Dec 16, 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.


Bio Engineering Small Scale Technology

   •  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 047: Astrobiology
   •  BIO 050: Human Development
   •  BIO 051: Cancer and Aging
   •  BIO 060: Nutrition
   •  BIO 065: Natural History of Dinosaurs
   •  BIO 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  BIO 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  BIO 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  BIO 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  BIO 101: Biochemistry I
   •  BIO 102: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
   •  BIO 104: Biophysics
   •  BIO 104L: Biophysics Laboratory
   •  BIO 105: Enzymology
   •  BIO 105L: Enzymology Laboratory
   •  BIO 106: Introduction to Molecular and Cell Biology
   •  BIO 107: Physical Biochemistry
   •  BIO 110: The Cell
   •  BIO 111: Cells, Tissues and Organs
   •  BIO 120: General Microbiology
   •  BIO 120L: General Microbiology Laboratory
   •  BIO 121: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology
   •  BIO 122: Microbial Pathogenesis
   •  BIO 123: Human Parasitology
   •  BIO 124: Microbial Evolution
   •  BIO 127: General Virology
   •  BIO 129: Paleoecology
   •  BIO 130: Plant Biology
   •  BIO 133: Flora of California
   •  BIO 134: Marine Sciences Theory and Practice
   •  BIO 135: Public Health Genetics
   •  BIO 140: Genetics
   •  BIO 141: Evolution
   •  BIO 142: Genome Biology
   •  BIO 143: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life
   •  BIO 143F: Biodiversity and the Tree of Life
   •  BIO 144: Phylogenetics
   •  BIO 144L: Phylogenetics Laboratory
   •  BIO 145: Introduction to Population and Community Ecology
   •  BIO 146: Paleobiology
   •  BIO 148: Fundamentals of Ecology
   •  BIO 148F: Ecology Field and Lab Course
   •  BIO 149: Conservation Biology
   •  BIO 149F: Conservation Biology Lab
   •  BIO 150: Embryos, Genes, and Development
   •  BIO 150L: Developmental Biology Laboratory
   •  BIO 151: Molecular Immunology
   •  BIO 151L: Molecular Immunology Laboratory
   •  BIO 152: Cancer Genetics and Tumor Biology
   •  BIO 153: Evolution and Development
   •  BIO 154: Developmental Immunology
   •  BIO 155: Genomics of Microbial Symbiosis
   •  BIO 156: Ecological Dynamics
   •  BIO 157: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
   •  BIO 160: Comparative Physiology
   •  BIO 160L: Comparative Physiology Laboratory
   •  BIO 161: Human Physiology
   •  BIO 162: Evolutionary Constraints of Physiology
   •  BIO 163: Endocrinology
   •  BIO 163L: Endocrinology Laboratory
   •  BIO 164: Human Anatomy
   •  BIO 170: Neurobiology
   •  BIO 170L: Neurobiology Laboratory
   •  BIO 171: Neurobiology of Brain Dysfunction and Disorders
   •  BIO 174: Stable Isotope Ecology
   •  BIO 175: Biostatistics
   •  BIO 177: Genes, Brains, and Behavior
   •  BIO 180: Mathematical Modeling for Biology
   •  BIO 181: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulation
   •  BIO 182: Bioinformatics
   •  BIO 183: Population Genetics
   •  BIO 184: Object Oriented Programming for Biologists
   •  BIO 188: Evolutionary Medicine
   •  BIO 189: Behavioral Ecology
   •  BIO 190: Research Seminar
   •  BIO 192: Communicating Science
   •  BIO 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  BIO 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  BIO 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  CHEM 001: Preparatory Chemistry
   •  CHEM 002: General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 002H: Honors General Chemistry I
   •  CHEM 008: Principles of Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 008H: Honors Principles of Organic Chemistry
   •  CHEM 008HL: Honors Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab
   •  CHEM 008L: Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab
   •  CHEM 010: General Chemistry II
   •  CHEM 010H: Honors General Chemistry II

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