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SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS (AREA B)

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS (AREA B) 20 16 28
Mathematics / Statistics (B1) 8 8 8
HNRS 141

Calculus I

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of ELM requirement and passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination, or MATH 118 and high school trigonometry, or MATH 119.

Limits, continuity, differentiation. Introduction to integration. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS/MATH 141. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

HNRS 142

Calculus II

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: MATH 141 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.

Techniques of integration, applications to physics, transcendental functions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS/MATH 142. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

HNRS 143

Calculus III

4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: MATH 142 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.

Infinite sequences and series, vector algebra, curves. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS/MATH 143. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 112

Nature of Modern Math

4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 96 (formerly MATH 104).

Topics from contemporary mathematics, their development, applications, and role in society. Some typical topics, to be chosen by the instructor: graph theory, critical path analysis, statistical inference, coding, game theory, and symmetry. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 116
Precalculus Algebra I
3 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 96 (formerly MATH 104).

Pre-calculus college algebra without trigonometry. Special products and factoring, exponents and radicals. Fractional and polynomial equations. Matrices, determinants, and systems of equations. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphing, inequalities, absolute value, and complex numbers.MATH 116 and MATH 117 are equivalent to MATH 118, but are taught at a slower pace. Upon completion of MATH 116 and MATH 117, a student will receive 4 units of GE credit for Area B1. Students admitted Fall 2016 or later need a grade of C- or better in one of their GE B1 requirements in order to fulfill GE Area B. Not open to students with credit in MATH 118, MATH 141, MATH 161, or MATH 221. Credit will be granted in only one of the following courses:MATH 116, MATH 118. 3 lectures.

MATH 117
Precalculus Algebra II

GE Area B1

3 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 116 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.

Pre-calculus college algebra without trigonometry. Special products and factoring, exponents and radicals. Fractional and polynomial equations. Matrices, determinants, and systems of equations. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphing, inequalities, absolute value, and complex numbers.MATH 116 and MATH 117 are equivalent to MATH 118, but are taught at a slower pace. Upon completion of MATH 116 and MATH 117, a student will receive 4 units of GE credit for Area B1. Students admitted Fall 2016 or later need a grade of C- or better in one of their GE B1 requirements in order to fulfill GE Area B. Not open to students with credit in MATH 118. 3 lectures.

MATH 118
Precalculus Algebra

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of ELM requirement and passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination.

Pre-calculus algebra without trigonometry. Special products and factoring, exponents and radicals. Fractional and polynomial equations. Matrices, determinants, and systems of equations. Polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Graphing, inequalities, absolute value, and complex numbers.MATH 118 is equivalent to MATH 116 and MATH 117. Not open to students with credit in MATH 117, MATH 141, MATH 161, or MATH 221. Credit will be granted in only one of the following courses:MATH 116, MATH 118. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 119
Precalculus Trigonometry
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Completion of ELM requirement and passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination, or MATH 117, or MATH 118.

Rectangular and polar coordinates. Trigonometric functions, fundamental identities. Inverse trigonometric functions and relations. Vectors, complex numbers, conic sections, and analytic geometry. Not open to students with credit in MATH 141, MATH 161, or MATH 221. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 141
Calculus I
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Completion of ELM requirement and passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination, or MATH 118 and high school trigonometry, or MATH 119.

Limits, continuity, differentiation. Introduction to integration. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS/MATH 141. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 142
Calculus II
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: MATH 141 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.

Techniques of integration, applications to physics, transcendental functions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS/MATH 142. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 143
Calculus III
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: MATH 142 with a grade of C- or better or consent of instructor.

Infinite sequences and series, vector algebra, curves. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS/MATH 143. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 161
Calculus for the Life Sciences I

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: W, SP, SU

Prerequisite: Completion of ELM requirement and passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination, or MATH 118.

Review of exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Differential and integral calculus with applications to the biological sciences. Introduction to differential equations and mathematical modeling. Examples, exercises and applications to emphasize problems in life sciences. Not open to students with credit in MATH 141. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

 

MATH 162
Calculus for the Life Sciences II

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, SP, SU

Prerequisite: MATH 161.

Review of exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions. Differential and integral calculus with applications to the biological sciences. Introduction to differential equations and mathematical modeling. Examples, exercises and applications to emphasize problems in life sciences. Not open to students with credit in MATH 142. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 182
Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 141.

Integral calculus with applications to architecture and construction management. The algebra of vectors. Polar, cylindrical, and spherical coordinate systems. Not open to students with credit in MATH 142. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 221
Calculus for Business and Economics
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Prerequisite: Completion of ELM requirement and passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination, or MATH 118.

Polynomial calculus for optimization and marginal analysis, and elementary integration. Not open to students with credit in MATH 142. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

MATH 227
Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 96 (formerly MATH 104).

Introduction to problem solving, set theory, number systems, arithmetic operations, models, and number theory. This class is designed for Liberal Studies majors. Other students will be admitted only by consent of instructor. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

STAT 130
 

Statistical Reasoning

4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Passing score on the ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 96 (formerly MATH 104).

Survey of statistical ideas and philosophy. Emphasis on concepts rather than in-depth coverage of statistical methods. Topics include sampling, experimentation, data exploration, chance phenomena, and methods of statistical inference. Not open to students with credit in any statistics course. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

STAT 217
Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Passing score on the ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 96 (formerly MATH 104).

Sampling and experimentation, descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, two-sample hypothesis tests for means and proportions, Chi-square tests, linear and multiple regression, analysis of variance. Substantial use of statistical software. Not open to students with credit in STAT 218 or STAT 251. Course may be offered in classroom-based or online format. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

STAT 218
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Passing score on the ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 96 (formerly MATH 104).

Data collection and experimental design, descriptive statistics, confidence intervals, parametric and non parametric one and two-sample hypothesis tests, analysis of variance, correlation, simple linear regression, chi-square tests. Applications of statistics to the life sciences. Substantial use of statistical software. Not open to students with credit in STAT 217 or STAT 251. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

STAT 251
Statistical Inference for Management I
4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Completion of the ELM requirement and a passing score on appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination for MATH 221 eligibility, or MATH 118 or equivalent.

Descriptive statistics. Probability and counting rules. Random variables and probability distributions. Sampling distributions and point estimation. Confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses for a single mean and proportion. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

STAT 252

STAT 252. Statistical Inference for Management II

5 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: STAT 251 with a minimum grade of C- or consent of instructor.

Confidence intervals and tests of hypotheses for two means and two proportions. Introduction to ANOVA, regression, correlation, multiple regression, time series, and forecasting. Statistical quality control. Enumerative data analysis. Substantial use of statistical software. 5 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

 

STAT 313

STAT 313. Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models

4 units

GE Area B1

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: STAT 217 or STAT 218 or STAT 312 or STAT 542; and MATH 118 or equivalent, or completion of the ELM requirement and a passing score on the appropriate Mathematics Placement Examination for MATH 221 eligibility.

Analysis of variance and regression analysis for students not majoring in statistics or mathematics. Includes one-way classification, randomized blocks, Latin squares, factorial designs, multiple regression, diagnostics, and model comparison. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B1; for students admitted Fall 2016 or later, a grade of C- or better in one GE B1 course is required to fulfill GE Area B.

Life Science (GE Area B2) 

  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Life Science (B2) (B2&4=lab course) 4 4 4
AEPS 110

People, Pests and Plagues

4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Introduction to the science of entomology, focusing on insect identification, biology, ecology, and interactions with humans. Insect pest and beneficial species, and their role in shaping how we live, work and eat. Not open to Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences majors or Wine and Viticulture majors (viticulture concentration). 3 lectures, 1 activity.
Fulfills GE B2 & B4.
Formerly PPSC 110.

ANT 250
Biological Anthropology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Biological aspects of human unity and diversity. Primate and human evolution, including anatomical, physiological and behavioral adaptations. Origin and diversity of modern races. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B2.

 

ASCI 112
   
Principles of Animal Science

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Economic and environmental roles of animal production and companionship to society. Introductory nutrition, genetics, reproduction, behavior, growth and development, animal products, biosecurity, and food processing and safety of animals. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B2 except for ASCI majors.

BIO 111
General Biology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Principles of cellular biology, heredity, ecology, biological diversity, and evolution, with emphasis on their relationships to human affairs. Not open to students who have completed BIO 115 or BIO 161. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B2 & B4.

BIO 114
Plant Diversity and Ecology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Plant diversity and ecology in aquatic and terrestrial plant communities including adaptations of plants to their environment. Identification of common, local native plants and plant communities, uses of native plants by Native Americans, and human impacts on native plant communities. 2 lectures, 2 laboratories.
Fulfills GE B2 & B4.

BIO 123

Biology of Sex
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Fundamental principles of biology related to sexual reproduction: genetics, physiology, behavior, ecology and evolution of sex in a broad range of organisms. 4 lectures. Not open for major credit in Biological Sciences or Microbiology.
Fulfills GE B2.

 

BIO 227
 
 

Wildlife Conservation Biology

4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Historical development of wildlife biology and philosophies. Basic principles of ecology and evolution. Practices applied to wildlife. Current problems involving people-wildlife interactions with special reference to world biodiversity. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B2.

BIO 161
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Recommended: CHEM 110 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 124 or CHEM 127

Fundamentals of cellular biology with an emphasis on the molecular perspective of life: metabolism, photosynthesis, cell structure and reproduction, meiosis, immunology, classical and molecular genetics, gene regulation. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B2 & B4.

 

BOT 121

 

General Botany
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

The anatomy, physiology, reproduction, and importance of plants. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE B2 & B4

MCRO 221

Microbiology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or CHEM 111 or CHEM 124 or CHEM 127 or PSC 102

Morphology, metabolism, classification, and identification; microbiology of air, soil, water, and foods with applications to industry, agriculture, medicine, and public health. Not open to students with credit in MCRO 224; not for credit for BIO or MCRO majors. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B2 & B4.

MCRO 224

General Microbiology I

5 unitserm Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: BIO 161 and CHEM 111, CHEM 124 or CHEM 127. Recommended: CHEM 128.

Microbial cellular structure and function, nutrition and growth dynamics, control of microbial growth, metabolism, genetics, and viruses. Both prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms emphasized. 3 lectures, 2 laboratories.
Fulfills GE B2 & B4.

For Engineering students only; concurrent enrollment required:
Life Science for Engineers
2 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 142; for engineering students only.
Corequisite: ENGR/BRAE 213. Recommended: CHEM 124.

Fundamentals of life sciences: energetics, cell biology, molecular and classical genetics, microbiology, organismal biology, and ecology. 2 lectures.
Fulfills GE B2.

BRAE/BMED 213
Bioengineering Fundamentals
2 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 142; for engineering students only.
Corequisite: BIO 213. Recommended: CHEM 124.

Treatment of the engineering applications of biology. Genetic engineering and the industrial application of microbiology. Systems physiology with engineering applications. Structure and function relationships in biological systems. The impact of life on its environment. 2 lectures. Crosslisted as BRAE/BMED 213. Fulfills GE B2. Formerly BRAE/ENGR 213.

Physical Science (GE Area B3) 

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  CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
Physical Science (B3) (B3&4=lab course) 4 4 4
ASTR 101
Introduction to the Solar System
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP, SU

Descriptive astronomical properties of the Earth, Moon, other planets and their satellites. Comets, asteroids and other members of the Solar System. Theories of the formation of the Solar System. Opportunities for telescope observations. Intended for non-engineering and non-science majors. Not open to students who have completed or are taking ASTR 301 or ASTR 302. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B3.

ASTR 102
Introduction to Stars and Galaxies
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Descriptive astronomical properties of the Sun, stars, galaxies and interstellar material. Expanding universe and cosmological models. Opportunities for telescope observations. Not open to students who have completed or are taking ASTR 112, ASTR 301, ASTR 302, or PHYS 132. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B3.

CHEM 110
World of Chemistry
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or MATH 104.

The fundamentals of chemical cause and effect-structure/function relationships. The basic principles of chemistry and their applications to solving human problems in organic materials science, biochemistry, toxicology, environmental science, agriculture, nutrition, and medicine. Not open to students majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 111, CHEM 124, or CHEM 127. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

CHEM 111
Survey of Chemistry
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 104. Recommended: High school chemistry or CHEM 106 or equivalent.

Introduction to atomic theory, chemical reactions, bonding, stoichiometry, nomenclature, and solutions. Intended for students who are preparing for CHEM 212/312. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 124 or CHEM 127. Credit will be granted in only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 111. 4 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

CHEM 124
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 104. Recommended: High school chemistry or equivalent.

Stoichiometry, thermochemistry, atomic structure, bonding, solid-state structures, intermolecular forces, and foundational principles of organic chemistry. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 127. Credit will be granted in only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 124. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: CHEM 124, or AP Chemistry score of 5.

Topics include solution chemistry, thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium (including acids and bases), electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 128. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

CHEM 127

General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I

4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 104. Recommended: High school chemistry or equivalent.

Introduction to atomic theory, chemical reactions, bonding, stoichiometry, nomenclature, gas laws, thermochemistry, molecular structure, and intermolecular forces. Intended primarily for students in agriculture and life sciences. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 124. Credit will be granted in only one of the following courses: CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 127. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

GEOL 102
Introduction to Geology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Processes responsible for the Earth's minerals, rocks, and structure surface features. Volcanism; mountain building; plate tectonics; weathering. Erosion and deposition by streams, glaciers, wind and waves. Geological resources, earth hazards, and interaction of man with global processes. 3 lectures, 1 discussion. Fulfills GE B3.

GEOL 205
Earthquakes
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

World-wide seismicity and plate tectonics. Seismic waves and their recording. Earth structure and composition. Intensity, magnitude, and energy. Major California faults and earthquakes. Paleoseismology, forecasting and prediction. Acceleration, resonance, and effects of ground shaking on structures. Earthquake safety. Tsunamis. 3 lectures, 1 discussion.
Fulfills GE B3.

HNRS 131
General Physics I
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MATH 141 with grade C- or better and MATH 142 or MATH 182 (or concurrent enrollment); for ME and AERO students only. Recommended: High School Physics.

Fundamental principles of mechanics. Vectors, particle kinematics. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Work and energy, linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics. Primarily for engineering students, and for students majoring in the physical sciences. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 141. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

Crosslisted as HNRS/PHYS 131.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

HNRS 132
General Physics II

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: PHYS 131 or HNRS 131 or PHYS 141.

Oscillations, waves in elastic media, sound waves. Temperature, heat and the first law of thermodynamics. Kinetic theory of matter, second law of thermodynamics. Geometrical and physical optics. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Crosslisted as HNRS/PHYS 132.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

HNRS 134
General Physics IA

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MATH 141 with grade C- or better and MATH 142 or MATH 182 (or concurrent enrollment). Recommended: High School Physics.

Fundamental principles of mechanics. Vectors, particle kinematics. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Work and energy, linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics. Primarily for engineering and science students. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 131. 4 lectures.
Crosslisted as HNRS 134/PHYS 141.
Fulfills GE B3.

PHYS 104
Introductory Physics
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 104.

Elementary introduction to mechanics, gases, liquids and solids, heat, vibrations and waves, light, electricity and magnetism. Intended to provide non-science students with an understanding of basic physical concepts. Not open to students who have credit in a college physics course. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B3.

 

PHYS 107
Introduction to Meteorology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 104.

Physics of Earth's atmosphere. Topics include the physical basis for temperature, wind generation, atmospheric circulation, humidity, adiabatic processes, cloud formation, cyclone development, precipitation, and storm growth. Other topics include the variety of storms and their effects, satellite imaging, and air pollution and its possible effect on global temperature change. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B3.

PHYS 111
Contemporary Physics for Nonscientists
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Exploration of the key concepts of quantum mechanics and Einstein's special and general theories of relativity. Particle-wave duality, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, Schrodinger's cat, warped spacetime, black holes. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B3.

PHYS 121
College Physics I
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: MATH 118 and high school trigonometry, or MATH 119.

Introductory course in mechanics emphasizing motion, force, and energy. Not open to students having a grade of C- or better in PHYS 131 or PHYS 141. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B3.

PHYS 122
College Physics II
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: PHYS 118, PHYS 121, PHYS 131, or PHYS 141.

Continuation of PHYS 121. Topics include properties of materials, fluids, waves and vibrations, sound, heat, light and optics. Not open for credit to students having a grade of C- or better in PHYS 132. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

PHYS 131
General Physics I

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: MATH 141 with grade C- or better and MATH 142 or MATH 182 (or concurrent enrollment); for ME and AERO students only. Recommended: High School Physics.

Fundamental principles of mechanics. Vectors, particle kinematics. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Work and energy, linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics. Primarily for engineering students, and for students majoring in the physical sciences. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 141. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Crosslisted as HNRS/PHYS 131. Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

PHYS 132
General Physics II

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: PHYS 131 or HNRS 131 or PHYS 141.

Oscillations, waves in elastic media, sound waves. Temperature, heat and the first law of thermodynamics. Kinetic theory of matter, second law of thermodynamics. Geometrical and physical optics. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Crosslisted as HNRS/PHYS 132.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4
PHYS 133
General Physics III
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: PHYS 131 or HNRS 131 or PHYS 141, and MATH 142. Recommended: MATH 241.

Charge and matter, electric field, electric potential, dielectrics, capacitance, current and resistance, electromotive force and circuits, magnetic fields, magnetic field of a moving charge, induced emf. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

PHYS 141
General Physics IA
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: MATH 141 with grade C- or better and MATH 142 or MATH 182 (or concurrent enrollment). Recommended: High School Physics.

Fundamental principles of mechanics. Vectors, particle kinematics. Equilibrium of a rigid body. Work and energy, linear momentum, rotational kinematics and dynamics. Primarily for engineering and science students. Not open to students with credit in PHYS 131. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HNRS 134/PHYS 141. Fulfills GE B3.

PSC 101
Matter and Energy
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Introduction to the basic principles of physical science, including observation, description, modeling, and the application of physical phenomena. Emphasis on interactions as described by energy, forces, and fields for mechanical, thermal, electric, and magnetic systems. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B3 & B4.

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One lab B4 taken with B2 or B3 courses (B4) X X X
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CLA, LS : LAES students select 1 course from B1-B4 or B5 4 0 0

Area B5

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CLA and LS students: Select one course from B1-B5.
BIO 112
 
Environmental Biology and Conservation
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

A biologically centered exploration of our planet focusing on natural resource conservation and contemporary environmental issues. Interactions between components of the biosphere and impacts of human society on interrelationships within ecosystems. Trends in natural resource conservation and biodiversity preservation. Not open for major credit in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, or Marine Sciences. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

BIO 302

Human Genetics

4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: ASCI 112, BIO 111, BIO 123, BIO 161, BIO 213, or BOT 121. Recommended: STAT 217 or STAT 218.

Basic principles of human inheritance, including the transmission of genetic traits, chromosomal abnormalities and their effects, gene structure and function, mutations and mutagenic agents, cancer genetics, population genetics, and principles of genetic counseling. Not open for major credit in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, or Marine Sciences. Not open to students with credit in BIO 303 or BIO 351. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

BIO 305
Biology of Cancer
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Completion of GE Area B2.

Introduction to the causes, characteristics and treatment of human cancer. Topics include effects of carcinogens and radiation; the genetics of cancer; molecular, cellular and physiological changes in common cancers; conventional chemotherapy and new treatments. Not open for major credit in Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Marine Sciences, or Biochemistry. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE B5.

BOT 311
 
Plants, People and Civilization
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: One course from GE Area B2.

Human uses of plants for food, beverage, medicine, fiber, recreation, and rituals. Uses of plants by different cultures throughout the world and the social, economical, and environmental importance of plants in our lives. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE B5.

FSN 210
Nutrition
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Introduction to the science of human nutrition. Nutrient structure, metabolism, function and requirements. Application of nutrition science principles to promote optimal health. Course may be offered in classroom-based or online format. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

GEOL 203
Fossils and the History of Life
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Fossil record. Geologic time scale. Evolution and the fossil record. Evolution - creation controversy. Early earth and early life. Features, lifestyles, origins, and histories of major invertebrate, vertebrate, and plant groups. Mass extinctions. 3 lectures, 1 discussion. Fulfills GE B5.

 LA 220

 

Landscape Ecology: Concepts, Issues and Interrelationships
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Concepts, theories and techniques related to landscape analysis, ecology, planning and design with an emphasis on landscape assessment, sustainability, land health, environmental protection and restoration, and natural resource management. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

PSC 201
 
Physical Oceanography
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Introduction to the motions of the ocean. Physical environment and sea floor features; seawater properties; atmosphere and ocean interactions; ocean currents and circulation; waves and tides; El Nino; coastal ocean processes; climate change and ocean stressors; ocean resources and marine life. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

PSY 340
Biopsychology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: PSY 201 or PSY 202.

Relationship between physiological and behavioral processes such as learning and memory, language, sleep, and abnormal behavior. Information processing, biochemistry, and structural organization at the cellular and nervous system levels. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

PSY 344

Behavioral Genetics

4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisites: PSY 201 or PSY 202; and one of the following: ASCI 112, BIO 111, BIO 123, BIO 161, or BIO 213. Recommended: STAT 217 or STAT 218.

Examine the relative influence of genetic and environmental factors on human behavior. Emphasis on the foundation and application of behavioral genetics to the field of psychology. Topics include heritability, gene-environment interplay, ethics, and emerging technologies. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B5.

SS 121
 
Introductory Soil Science
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: College chemistry and passing score on ELM examination, or an ELM exemption, or credit in MATH 104.

Biological, chemical, physical and genetic properties of soils. Application of scientific principles to solving land use, water management, and soil conservation problems. Interpretation of soils data for making environmental decisions, applying management practices, and sustainable food production. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE B5.

 
 

Science and Mathematics Upper-Division for Engineers ONLY
(GE Area B6)

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Science and Mathematics Upper-Division Elective for ENGR only (B6) 0 0 4
GEOL 305
Fundamentals of Seismology.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: PHYS 141; and GEOL 201 or PHYS 132.

Theory of plate tectonics. Elastic waves in layered media. Principle of the seismometer. Seismic properties, structure and composition throughout the Earth. Intensity, magnitude, and seismic moment and energy calculations. Major California faults and earthquakes. Paleoseismology, forecasting and prediction. Analysis of ground motion. Resonance. Effects of ground shaking on structures and bodies of water. Earthquake safety. Field trip required. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE B6.

MATH 304
Vector Analysis
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 206 or MATH 244, and MATH 241.

Differential and integral calculus of vector-valued functions. Green's Theorem, Stokes' Theorem, and the Divergence Theorem. Applications and generalizations. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B6.

MATH 344
Linear Analysis II
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 206 and MATH 242, or MATH 241 and MATH 244.

Linear methods applied to the solution of differential equations. Laplace transforms. Series solutions to ordinary differential equations. Orthogonality in n-space, Gram-Schmidt orthogonalization and least squares methods. Orthogonal bases in function spaces, Sturm-Liouville theory. Fourier series and transforms. Special functions of applied mathematics. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B6.

MATH 408
Complex Analysis I
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: MATH 242, or MATH 241 and MATH 244.

Elementary analytic functions and mappings. Cauchy's Integral Theorem; Poisson's Integral Formula. Taylor and Laurent series, theory of residues, and the evaluation of integrals. Harmonic functions, conformal mappings. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B6.

PHYS 412
  & PHYS 452
Solid State Physics
3 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: PHYS 211 or MATE 340, MATH 244.

Properties of solids including the structural, mechanical, thermal, and electronic properties, energy band theory and the properties of metals and semiconductors. 3 lectures.
Fulfills GE B6 with PHYS 452.


Solid State Physics Laboratory

1 unit

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite or concurrent: PHYS 412.

Selected experiments on X-ray diffraction, Hall effect, optical absorption, thermo-electric effect, photovoltaic cells, diode characteristics, and superconductivity. 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE B6 with PHYS 412.

PHYS 417
Nonlinear Dynamical Systems.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: PHYS 132 or PHYS 122; and PHYS 133 or PHYS 123; and MATH 241; and MATH 242 or MATH 244. Recommended: Junior standing.

Analysis of linear and nonlinear dynamical systems with emphasis on geometrical methods and visualization techniques. Fixed points, phase plane analysis, bifurcations and limit cycles. Laboratory component includes data acquisition and analysis using computers, numerical simulations of dynamical systems, and analysis of discrete systems. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE B6.

STAT 312
Statistical Methods for Engineers
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP, SU

Prerequisite: MATH 142.

Descriptive and graphical methods. Discrete and continuous probability distributions. One and two sample confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Single factor analysis of variance. Quality control. Introduction to regression and to experimental design. Substantial use of statistical software. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B6.

STAT 321
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 142.

Tabular and graphical methods for data summary, numerical summary measures, probability concepts and properties, discrete and continuous probability distributions, expected values, statistics and their sampling distributions, point estimation, confidence intervals for a mean and proportion. Use of statistical software. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B6.

STAT 350
Probability and Random Processes for Engineers
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: MATH 241, EE 228.

Random events, random variables, and random processes, with emphasis on probabilistic treatment of signals and noise. Specific topics include: sample spaces, probability, distributions, independence, moments, covariance, time/ensemble averages, stationarity, common processes, correlation and spectral functions. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE B6.

 

 

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