Apr 22, 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.



   •  PHIL 001: Introduction to Philosophy
   •  PHIL 002: Introduction to Ethics
   •  PHIL 003: Contemporary Moral Problems
   •  PHIL 004: Critical Reasoning
   •  PHIL 005: Introduction to Logic
   •  PHIL 009: Phenomenology and Existentialism
   •  PHIL 090X: Freshman Seminar
   •  PHIL 092: Internship in Philosophy
   •  PHIL 095: Lower Division Undergraduate Research
   •  PHIL 098: Lower Division Directed Group Study
   •  PHIL 099: Lower Division Individual Study
   •  PHIL 101: Metaphysics
   •  PHIL 102: Epistemology
   •  PHIL 103: Philosophy of Mind
   •  PHIL 104: Ethical Theory
   •  PHIL 105: Philosophy of Language
   •  PHIL 106: Philosophy of Science
   •  PHIL 107: Philosophy of Religion
   •  PHIL 108: Political Philosophy
   •  PHIL 109: Philosophy of Law
   •  PHIL 110: Philosophy of Cognitive Science
   •  PHIL 110A: Topics in Philosophy of Cognitive Science
   •  PHIL 111: Philosophy of Neuroscience
   •  PHIL 119: Topics in Philosophy of Science
   •  PHIL 130: Ancient Philosophy
   •  PHIL 131: Topics in Ancient Philosophy
   •  PHIL 134: Modern Philosophy
   •  PHIL 137: Topics in 19th Century Philosophy
   •  PHIL 141: Topics in Continental Philosophy
   •  PHIL 150: Topics in Phenomenology
   •  PHIL 157: Philosophy of Love and Friendship
   •  PHIL 160: Mathematical Logic
   •  PHIL 170: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
   •  PHIL 171: Free Will in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
   •  PHIL 172: Experimental Philosophy
   •  PHIL 173: Consciousness in Philosophy and Cognitive Science
   •  PHIL 190: Advanced Seminar in Philosophy
   •  PHIL 191: Senior Philosophy Assessment
   •  PHIL 192: Internship in Philosophy
   •  PHIL 195: Upper Division Undergraduate Research
   •  PHIL 198: Upper Division Directed Group Study
   •  PHIL 199: Upper Division Individual Study