Dec 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.


Cognitive Science

   •  COGS 190: Advanced Seminar in Cognitive Science
   •  COGS 192: Internship in Cognitive Science
   •  COGS 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  COGS 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  COGS 199: Upper Division Individual Study
   •  COGS 201: Cognitive Science Foundations I
   •  COGS 202: Cognitive Science Foundations II
   •  COGS 203: Introduction to Neural Networks in Cognitive Science
   •  COGS 204: Complex Adaptive Systems
   •  COGS 223: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
   •  COGS 250: Cognitive Science Graduate Seminar
   •  COGS 251: Speech Processing
   •  COGS 269: Topics in Cognitive Science
   •  COGS 285: Topics in Philosophy of Cognitive Science
   •  COGS 290: Topics in Cognitive Science
   •  COGS 295: Graduate Research
   •  COGS 298: Directed Group Study
   •  COGS 299: Directed Independent Study

Community Research and Service

   •  CRS 010: Introduction to Community Engaged Research
   •  CRS 195: Community Research and Service Experience

Computer Science and Engineering

   •  CSE 005: Introduction to Computer Applications
   •  CSE 015: Discrete Mathematics
   •  CSE 020: Introduction to Computing I
   •  CSE 021: Introduction to Computing II
   •  CSE 030: Data Structures
   •  CSE 031: Computer Organization and Assembly Language
   •  CSE 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CSE 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  CSE 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  CSE 100: Algorithm Design and Analysis
   •  CSE 106: Exploratory Computing
   •  CSE 107: Introduction to Digital Image Processing
   •  CSE 111: Database Systems
   •  CSE 120: Software Engineering
   •  CSE 126: Information Systems and Service Design
   •  CSE 135: Introduction to Theory of Computation
   •  CSE 140: Computer Architecture
   •  CSE 150: Operating Systems
   •  CSE 160: Computer Networks
   •  CSE 165: Introduction to Object Orientated Programming
   •  CSE 170: Computer Graphics
   •  CSE 171: Game Programming
   •  CSE 173: Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
   •  CSE 175: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
   •  CSE 176: Introduction to Machine Learning
   •  CSE 177: Database Systems Implementation
   •  CSE 178: Computers and Networks Security
   •  CSE 179: Introduction to Parallel Computing
   •  CSE 180: Introduction to Robotics
   •  CSE 185: Introduction to Computer Vision
   •  CSE 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  CSE 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  CSE 199: Upper Division Individual Study


   •  CORE 001: The World at Home
   •  CORE 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  CORE 100: The World at Home: Planning for the Future in a Complex World II

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

   •  CRES 001: Introduction to Critical Race and Ethnic Studies

Earth Systems Science

   •  ESS 001: Introduction to Earth Systems Science
   •  ESS 002: Sustainability Science
   •  ESS 005: Introduction to Biological Earth Systems
   •  ESS 010: Earth Resources and Society
   •  ESS 012: Geology of California
   •  ESS 020: Fundamentals of Geology
   •  ESS 025: Introduction to Ecosystem Science
   •  ESS 034: Introduction to Marine Science
   •  ESS 040: Air Quality, Air Resources and Environmental Health
   •  ESS 047: Astrobiology
   •  ESS 050: Ecosystems of California
   •  ESS 060: Global Environmental Change
   •  ESS 065: Natural History of Dinosaurs
   •  ESS 070: Soil Foundations of Terrestrial Ecosystems
   •  ESS 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  ESS 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  ESS 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  ESS 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  ESS 100: Environmental Chemistry in Natural Sciences
   •  ESS 102: Chemical Processes in the Soil Environment
   •  ESS 103: Geochemistry of Earth Systems
   •  ESS 104: Organic Geochemistry
   •  ESS 105: Biogeochemistry
   •  ESS 108: Surface and Colloid Chemistry of Earth Materials
   •  ESS 109: Inorganic Chemistry of Earth’s Materials
   •  ESS 110: Hydrology and Climate
   •  ESS 112: Subsurface Hydrology
   •  ESS 120: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology
   •  ESS 124: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology
   •  ESS 125: Microbial Ecology
   •  ESS 126: Environmental Genomics
   •  ESS 128: Theoretical Ecology
   •  ESS 129: Paleoecology
   •  ESS 130: Plant Biology
   •  ESS 131: Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
   •  ESS 132: Applied Climatology
   •  ESS 133: Flora of California
   •  ESS 134: Air Pollution and Resources
   •  ESS 141: Environmental Science and Policy
   •  ESS 148: Fundamentals of Ecology
   •  ESS 149: Conservation Biology
   •  ESS 150: Geomorphology and Surface Processes
   •  ESS 156: Ecological Dynamics

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