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Technology Courses (GE Area F)

Technology Courses have been updated for
the 2017-19 catalog.

  • GE Area F: Technology Course Descriptions are listed as a guide for your convenience.
  • GE credit will ONLY be given IF the course was approved for GE in the quarter in which it was taken.
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TECHNOLOGY UPPER-DIVISION ELECTIVE (AREA F)

 Course meets the sustainability criteria  Course includes sustainability

Technology Elective CLA LAES LS CAED CAFES CSM OCOB ENGR
  4 4 0
AEPS 315
 
  
  
Organic Crop Production  
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Origins, application, regulation and technology of organic crop production. Theoretical and practical issues surrounding organic crop production from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Topics include the history of the organic movement; current regulation and certification; and field management practices and technologies. Features industry guest lecturers. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Crosslisted as AEPS/AG 315.

Fulfills GE Area F.
 

AEPS 329
Plants, Food, and Biotechnology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of one of the following: AEPS 120, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 161, or BOT 121.

Agriculture as applied biology and its impact on civilization. Application of technology to increase the efficiency of food production. Genetics and biotechnology; culminating in an assessment of genetically engineered foods, the myths, the controversy, the science. Not open to Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences majors. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Crosslisted as AEPS/BOT 329
Fulfills GE Area F.

AERO 310
Air and Space
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Junior standing and Completion of GE Area B.

Technological innovations that have led to modern aircraft and spacecraft as viewed from an historical perspective. Development of aerodynamics, propulsion systems, light-weight structures, and control systems. How aviation has affected, and been affected by, history. Impact of aviation on society, including civil and military aircraft/spacecraft. Federal regulation of aviation, including air traffic control and airlines. Future developments in air and space technology. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AERO/HNRS 310.
Fulfills GE Area F.

AG 315

 

  

Organic Agriculture
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Origins, application, regulation and technology of organic crop production. Theoretical and practical issues surrounding organic crop production from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Topics include the history of the organic movement; current regulation and certification; and field management practices and technologies. Features industry guest lecturers. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Crosslisted as AEPS/AG 315.
Fulfills GE Area F.

AG 330
 
  
 
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Scientific investigation of the natural features of the Cal Poly landscape and their transformations by land management technology. Analysis of the environmental, economic, social, and political effects of agriculture, resource extraction, and construction technology on that landscape. Emphasis on the educational, land-use, and long term planning issues of technology presented by this case study. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/ISLA/UNIV 330.
Fulfills GE Area F.

AG 350
 
  
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures.
Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/ ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350.
Fulfills GE Area F.

AG 360
 
 
Holistic Management
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Application of holistic management, a goal-oriented, value-driven framework for making decisions that are ecologically, economically, and socially sound. Impact of technology and other tools on ecosystem processes. Holistic approach to management, especially of land-based resources, aimed toward greater biodiversity and sustainability. Not open to students with credit in AG 450. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Crosslisted as AG/ASCI 360.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ASTR 324
Longitude, Navigation, and Timekeeping.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B, MATH 119 or equivalent.

The state of navigation prior to 1800 and the world wide problem of determining longitude at sea. Emphasis on historical and modern-day scientific solutions to the longitude problem and navigation technology, time and timekeeping, celestial navigation, and awareness of technological solutions to societal problems. 4 lectures.

Fulfills GE Area F.

ASCI 360

 

  

 

  

ASCI 360. Holistic Management.

4 units

GE Area F

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Application of holistic management, a goal-oriented, value-driven framework for making decisions that are ecologically, economically, and socially sound. Impact of technology and other tools on ecosystem processes. Holistic approach to management, especially of land-based resources, aimed toward greater biodiversity and sustainability. Not open to students with credit in AG 450. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Crosslisted as AG/ASCI 360. Fulfills GE Area F.

BIO 308
Genetic Engineering Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area B2, and one of the following: CHEM 110, 111, 124 or 127.

Introduction to the methodology and techniques used in genetic engineering. Applications in agriculture, nutrition, medicine and environmental problems. Potential benefits and problems, including the underlying ethical questions. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 373, or to Biological Sciences, Marine Sciences, or Microbiology majors. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as BIO/CHEM 308.
Fulfills GE Area F. 

BOT 329
Plants, Food, and Biotechnology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of one of the following: AEPS 120, BIO 111, BIO 114, BIO 161, or BOT 121.

Agriculture as applied biology and its impact on civilization. Application of technology to increase the efficiency of food production. Genetics and biotechnology; culminating in an assessment of genetically engineered foods, the myths, the controversy, the science. Not open to Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences majors. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Crosslisted as AEPS/BOT 329.
Fulfills GE Area F.

BRAE 340
Irrigation Water Management.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of GE Area B, and MATH 118 or higher.

Soil-plant-water relationships; evapotranspiration; irrigation schedules; salinity and drainage; irrigation efficiency. Water measurement; soil moisture measurement; irrigation systems and practical constraints affecting scheduling. California water supply and budget; water rights; local, state and federal water institutions; California water issues. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Fulfills GE Area F.

BRAE 348
 
   
Energy for a Sustainable Society
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Study of how the transition can be made from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources including hydro, biomass, solar, wind, and energy conservation. Environmental, economic, and political consequences of a renewable energy-based sustainable society. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

Fulfills GE Area F.

CHEM 308
Genetic Engineering Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area B2, and one of the following: CHEM 110, 111, 124 or 127.

Introduction to the methodology and techniques used in genetic engineering. Applications in agriculture, nutrition, medicine and environmental problems. Potential benefits and problems, including the underlying ethical questions. Not open to students with credit in CHEM 373, or to Biological Sciences, Marine Sciences, or Microbiology majors. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as BIO/CHEM 308.
Fulfills GE Area F. Formerly SCM 325.

CHEM 349
Chemical and Biological Warfare.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing, completion of GE Area B, including a chemistry course (CHEM), and a course in biology (BIO, MCRO or ZOO).

History, development, and use of chemical and biological warfare (CBW). Chemical and biological disarmament. Production and destruction of CBW agents. Uses of CBW. CBW terrorism. Ethics of CBW. 2 lectures, 2 seminars.
Fulfills GE Area F.

CM 317
 
 
Sustainability and the Built Environment.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Interdisciplinary analysis of sustainable strategies and technologies to enhance the built environment. A systems approach to green building science that includes sustainable site development, water use efficiency, renewable energy, improving material use, indoor environmental quality, and design innovation. Course may be offered in classroom-based or online format. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE Area F.

CRP 338
Digital Cities
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of Area B.

Explores changes in urban form and urban experience associated with advances in digital technology. Implications for the design of places and the distribution of economic and social benefit. Lecture-discussions and opportunities to explore technology initiatives in community building. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE Area F.

CRP 339
Disaster-Resistant Sustainable Communities
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Creation of safer, more resilient cities through systematic application of urban disaster risk reduction methods that utilize the technology of GIS combined with principles from the engineering and geo-sciences. Emphasis on hazard identification and methods to lower disaster risk. 3 lectures, 1 activity.
Fulfills GE Area F.

CSC 302
Computers and Society
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Social, ethical, political and technological implications and effects of computers in the modern world. Examination of the benefits and side-effects of computer applications and automation. Case study review and analysis. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE Area F.

CSC 310
Computers for Poets
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

How computers and computer devices work. Introduction to software systems and applications. How computers connect with various media including images, speech and data. How information is encoded and transmitted across networks. Relationship between the computer and human information processing. 4 lectures.
Crosslisted as CSC 310/HNRS 311. Fulfills GE Area F.

CSC 311 Computational Art
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Interdisciplinary creation of static and animated computational art using algorithms. General design principles in a digital setting, including color, shape, composition, perspective, principles of animation. Development of computational tools such as variables, iteration, logic, functions. Creative expression via coding and creative coding. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

Fulfills GE Area F.

CSC 320 Practical Computer Security for Everyone
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Exploration of practical computer security in everyday life for non-majors. Covering the principles, technologies and tools used to secure the Internet and keep ourselves 'digitally' secure, including: privacy and anonymity, web and data security, cryptography, malware, authentication and access control. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE Area F.

EDES 350
 
  
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/GEOG/ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350. 
Fulfills GE Area F.

EE 322 Microcontrollers for Everyone
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: completion of GE Area B and Junior standing. Recommended: MATH 118.

Microcontroller history and computer systems overview. Introduction to basic electrical circuits and computer programming concepts. Overview of computer peripherals such as LEDs, switches, LCD displays, timers, and ADCs; and interfacing various types of external sensors. Developing applications of microcontrollers using an integrated development environment. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

Fulfills GE Area F.

ENGR 302
Transportation and Manufacturing in the Twenty-First Century.
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B

Role of transportation and manufacturing technology in the twenty-first century. Effects of technological change upon society, and the principles associated with the advancement of transportation and manufacturing technologies in the automotive industry and the industrial-military complex. Case studies of systems to compare alternative approaches to problem solving. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ENGR 350
 
  
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/GEOG/ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350. Fulfills GE Area F.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ENVE 323

Engineering for the Environment

4 Units

Term Typically Offered: F, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Societal importance of air quality, water quality and land resources. Technologies used to control air and water pollution and the scientific basis for these technologies. Use of mass balances to understand pollutant transport and treatment. Local examples of the application of pollution control technologies to meet legal requirements. Not for engineering majors. 4 lectures.

Fulfills GE Area F.

ENVE 324
Introduction to Air Pollution
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Causes and effects of air pollution on the individual, the community and industry. Application of mathematics and chemistry to solve air pollution problems. For non-majors. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ESRC 335

Soil, Water, and Civilization

4 units

Term Typically Offered: W, SU

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Explore past civilizations and how management of soil, water, and other natural resources allowed them to flourish, decline, or fail. Sustainability of natural resource use in modern/future societies. Issues include sustainability, agricultural practices, deforestation, water quality, and land management. 4 lectures.

Fulfills GE Area F.

ES 350
Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area B.

Interdisciplinary examination of the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, technology in educational, work, knowledge production, policy, and ethical contexts. Topics may include reproductive, medical, genetic, and emerging technologies and exploration of efforts to create more socially responsible science/technology. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Crosslisted as ES/WGS 350.
Fulfills GE Area F and USCP.

FSN 319
Food Technology for the Consumer
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Overview of the science and technology used to produce the foods consumed on a daily basis. Food science, biotechnology, food law, processing, preservation, ingredient functionality, package label information, and food safety information. Not open to Food Science Majors. 4 lectures.
Fulfills GE Area F.

GEOG 350
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/GEOG/ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350.

Fulfills GE Area F.

GRC 377
Web and Print Publishing
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of Area B.

Web and print publishing technology and its impact on society. The technologies of digital photography, typography, graphics, layout, and design for print and web publishing including decision-making considerations. The application of scientific and mathematical principles to web and print publishing technologies. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

Fulfills GE Area F except for Graphic Communication majors.

HIST 354
History of Network Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing or History major; completion of one course from GE Area B.

History of computer network technology from the Cold War to the present. Origins of the Internet, development of TCP/IP, growth of network democracy, encryption, race and gender in cyberspace, Usenet and hypertext. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area F.

HIST 359
 
  
    
Living in a Material World
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of one course from GE Area B.

Evolution of materials (ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, semiconductors) in the context of history. Traces the link between historical and technological developments enabled by materials from the Stone Age to the Electronic Age. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HIST/MATE 359.
Fulfills GE Area F.

HNRS 310
Air and Space
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F,W,SP,SU

Prerequisite: Junior standing and Completion of GE Area B.

Technological innovations that have led to modern aircraft and spacecraft as viewed from an historical perspective. Development of aerodynamics, propulsion systems, light-weight structures, and control systems. How aviation has affected, and been affected by, history. Impact of aviation on society, including civil and military aircraft/spacecraft. Federal regulation of aviation, including air traffic control and airlines. Future developments in air and space technology. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AERO/HNRS 310.
Fulfills GE Area F.

HNRS 311
Computers for Poets
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

How computers and computer devices work. Introduction to software systems and applications. How computers connect with various media including images, speech and data. How information is encoded and transmitted across networks. Relationship between the computer and human information processing. 4 lectures.
Crosslisted as CSC 310/HNRS 311.
Fulfills GE Area F.

HNRS 392
 
  
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B, or graduate standing. Recommended: UNIV 391, GE Area D2, and GE Area D3.

Addresses the needs of international impoverished communities with technological solutions, which are inexpensive, ecologically sustainable, and socially appropriate. Group study of target communities, and design and construction of an appropriate technology prototype. Not open to students with credit in PSC/UNIV/HNRS 492. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Crosslisted as HNRS/PSC/UNIV 392.
Fulfills GE Area F.

IME 320
Human Factors and Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B requirements.

Analysis of cognitive, sensory and physical limitations and capabilities of operators and users of technology, both hardware and software, in working and living environments. Analysis of pertinent databases for a proactive approach to designing user-centered industrial products /systems, consumer products, and work environment. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area F.

ISLA 305

Topics in Public Engagements with STEM

4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B. Recommended: ISLA 123.

Exploration of contemporary issues in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), with an emphasis on public understandings of and engagements with STEM research and teaching cultures. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. Total credit limited to 8 units. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area F.

ISLA 330
 
  
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Scientific investigation of the natural features of the Cal Poly landscape and their transformations by land management technology. Analysis of the environmental, economic, social, and political effects of agriculture, resource extraction, and construction technology on that landscape. Emphasis on the educational, land-use, and long term planning issues of technology presented by this case study. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/ISLA/UNIV 330.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ISLA 350
 
  
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/ ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ITP 330
 
 
Packaging Fundamentals
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP, SU

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area B3 via a course in physics (PHYS), Honors Contract physics (HNRS), or physical science (PSC).

Overview of packaging development, functions, and materials. Processes and technology protecting goods through supply chain. Container types, package design, development, research and testing. Economic and international importance and perspective as industrial activity. Packaging and the environment, and laws affecting packaging. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Fulfills GE Area F.

Formerly IT 330.

ITP 341
 
  
Packaging Polymers and Processing
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B3 via college level CHEM.

Physical and chemical properties of plastic materials, processing techniques, recycling, laws and regulations. Evaluation of materials and technologies to reduce waste, improve reuse and recycling. Laboratory with common industry processes emphasizes relationships among processing, structure, and properties, and consumer interaction to specifications. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory.

Fulfills GE Area F. Formerly IT 341.

LA 317
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B2.

Basic foundation for understanding the world through geographic information and tools available to utilize spatial data. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies, including their scientific basis of operation. Not open to students with credit in LA/NR 218. 3 lectures, 1 activity.
Crosslisted as GEOG/LA/NR 317.
Fulfills GE Area F.

MATE 359
Living in a Material World
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of one course from GE Area B.

Evolution of materials (ceramics, metals, polymers, composites, semiconductors) in the context of history. Traces the link between historical and technological developments enabled by materials from the Stone Age to the Electronic Age. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as HIST/MATE 359.
Fulfills GE Area F.

ME 320
 
 
Consumer Energy Guide
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary connection of everyday consumer decisions with energy costs, security, and global warming. Energy consumption by home appliances and automobiles. Methods to reduce the individual 'energy footprint' with renewable energy, purchasing carbon offsets, and behavioral modifications. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area F.

ME 323

Everything is Designed: The Invention and Evolution of Products.

4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Investigation of engineering product designs, including social, environmental, and technological influences. Incorporation of engineering design tools to develop a product using creative methods and design methodology. Exploration of creative problem solving methods and barriers to creativity. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area F.

MSCI 307
 
 
World Aquaculture: Applications, Methodologies and Trends
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B, including a GE B2 course in biology with a BIO, BOT, or MCRO, or ZOO prefix.

Life histories and habitats of important species of fishes, invertebrates and algae. Methodologies for the commercial propagation of specific forms. Global and regional coverage, including socioeconomic trends, controversies and applications in developed and less developed regions of the world. Not open for major credit in Biological Sciences. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

Fulfills GE Area F.

MSCI 330
Technologies for Ocean Discovery
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Survey of ocean sensor systems, sensor platforms, and other emerging technologies that provide new understanding of the ocean, current issues in marine science, and the social context and societal implications of discoveries in ocean sciences. Course projects could include presentations, data analysis, and hands-on design of sensors. Field trip required. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area F.

NR 312
 
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B2 or B3.

Models and technology to solve complex land management problems. Historic, current and future perspectives of wildland fire in California. Sustainability and ecosystem health. Assumptions and limitations of fire behavior and suppression models. 3 lectures, 1 activity.

Fulfills GE Area F.

NR 317
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B2.

Basic foundation for understanding the world through geographic information and tools available to utilize spatial data. Application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related technologies, including their scientific basis of operation. Not open to students with credit in LA/NR 218. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Crosslisted as LA/NR 317.

Fulfills GE Area F.

NR 321
Water Systems Technology, Issues and Impacts
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B2.

Sustainable strategies and technologies to enhance freshwater supplies and marine habitats. Systems treated include artificial wetlands, stormwater, drinking water, agricultural and industrial waste water. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area F.

POLS 333
 
  
World Food Systems
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B

Integrated, interdisciplinary study of the technologies of global food production, environmental and social issues related to the application of those technologies, and moral and ethical issues associated with global food production and distribution. Emphasis on the politics of change. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as POLS/UNIV 333. Fulfills GE Area F.

PSC 307
Nuclear Weapons in the Post-9/11 World
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Technology and basic science of fission/fusion weapons, uranium/plutonium, nuclear reactors, offensive/defensive missile systems, command/ control, verification, weapon effects, nuclear testing. Historical context of Cold War and proliferation, recent events, global norms, arms control treaties. 3 lectures, 1 seminar.

Fulfills GE Area F.

PSC 320
Energy, Society and the Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Science and technology of current and future energy sources along with associated environmental problems and societal response. Energy production, consumption, efficient usage, fossil fuels, nuclear, solar, other renewables. Risks, benefits, planning, economics. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area F.

PSC 392

 Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design.

4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B, or graduate standing. Recommended: UNIV 391, GE Area D2, and GE Area D3.

Addresses the needs of international impoverished communities with technological solutions, which are inexpensive, ecologically sustainable, and socially appropriate. Group study of target communities, and design and construction of an appropriate technology prototype. Not open to students with credit in PSC/UNIV/HNRS 492. 3 lectures, 1 laboratory. Crosslisted as HNRS/PSC/UNIV 392. Fulfills GE Area F.

RELS 376 Religion, Science and Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: W

Prerequisite: completion of GE area B and Junior standing.

Interdisciplinary investigation of relationships between religion, science and technology, including the ethical implications of various technologies. Topics may include human origins, medical technology, environment, reproduction, social media and emerging technologies. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE area F.

SCM 320
Technology in London
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SU

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B. Concurrent: Enrollment in London Study Program.

Impact of one or two technologies in modern London. Development of the technology from the scientific/industrial revolution, as seen through London museums and industries. Technological solutions to modern problems, and their dependence on available technology. Field trips required. The Schedule of Classes will list topic selected. 2 lectures, 2 activities. Fulfills GE Area F.

Nuclear Science and Society
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B.

Impact of nuclear phenomena on energy production, warfare, health and medicine, and the environment. Scientific and public policy aspects of reactor design, nuclear accidents, disposal of radioactive waste, nuclear medicine, food irradiation, nuclear weapons, and fusion as potential energy source. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area F.

SCM 350
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/ ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350.
Fulfills GE Area F.

SCM 360 Selected Environmental Issues of California's Central Coast
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B and one of the following: CHEM 110, CHEM 111, CHEM 124, CHEM 127.

Examination of several inter-related environmental issues currently affecting California's Central Coast region. Focuses on the role of technology in creating/mitigating environmental problems. Field trips required. 3 lectures, 1 activity. Fulfills GE Area F.

UNIV 330
 
  
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Scientific investigation of the natural features of the Cal Poly landscape and their transformations by land management technology. Analysis of the environmental, economic, social, and political effects of agriculture, resource extraction, and construction technology on that landscape. Emphasis on the educational, land-use, and long term planning issues of technology presented by this case study. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/ISLA/UNIV 330. Fulfills GE Area F.

UNIV 333
 
  
 
  
World Food Systems
4 units

Term Typically Offered: TBD

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B

Integrated, interdisciplinary study of the technologies of global food production, environmental and social issues related to the application of those technologies, and moral and ethical issues associated with global food production and distribution. Emphasis on the politics of change. 4 lectures.
Crosslisted as POLS/UNIV 333.
Fulfills GE Area F.

UNIV 350
 
 
The Global Environment
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Areas A and B.

Interdisciplinary investigation of how human activities impact the Earth's environment on a global scale. Examination of population, resource use, climate change, and biodiversity from scientific/technical and social/economic/ historical/political perspectives. Use of remote sensing maps. Sustainable solutions. 4 lectures. Crosslisted as AG/EDES/ENGR/ ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350.
Fulfills GE Area F.

UNIV 392
 
  
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
4 units

Term Typically Offered: SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing and completion of GE Area B, or graduate standing. Recommended: UNIV 391, GE Area D2, and GE Area D3.

Addresses the needs of international impoverished communities with technological solutions, which are inexpensive, ecologically sustainable, and socially appropriate. Group study of target communities, and design and construction of an appropriate technology prototype. Not open to students with credit in PSC/UNIV/HNRS 492.
3 lectures, 1 laboratory.
Crosslisted as HNRS/PSC/UNIV 392.
Fulfills GE Area F.

WGS 350
Gender, Race, Culture, Science and Technology
4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

Prerequisite: Junior standing; completion of GE Area B.

Interdisciplinary examination of the complex relationships between gender, race, culture, science, technology in educational, work, knowledge production, policy, and ethical contexts. Topics may include reproductive, medical, genetic, and emerging technologies and exploration of efforts to create more socially responsible science/technology. 3 lectures, 1 activity.
Crosslisted as ES/WGS 350.
Fulfills GE Area F and USCP.

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