 125: Intermediate Differential Equations
   •  MATH 126: Partial Differential Equations
   •  MATH 130: Numerical Analysis
   •  MATH 131: Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers
   •  MATH 132: Numerical Methods for Differential Equations
   •  MATH 140: Mathematical Methods for Optimization
   •  MATH 141: Linear Analysis I
   •  MATH 142: Linear Analysis II
   •  MATH 146: Numerical Linear Algebra
   •  MATH 150: Mathematical Modeling
   •  MATH 171: Mathematical Logic
   •  MATH 180: Modern Applied Statistics
   •  MATH 181: Stochastic Processes
   •  MATH 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  MATH 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  MATH 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  MATH 201: Teaching and Learning in the Sciences
   •  MATH 221: Partial-Differential Equations I
   •  MATH 222: Partial-Differential Equations II
   •  MATH 223: Asymptotics and Perturbation Methods
   •  MATH 224: Advanced Methods of Applied Mathematics
   •  MATH 231: Numerical Solution of Differential Equations I
   •  MATH 232: Numerical Solution of Differential Equations II
   •  MATH 233: Scientific Computing
   •  MATH 270: Academic Writing in Graduate Studies
   •  MATH 290: Topics in Applied Mathematics
   •  MATH 291: Applied Mathematics Seminar
   •  MATH 292: Special Topics in Applied Mathematics
   •  MATH 295: Graduate Research
   •  MATH 298: Directed Group Study
   •  MATH 299: Directed Independent Study
   •  MATH 399: University Teaching

Mechanical Engineering

   •  ME 021: Engineering Computing
   •  ME 120: Component Design
   •  ME 135: Finite Element Analysis
   •  ME 136: Aerodynamics
   •  ME 137: Computer Aided Engineering
   •  ME 140: Vibration and Control
   •  ME 141: Linear Controls
   •  ME 142: Mechatronics
   •  ME 144: Introduction to Multi-body Dynamics
   •  ME 170: Mechanical Engineering Capstone Design
   •  ME 188: Machine Shop Technology
   •  ME 190: Special Topics in Mechanical Engineering
   •  ME 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ME 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  ME 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  ME 201: Advanced Dynamics
   •  ME 202: Transport Phenomena
   •  ME 210: Linear Controls
   •  ME 211: Nonlinear Controls
   •  ME 215: Matrix Methods in Dynamics and Control
   •  ME 220: Continuum Mechanics
   •  ME 221: Rheology
   •  ME 229: Tribology
   •  ME 231: Conduction Heat Transfer
   •  ME 232: Convective Heat and Mass Transfer
   •  ME 236: Advanced Mass Transfer
   •  ME 237: Radiative Heat Transfer
   •  ME 244: Introduction to Multi-body Dynamics
   •  ME 250: Compressible Flows
   •  ME 251: Viscous Flows
   •  ME 254: Computational Fluid Dynamics
   •  ME 255: Theory and Modeling of Cold Plasmas
   •  ME 260: Non-Imaging Optics
   •  ME 261: Energy Storage
   •  ME 262: Fuel Cell Fundamentals, Modeling, and Diagnostic
   •  ME 280: Fractional Order Mechanics
   •  ME 285: Seminar: Nanomaterials for Space Exploration
   •  ME 290: Topics in Mechanical Engineering
   •  ME 291: Mechanical Engineering Seminar Series
   •  ME 295: Graduate Research
   •  ME 298: Directed Group Study
   •  ME 299: Directed Independent Study

Nat Sciences Undergrad Studies

   •  NSUS 010: Success in NatSci Preparatory
   •  NSUS 020: Success in NatSci Excellence

Natural Sciences Education

   •  NSED 023: Introduction to Teaching Science in Elementary School
   •  NSED 024: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in Elementary School
   •  NSED 033: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School
   •  NSED 034: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School
   •  NSED 043: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School
   •  NSED 044: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School
   •  NSED 053: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School
   •  NSED 054: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School
   •  NSED 063: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School
   •  NSED 064: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School
   •  NSED 073: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School
   •  NSED 074: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School
   •  NSED 090X: Introduction to Teaching Science/Math
   •  NSED 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  NSED 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  NSED 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  NSED 100: Project Based Instruction: Assessment and Management for Beginning Teachers
   •  NSED 120: Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity in Urban and Rural Schools
   •  NSED 130: Technology in Education
   •  NSED 150: Research Methods in Education
   •  NSED 174: Contemporary Issues in Teaching with Fieldwork
   •  NSED 184: Apprentice Teaching Fieldwork


   •  PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy
   •  PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics

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