Oct 15, 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.


Public Health

   •  PH 204: Environmental Health
   •  PH 205: Health Services Research and Policy
   •  PH 206: Health Communication
   •  PH 208A: Professional Skills A
   •  PH 208B: Professional Skills B
   •  PH 210: Introduction to Public Health Analysis

Public Policy

   •  PUBP 001: Introduction to Public Policy
   •  PUBP 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  PUBP 092: Internship in Public Policy
   •  PUBP 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  PUBP 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  PUBP 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  PUBP 100: Political Process and Institutions
   •  PUBP 110: Poverty and Social Policy
   •  PUBP 120: Health Care Policy
   •  PUBP 130: Environmental Policy
   •  PUBP 140: Immigration and Public Policy
   •  PUBP 150: Race, Ethnicity and Public Policy
   •  PUBP 192: Internship in Public Policy
   •  PUBP 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  PUBP 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  PUBP 199: Upper Division Individual Study

Quantitative and Systems Biology

   •  QSB 200: Molecular Cell Biology
   •  QSB 201: Teaching and Learning in the Sciences
   •  QSB 202: Graduate Level Biochemistry
   •  QSB 207: Physical Biochemistry
   •  QSB 211: Advanced Neurobiology: Development, Physiology and Behavior
   •  QSB 212: Advanced Signal Transduction and Growth Control
   •  QSB 214: Tissue Engineering Design
   •  QSB 215: Principles of Biological Technologies
   •  QSB 217: Lab on a Chip: Developing 3rd World Diagnostics for Global Health
   •  QSB 218: Global Change Biology
   •  QSB 220: Cellular Microbiology
   •  QSB 223: Human Parasitology
   •  QSB 227: Virology
   •  QSB 241: Advanced Genomic Biology
   •  QSB 242: Genome Biology
   •  QSB 244: Phylogenetics: Speciation and Macroevolution
   •  QSB 244L: Phylogenetics Laboratory: Speciation and Macroevolution
   •  QSB 245: Biogeography
   •  QSB 246: Community Ecology
   •  QSB 248: Advanced Topics in Ecology
   •  QSB 249: Topics in the History, Philosophy, and Practice of Science
   •  QSB 250: Embryos, Genes and Development
   •  QSB 251: Advanced Molecular Immunology
   •  QSB 252: Cancer Genetics and Tumor Biology
   •  QSB 253: Evolution and Development
   •  QSB 256: Ecological Dynamics
   •  QSB 257: Evolutionary Dynamics
   •  QSB 261: Human Physiology
   •  QSB 270: Academic Writing in Graduate Studies
   •  QSB 271: Advanced Neurobiology: Brain Dysfunction and Neurodegenerative Diseases
   •  QSB 275: Epigenetics & Gene Expression
   •  QSB 280: Advanced Mathematical Biology
   •  QSB 281: Molecular Dynamics and Biomolecular Simulation
   •  QSB 282: Bioinformatics
   •  QSB 283: Population Genetics
   •  QSB 285: Biostatistics
   •  QSB 289: Research Forums in Quantitative and Systems Biology
   •  QSB 290: Current Topics in Quantitative and Systems Biology
   •  QSB 291: Research Forums in Quantitative and Systems Biology
   •  QSB 292: Quantitative and Systems Biology Group Meeting
   •  QSB 293: Quantitative and Systems Biology Journal Club
   •  QSB 294: Responsible Conduct of Research
   •  QSB 295: Graduate Research
   •  QSB 296: Professional Skills Development
   •  QSB 297: Systems Biology: From Molecules to Metabolic Networks
   •  QSB 298: Directed Group Study
   •  QSB 299: Directed Independent Study
   •  QSB 399: University Teaching

Social Sciences

   •  SCS 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  SCS 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  SCS 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  SCS 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  SCS 140: Psychology and Economics
   •  SCS 145: Second Language Learning and Bilingualism
   •  SCS 192: Integrative Topics
   •  SCS 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  SCS 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  SCS 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  SCS 210: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
   •  SCS 295: Graduate Research
   •  SCS 298: Directed Group Study
   •  SCS 299: Directed Independent Study


   •  SOC 001: Introduction to Sociology
   •  SOC 009: Community Mobilization and Politics
   •  SOC 010: Statistics for Sociology
   •  SOC 015: Sociological Research Methods
   •  SOC 020: Social Problems
   •  SOC 030: Social Inequality
   •  SOC 035: Introduction to Political Sociology
   •  SOC 036: Globalization
   •  SOC 038: Sociology of Race and Racism
   •  SOC 070: Introduction to Crime and Deviance
   •  SOC 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  SOC 092: Internship in Sociology
   •  SOC 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  SOC 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  SOC 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  SOC 100: Sociological Theory

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