Oct 27, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
    
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 

Astronomy

  
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    ASTR 492 - Instructional Design Project


    Unit(s): 2
    A directed project to develop at least one laboratory experiment and/or classroom activity that teaches basic concepts in undergraduate Astronomy. Both written and oral presentations (including a demonstration of the experiment or activity) will be required.

    Prerequisite(s): PHYS 214 and PHYS 216 or PHYS 210B and PHYS 209B; ASTR 231.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    ASTR 495 - Special Studies


    Unit(s): 1-4
    The Department of Physics and Astronomy encourages independent study and considers it to be an educational undertaking. Students wishing to enroll for special studies are required to submit to their supervising faculty members proposals which outline their projects and exhibit specific plans for their successful completion.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit up to 8 units.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    ASTR 497 - Undergraduate Research in Astronomy


    Unit(s): 2
    Supervised research in an area of astronomy that is currently under investigation by one or more members of the Physics and Astronomy Department’s faculty.

    Prerequisite(s): junior-standing and consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD

Biology

  
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    BIOL 110 - Biological Inquiry


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    A factual and conceptual exploration of the living world through presentation, student inquiry, and laboratory exercises. Topics include the bases of life; organization of living systems, from molecules to ecosystems, and their interactions; and genetics, evolution, and ecology.

    Prerequisite(s): Students not in Biology major.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE, Area B2 and the GE laboratory science requirement.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 115 - Introduction to Biology


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    The unifying concepts of biology. Topics include the chemical and physical basis of life; cellular structure and function; molecular and Mendelian genetics; reproduction, development, structure, and function of representative plants and animals; and evolution and ecology.

    Prerequisite(s): Students not in Biology major.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE, Area B2.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 130 - Introductory Cell Biology and Genetics


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    One of two courses in the lower-division series required of biology majors. Provides an introduction to structure, molecular processes and physiology of cells, as well as mechanisms of inheritance and evolution.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE, category B2 and GE lab requirement.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Recommended Concurrent enrollment in CHEM 115A is recommended.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 131 - Biological Diversity and Ecology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    One of two courses in the lower-division series required for biology majors. Introduces the extraordinary diversity of life, evolutionary relationships between groups of organisms, and principles of ecology.

    GE Category: Satisfies GE category B2 and GE lab requirement.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 220 - Human Anatomy


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Survey of the body systems. Designed for pursuing careers in the allied health professions.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115 or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE, Area B3 and the GE laboratory requirement.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 224 - Human Physiology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    An integrated examination of the human body as an efficient system maintained by a complex of interacting, homeostatic mechanisms. Includes fundamental principles of function of major organ systems. Designed for those pursuing careers in the allied health professions.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115 or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131 and CHEM 115A/CHEM 115B or CHEM 125A/CHEM 125B or CHEM 110 or CHEM 105.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area B3 and the GE laboratory requirement.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 240 - General Microbiology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Fundamental concepts and general principles of cell structure and function; classification and diversity of microorganisms; biochemical processes; genetic basis of microbial growth and evolution; immunology, and the interactions between microbes and the human host will be emphasized. Designed for those pursuing careers in the allied health professions.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115 or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131, and CHEM 115A/CHEM 115B or CHEM 105.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 308 - Environmental Toxicology


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    Information needed to formulate a philosophy of chemical use: the nature of the interaction of toxicants and living organisms; categories of toxicological activity; toxicological evaluation and environmental monitoring; and governmental regulations and procedures.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110, BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area B3.
    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 309 - Biology of Cancer


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    Biological, clinical, environmental, and psychosocial aspects of cancer explored through the perspectives of medical researchers, physicians, patients, and health educators. This lecture series is intended for students of all majors, for those in the health professions, and for the general public. It is designed so that everyone (regardless of scientific background) will benefit.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area B3.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 311 - Sexually Transmitted Diseases


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    Biological, environmental, societal, and psychosocial aspects of sexually transmitted diseases.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area B3.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 312 - Biological Oceanography


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    An introduction to the worlds oceans with emphasis on the way in which their physical properties support life.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE category B3.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 314 - Field Biology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    A course emphasizing plant and animal communities of Northern California.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110 or BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area B3 and GE laboratory requirement.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 318 - Biology of Aging


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: Lecture 3 hours
    Examines the biological processes occurring in a cumulative fashion in the course of human senescence, including the medicinal and social consequences.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110, BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area E.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face & Hybrid. Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 320 - Ecology and Evolution - An Integrated Approach


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Discussion: 1 hour
    An integrated overview of ecological and evolutionary processes focusing on the origins and functioning of biodiversity from genes to ecosystems. Discussions complement lectures with quantitative and written exercises to strengthen knowledge and understanding. One of a two-semester sequence satisfying the upper division core in the Biology major.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 321 - Molecular Biology, Cell Biology & Physiology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Discussion: 1 hour
    An integrated overview of the key principles of molecular biology, cell biology and organismal physiology with an emphasis on regulatory mechanisms. Discussions complement lectures with quantitative and written exercises to strengthen knowledge and understanding of concepts covered in lecture. Second of a two-semester sequence satisfying the upper division core in the Biology major.

    Prerequisite(s): All majors except BIOCHEM: BIOL 130 and BIOL 131, MATH 161 or MATH 165, CHEM 115A or CHEM 125A and completion or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 115B or CHEM 125B. BIOCHEM majors: BIOL 130, MATH 161 or MATH 165, CHEM 115A or CHEM 125A and completion or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 115B or CHEM 125B.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 322 - Invertebrate Biology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    Exploration of the systematics, functional morphology, behavior, and ecology of invertebrates.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131 required.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 323 - Entomology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    A comprehensive foundation in the biology of insects, with emphasis on ecology, behavior, evolution, and classification. Includes field experiences, service learning and development of an insect collecction.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 324 - Biology of Marine Mammals


    Unit(s): 3
    Introduction to the biology of marine mammals, emphasizing evolutionary history, physiology, behavior, ecology, and conservation, with a focus on various factors that influence foraging and reproductive strategies, as well as on the evolution of social systems.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Spring Even Years
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 325 - Molecular and Cellular Lab Techniques


    Unit(s): 1 Laboratory: 3 hours
    The course focuses on fundamental hands-on skills used in a molecular and cellular laboratory.  In addition emphasis is placed on quantitative aspects of laboratory work as well as data interpretation and scientific writing.

    Prerequisite(s): Completion or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 321 or consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 326 - Dinosaurs and Mesozoic Vertebrates


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    The course will examine the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, arguably the most successful terrestrial vertebrates in the history of Earth. We will discuss their evolutionary history and place among the vertebrates, as well as look at the other animals and plants that they shared the Mesozoic world with.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Fall Odd Years
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 327 - Vertebrate Biology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    Exploration of the systematics, behavioral ecology, biogeography, evolution, and conservation biology of fish, amphibia, reptiles, birds, and mammals. At least one weekend field trip.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131; requires consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 328 - Vertebrate Evolutionary Morphology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Trends in the evolution of structure and function in the vertebrates. This course focuses on morphological adaptations at the organ system level that have enabled vertebrates to diversify and succeed in a wide range of habitats and environments.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 320.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 329 - Plant Biology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    An overview of plant biology, with focus on structure, function, reproduction, and evolution. Emphasis is on flowering plants, but a survey of all plant and plant-like organisms, both modern and extinct, is included.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 330 - Plant Taxonomy


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    An introduction to the principles and practices of plant taxonomy, including approaches to classification, data analysis, and a survey of vascular plant families in the California flora. A minimum of two Saturday field trips is required.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 332 - Marine Biology


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    The biology of marine life is examined from an integrated and functional perspective. Near shore, open ocean, and deep sea environments will be covered. Topics include factors that affect marine ecosystems, the relationship between physical processes and biological communities, and the physiology and behavior of marine organisms.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    Typically Offered Fall Odd Years
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 333 - Ecology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    A current overview of this field, with in-depth coverage of ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem level. Emphasis on diverse taxa and habitats, hypothesis testing, and data collection and analysis.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL majors: BIOL 320 and MATH 165; ENSP/GEP Majors: ENSP 322/GEP 341 and MATH 165, GEP 202,  or ECON 217.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 335 - Marine Ecology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    An overview of current topics in marine ecology and conservation with emphasis on ecology of coastal ecosystems. Extensive focus on field and laboratory research projects. Includes experimental design, data analysis, and presentation. At least three 5-hour field trips outside of scheduled class time.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL majors: BIOL 320 and MATH 165; ENSP/ GEP Majors: ENSP 322/GEP 341 and MATH 165, GEP 202,  or ECON 217.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 337 - Behavioral Ecology


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    Examines the evolution and function of the behavior of animals. Explores topics such as social behavior, mating systems, reproductive strategies, foraging, and communication with emphasis on techniques for formulating and testing hypotheses.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130, 131 and 320 or ENSP 322/GEP 341.
    Typically Offered Spring Odd Years
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 338 - Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Examines microbial ecology and diversity along with biotechnological applications of microbes in agriculture, wastewater treatment, bioremediation, and biofuel production.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131 and CHEM 115A/CHEM 115B, or consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 340 - General Bacteriology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    An introduction to the Bacteria and Archaea covering cell structure, metabolic diversity, interactions with other organisms, and pivotal roles in biogeochemical cycling. Laboratory projects develop skills essential for studies of bacteria.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 321, BIOL 325 and CHEM 335A.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 341 - Evolution


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    A broad examination of the patterns and processes involved in the evolution of life on earth. Includes inquiry into the origin of life, microevolutionary processes, systematics, and large-scale evolutionary history.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 320.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 342 - Molecular Genetics


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Gene structure and function at the level of DNA, RNA, and protein interactions. Emphasis on molecular analytical techniques used for genetic analysis in a diversity of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 321, BIOL 325 and CHEM 335A.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 344 - Cell Biology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    An introduction to structural and molecular organization of eukaryotic cells and tissues. Specific topics will represent the central core of cell biology and are concerned mainly with those properties that are common to most eukaryotic cells.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 321, BIOL 325 and CHEM 335A .
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 347 - Environmental Physiology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Course examines the adaptations and physiological responses that allow animals to live under widely different environmental conditions. Laboratory and field exercises will utilize modern techniques of physiological measurement to examine adaptive strategies among and between species in different environmental conditions.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 320 and BIOL 321.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 348 - Plant Physiology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Concepts and principles of plant function. The following areas are investigated in detail: photosynthesis, water relations, mineral nutrition, and plant growth regulation.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 320 and 321
    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 349 - Animal Physiology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Principles and concepts of animal function, with emphasis on cellular and biochemical/molecular bases of physiological activities in tissues and organ systems, environmental adaptations, and comparative homeostatic mechanisms.

    Prerequisite(s): All majors except BIOCHEM: BIOL 320 and BIOL 321. BIOCHEM majors: BIOL 321
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 350 - Plant Physiological Ecology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Investigation of the physiological processes of plants that contribute to understanding their ecological distribution and evolutionary success. Examination of environmental effects on survival within the context of climate change, conservation biology, etc.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131, and completion or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 321.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 351 - Climate Change Biology


    Unit(s): 4
    Lecture, 3 hours; laboratory 3 hours. Exploration of nature’s response to climate change. Since the biology of climate change is becoming increasingly well understood, from present observations to models of future change, this course examines biological changes in response to climate and emerging conservation strategies. Topics include species’ range shifts, phenology, ecosystem ecology, modeling, and management.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and 131, and completion or concurrent enrollment in BIOL 320. Co-requisite(s): BIOL 320.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 380 - Genetic Basis of Human Diseases


    Unit(s): 3
    Lecture, 3 hours. This course examines how mutations or epigenetic changes in the genome lead to various disease states. Particular emphasis will be placed on genetic inheritance, polymorphisms within populations, mechanisms leading to disease, treatment approaches, and ethical considerations.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 321
    Typically Offered Fall Odd Years
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 383 - Virology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    The study of viruses: their characteristics, classification, genetics, and host-parasite interactions. Emphasis will be placed on the molecular mechanisms viruses use to replicate and how this can affect the host.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 321, BIOL 325 and CHEM 335A.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 385 - Contemporary Issues in Biology


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 3 hours
    Selected topics related to the quality of life and the search for perspectives on the future.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 110, BIOL 115, or BIOL 130 and BIOL 131.
    GE Category: Satisfies GE Area B3 (Specific Emphasis in Natural Sciences).
    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 390 - Biology Colloquium


    Unit(s): 1 Lecture: 1 hour
    Presentations by visiting scholars, departmental faculty, and master’s degree candidates on current research and contemporary issues in biology.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit. All majors are encouraged to enroll each semester, although no more than 2 units are applicable to the Biology major.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BIOL 393 - Independent Study in Biology


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Opportunity for independent research or special projects under the supervision of a Biology faculty member, for developing competency in biological research methods.

    Prerequisite(s): approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for up to a total of 4 units.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 398 - Non-Majors Teaching Practicum


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Application of prior knowledge towards supervised instructional experience in biology courses. Intended for professional growth and lifelong learning for non-major undergraduates in biology.

    Prerequisite(s): prior completion of the course for which instructional assistance is to be provided, with a grade of B or better, consent of the instructor, and an approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for up to a total of 4 units.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BIOL 463 - Herpetology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Fieldwork: 3 hours
    Classification, functional and evolutionary morphology, environmental physiology, and ecology of reptiles and amphibians. Includes at least one weekend field trip.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 327 or 328.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
  
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    BIOL 472 - Developmental Biology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Patterns of animal development. This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive appreciation of the developmental process, presenting detailed descriptions of developmental mechanisms along with a conceptual framework for understanding how development occurs.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 321 & CHEM 335A.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 480 - Immunology


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    The cellular and molecular basis of the immune response; topics include innate and adaptive immunity, hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, and cancer immunology.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 342 or BIOL 344 or BIOL 383 or BIOL 472 and CHEM 335A.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 484 - Applied Bioinformatics


    Unit(s): 4.00
    3 hours lecture and 3 hours lab. An introduction to web based and command line tools developed for the analysis of DNA, RNA and protein sequences. Emphasis is placed on the application of computational tools and approaches for the analyses of biological datasets that are available from a variety of open source databases. Students will gain hands-on experience performing data analyses such as multiple sequence alignments, genome browsing, visualization of phylogenetic relationships, and modeling of protein structure.

    Prerequisite(s): Prerequisite: BIOL 321
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 485 - Biometry


    Unit(s): 4 Lecture: 3 hours Laboratory: 3 hours
    Introduces students to quantitative analysis of biological data. The nature of biological data, principles of experimental design, and essential statistical tools used by biologists to analyze their results. Examples used in the course will be drawn from physiology, ecology, evolution, and medicine. Laboratory sections will involve computer exercises, discussions, and student presentations.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 320 or 130/131 and MATH 165 or 165B
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 490 - Research Experience in Biology


    Unit(s): 3 Lecture: 1 hour Fieldwork: 6 hours
    An intensive course designed to provide students training and experience in biological research on topics within faculty area of expertise. Throughout the semester, students will address research questions and generate new knowledge through scientific literature review, hypothesis development, experimental design, data generation and analysis, and presentation of results in scientific format.

    Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing in biology and consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Spring Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 494 - Independent Research


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Directed study, under the guidance of a Biology faculty member, to design and conduct a research project in biology, including readings in the primary literature and application of information from relevant upper-division course work. Results must be given in a written report or presented in a public forum.

    Prerequisite(s): upper division standing in the major and approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for up to a total of 4 units.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 495 - Special Studies


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Investigations to meet an advanced specialized study need beyond the department curriculum. The project should be planned and described in written form with consent of the faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s): majors or minors in Biology, upper-division standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0, and approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit up to 8 units.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 496A - Honors Thesis I


    Unit(s): 1-2
    Experimental or observational research for the B.S. degree conducted under the supervision of one or more of the biology faculty members.

    Prerequisite(s): senior-standing in the major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and an approved application.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 496B - Honors Thesis II


    Unit(s): 2-3
    Completion of research for the B.S. degree conducted under the supervision of one or more biology faculty members. A research paper summarizing the results is required.

    Prerequisite(s): senior-standing in the major and completion of BIOL 496A.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 497 - Selected Topics


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Intensive study of biological topics, which will vary from semester to semester.

    Prerequisite(s): BIOL 130 and BIOL 131 or consent of instructor.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit and may be applicable to the requirements for a major in Biology.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 498 - Biology Practicum


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Application of previously studied theory through supervised instructional work experience in biology courses. Intended for professional growth and lifelong growth for undergraduates. Enrollees are required to write an evaluation of their course experience.

    Prerequisite(s): upper division standing in Biology, consent of the instructor in whose course the student will be working, and an approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for up to a total of 4 units.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BIOL 499 - Internship in Biology


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Work that provides training in the use of biological skills in the community. Requires written agreement by students, faculty sponsor, on-the-job supervisor, and field experience coordinators; please see department office for details.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for up to 7 units of credit; 3 hours per week for each unit. Cr/NC grading only.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BIOL 500S - Graduate Seminar


    Unit(s): 1-2
    Advanced seminars exploring diverse topics in biological sciences. Topics vary from semester to semester, depending on faculty interest and expertise.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated Course may be repeated for credit.
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 501 - Instructional Skills in Biology


    Unit(s): 2.00
    Seminar. This course will explore pedagogical and classroom management techniques associated with teaching lower division biology to undergraduates. Participants will discuss strategies for addressing a variety of topics in laboratory or discussion section settings in biology.

    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BIOL 578 - Project Continuation


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Designed for students working on their thesis or master’s project but who have otherwise completed all graduate coursework toward their degree. This course cannot be applied toward the minimum number of units needed for completion of the master’s degree.

    Prerequisite(s): permission of the graduate coordinator. Cr/NC grading only.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BIOL 590 - Biology Colloquium


    Unit(s): 1 Lecture: 1 hour
    A series of lectures by faculty, master’s degree candidates, and invited guests on current research and contemporary issues in biology. All graduate students are encouraged to enroll each semester, although no more than 2 units are applicable to the M.S. degree.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BIOL 595 - Special Studies in Biology


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Investigations to meet highly specialized needs and to explore possible thesis topics. Project should be planned and described in writing with consent of faculty sponsor.

    Prerequisite(s): approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 598 - Graduate Practicum


    Unit(s): 1-4
    Application of previously studied theory to development and delivery of new instructional materials. Intended to provide professional growth for graduate students. Enrollees are required to write an evaluation of their course experience.

    Prerequisite(s): graduate standing in Biology, consent of the instructor in whose course the student will be working, and an approved petition to enroll.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BIOL 599 - M.S. Thesis


    Unit(s): 1-3
    Original investigation based on laboratory or field research that meets the department and University standards.

    Prerequisite(s): admission to classified standing and advancement to candidacy.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: OPT

Business Administration

  
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    BUS 150 - Business and Society


    Unit(s): 3
    A survey of the major fields of management, designed to introduce students to the range of perspectives available in the discipline. Topics will include: accounting, finance, general management, health care management, human resources management, industrial relations, marketing, multinational management, organizational behavior, and systems analysis.

    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 211 - Business Statistics


    Unit(s): 4
    BUS 211 is an introduction to business statistics in practice. The course focuses on application of statistical methods, interpretation of statistical data, making statistical inferences, and how to use statistical data to aid in decision making or problem solving. Upon successful completion of the course, students would have gained an understanding of a statistician’s role and skills in formulating coherent questions, gathering data pertinent to those questions, and addressing those questions using statistical procedures.

    Prerequisite(s): Students need to be GE Math ready to register for this course.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 225 - Legal Environment of Business


    Unit(s): 4
    A study of the legal and ethical framework within which management decisions are made. The course emphasizes the sources, functions, and processes of law. It surveys a number of areas, including negligence, contracts, product liability, and constitutional law, and reviews government regulations in the areas of consumer protection, antitrust, labor, and employment law.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 230A - Financial Accounting


    Unit(s): 4
    A foundation course designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory and practice of accounting, with emphasis upon basic principles, concepts, and controls in relation to external reporting.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 230B - Managerial Accounting


    Unit(s): 4
    A foundation course designed to provide a basic understanding of the theory and practice of accounting, with emphasis upon basic principles, concepts, and controls in relation to internal reporting.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 230A.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 270 - Personal Financial Planning


    Unit(s): 3
    This course provides comprehensive coverage of personal financial planning in the areas of money management, career planning, taxes, consumer credit, housing and other consumer decisions, legal protection, insurance, investments, retirements, retirement planning, and estate planning. This course may not be used in the business major.

    Typically Offered Not Recently Offered
    Grading: OPT
  
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    BUS 290 - Sponsored Corporate Training


    Unit(s): 2
    BUS 290 is designed for a situation in which a corporation will accept a volunteer into their unpaid “internship” program only if the student is enrolled at a university in conjunction with the corporate experience. Programs so offered do not meet department standards for internships, and do not qualify for 499 credit. BUS 290 may be used as free elective units only.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BUS 296 - Instructor-Initiated Research Project


    Unit(s): 1-4
    This course is designed to provide students the opportunity to participate in faculty sponsored research or study projects. It permits the student to pursue an area of interest that s/he would like to develop in close consultation with a faculty member.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring May Be Repeated May be repeated for credit up to 7 times for a total of 16 units.
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BUS 299 - Work Experience


    Unit(s): 2-4
    Developed for students seeking an internship like experience but lacking the requisite academic experience for BUS 499, Internship.

    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: CNC
  
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    BUS 305W - Introduction to Wine Business


    Unit(s): 4
    An introduction to wine business principles and strategies applicable to the growing of grapes and the making, distribution, and marketing of wine. Additional topics include organizational, human resource, family business and financial management, government regulation, and social responsibility. For students not familiar with wine industry terminology, BUS 305W is recommended prior to enrollment in wine concentration or wine focus classes.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration Majors only.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 316 - Operations and Supply Chain Management


    Unit(s): 4
    Operations and Supply Chain Management is the study of the processes, principles, and procedures required for the manufacturing of goods as well as the provision of goods and services. This includes total quality management concepts such as statistical process control; forecasting methods to determine sales and production needs; inventory management techniques such as economic order quantity, material requirements planning, and just-in-time; supply chain management; logistics; business processes; and project management.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration majors or in RPRE student group, or are in the student group granted through Department requests.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 319 - Introduction to MIS


    Unit(s): 4
    Study of characteristics of computer-based information systems in organizations. Topics include MIS theory, concepts and issues; systems analysis and design; database design using the relational database model; data communications and networks; and information systems deployed in various functional areas to support workgroup and organizational goals.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration majors or in RPRE student group, or are in the student group granted through Department requests.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 320 - Business Data Analysis and Interpretation


    Unit(s): 4
    This course builds upon knowledge acquired from lower-division Statistics coursework. It exposes students to the research and data analysis practices executed in the business world. Students will learn methods of research design, conduct research, and critically analyze data for making informed business decisions. Application of computer software packages is required. Prerequisites: completion of all Pre-Business requirements.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration majors or in RPRE student group, or are in the student group granted through Department requests.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 330A - Intermediate Accounting


    Unit(s): 4
    The course covers financial accounting topics related to the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Topics include accounting for recognition, measurement and disclosure of cash, receivables, inventories, property, plant, equipment, intangible assets and investments.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration Majors or Student Group RPRE.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 330B - Intermediate Accounting


    Unit(s): 4
    The course covers financial accounting topics related to the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows. Topics include accounting for recognition, measurement and disclosure of liabilities, pensions, accounting changes, leases, income taxes and stockholders’ equity accounts.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 330A.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 334 - Accounting Information Systems


    Unit(s): 4
    This course will present a thorough introduction to basic information systems theory, provide a working knowledge of systems analysis and design techniques, and introduce several fundamental accounting information flow patterns. In addition, it will examine the need for adequate systems controls, risks inherent in the controls, and refined systems output to support management decision-making processes.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration Majors or Student Group RPRE.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 335 - Ethical Reasoning in Accounting


    Unit(s): 4
    This course introduces students to ethical theory and its relevancy to accounting. It specifically covers topics such as the profession’s code of conduct, fraud, earnings management, and international reporting. Students use cases and accounting situations to obtain practical experience in the application of these theories for decision making.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 330A. Course restricted to Accounting concentration only.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 340 - Survey of Human Resource Management


    Unit(s): 4
    Comprehensive introduction to the management of human resources. Topics include assessing human resource needs, job analysis, recruitment and selection, orientation and training, performance evaluation, compensation and benefits, safety and health, career development, labor relations, and government regulation.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration Majors or Student Group RPRE.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 344 - Organizational Behavior


    Unit(s): 4
    The role of the individual and of groups in the organization is examined. Attention is directed to individual level characteristics such as learning and personality, to processes that affect attitudes, perceptions and judgment, to applied theories of motivation, and to career development and stress. Further, the issues of group formation, organizational structure, leadership, and power and conflict are examined. Includes international, societal, and organizational issues and development of managerial skills.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration majors or in RPRE student group, or are in the student group granted through Department requests.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 350 - Management


    Unit(s): 4
    A management survey course will provide students with a framework for understanding the focus, function and relevance of specific disciplines in business administration. The course will illustrate the integrative nature of business organizations, exemplifying the interdependence of functional areas in pursuing organizational goals.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration Majors or Student Group RPRE.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 360 - Introduction to Marketing


    Unit(s): 4
    Introduction to terminology and basic concepts, including product development; pricing; promotion and distribution of goods, services, and ideas. Emphasis is on consumer orientation and managing the marketing function within an uncertain environment. Marketing information systems and other marketing foundations are applied to the consumer.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration majors or in RPRE student group, or are in the student group granted through Department requests.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 361 - Marketing Graphics


    Unit(s): 4
    This course teaches students how to apply theories and concepts, from fields such as marketing, graphic design, and photography, to create marketing promotional materials using image editing software.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 360.
    Typically Offered Fall Only
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 362 - Services Marketing


    Unit(s): 4
    This course is designed to acquaint the student with the principles of service marketing and their application in a variety of service sectors ranging from banking to hospital services. Services marketing theory and principles will be applied to a firm’s strategic marketing planning and the development of its service operation process within the service industry. Specifically, the course encompasses a) developing a competitive service model, b) managing the customer interface, and c) implementing sustainable service marketing strategies. Course

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 360.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 364 - Sports Marketing


    Unit(s): 4
    This course examines the integration of product, pricing, promotion, distribution, sales, sponsorship, advertising and brand in the marketing and management of sporting teams/leagues/events and sporting goods. Also considers the use of sports by non-sports businesses to reach their target markets.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 360.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 365 - Introduction to Hospitality and Event Management


    Unit(s): 4
    This course provides an overview of hospitality and event planning management, the industry, and its theoretical foundations. In addition, the course identifies the emerging issues related to hospitality and event management, such as social media and sustainability. Career development opportunities in the hospitality management and event planning industry will be discussed. The course also highlights the application of hospitality and event planning in the wine industry. Restricted to marketing and wine business concentrations only.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Marketing and Wine Business Concentrations only.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 366 - Retail Management


    Unit(s): 4
    Studies business activities that involve the sales of goods and services in the marketplace including retail institutions, merchandising, site selection, market information, and retail strategy and planning.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 360.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 367 - Consumer Behavior


    Unit(s): 4
    Analysis of the cultural, social, and psychological factors that influence the consumer’s decision-making processes, including learning, perception, information search and information processing, personality, lifestyle, motivation, and attitudes.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 360.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 368 - International Marketing


    Unit(s): 4
    Examines the marketing practices and customs, and the cultural, social, legal,, and ethical differences, of international markets. Emphasis on developing and adjusting the marketing mix of product, price, promotion, and distribution to compete in international settings.

    Prerequisite(s): BUS 360.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 370 - Introduction to Managerial Finance


    Unit(s): 4
    An introduction to the conceptual and analytical framework guiding financial decision-making within the business firm. Emphasis is placed on financial analysis, the evaluation of investment opportunities available to the firm, working capital management, and the analysis of alternative means of financing the firm.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration majors or in RPRE student group, or are in the student group granted through Department requests.
    Typically Offered Fall & Spring
    Teaching Mode: Face-to-Face, Hybrid & Online. Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 385 - Special Topics in Business Administration


    Unit(s): 1-4
    This course provides for the teaching of special topics in business administration. Consult your advisor regarding application to your concentration.

    Prerequisite(s): Course restricted to Business Administration and Economics Majors only.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently May Be Repeated May be repeated up to 3 times for a total of 8 units.
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 385A - Special Topics in Accounting


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This course provides for the teaching of special topics in business administration, accounting. Consult your advisor regarding application to your concentration.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 385F - Special Topics in Finance


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This course provides for the teaching of special topics in business administration, finance. Consult your advisor regarding application to your concentration.

    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
  
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    BUS 385MG - Special Topics in Management


    Unit(s): 3-4
    This course provides for the teaching of special topics in business administration, management. Consult your advisor regarding application to your concentration.

    Prerequisite(s): Prerequisites: Restricted to BUS Admin majors and juniors and seniors.
    Typically Offered Variable Intermittently
    Grading: GRD
 

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