BIO 001: Contemporary Biology [4]
Introduction to the major concepts in biology including origin of life, evolution, DNA, genes and genomes. The course will also cover principles and patterns of inheritance, biotechnology, biodiversity, earth systems, environments and disease relationships in addition to ecosystem structures, function, nutrient cycles, pollution, and genotypes to phenotypes.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 001L: Contemporary Biology Lab [1]
BIO 1L is the laboratory component of BIO 1 Contemporary Biology
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 002L: Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab [1]
Laboratory exercises demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 2.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 003: To Know Ourselves: Molecular Basis of Health and Disease [4]
Introduction to the molecular basis of a number of human diseases and molecular based therapies for disease treatment
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 005: Concepts and Issues in Biology Today [4]
Fundamental biological concepts in the areas of genetics, evolution and ecology will be explored in the context of current issues enabling students to understand the relevance of biology to their lives both as individuals and as voting citizens.
Prerequisite: May not be taken for credit after successfully completing Biology 001 or 002. Not recommended for Biology Majors. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
BIO 018: Statistics for Scientific Data Analysis [4]
Analytical and computational methods for statistical analysis of data. Descriptive statistics, graphical representations of data, correlation, regression, causation, experiment design, introductory probability, random variables, sampling distributions, inference and significance.
Prerequisite: MATH 5 or equivalent and (Math 15 or CSE 5 or CSE 20 or ENVE 105 or equivalent). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 047: Astrobiology [4]
Astrobiology refers to the study of the origin and evolution of life in the cosmos: What is life, how did it form, and where is it? It is an integrative, multidisciplinary field that includes areas of astronomy, biology, (bio)chemistry, geology, and physics.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 065: Natural History of Dinosaurs [4]
Natural History of Dinosaurs will provide an introduction to the history of life, emphasizing the radiation of dinosaur species throughout the Mesozoic Era, and ecological roles filled by different dinosaur groups. Connections will be made between the ecological, and environmental events shaping the Mesozoic and those experienced throughout the Anthropocene.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 100: Molecular Machinery of Life [4]
Introduction to the chemical processes underlying life, covering the structure and properties of biological macromolecules, metabolism, regulation and energy transduction.
Prerequisite: Bio 1. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 104: Biophysics [4]
This course aims to give students an understanding of relevant physical principles for biological systems, introduce them to experimental and theoretical techniques of biophysics and to communicate the excitement of cutting-edge biophysics research. Topics include diffusion, fluids, entropic forces, motor proteins, enzymes, nerve impulses, networks and evolution.
Prerequisite: PHYS 18 or PHYS 8) AND (PHYS 19 or PHYS 9). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 107: Physical Biochemistry [4]
Physical Biochemistry is the study of Biochemistry via properties that can be quantitatively assessed to provide specific molecular information. Such properties include macromolecular folding, multimerization, structure, and ligand binding. This course will instruct students on these properties of macromolecules and on the experimental techniques that can quantitatively probe these properties.
Prerequisite: Bio 101 and (Math 11 or 21). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 110: The Cell [4]
Introduction to the structure and function of bacterial, plant and animal cells, with an emphasis on universal cellular systems, including regulation of subcellular organization, control of cellular processes by internal and external signaling, energy capture, storage and usage, and cell cycle.
Prerequisite: BIO 2 OR BIO 101 (BIO 101 may be taken concurrently with BIO 110). Bio 2 was formerly known as BIO or BIS 100 so students with a passing grade for former BIO or BIS 100 have completed the course requisite. Discussion and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 120L: General Microbiology Laboratory [3]
Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing concepts covered in Bio120.
Prerequisite: Bio110. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 121: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology [4]
Fundamentals of microbiology in ecological and environmental systems, including the distribution of microbial diversity throughout terrestrial, ‘extreme,’ and marine environments; microbial control of global biogeochemical cycles; and environmental services provided by microorganisms. Both classical and contemporary biochemical, molecular, and genomic approaches to microbial physiology, metabolism, and ecology will be discussed.
Prerequisite: CHEM 010 and either (ESS 001, or BIO 001, or ENVE 020, or permission of the instructor). Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 122: Microbial Pathogenesis [4]
Biology 122 covers the biology of medically important microorganisms, including bacterial and fungal pathogens. The course focuses on the mechanisms and epidemiology of infectious diseases, with an emphasis on the strategies used by microorganisms to infect their hosts.
Prerequisite: BIO 120 or BIO 151. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 123: Human Parasitology [4]
Introduction to protozoan and helminth parasitism in animals and humans and resultant diseases. Emphasis will be on epidemiology, biology, and immunology of parasitic infections.
Prerequisite: BIO 120 (Microbiology) OR BIO 151 (Molecular Immunology). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 124: Microbial Evolution [4]
Students will learn about the evolution of microbes. Concepts covered will include horizontal exchange, genome evolution, dispersal of microbes, population size, cryptic genes, mutagenesis and mutagenic pathways, phylogenetics,experimental evolution, metabolic evolution and antimicrobial resistance evolution.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 125: Emerging Public Health Threats [4]
This course offers a multidisciplinary study of the historical, sociological, medical, and biological issues underlying new public health threats and the scientific and policy-based approaches to responding to these new threats.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 127: General Virology [4]
Introduction to biology of bacterial and animal viruses, focusing on structure, infective cycle, interactions with host, transmission and methods of detection and control. Discusses scientific literature and current topics in virology.
Prerequisite: BIO 110. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 129: Paleoecology [3]
Introduction to the relationships of fossil organisms to one another and to their physical environment, focusing on terrestrial paleoecology of the past 2.5 million years. This class will introduce past environments, discuss common proxies for studying paleoecology, and examine ecological principles as applied to the past.
Prerequisite: One (1) Lower division Bio or ESS course AND Bio or ESS 148 or Consent of Instructor. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 130: Plant Biology [4]
This course introduces students to the basics of plant biology. Topics covered include plant biochemistry and metabolism, anatomy, reproduction, evolution, and ecological interactions, as well as the interactions between plants and humans in the context of agriculture, medicine, and global change.
Prerequisite: Intro Bio (Bio 1)AND General Chemistry (Chem 2). Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 133: Flora of California [5]
This course introduces students to the plant diversity of California. It consists of lectures, discussions, and field trips. The field trips focus on plant identification in the foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada and help illustrate concepts presented in lecture such as endemism, plant/soil interactions, and vegetation types.
Prerequisite: BIO001 OR ESS001 OR BIO148 OR ESS050. Fieldwork and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 140: Genetics [4]
Includes concepts of inheritance, structure and function of genes and genomes, recombination, genetic mapping, gene regulation, mutations, recombinant DNA technology including labs and discussions.
Prerequisite: BIO 2. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 141: Evolution [4]
Natural Selection and Darwinian evolution, includes concepts of population and quantitative genetics, speciation, neutral theory and molecular evolution, phylogenetics, comparative biology and macroevolution including labs and discussion.
Prerequisite: BIO 100 or BIO 101. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 147: Astrobiology [4]
The study of the origin and evolution of life in the cosmos includes areas of biology, astronomy, geology, chemistry & physics. We will cover three main themes: how did life begin and evolve? does life exist elsewhere in the universe? and what is life’s future on Earth and beyond?
Prerequisite: CORE 1 plus any of the following: BIO 1, BIO 5, PHYS 6, PHYS 8, CHEM 2, or ESS 1, or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 148: Fundamentals of Ecology [4]
Introduction to the principles of ecology at population, community, ecosystem, landscape, and global scales.
Prerequisite: BIO 1 or BIO 5 or ESS 1 or ESS 5 or permission of the instructor. Fieldwork and discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 148F: Ecology Field and Lab Course [1]
This 1 credit class will support field and lab activities for BIO 148 and ESS 148 and will reinforce class activities. Some lessons will occur off campus and students will need to arrange transportation.
Prerequisite: BIO 148. Fieldwork and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 150L: Developmental Biology Laboratory [3]
Laboratory exercises and experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 150.
Prerequisite: BIO 110. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 151L: Molecular Immunology Laboratory [1]
Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in Bio 151.
Prerequisite: BIO 110. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 154: Developmental Immunology [4]
This course undertakes an in-depth exploration of the development of the immune system. Topics include the biology of primary lymphoid organs (particularly the thymus and bone marrow) and early development of lymphoid and myeloid cells. Emphasis is on the temporal, microenvironmental, genetic and molecular control of immune cell development.
Prerequisite: Bio150 OR Bio151. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 155: Genomics of Microbial Symbiosis [4]
This course focuses on symbiotic interactions between eukaryotes and microbes, and the molecular and genetic techniques that enable their study. Course materials focus on the fundamental concepts of symbioses; their evolution, ecology, and role in plant- animal- and human health. Includes a genomics bioinformatics lab component and individual research projects.
Prerequisite: BIO 002, BIO 140, BIO 141. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 156: Ecological Dynamics [3]
Ecological Dynamics provides an introduction to theoretical ecology, involving a tour through population dynamics, stochastic processes, and ecological networks. Students will become familiar and comfortable with basic theoretical models in ecology and understand how these models are used to gain information about biological systems.
Prerequisite: BIO 001 and MATH 021. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 157: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology [4]
Ecosystem ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their physical environment within an Earth-system context. Focuses on energy, water, and nutrient flows through the living (plants, animals, microorganisms) and nonliving (soils, atmosphere) components of both natural and human-modified terrestrial ecosystems.
Prerequisite: BIO/ESS 148 or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 161: Human Physiology [5]
Understanding the mechanisms underlying function of major human organs. Emphasis includes neural transmission and action potential, cardiovascular, renal and gastrointestinal physiology, metabolism, and endocrinology. Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topcis covered in lecture with an emphasis on scientific method.
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or CHEM 111. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 164: Human Anatomy [5]
Introduction to human anatomy at the cell, tissue, and organ levels, through a system-based approach (skeletal, muscular, nervous, cardiovascular, etc.). Laboratories include demonstration using a human cadaver, dissection of mammal organs (cat, sheep, cow), observation of human models and histological slides of human tissues, and interactive computer-based exercises.
Prerequisite: BIO 110 (students must have already completed it). Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 170L: Neurobiology Laboratory [1]
Laboratory experiments demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in Bio 170.
Prerequisite: BIO 110. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 171: Neurobiology of brain dysfunction and disorders [4]
The course teaches in-depth cellular- and molecular-based mechanisms of brain dysfunctions by drug abuse, altered neuronal activities, and neurodegenerative diseases. Fundamental neurobiology of the central nervous system, pharmacology/toxicology, and biochemistry and anatomy of the brain will also be covered.
Prerequisite: BIO110 and BIO170. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 174: Stable Isotope Ecology [4]
The fundamentals of stable isotope ecology, biochemistry, and geochemistry using both lecture and lab. Isotope systematics for carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur and how they operate in plants, animals, soils, microbes, and enzymes are the course's framework. Lab section will teach sample preparation and hypothesis building using stable isotopes.
Prerequisite: ESS 148 or consent of instructor for undergraduates. Fieldwork and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 175: Biostatistics [4]
Advances statistical techniques to investigate experimental data generated in molecular, cellular and evolutionary biology, and health sciences research.
Prerequisite: (Math 18 or 32) and (Math 12 or 22 or 30). Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 177: Genes, Brains, and Behavior [4]
Physiological systems underlying animal behavior, including the genetic basis for normal and abnormal behaviors. Topics include: history of behavioral genetics; nature vs. nurture; genetic model systems including worms, flies, and mice; molecular mechanisms underlying behavioral phenotypes; gene regulation in behavioral change; circuits; genetics of human behavior and psychiatric disorders.
Prerequisite: BIO 110. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 180: Mathematical Modeling for Biology [4]
Statistical analysis and mathematical modeling skills for life scientists. The first half of this course is about building statistical models of complex data sets and the second half is about using population models to describe demographic change, ecosystems and epidemics. Extensive computer laboratories using the “R” statistical language.
Prerequisite: (BIO 002 or BIO 101) and (MATH 012 or MATH 022, or MATH 030) and ((MATH 018 or PSY 10) or MATH 032). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 181: Introduction to Biomolecular Simulation [4]
This course uses lectures and laboratory exercises to teach the principles and practice of molecular modeling with a focus on simulations of biological macromolecules. Topics covered include classical molecular dynamics, molecular mechanics, docking, and visualization. The computational laboratories will involve simulations of systems including water, micelles, DNA, and proteins.
Prerequisite: Bio 1 and Chem 8 and (Math 11 or Math 21) and (Physics 8 or Physics 18) and (MATH 15 or CSE 20 or BIO 180) or Consent of Instructor. Discussion and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
BIO 182: Bioinformatics [5]
Detailed introduction to the tools, algorithms, statistics and databases used in bioinformatics, emphasizing an open-source, command-line toolbox approach. Topics may include: alignments, search, gene/motif classification, phylogenetics, genomics, gene expression, ontologies, structure and networks. Course includes a mandatory computer laboratory. Prior programming experience recommended, but not assumed.
Prerequisite: (Bio 100 or Bio 101), Bio 140 and (Math 18 or Math 32). Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 183: Population Genetics [4]
This course will study the various factors that affect gene flow and frequency within a population. Theories of selection, neutrality, drift, hitchhiking, recombination, mutation, isolation, in-breeding, and selfish genetic elements will be taught along with statistical tests and experimental methods for detecting these forces.
Prerequisite: Bio 140 and (Math 11 or 21). Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 184: Object Oriented Programming for Biologists [4]
During this course, students will learn object oriented programming using the coding language Python, cover basic concepts such as input files, output files and text searching and parsing, lists loops and arrays and will also cover more advanced topics including functions, libraries, sequence data and mathematics.
Prerequisite: BIO 1. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 185: Biomedical Ethics [3]
Ethical issues associated with contemporary biology and the complex relationships among medicine, science & society. Topics include genetic engineering, cloning and stem cell research.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 188: Evolutionary Medicine [3]
This course teaches the range of topics covered by evolutionary medicine, which include human genetic variation, mismatches to modernity, reproductive medicine, degenerative disease, host–pathogen interactions and insights from comparisons with other species. It introduces the concept of evolutionary thinking as a complimentary approach to established approaches in medical science
Prerequisite: Bio140 OR bio 141. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 189: Behavioral Ecology [4]
This course will focus on developing an understanding of animal behavior from an ecological and evolutionary perspective.
Prerequisite: BIO001 and BIO002 and BIO141 or permission of the instructor. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 1: Contemporary Biology [4]
Introduction to the major concepts in biology including origin of life, evolution, DNA, genes and genomes, principles and patterns of inheritance, genotype to phenotype, gene, environment and disease relationships, biotechnology, ecosystem structure and function, nutrient cycles and pollution, biodiversity, earth systems.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 1L: Contemporary Biology Lab [1]
BIO 1L is the laboratory component of BIO 1 Contemporary Biology
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 2: Introduction to Molecular Biology [4]
Introduction to the molecules and molecular processes underlying life. Overview of structures and chemical properties of biological macromolecules.
Prerequisite: BIO 1. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
BIO 2L: Introduction to Molecular Biology Lab [1]
Laboratory exercises demonstrating and reinforcing topics covered in BIO 2.
Letter Grade Only.
BIO 34: Introduction to Marine Science [4]
An introduction to biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, marine geomorphology, and their synthesis in the study of marine life; also including relationships with atmospheric, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. Areas of emphasis include ecosystems (from the deep sea to saltwater ponds), the integrated coastal zone, resource management, and global change.
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO 60: Nutrition [4]
Introduction to nutrition science that integrates basic concepts of nutrients, human physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and the psychology of wellness.
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
BIO BIO 127: General Virology [4]
Introduction to biology of bacterial and animal viruses, focusing on structure, infective cycle, interactions with host, transmission and methods of detection and control. Discusses scientific literature and current topics in virology. BIO 140 strongly recommended.
Prerequisite: BIO 110 (can be taken concurrently). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 002: General Chemistry I [4]
First semester of a two-semester general chemistry sequence. Stoichiometric calculations, types of chemical reactions, properties of gases, thermochemistry, introduction to chemical equilibrium, basic atomic structure and atomic orbital theory, periodic properties, and chemical bonding. The concepts and quantitative skills introduced in lecture are reinforced by a discussion and laboratory section.
Prerequisite: Combined score of 40 or above on chemistry and math placement exams OR complete CHEM 1 with C- or better OR score 3 or better on chemistry AP exam. Discussion and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
CHEM 002H: Honors General Chemistry I [4]
First semester of a two-semester honors general chemistry sequence. Stoichiometric calculations, types of chemical reactions, properties of gases, thermochemistry, introduction to chemical equilibrium, basic atomic structure and atomic orbital theory, periodic properties, and chemical bonding. Concepts and quantitative skills introduced in lecture are reinforced by a discussion and laboratory section.
Prerequisite: Combined score of 45 or above on chemistry and math placement exams OR complete CHEM 1 with B or better OR score 4 or better on chemistry AP exam. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 008: Principles of Organic Chemistry [3]
Molecular shapes and charge distributions; resonance; electron delocalization; organic structures, nomenclature and isomerism, stereochemistry; optical activity; organic reactions; IR spectroscopy; intermolecular forces. Rational approaches to organic mechanism are emphasized
Prerequisite: Chemistry 10 with a grade of C- or better, OR Chemistry 2 with a grade of A- or better. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 008H: Honors Principles of Organic Chemistry [3]
Molecular shapes and charge distributions; resonance; electron delocalization; organic structures, nomenclature and isomerism, stereochemistry; optical activity; organic reactions; IR spectroscopy; intermolecular forces. Rational approaches to organic mechanism are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Complete CHEM 10 with A- or better OR complete CHEM 10H with B- or better. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 008HL: Honors Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab [1]
Molecular shapes and charge distributions; resonance; electron delocalization; organic structures, nomenclature and isomerism, stereochemistry; optical activity; organic reactions; IR spectroscopy; intermolecular forces. Rational approaches to organic mechanism are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Complete CHEM 10 with A- or better OR complete CHEM 10H with B- or better. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 008L: Principles of Organic Chemistry Lab [1]
Molecular shapes and charge distributions; resonance; electron delocalization; organic structures, nomenclature and isomerism, stereochemistry; optical activity; organic reactions; IR spectroscopy; intermolecular forces. Rational approaches to organic mechanism are emphasized.
Prerequisite: Chemistry 10 with a grade of C- or better, OR Chemistry 2 with a grade of A- or better. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 010: General Chemistry II [4]
Second semester of a two-semester general chemistry sequence. This course addresses properties of gases, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, properties of solids and liquids, and nuclear chemistry. The concepts and quantitative skills introduced in lecture are reinforced by a discussion and laboratory section.
Prerequisite: CHEM 2. Discussion and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
CHEM 010H: Honors General Chemistry II [4]
Second semester of a two-semester general chemistry sequence. This course addresses properties of gases, chemical thermodynamics, electrochemistry, chemical kinetics, quantum mechanics and spectroscopy, properties of solids and liquids, and nuclear chemistry. The concepts and quantitative skills introduced in lecture are reinforced by a discussion and laboratory section.
Prerequisite: Complete CHEM 2 with A- or better OR complete CHEM 2H with B- or better. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 100L: Organic Chemistry Laboratory [1]
Laboratory experiments in synthetic methods and chemical and spectroscopic characterization of organic compounds. Emphasis is on microscale techniques.
Prerequisite: CHEM 008L or CHEM 008HL. Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
CHEM 101L: Advanced Synthetic Laboratory [2]
Laboratory experiments in synthetic methods and chemical and spectroscopic characterization of organic and inorganic compounds. Emphasis is on microscale techniques.
Prerequisite: CHEM 008L or CHEM 008HL. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 113: Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics [3]
Statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and chemical kinetics, taught from a perspective that develops the behavior of bulk matter from molecular properties.
Prerequisite: CHEM 10, PHYS 9, MATH 24. CHEM 112 is recommended but not required. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 114L: Physical chemistry and instrumental analysis laboratory [2]
words Laboratory experiments in spectroscopy, electrochemistry, separations, and kinetics, including biochemical and biophysical applications.
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
CHEM 122: Advanced Biochemistry and Molecular Biology [4]
Mechanisms of amino acid, nucleic acid, and lipid metabolism plus advanced mechanisms of gene expression, signal transduction, and regulation of gene expression
Prerequisite: BIO 101 or CHEM 111. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 147: Materials Chemistry Laboratory [3]
Laboratory course in materials synthesis and physical properties of complex materials. Combines synthetic skills with fundamental physical understanding and characterization in approximately equal proportions to relate materials synthesis to materials function.
Prerequisite: Laboratory course in materials synthesis and physical properties of complex materials. Combines synthetic skills with fundamental physical understanding and characterization in approximately equal proportions to relate materials synthesis to materials function. Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
CHEM 150: Inorganic and materials chemistry laboratory [2]
Laboratory experiments focusing on the synthesis and characterization of inorganic compounds.
Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 153: Physical Chemistry Laboratory [2]
Introduces students to modern laboratory instrumentation and experimental techniques in physical chemistry. It consists of a number of experiments that use different techniques to explore fundamental concepts in spectroscopy, kinetics, and chemical thermodynamics.
Prerequisite: CHEM 112. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 155: Instrumental Analysis Laboratory [2]
Introduces students to the major concepts of instrumental analysis and to some of the instrumental techniques most commonly used in analytical and bioanalytical chemistry. It emphasizes the use of modern, commercial instrumentation to perform quantitative and qualitative analyses of the physical properties and chemical composition of samples.
Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 160: Introduction to Scientific Computing for Chemists [3]
Teaches the tools and principles of scientific computing, covering the Linux operating system, shell scripting, data analysis using R, and scientific programming with an emphasis on data analysis and simulations relevant to chemistry. Course involves interactive lecture/laboratory sessions where students gain experience doing scientific computing on local and remote computers.
Prerequisite: Math 22 or Math 32 or permission of instructor. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 181: Introduction to Molecular Dynamics [4]
Teaches the principles and practice of molecular dynamics simulation using lectures and laboratory exercises. Topics include statistical mechanics of molecular systems, equations of state, transport coefficients, phase transitions, polymer dynamics and biomolecular simulations of DNA and proteins.
Prerequisite: Prerequisite: BIO 001 and CHEM 113 and (CHEM 008 or CHEM 008H) and (MATH 011 or MATH 021 or equivalent score on the Competency Exam) and (PHYS 008 or PHYS 008H or PHYS 018) and (MATH 015 or CSE 020 or BIO 180 or Math 32 or Chem 160). Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
CHEM 194: Ethics and Communication in Chemistry [1]
This course addresses two key competencies that all professional chemists need: scientific ethics and oral communication skills. Scientific and professional ethics are taught through lectures, readings, and discussion of case studies. Oral communication skills are addressed through lectures and by having each student present a scientific seminar.
Pass/No Pass Only.
CHEM 195: Upper-division undergraduate research [1-5]
Laboratory, field, theoretical, and/or computational research under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. A written report is required.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
CHEM 95: Lower-division undergraduate research [1-5]
Laboratory, field, theoretical, and/or computational research under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. A written report is required.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
ENGR 141: Environmental Science and Policy [4]
In depth-analysis of environmental case studies. Focus on science critical to policy development and implementation, the policy-making process, and policy outcomes. Special emphasis on interaction between scientific information and policy-making. Example topics include Western water resources, biodiversity conservation, and global warming. Emphasis on written and oral communication and critical analysis.
Prerequisite: Lower division ESS, ENVE, BIS, ECON, POLI, or PUBP course; and WRI10; or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ENVE 100: Environmental Chemistry [4]
Chemical principles of Earth and environmental systems focusing on environmental processes in water, soil and air. Emphasis on acid-based chemistry, aqueous speciation, mineral and gas solubility, oxidation and reduction and isotopes.
Prerequisite: Chem 10 and (Math 12 or 22 or ICP 1B or Phys 8). Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
ENVE 110: Hydrology and Climate [4]
Basics of the hydrological cycle and the global climate system. Fundamentals of surface water hydrology, hydrometeorology, evaporation, precipitation, statistical and probabilistic methods, unit hydrograph and flood routing.
Prerequisite: (ENVE 20 or MATH 15 and (MATH 22 OR MATH 12)). Letter Grade Only.
ESS 001: Introduction to Earth Systems Science [4]
An introduction to basic principles of Earth systems for non-science majors and prospective majors. A multidisciplinary approach that draws from geology, chemistry, physics, and biology to understand how the Earth functions as a complex system, and the role and impact of human beings on Earth systems
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 047: Astrobiology [4]
Astrobiology refers to the study of the origin and evolution of life in the cosmos: What is life, how did it form, and where is it? It is an integrative, multidisciplinary field that includes areas of astronomy, biology, (bio)chemistry, geology, and physics.
Letter Grade Only.
ESS 065: Natural History of Dinosaurs [4]
Natural History of Dinosaurs will provide an introduction to the history of life, emphasizing the radiation of dinosaur species throughout the Mesozoic Era, and ecological roles filled by different dinosaur groups. Connections will be made between the ecological, and environmental events shaping the Mesozoic and those experienced throughout the Anthropocene.
Letter Grade Only.
ESS 100: Environmental Chemistry in Natural Sciences [4]
Chemical principles of Earth systems focusing on environmental processes in water, soil, and air. Applications of equilibrium and kinetic concepts to natural and human-impacted environmental systems. Topics include composition of natural waters, acid-base chemistry, mineral and gas solubility, oxidation and reduction, natural organic matter, and biogeochemical cycles.
Prerequisite: (CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H or equivalent exam) and (MATH 021 or MATH 011 or equivalent exam). Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 105: Biogeochemistry [4]
Biogeochemistry of the common elements such as carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, sulfur, iron, and other important elements.
Prerequisite: ESS 148 or BIO 148 or consent of the instructor. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 106: Instrumental Methods in Environmental Systems [3]
Instrumental analytical methods and quantitative analysis applied to the study of environmental materials, including inorganic, organic, and biological substances.
Prerequisite: ENVE 100 or ESS 100 or CHEM 010 or CHEM 010H. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 10: Earth Resources and Society [4]
We are users and changers of our planet. This course discusses the materials and resources our planet supplies to societies, and the environmental consequences that result from consumption. We will examine the origin and use of food, water, energy, and mineral resources, and consider challenges to management and sustainability.
Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
ESS 110: Hydrology and Climate [4]
Introduction to climate science and hydrology. Students will develop an understanding of the conceptual basis of the sciences of climate and hydrology as well as gain quantitative and communication skills.
Prerequisite: (ENVE 20 OR MATH 15) and (MATH 22 OR MATH 12). Letter Grade Only.
ESS 112: Subsurface Hydrology [4]
Hydrologic and geologic factors controlling the occurrence and use of groundwater on regional and local scales. Physical, mathematical, geologic and engineering concepts fundamental to subsurface hydrologic processes. Introduction to ground-water flow and transport modeling, with emphasis on model construction and simulation.
Prerequisite: ESS 110 or ENVE 110. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 120: Introduction to Ecological and Environmental Microbiology [4]
Fundamentals of microbiology in ecological and environmental systems, including the distribution of microbial diversity throughout terrestrial, ‘extreme,’ and marine environments; microbial control of global biogeochemical cycles; and environmental services provided by microorganisms. Both classical and contemporary biochemical, molecular, and genomic approaches to microbial physiology, metabolism, and ecology will be discussed.
Prerequisite: CHEM 010 and either (ESS 001, or BIO 001, or ENVE 020, or permission of the instructor). Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 124: Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology [4]
Ecosystem ecology is the study of interactions between organisms and their physical environment within an Earth-system context. Focuses on energy, water, and nutrient flows through the living (plants, animals, microorganisms) and nonliving (soils, atmosphere) components of both natural and human-modified terrestrial ecosystems.
Prerequisite: BIO/ESS 148 or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 128: Theoretical Ecology [4]
Advanced course on the application of theoretical and quantitative methods for the analysis and interpretation of populations, communities and ecosystems.
Prerequisite: (MATH 12 or 22 or MATH 30); BIO 145. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 129: Paleoecology [3]
Introduction to the relationships of fossil organisms to one another and to their physical environment, focusing on terrestrial paleoecology of the past 2.5 million years. This class will introduce past environments, discuss common proxies for studying paleoecology, and examine ecological principles as applied to the past.
Prerequisite: One (1) Lower division Bio or ESS course AND Bio or ESS 148 or Consent of Instructor. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 130: Plant Biology [4]
This course introduces students to the basics of plant biology. Topics covered include plant biochemistry and metabolism, anatomy, reproduction, evolution, and ecological interactions, as well as the interactions between plants and humans in the context of agriculture, medicine, and global change.
Prerequisite: Intro Bio (Bio 1)AND General Chemistry (Chem 2). Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 133: Flora of California [5]
This course introduces students to the plant diversity of California. It consists of lectures, discussions, and field trips. The field trips focus on plant identification in the foothills of the Central Sierra Nevada and help illustrate concepts presented in lecture such as endemism, plant/soil interactions, and vegetation types.
Prerequisite: BIO001 OR ESS001 OR BIO148 OR ESS050. Fieldwork and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 134: Air Pollution and Resources [4]
Chemistry and physics of atmospheric pollutants, urban air pollution, visibility, mitigation, and resource economics.
Prerequisite: ESS 100 or ENVE 100. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 141: Environmental Science and Policy [4]
In depth-analysis of environmental case studies. Focus on science critical to policy development and implementation, the policy-making process, and policy outcomes. Special emphasis on interaction between scientific information and policy-making. Example topics include Western water resources, biodiversity conservation, and global warming. Emphasis on written and oral communication and critical analysis.
Prerequisite: Lower division ESS, ENVE, BIS, ECON, POLI, or PUBP course; and WRI10; or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 147: Astrobiology [4]
The study of the origin and evolution of life in the cosmos includes areas of biology, astronomy, geology, chemistry & physics. We will cover three main themes: how did life begin and evolve? does life exist elsewhere in the universe? and what is life’s future on Earth and beyond?
Prerequisite: CORE 1 plus any of the following: BIS 1, BIS 5, PHYS 6, PHYS 8, CHEM 2, or ESS 1, or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 148: Fundamentals of Ecology [4]
Introduction to the principles of ecology at population, community, ecosystem, landscape, and global scales.
Prerequisite: BIO 1 or BIO 5 or ESS 1 or ESS 5 or permission of the instructor. Fieldwork and discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 156: Ecological Dynamics [3]
Ecological Dynamics provides an introduction to theoretical ecology, involving a tour through population dynamics, stochastic processes, and ecological networks. Students will become familiar and comfortable with basic theoretical models in ecology and understand how these models are used to gain information about biological systems.
Prerequisite: BIO 001 and MATH 021. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 170: Fundamentals of Soil Science [3]
Examines the soil as a natural resource and soils as ecosystems. Soil science explores the major physical, chemical, and biological properties of soils, and fundamental processes that regulate interaction of the terrestrial biosphere with other components of the earth system.
Prerequisite: Chem 2 and (BIO 1 or ESS 1). Letter Grade Only.
ESS 170L: Soil Science Laboratory [1]
ESS 170L aims to introduce students to common laboratory methods used in soil science.
Letter Grade Only.
ESS 174: Stable Isotope Ecology [4]
The fundamentals of stable isotope ecology, biochemistry, and geochemistry using both lecture and lab. Isotope systematics for carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, and sulfur and how they operate in plants, animals, soils, microbes, and enzymes are the course's framework. Lab section will teach sample preparation and hypothesis building using stable isotopes.
Prerequisite: ESS 148 or consent of instructor for undergraduates. Fieldwork and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 179: Critical Zone Science [4]
The Critical Zone (CZ) is defined as the Earth’s outer layer from vegetation canopy to the soil and groundwater that sustains human life. Teaches the importance and overall functioning of the CZ, and the temporal and spatial scales at which the CZ may be studied.
Prerequisite: At least one of the following courses: ESS 100 or ESS 110 or ESS 124or ESS 148 or ESS 170. Letter Grade Only.
ESS 180: Field Methods in Earth Systems [4]
Field techniques in chemistry, hydrology, geology, ecology and microbiology, emphasizing principles of measurement, observation and interpretation; integration of diverse data sets.
Prerequisite: CHEM 10 and (MATH 12 or 22) and (Phys 8 or 18). Fieldwork and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 20: Fundamentals of Geology [4]
Introduction to geology with emphasis on physical and chemical processes that have shaped the Earth through time. Topics include Earth history, plate tectonics, mineral and rock formation, mountain building and landscape evolution, and interior and surface geologic processes. Laboratory included.
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ESS 25: Introduction to Ecosystem Science [4]
Fundamentals of ecosystem science; organization, function and development of ecological systems; energy and mass flow; biogeochemical cycling; biodiversity, population dynamics, and sustainability (Lab).
Prerequisite: (ESS 1 or ESS 5, or BIO 1) and ICP or [(Math 11 or 21) and (PHYS 8 or 18)]. Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
ESS 2: Sustainability Science [4]
This course explores the scientific basis for a rigorous definition of the concept of sustainability and its implementation in society. Using “back-of-the-envelope” style calculations it explains major magnitudes and trends of environmental impacts and sustainable activities. It will also employ assignments and discussions that encourage communication across disciplinary barriers.
Letter Grade Only.
ESS 34: Introduction to Marine Science [4]
An introduction to biological, chemical, and physical oceanography, marine geomorphology, and their synthesis in the study of marine life; also including relationships with atmospheric, freshwater, and terrestrial systems. Areas of emphasis include ecosystems (from the deep sea to saltwater ponds), the integrated coastal zone, resource management, and global change.
Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
GEOG 141: Environmental Science and Policy [4]
In depth-analysis of environmental case studies. Focus on science critical to policy development and implementation, the policy-making process, and policy outcomes. Special emphasis on interaction between scientific information and policy-making. Example topics include Western water resources, biodiversity conservation, and global warming. Emphasis on written and oral communication and critical analysis.
Prerequisite: Lower division ESS, ENVE, BIS, ECON, POLI, or PUBP course; and WRI10; or consent of instructor. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
ICP ICP 1a: Integrated Calculus and Physics: Calculus Component [4]
Introduction to differential and integral calculus of a single variable together with an introduction to kinematics and dynamics.
Letter Grade Only.
ICP ICP 1b: Integrated Calculus and Physics: Physics Component [4]
Introduction to differential and integral calculus of a single variable together with an introduction to kinematics and dynamics.
Letter Grade Only.
MATH 005: Preparatory Calculus [4]
Preparation for calculus. Analyzing data by means of functions (linear, quadradic, polynomial, logarithmic, exponential and trigonometric) and graphs with an emphasis on mathematical modeling of real-world applications.
Letter Grade Only.
MATH 011: Calculus I [4]
Introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable, including exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions, emphasizing conceptual understanding and applying mathematical concepts to real-world problems (approximation, optimization). Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for MATH 021. Course does not lead to MATH 23, 24.
Prerequisite: MATH 5 (C- or better) or 20 on the MPEX or score of 3 on AP Calculus AB or BC Exam. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 012: Calculus II [4]
Continuation of MATH 011. Introduction to integral calculus of functions of one variable and differential equations, emphasizing conceptual understanding and applying mathematical concepts to real-world problem. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for MATH 022. Course does not lead to Math 23, 24.
Prerequisite: MATH 011 or MATH 021. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 015: Introduction to Scientific Data Analysis [2]
Fundamental analytical and computational skills to find, assemble and evaluate information, and to teach the basics of data analysis and modeling using spreadsheets, statistical tool, scripting languages, and high-level mathematical languages. This course is not intended for students from the School of Engineering.
Prerequisite: a score of 1 on the MC21 or of 3 on the APMA or of 3 on the APMB. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 021: Calculus I for Physical Sciences and Engineering [4]
An introduction to differential and integral calculus of functions of one variable. Elementary functions such as the exponential and the natural logarithm, rates of change and the derivative with applications to physical sciences and engineering. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for MATH 011.
Prerequisite: MATH 5 (C- or better) or 20 on the MPEX or score of 3 on AP Calculus AB or BC Exam. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 022: Calculus II for Physical Sciences and Engineering [4]
Continuation of MATH 021. Analytical and numerical techniques of integration with applications, infinite sequences and series, first order ordinary differential equations. Course may not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for Math 012.
Prerequisite: MATH 021 or 1 on MC21 or 4/5 on APMA or 3 on APMB. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 023H: Honors Vector Calculus [4]
Honors version of MATH 23. Topics cover vectors, calculus of multi-variable functions, coordinate systems, parametric curves and surfaces, and theorems of Green, Gauss and Stokes. Small class size and innovative pedagogical methods are adopted to help students develop a deep understanding of theories and a mastery of skills.
Prerequisite: A- or better from Math 022 or equivalent exam or 4 or better on the AP Calculus BC exam. . Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 030: Calculus II for Biological Sciences [4]
A version of Math 22 for students majoring in the life sciences. Analytical and numerical techniques of integration, modeling differential equations for biology.
Letter Grade Only.
MATH 032: Probability and statistics [4]
Concepts of probability and statistics. Conditional probability, independence, random variables, distribution functions, descriptive statistics, transformations, sampling errors, confidence intervals, least squares and maximum likelihood. Exploratory data analysis and interactive computing.
Letter Grade Only.
MATH 091: General Topics in Applied Mathematics [1]
Introduction to a variety of concepts useful in applied mathematics. Topics covered included floating point arithmetic, methods of proofs, random walks, stereographic projections, transforms, etc. Students will be exposed to advanced mathematical topics in preparation for their ongoing studies.
Pass/No Pass Only.
MATH 101: Real Analysis [4]
Introduction to rigorous mathematical proofs and concepts pertaining to real numbers. The class will cover the structure of real numbers, sequences, series and functions of real numbers, and, time permitting, concepts of abstract algebra.
Prerequisite: Math 23. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 121: Applied Math Methods I: Introduction to Partial differential equations [4]
Introduction to Fourier series. Physical derivation of canonical partial differential equations of mathematical physics (heat, wave and Laplace’s equation). Separation of variables, Fourier integrals and general eigenfunction expansions.
Prerequisite: Math 23 and Math 24. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
MATH 122: Complex variables and applications [4]
Introduction to complex variables, analytic functions, contour integration and theory of residues. Mappings of the complex plane. Introduction to mathematical analysis.
Prerequisite: Math 023 and Math 024. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 125: Intermediate Differential Equations [4]
This course introduces advanced solution techniques for ordinary differential equations (ODE) and elementary solution techniques for partial differential equations (PDE). Specific topics include higher-order linear ODE, power series methods, boundary value problems, Fourier series, Sturm-Liouville theory, Laplace transforms, Fourier transforms, and applications to one-dimensional PDE.
Prerequisite: MATH 23, MATH 24. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 126: Partial Differential Equations [4]
This course introduces students to the theory of boundary value and initial value problems for partial differential equations with emphasis on linear equations. Topics covered include Laplace's equation, heat equation, wave equation, application of Sturm-Liouville's theory, Green's functions, Bessel functions, Laplace transform, method of characteristics.
Prerequisite: Math 125. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 130: Numerical Analysis [4]
Introduction to numerical methods with emphasis on the analysis and implementation of numerical methods. Topics covered: computer arithmetic, solution of nonlinear equations in one variable, interpolation and polynomial approximation, elements of approximation theory, numerical differentiation and integration, and introduction to initial-value problems for ordinary differential equations.
Prerequisite: Math 24 and ME 21 OR (CSE 20 and CSE 21). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 131: Numerical Methods for Scientists and Engineers [4]
Introduction to numerical methods with emphasis on algorithm construction, and implementation. Programming, round-off error, solutions of equations in one variable, interpolation and polynomial approximation, approximation theory, direct solvers for linear systems, numerical differentiation and integration, initial-value problems for ordinary differential equations.
Prerequisite: Math 24 and ME 21 OR (CSE 20 and CSE 21). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 132: Numerical Methods for Differential Equations [4]
Introduction to numerical methods with emphasis on the analysis and implementation of numerical methods. Topics covered: Initial- and boundary-value problems for ordinary differential equations, methods to solve linear systems, eigenvalue problems, and numerical solutions to partial differential equations.
Prerequisite: Math 125 and (Math 130 or Math 131). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 140: Mathematical Methods for Optimization [4]
Linear programming and a selection of topics from among the following: matrix games, integer programming, semidefinite programming, nonlinear programming, convex analysis and geometry, polyhedral geometry, the calculus of variations and control theory. Course includes a Matlab implementation of several algorithms.
Prerequisite: Math 023 and Math 024 and ((CSE 020 and 021) or ME 021). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 141: Linear Analysis I [4]
Applied linear analysis of finite dimensional vector spaces. Review of matrix algebra, vector spaces, orthogonality, least-squares approximations, eigenvalue problems, positive definite matrices, singular value decomposition with applications in science and engineering.
Prerequisite: Math 23 and 24. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 146: Numerical Linear Algebra [4]
Matrix factorization and iterative methods for solving systems of linear equations. Topics include floating point arithmetic, eigenvalues problems, conditioning and stability, LU factorization, QR factorization, and SVD with applications in science and engineering.
Prerequisite: ( (CSE 020 and CSE 021) or ME 021 ). Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 150: Mathematical Modeling [4]
Introduction to the basics of mathematical modeling emphasizing model construction, analysis and application. Using examples from a variety of fields such as physics, biology, chemistry and economics, students will learn how to develop and use mathematical models of real-world systems.
Prerequisite: (MATH 130 or MATH 131) and (MATH 125 or MATH 141). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 160: Mathematical Logic [4]
Introduction to the meta-theory of first-order logic. Topics include the consistency, compactness, completeness and soundness proofs for propositional and first-order logic; model theory; the axiomatization of number theory; Gödel's incompleteness theorems and related results.
Prerequisite: PHIL 005 OR consent of instructor. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
MATH 171: Mathematical Logic [4]
Introduction to the meta-theory of first-order logic. Topics include the consistency, compactness, completeness and soundness proofs for propositional and first-order logic; model theory; the axiomatization of number theory; Gödel's incompleteness theorems and related results.
Prerequisite: PHIL 005 OR consent of instructor. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
MATH 180: Modern Applied Statistics [4]
Introduction to modern applied statistics emphasizing computational methods to deal with high-dimensional data. Multivariate linear and nonlinear regression, model selection, overfitting, cross-validation, bootstrapping and quantification of uncertainty in model parameters and predictions, principal component analysis, and classification.
Prerequisite: Math 024 and Math 032. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 181: Stochastic Processes [4]
Introduction to stochastic processes with emphasis on problem-solving using both analytical and computational techniques. Markov chains in discrete and continuous time, martingales, branching processes, renewal processes, and Brownian motion.
Prerequisite: Math 024 and Math 032. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 18: Statistics for Scientific Data Analysis [4]
Analytical and computational methods for statistical analysis of data. Descriptive statistics, graphical representations of data, correlation, regression, causation, experiment design, introductory probability, random variables, sampling distributions, inference and significance. Course can not be taken for credit after obtaining credit for Math 32.
Prerequisite: (Math 5 OR score of 20 or better on UCM Math Placement exam OR Advanced Placement score of 3 or better on AB Exam OR 3 or better on BC Exam, or equivalent) AND (Math 15 or CSE 20 or CSE 5 or ENVE 105, or equivalent). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
MATH 50: Beginning MATLAB Programming [2]
This half-semester minicourse introduces students to the writing, implementing, and testing of MATLAB algorithms to solve mathematical problems. Topics include programming syntax, data visualization, debugging, and coding aesthetics.
Prerequisite: Math 22. Letter Grade Only.
NSED 100: Project Based Instruction: Assessment and Management for Beginning Teachers [4]
The course prepares students for careers in K-12 education. Students gain knowledge of classroom management strategies and learn how to organize a classroom, to plan units and to develop lesson plans. A special focus will be the techniques necessary to effectively teach in multicultural and multilingual schools.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 120: Classroom Interactions in Science and Mathematics: A Focus on Equity in Urban and Rural Schools [4]
Focusing on American education, this course examines historical and current issues of diversity, noting controversial initiatives such as mainstreaming, bilingual education, multiculturalism, and gender-neutral or gender-segregated instruction. Students will also consider cultural and linguistic challenges of teaching English-language learners, including those who are generation 1.5 students.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 130: Technology in Education [3]
The course is designed for students interested in careers in education, particularly at a K-12 level. The course will teach students to use digital learning tools and to integrate technology in the classroom in an effective way, with a particular focus on using technology to support state standards in education.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 150: Research Methods in Education [4]
The purpose of this course is to help pre-service teachers develop the required skills to carry out research in classroom settings to inform their daily instructional strategies. Pre-service teachers will gain hands-on experience in conducting research/action research in actual classrooms or any other school-learning environment.
Prerequisite: Students should have completed at least one lower division NSED course (NSED 23/33 or NSED 43/53 or NSED 63/73) and one lower division NSED fieldwork class (NSED 24/34 or NSED 44/54 or NSED 64/74). Letter Grade Only.
NSED 174: Contemporary Issues in Teaching with Fieldwork [1]
This course combines study and observation of a K-12 classroom setting and reflection the aspects of teaching which have current importance in the field of education. The course includes fieldwork component where students will be working in classrooms of the local K-12 schools.
Prerequisite: Two from the following list of courses: NSED 24, NSED 34, NSED 44, NSED 54, NSED 64, NSED 74. Fieldwork included. Letter Grade Only.
NSED 184: Apprentice Teaching Fieldwork [3-9]
This course is the final part of the NSEC minor program which allows students to receive a single subject teaching credential upon graduation.
Prerequisite: NSED 100 and NSED 120. Fieldwork included. Letter Grade Only.
NSED 23: Introduction to Teaching Science in Elementary School [1]
Introduction to teaching science in elementary school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 24: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in Elementary School [1]
Fieldwork component for the NSED 23 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at an elementary school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 33: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School [1]
Introduction to teaching mathematics in elementary school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 34: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Elementary School [1]
Fieldwork component for the NSED 33 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at an elementary school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 43: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School [1]
Introduction to teaching science in middle school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 44: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in Middle School [1]
Fieldwork component for the NSED 43 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a middle school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 53: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School [1]
Introduction to teaching mathematics in middle school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 54: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in Middle School [1]
Fieldwork component for the NSED 53 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a middle school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 63: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School [1]
Introduction to teaching science in high school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 64: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Science in High School [1]
Fieldwork component for the NSED 63 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a high school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 73: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School [1]
Introduction to teaching mathematics in high school. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies. Activities include seminars, discussions, and experimentation using inquiry-based learning modules.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 74: Fieldwork: Introduction to Teaching Mathematics in High School [1]
Fieldwork component for the NSED 73 course. Classroom observations and teaching practicum at a high school under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Emphasis on inquiry-based learning practices and effective research-based teaching strategies.
Letter Grade Only.
NSED 98: Lower Division Directed Group Study [1-5]
Permission of instructor required.
Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
NSUS 010: Success in NatSci Preparatory [2]
Designed to empower students to achieve effective levels of performance within academic, personal, and professional endeavors through the use of proven educational and mental strategies, specifically within Natural Science majors.
Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
NSUS 020: Success in NatSci Excellence [2]
Training in the skills necessary to succeed at UC Merced and overview of opportunities in research, education, and careers in science.
Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
PH 135: Public Health Genetics [4]
This course explores the structure of genes and the human genome, types of genetic variation, their mechanistic and evolutionary origins, their roles in shaping health, and the societal implications of genetic variation.
Prerequisite: PH 001 OR PH 100 OR PH 005 OR BIO 001 OR PSY 001 OR permission of the instructor. Letter Grade Only.
PHIL 160: Mathematical Logic [4]
Introduction to the meta-theory of first-order logic. Topics include the consistency, compactness, completeness and soundness proofs for propositional and first-order logic; model theory; the axiomatization of number theory; Gödel's incompleteness theorems and related results.
Prerequisite: PHIL 005 OR consent of instructor. Pass/No Pass Option for Everyone.
PHYS 008: Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences [4]
Introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Intended for students with preparation in calculus and algebra. Topics include introduction to forces, kinetics, equilibria, fluids, waves, and heat. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 008H: Honors Introductory Physics I for Physical Sciences [4]
Physics 8H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical mechanics designed for majors and other highly motivated students. Utilizing differential and integral calculus, topics include forces, kinetics, energy, momentum, gravity, rotations, waves, and fluids. Advanced coursework in all areas (i.e. homework, etc.) prepares students for success in upper-division physics courses.
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 009 H: Honors Introductory Physics II for Scientists and Engineers [4]
Physics 9H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical electromagnetism for students who are motivated to learn physics at an advanced level. Utilizing calculus, topics include electrostatics, magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, and optics. Advanced coursework prepares students for advanced study in physical science and engineering courses.
Prerequisite: Math 021 (minimum grade B) or consent of instructor, Physics 008 (minimum grade A-) or consent of instructor. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 009: Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences [4]
Continuation of introduction to classical and contemporary physics. Topics include introduction to electricity, magnetism, electromagnetic waves, optics, and modern physics. Experiments and computer exercises are integrated into the course content.
Prerequisite: (Physics 8, 8H, or 18) and Math 21, or Physics 18 and Math 11 (with minimum grade B in Math 11), or ICP. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 009H: Honors Introductory Physics II for Physical Sciences [4]
Physics 9H is a mathematically intense introduction to classical electromagnetism for students who are motivated to learn physics at an advanced level. Utilizing calculus, topics include electrostatics, magnetism, AC and DC circuits, electromagnetism, and optics. Advanced coursework prepares students for advanced study in physical science and engineering courses.
Prerequisite: Physics 8 (minimum grade A-) and Math 21 (minimum grade B), or Physics 8H (minimum grade B) and Math 21 (minimum grade B), or ICP (minimum grade A-). Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 018: Introductory Physics I for Biological Sciences [4]
First introductory physics course for biological science majors. Topics include vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, Work, Energy and Conservation, Torque and rotation, Fluids and Elasticity, Oscillations and Waves all with an emphasis on biological applications.
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 019: Introductory Physics II for Biological Sciences [4]
The physical principles of electromagnetism and thermodynamics are introduced, examined, and discussed in the context of biological applications.
Prerequisite: (Physics 8 or 18 or 8H) and (Math 11 or 21) or ICP. Discussion and laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 104: Biophysics [4]
This course aims to give students an understanding of relevant physical principles for biological systems, introduce them to experimental and theoretical techniques of biophysics and to communicate the excitement of cutting-edge biophysics research. Topics include diffusion, fluids, entropic forces, motor proteins, enzymes, nerve impulses, networks and evolution.
Prerequisite: (PHYS 18 or PHYS 8) AND (PHYS 19 or PHYS 9). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 105: Analytic Mechanics Core [4]
Rigorous, mathematical foundation in classical mechanics. Topics include Newtonian mechanics; motion of particles in one, two and three dimensions; central force motion; moving coordinate systems; mechanics of continuous media; oscillations; normal modes; Lagrange’s equations; and Hamiltonian methods.
Prerequisite: PHYS 008 or PHYS 018 MATH 022 MATH 023 (may be taken concurrently) MATH 024 (may be taken concurrently). Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 108: Thermal Physics Core [4]
This course aims to give students a deep understanding of the fundamental principles of thermal physics. Topics include probability, ensembles, equilibrium, entropy, laws of thermodynamics, heat engines, magnetism, chemical equilibria and quantum statistics.
Prerequisite: Physics 9 or Physics 19. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 109: Soft Matter Physics [3]
This course is an introduction to the physics of soft materials designed for upper level undergraduate students in physics. In this course we will use a physics based approach to study the structure and assembly of a variety materials including liquid crystals, polymers, colloidal systems and surfactants including biological examples
Prerequisite: PHYS 108. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 10: Introductory Physics III [4]
An introduction to developments in modern physics over the last 100 years that have radically altered our view of nature. Particular emphasis is placed on the quantum theory, with applications to atoms, molecules, solids, and light.
Prerequisite: (1) Either one of PHYS 08, PHYS 018, or ICP; (2) Math 24 (may be taken concurrently); and (3) Either PHYS 09 or PHYS 19 (may be taken concurrently). Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
PHYS 111: Electromagnetic Radiation Minicourse [2]
This half-semester minicourse covers plane electromagnetic waves including polarization, reflection, refraction and dispersion. Electromagnetic waves in wave guides and cavities also are covered. Additional topics include radiation, both dipole and multipole as well as scattering and diffraction.
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 112: Statistical Mechanics [4]
Covers the fundamental concepts of statistical mechanics, which form the microscopic basis for thermodynamics. Topics include applications to macroscopic systems, condensed states, phase transformations, quantum distributions, elementary kinetic theory of transport processes, and fluctuation phenomena.
Prerequisite: Phys 108. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 115: Electrodynamics Core II Waves and Dynamic Electromagnetic Fields [4]
This course covers waves and advanced electromagnetic fields, including radiation and special relativity. It includes a general discussion of waves and vibrations. We will review of Maxwell's equations and discussion on conserved quantities in electromagnetic fields. We will cover electromagnetic waves, potential formulations, radiation from moving charges, and special relativity.
Prerequisite: PHYS 110. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 116: Mathematical Methods [4]
This course covers essential mathematical methods for physicists, with an emphasis on Linear Algebra, Partial Differential Equation, and Fourier Transform. The subjects covered in this course are the standard tools for quantum mechanics, classical mechanics, and electrodynamics. This Course Satisfies the Physics Programmatic Learning Outcomes #2: Mathematical Expertise.
Prerequisite: Math 23, Math 24, Physics 9. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 122: Waves Minicourse [2]
This half-semester minicourse covers wave phenomena and associated mathematical methods in Physics. Topics include: coupled oscillations and normal modes, polarization, Fourier analysis, superposition, interference, and diffraction.
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 124: Atomic Structure Minicourse [2]
This half-semester minicourse develops the quantum theory of atomic structure, focusing on the hydrogen atom. It builds on PHYS 137 and gives students a chance to see quantum mechanics “in action”. Material covered includes: angular momentum and spin, spherical harmonics, hydrogen eigenstates, spin-orbit coupling, radiative transitions, and the Stark effect
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 126: Special Relativity Minicourse [2]
This half-semester minicourse introduces the exciting and thought-provoking physics of special relativity. Topics include hallmark experiments; Lorentz transformations; time dilation and length contraction; relativistic optics; tensor techniques; mass, energy, and momentum; relativistic mechanics; and relativistic electricity and magnetism.
Prerequisite: PHYS 009 or PHYS 009H or PHYS 019. PHYS 110 recommended. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
PHYS 137: Quantum Mechanics Core [4]
This course covers the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, which forms the foundation of our modern understanding of matter at the atomic and molecular level. Topics include the Schroedinger equation, Hilbert spaces, the operator formalism, the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle, tunneling, pertubation and WKB theory, fermions, and bosons.
Prerequisite: Phys 10, Math 23, 24. Discussion included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
PHYS 138: Quantum Mechanics II Core [2]
In this course, we will apply quantum mechanics to solve problems in atomic physics. This course includes two parts: (1) the study of perturbative techniques, variational principle and adiabatic approximation, all of which widely used in modern physics; (2) the study of the quantum theory of angular momentum.
Prerequisite: PHYS 137. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 141: Condensed Matter Physics [4]
This course is an introduction to the physics of materials designed for upper level undergraduate students in physics or chemistry. The course will cover traditional solid state physics and include topics in soft matter. This class will examine the relationship between microscopic structure and bulk properties in different materials.
Prerequisite: PHYS 137 or CHEM 112, PHYS 112 or CHEM 113. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 144: Modern Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics [4]
We will discuss modern topics in the so-called Atomic, Molecular, and Optical (AMO) Physics. Students will learn about the interaction of atoms with radiation, laser cooling and trapping, Bose-Einstein condensation, atomic interferometry, ion traps, and quantum computing. This is an advanced physics course that is closely connected to ongoing research.
Prerequisite: PHYS 137. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 148: Modern Optics [4]
We will discuss light from the electromagnetic and geometrical perspectives. Students will learn about reflection and refraction, revisit and then expand upon geometrical optics, gain a deeper understanding of interference, and learn about polarization.
Prerequisite: Phys009, Math023, Math024. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 151: Topics in Solar Energy Physics [3]
The physics of solar energy production and utilization. Specific topics may be emphasized according to instructor, including: the solar energy resource, modeling and simulation, thermal and photovoltaic collectors, solar energy systems, nonimaging optics, and special applications (solar lasers, material processing, etc.)
Prerequisite: Math 22 and Phys 9 or equivalent courses. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
PHYS 160: Modern Physics Lab [4]
Provides a rigorous foundation in physics laboratory techniques, with an emphasis on hands-on laboratory training. The nature of the experiments available to students cover a range of modern topics, from nonlinear dynamics and chaos through nonlinear optics and spectroscopy. Emphasis is placed on error estimation, data analysis, and interpretation.
Prerequisite: PHYS 010. Laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
PHYS 172: Quantum Information Science [4]
The course covers: 1) basic concepts in quantum information and quantum computation, (2) physical systems for implementation of quantum bits and logic gates, in particular, solid-state and AMO systems, and (3) quantum information and its connections to many-body physics including quantum simulation.
Prerequisite: PHYS 137. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 180: Nonlinear Dynamics [4]
Most processes encountered in nature are inherently nonlinear. This course introduces the main topics of low-dimensional nonlinear systems, with applications to a wide variety of disciplines, including physics, engineering, mathematics, chemistry, and biology. Specific topics include maps and flows in one and two dimensions, phase portraits, bifurcations, chaos, and fractals.
Prerequisite: PHYS 8,8H, or 18 and MATH 23 and MATH 24. Discussion included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 18: Introductory Physics I for Biological Sciences [4]
First introductory physics course for biological science majors. Topics include vectors, kinematics, Newton's Laws, Work, Energy and Conservation, Torque and rotation, Fluids and Elasticity, Oscillations and Waves all with an emphasis on biological applications.
Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 196: Undergraduate Thesis [2]
This course gives upper-division undergraduate Physics majors further opportunity to engage in laboratory, eld, theoretical, and/or computational research under the supervision of a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. The seminar portion of this course supports students in writing and orally presenting their senior thesis.
Prerequisite: PHYS 195. Instructor permission required. Laboratory included. Letter Grade Only.
PHYS 19: Introductory Physics II for the Biological Sciences [4]
The physical principles of electromagnetism and thermodynamics are introduced, examined, and discussed in the context of biological applications.
Prerequisite: (Phys 8 or 18) and (Math 11 or 21) or ICP. Discussion and laboratory included. Pass/No Pass Option for Non-Majors.
USTU 20: Introduction to Scientific Problem Solving [2]
The purpose of this class is to introduce students to the methods scientists use for performing rough, order-of-magnitude calculations. Topics discussed will include the scientific method, dimensional analysis, and Fermi problems.
Letter Grade Only.