Current CS Science and Technology (Sci-Tech) Options

  • Computer Science Majors Only.
  • Required: 12 units (at least 3 courses) of Science and Technology
  • These courses may not be used to satisfy other requirements in the major (no double counting in CS).
  • All courses are subject to the Subset Restrictions detailed here.  Double check that you are not taking more than one course from a subset as you will only be able to get credit for one.
  • There are 5 options to complete your SciTech, see below.

Option 1: Additional CS Electives

Take 12 units (at least 3 courses) of additional upper division CS electives (numbered 100-187) not being applied to any other CS Degree Requirements.

NOTES:

  • CS 188 does not automatically apply and must be petitioned.  Petitions should include a list of all CS electives taken and planned.
  • CS 199 does not automatically apply, must be petitioned and reviewed by department vice chair.  See details for 199 credit.

Option 2: Additional Courses from your Declared Tech Breadth Requirement

Take 12 units (at least 3 courses) of additional courses listed under your declared TBR

  1. Declare your Technical Breadth (If declaring Tech Management, you are not eligible to do this option)
  2. Instead of 3, you can take 6 courses in your declared TBR one area to satisfy both your TBR and your SciTech.
  3. Since you do not declare your Sci-Tech option anywhere, please connect with an OASA Counselor if your DARS looks incorrect or needs to be adjusted.

Option 3: Courses from one of these listed Departments

Take 12 units (at least 3 courses) Upper Division (100 level) courses from ONE of the following Departments

  • Enrollment access to the departments listed below is at the respective department’s discretion. There is no guarantee of access to the courses.  For many, enrollment is restricted for 1st pass.
  • You are responsible for meeting prerequisites to enroll.  You may petition ONE lower division prerequisite course with the upper division course that listed that prereq
  • Petitions for courses from departments not on this list, should be submitted (at 6426BH) well in advance of enrolling in courses for the vice chair to review.
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric & Oceanic Science
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
  • Chemisry & Biochemistry
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Earth, Planetary, & Space Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Geography**(read below)
  • Linguistics
  • Management**(read below)
  • Materials Science & Engineering
  • Mathematics**(read below)
  • Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  • Microbiology, Immunology, & Molecular Genetics
  • Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
  • Physics
  • Statistics**(read below)
**DEPARTMENT RESTRICTIONS
  • GEOGRAPHY:  GEOG 180 (formerly 167), 181A (formerly 168), 181B (formerly 170), 181C (formerly 173) 182A (formerly 169), 182B (formerly 172) , 184 (formerly 166), and M186 (formerly M171) only. Other courses subject to review; please attach syllabi and petition in advance of taking courses.
  • MANAGEMENT: ENGR courses that are a part of the Technology Management Technical Breadth must be petitioned to apply. Students who chose to complete their TBR in Tech Mgmt may not complete the Sci-Tech requirements in this area.
  • MATHEMATICS: Math 100-106 and 182 are not approved; Math 116 not approved for students with credit for CS 183 ; Math 156 not approved for students with credit for CS M146, effective F2020 (Math 100-106 will not apply)
  • STATISTICSSTATS 112 and C116 are not approved for the STATS Sci-tech.

Effective Fall 2018, DESMA is not a listed Sci-Tech Option because of the enrollment stress on this small department. If you have already started taking some of these courses prior to Fall 18, you may propose other dept courses that make sense for this area e.g. CS 174A or 188 (Depending on the topic). All courses subject to review; please attach syllabi and petition in advance of taking courses.  It is possible that you will need to select and take 3 courses from a different area.

 

Option 4: Life Science Prep

Take 3 courses from CHEM 20A, 20B, 30A, (LIFESCI 3 or 7A).

This combination of courses can be use to acquire prerequisites for the Genomics or Pre-med TBR or the Bioinformatics minor 

**LS 7A will not automatically apply because can be picked up as a LS GE.  To have it moved to Sci-Tech, please submit a petition and plan to take an alternate Life Science GE.

Option 5: Create your own

Propose 3 upper division courses that can be unified under one cohesive area/theme

This is not an easier route or a good fit if you don’t already have an idea and plan of what you want to do.
However, if none of the options above fit what you had in mind for something you feel strongly about and want to learn about, then a great option may be to try and propose an ad-hoc Sci-Tech area.

  • These Science and Technology electives should have a technical/analytical component.  This does not automatically exclude classes in humanities; some humanities courses include a scientific approach, many do not.  There is a fundamental difference between a class that is based on subjective artistry or a historical chronology, etc and a class that is based on the scientific quantification of objective phenomena or the engineering process of design and verification.  Proposals should clearly outline how this area you are proposing is supplementing your degree and is related to your future plans.
  • You know what you want to do, but you have no idea what classes might get you there?  This is a great question for your faculty advisor.  They can suggest questions, or connect you with maybe some peers who might have recommendations.
  • It is okay to mix and match courses from different departments and group them together (Example:  Technology and Society is an area that has been proposed and approved with courses from Digital Humanities, CS, Sociology, and Communications)
  • It is encouraged to submit a proposal for more than 3 classes to give some flexibility to find 3 classes that can be approved.
  • Approval is not guaranteed, so please petition in advance of taking any courses and have a back up plan.  Please note that this review may take longer than other Sci-tech petitions.
  • Enrollment access to the departments listed below is at the respective department’s discretion. There is no guarantee of access to the courses.  Enrollment is usually restricted for 1st pass, and you may have to work with staff and or faculty in other departments to access their classes after their own majors have had a chance to enroll, i.e. this will take some extra leg work and you have to really want it to persist.  Again, this is not a good “I guess I’ll do this” option.
  • You are responsible for meeting prerequisites to enroll.  You may petition ONE lower division prerequisite course with the upper division course that listed that pre-requisite course specifically.

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUSLY REVIEWED PROPOSALS

DESIGN AND MEDIA (prior to Fall 2018)

Effective Fall 2018, DESMA is not a listed Sci-Tech Option because of the enrollment stress on this small department. If you have already started taking some of these courses prior to Fall 18, you may propose other dept courses that make sense for this area e.g. CS 174A or 188 (Depending on the topic). All courses subject to review; please attach syllabi and petition in advance of taking courses.  It is possible that you will need to select and take 3 courses from a different area.

  • COM SCI 174A Introduction to Computer Graphics APPROVED
  • COM SCI 188 VR APPROVED
  • COM SCI C174C Computer Animation APPROVED
  • DESMA 153 Video DENIED
  • DESMA 154 Word + Image DENIED
  • DESMA 156 Three-Dimensional Modeling and Motion APPROVED
  • DESMA 157 Game Design APPROVED
  • DESMA 160 Digital Photography DENIED
  • DESMA 160 Escapism VR APPROVED
  • DESMA 160 VR topics APPROVED
  • DESMA 161 Network Media APPROVED
  • DESMA 171 Games with Intell. Agnts APPROVED
  • DESMA 171 World Building APPROVED
  • DESMA 25 Typography DENIED unless a lower div req for an upper div course you are also petitioning
  • FILM TV 181A Introduction to Animation APPROVED
  • INF STD 279 User Experience Design DENIED
  • INF STD 289 Seminar: Special Issues in Information Studies APPROVED

ENGLISH

  • ENGL 156 Devotion and Dissent DENIED
  • ENGL 164B 19th-Century Critical Prose DENIED
  • ENGL 166A Colonial Beginnings of American Literature DENIED
  • ENGL M107B Studies in Gender and Sexuality DENIED

FILM & TELEVISION TECHNOLOGY

  • FILM TV 122E Digital Cinematography DENIED
  • FILM TV 122K Visual Effects APPROVED
  • FILM TV 181A Introduction to Animation APPROVED
  • FILM TV 181C Animation Workshop APPROVED
  • FILM TV 483A Advanced Computer Animation APPROVED
  • FILM TV 489A Computer Animation in Film and Video APPROVED
  • FILM TV C142 Digital Imagery and Visualization DENIED
  • FILM TV C148 Advanced Digital Media Workgroup APPROVED

MUSIC INDUSTRY ENGINEERING

  • EC ENGR 102 Systems and Signals APPROVED
  • MSC IND 107A Audio Technology for Musicians I APPROVED
  • MSC IND 107B Audio Technology for Musicians II APPROVED
  • MSC IND 110 User Experience and Design APPROVED
  • MSC IND 112 Comprehensive Songwriting DENIED
  • MSC IND M103 Music, Mind, and Brain APPROVED
  • MSC IND 125 Data Analysis for Social and Cultural Research APPROVED

PSYCHOLOGY & COGNITIVE SCIENCE

  • COM SCI 161 Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence APPROVED
  • COM SCI 188 Human Computer Interaction APPROVED
  • PSYCH 10 Introductory Psychology DENIED unless a lower div req for an upper div course you are also petitioning
  • PSYCH 100A Psychological Statistics DENIED
  • PSYCH 120A Cognitive Psychology APPROVED
  • PSYCH 130 Developmental Psychology APPROVED
  • PSYCH 133B Cognitive Development APPROVED
  • PSYCH 133C Language Development APPROVED
  • PSYCH 133E Perceptual Development APPROVED
  • PSYCH 135 Social Psychology APPROVED
  • PSYCH 137A Neuroscience of Social Perception APPROVED
  • PSYCH 137C Intimate Relationships APPROVED
  • PSYCH 137D Psychology of Diversity APPROVED
  • PSYCH 137I Social Influence APPROVED
  • PSYCH 137J Self and Identity APPROVED
  • PSYCH 150 Introduction to Health Psychology APPROVED
  • PSYCH 152 Mind-Body Interactions and Health APPROVED
  • PSYCH 161 Behavior and Brain Development APPROVED
  • PSYCH 167 Digital Media and Human Development
  • PSYCH 188 Special Courses in Psychology: Fundamentals of User Experience APPROVED FOR THIS TOPIC ONLY (additional topics must be petitioned)

TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY

  • COMM 151 Computer-Mediated Communication APPROVED
  • COMM 154 Social Communication and the New Technology APPROVED
  • COMM 155 Artificial Intelligence and New Media. APPROVED
  • COMM 156 Social Networking APPROVED
  • COMM 158 Revolutions in Communication Technology DENIED
  • COMM M147 Sociology of Mass Communication DENIED
  • COM SCI 188 Human Computer Interaction APPROVED
  • DGT HUM 101 Intro to Dig. Humanities APPROVED
  • DGT HUM 150 Advanced Topics in Dig. Humanities APPROVED
  • DGT HUM 199 capstone course APPROVED
  • DGT HUM 151 Advanced Topics in Urban Humanities APPROVED
  • SOCIOL 111 Social Networks APPROVED
  • SOCIOL 134 Culture and Personality DENIED
  • SOCIOL 172 Entrepreneurship DENIED