Sep 19, 2019  
2015-2016 Catalog 
2015-2016 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 005: Preparatory Calculus
   •  MATH 011: Calculus I
   •  MATH 012: Calculus II
   •  MATH 015: Introduction to Scientific Data Analysis
   •  MATH 018: Statistics for Scientific Data Analysis
   •  MATH 021: Calculus I for Physical Sciences and Engineering
   •  MATH 022: Calculus II for Physical Sciences and Engineering
   •  MATH 023: Vector Calculus
   •  MATH 024: Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
   •  MATH 032: Probability and Statistics
   •  MATH 050: Beginning MATLAB Programming
   •  MATH 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  MATH 091: General Topics in Applied Mathematics
   •  MATH 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  MATH 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  MATH 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  MATH 101: Real Analysis
   •  MATH 122: Complex Variables and Applications
   •  MATH 125: Intermediate Differential Equations
   •  MATH 126: Partial Differential Equations
   •  MATH 131: Numerical Analysis I
   •  MATH 132: Numerical Analysis II
   •  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 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 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