Sep 21, 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.



   •  PHYS 293: Physics Colloquium
   •  PHYS 295: Graduate Research
   •  PHYS 298: Directed Group Study
   •  PHYS 299: Directed Independent Study
   •  PHYS 399: University Teaching

Political Science

   •  POLI 001: Introduction to American Politics
   •  POLI 002: Controversies in American Politics
   •  POLI 003: Introduction to Comparative Politics
   •  POLI 005: Introduction to International Relations
   •  POLI 006: Global Issues
   •  POLI 009: Community Mobilization and Politics
   •  POLI 010: Understanding Political Controversies
   •  POLI 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  POLI 092: Internship in Political Science
   •  POLI 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  POLI 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  POLI 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  POLI 100: Congressional Politics
   •  POLI 101: The Presidency
   •  POLI 102: Judicial Politics
   •  POLI 105: Interest Groups and Political Parties
   •  POLI 106: Urban Politics
   •  POLI 107: California Politics
   •  POLI 108: Direct Democracy
   •  POLI 110: Governmental Power and the Constitution
   •  POLI 111: Liberty, Equality and the Constitution
   •  POLI 120: Voting Behavior, Campaigns, and Elections
   •  POLI 123: Political Psychology
   •  POLI 125: Public Opinion
   •  POLI 127: Race, Gender, and Politics
   •  POLI 130: Institutions of Democracy
   •  POLI 135: Political Behavior Around the World
   •  POLI 140: Transitions to Democracy
   •  POLI 142: Contemporary Chinese Politics
   •  POLI 145: Political Violence
   •  POLI 150: Causes of International Conflict
   •  POLI 153: Judgment and Decision Making
   •  POLI 155: International Political Economy
   •  POLI 158: Politics of Human Rights
   •  POLI 160: US Foreign Policy
   •  POLI 165: International Organizations & Regimes
   •  POLI 170: Theoretical Models of Politics
   •  POLI 171: Politics and Film
   •  POLI 175: Advanced Analysis of Political Data
   •  POLI 190: Topics in Political Science
   •  POLI 191: Seminar in Political Science
   •  POLI 192: Internship in Political Science
   •  POLI 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  POLI 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  POLI 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  POLI 200: Research Design in Political Science
   •  POLI 210: Quantitative Analysis of Political Data, I
   •  POLI 211: Quantitative Analysis of Political Data, II
   •  POLI 212: Quantitative Analysis of Political Data, III
   •  POLI 213: Experimental Methods in Political Science
   •  POLI 215: Introduction to Game Theory
   •  POLI 216: Formal Political Analysis
   •  POLI 219: Special Topics in Political Science Methodology
   •  POLI 220: American Political Institutions
   •  POLI 221: Legislative Politics
   •  POLI 222: Executive Politics
   •  POLI 223: Judicial Politics
   •  POLI 224: Subnational Politics
   •  POLI 225: Political Parties
   •  POLI 226: Interest Groups
   •  POLI 227: Media and Politics
   •  POLI 228: Elections and Representation
   •  POLI 230: Institutions and Institutional Change in Comparative Perspectives
   •  POLI 235: International Institutions
   •  POLI 240: Political Economy
   •  POLI 249: Special Topics in Political Institutions and Political Economy
   •  POLI 250: American Political Behavior
   •  POLI 251: Political Cognition
   •  POLI 252: Public Opinion
   •  POLI 253: Voting, Campaigns, and Elections
   •  POLI 254: The Biological Bases of Politics
   •  POLI 255: Politics of Diversity
   •  POLI 260: Comparative Political Behavior
   •  POLI 269: Special Topics in Political Cognition and Behavior
   •  POLI 289: Topics in Political Science
   •  POLI 290: Political Science Research Practicum
   •  POLI 297: Research for Ph.D. Dissertation
   •  POLI 298: Directed Group Study
   •  POLI 299: Directed Individual Research


   •  PSY 001: Introduction to Psychology
   •  PSY 010: Analysis of Psychological Data
   •  PSY 015: Research Methods in Psychology
   •  PSY 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  PSY 092: Internship in Psychology
   •  PSY 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  PSY 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  PSY 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  PSY 105: Advanced Research Methods in Psychology
   •  PSY 110: History of Psychology
   •  PSY 120: Health Psychology
   •  PSY 123: Alcohol, Drugs, and Behavior
   •  PSY 124: Health Disparities
   •  PSY 125: Cognition, Affect, and Health
   •  PSY 130: Developmental Psychology
   •  PSY 133: Neurodevelopmental Cognitive, Language and Learning Disorders

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