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Aerospace Engineering (AERO)
Agribusiness (AGB)
Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences (AEPS)
Agricultural Communication (AGC)
Agricultural Education (AGED)
Agriculture (AG)
Animal Science (ASCI)
Anthropology (ANT)
Architectural Engineering (ARCE)
Architecture (ARCH)
Art (ART)
Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASTR)


Biology (BIO)
Biomedical Engineering (BMED)
BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE)
Botany (BOT)
Business (BUS)


Chemistry (CHEM)
Child Development (CD)
Chinese (CHIN)
City and Regional Planning (CRP)
Civil Engineering (CE)
Communication Studies (COMS)
Computer Engineering (CPE)
Computer Science (CSC)
Construction Management (CM)


Dairy Science (DSCI)
Dance (DANC)
Data Science (DATA)


Early Start English (ESE)
Early Start Math (ESM)
Earth Science (ERSC)
Economics (ECON)
Education (EDUC)
Electrical Engineering (EE)
Engineering (ENGR)
English (ENGL)
Environmental Design (EDES)
Environmental Engineering (ENVE)
Ethnic Studies (ES)


Fire Protection Engineering (FPE)
Food Science and Nutrition (FSN)
French (FR)


Geography (GEOG)
Geology (GEOL)
German (GER)
Graduate Studies (GS)
Graduate Studies-Accounting (GSA)
Graduate Studies-Business (GSB)
Graduate Studies-Economics (GSE)
Graduate Studies-Packaging (GSP)
Graphic Communication (GRC)


Health (HLTH)
History (HIST)
Honors Contract (HNRC)
Honors (HNRS)


Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME)
Industrial Technology and Packaging (ITP)
Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts (ISLA)
Italian (ITAL)


Japanese (JPNS)
Journalism (JOUR)


Kinesiology (KINE)


Landscape Architecture (LA)
Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies (LAES)
Liberal Studies (LS)


Marine Science (MSCI)
Materials Engineering (MATE)
Mathematics (MATH)
Mechanical Engineering (ME)
Microbiology (MCRO)
Military Science Leadership (MSL)
Music (MU)


Natural Resources (NR)


Philosophy (PHIL)
Physical Education: Men (PEM)
Physical Education: Women (PEW)
Physical Science (PSC)
Physics (PHYS)
Political Science (POLS)
Psychology (PSY)


Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration (RPTA)
Religious Studies (RELS)


Science and Mathematics (SCM)
Social Sciences (SOCS)
Sociology (SOC)
Soil Science (SS)
Spanish (SPAN)
Statistics (STAT)
Systems Integration Engineering (SIE)


Theatre (TH)


University Studies (UNIV)


Wine and Viticulture (WVIT)
Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)
World Languages and Cultures (WLC)

College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Science (AG)

  • Agribusiness  (AGB)
  • Agricultural Education and Communication (AGC, AGED)
  • Animal Science (ASCI, DSCI)
  • BioResource and Agricultural Engineering (BRAE)
  • Experience Industry Management (RPTA)
  • Food Science and Nutrition (FSN)
  • Horticulture and Crop Science (AEPS)
  • Military Science (MSL)
  • Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (ERSC, NR, SS)
  • Wine and Viticulture (WVIT)

College of Architecture and Environmental Design (EDES)

  • Architectural Engineering (ARCE)
  • Architecture  (ARCH)
  • City and Regional Planning (CRP)
  • Construction Management (CM)
  • Landscape Architecture (LA)

Orfalea College of Business (BUS, ECON, GSA, GSB, GSE, GSP, ITP)
College of Engineering (ENGR, FPE)

  • Aerospace Engineering (AERO)
  • Biomedical Engineering (BMED)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (CE, ENVE)
  • Computer Engineering (CPE)
  • Computer Science (CSC)
  • Electrical Engineering (EE)
  • General Engineering (ENGR)
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering (IME, SIE)
  • Materials Engineering (MATE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)

College of Liberal Arts   

College of Science and Mathematics (SCM)

Extended Education (GS)
Interdisciplinary or University-Wide  

  • Honors Program (HNRC, HNRS)
  • Intercollegiate Athletics (PEM, PEW)
  • Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program (LAES)
  • University Studies (UNIV)

Selected Topics Courses

(Summer 2017 through Spring 2019)

Selected topics courses are academic credit-bearing courses in the Cal Poly catalog that provide a generic course vehicle to offer special topics on an "as needed basis." The most common selected topics courses, 270, 470, 471, 570, 571, are available to all academic programs, and have the same generic course description.

The specific topic title appears in the Class Schedule and on the students' transcripts.

AGB 470 Economics, Society, and Beer (4) Effective Fall 2017
Examination of the economic and social influence of beer. From man's first settlement to current trends. Topics covered include historical significance, global and local policy, social equity, market structure, and new trends.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AERO 470 Introduction to Human Spaceflight (4) Effective Spring 2018
Requirements and considerations for human spaceflight design operations. Effects of the spaceflight environment on the human body and countermeasures to mitigate those effects. Designing a spacecraft for the human payload focusing on space operations.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: AERO 351; AERO 353; and senior or graduate standing.

AERO 470 Plasma Applications in Aerospace (4) Effective Fall 2017
Plasma applications in aerospace technology and operations including communications, power systems, hypersonic vehicles, space weather, shielding, stealth technology and aerodynamics. Charged particle behavior, adiabatic invariants, multi-fluid and statistical approaches. Computational modelling of plasma.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Complexity in Engineered Systems (4) Effective Spring 2018
Relationship of systems engineering to complexity in the design and development of modern large engineered systems, with emphasis on aerospace applications. Current methods for addressing complexity, including systems thinking, model based systems engineering and life cycle governance.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

AERO 570 Electric and Advanced Propulsion (4) Effective Spring 2017
Use of ionized gases in electric and nuclear propulsion. Electric propulsion operation, performance, selection and integration. Nuclear propulsion concepts, performance, and political and environmental concerns. Propellant-less propulsion techniques. Current state-of-the-art and developing technologies.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

ART 470 Video Art and Expanded Cinema (4) Effective Spring 2018
Comprehensive exploration of historical and contemporary issues in film/video art and expanded cinema through screenings, lectures, discussions, and readings.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor: Recommended: ART 383.

ASCI 470 Sustainable Rangeland & Livestock Management (4) Effective Summer 2017
Students will develop skills in evaluating vegetation, water quality, and wildlife habitat conditions, learn methods of manipulating vegetation, and develop experience in monitoring progress towards ecological and enterprise objectives over time. Discussion of specific California rangeland management practices.

BIO 470 Gastrointestinal Physiology and Microbiology (3) Effective Winter 2018
Anatomy and physiology of digestive systems in humans and other vertebrates. Emphasis on structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract and interactions with the immune system and the microbiome.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: BIO 361 and MCRO 224.

BIO 470/471 Plant Anatomy and Lab (3) Effective Summer 2017
Comparative structure and growth of meristems. Development and structure of important cell types, tissues, tissue systems. Comparative anatomy of stem, root, leaf. Anatomy of gymnosperms, angiosperms.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in BIO 470 and BIO 471 required. Recommended: BIO 114 or BIO 162 or BOT 121.

BIO 570 Graduate Professional Development in Biology (2) Effective Winter 2018
Development of skills for a successful career path in biology within or outside of academia through training in the following areas: professional communication and presentation, the peer-review process, mentorship, scientific ethics.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing in Biological Sciences or consent of instructor.

BRAE 470/471 Aquaculture Engineering and Lab (3) Effective Winter 2018
Application of aquacultural engineering principles for freshwater and marine food production systems. Examination of system design constraints for maximizing productivity and minimizing environmental impacts, nutrient management, gas exchange and animal husbandry.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in BRAE 470 and BRAE 471 required.

CRP 471 Resilience by Design: San Francisco-Lisbon (2) Effective Fall 2017
Climate change, sea level rise, and resilience by design. Interdisciplinary approaches in planning and designing resilient cities. The cases of San Francisco and Lisbon, Portugal. International collaborative studio within the scope of the ACSA/AIA National Resilience Initiative (NRI) and CAED's MOU with the School of Architecture, University of Lisbon.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

CSC 490/496 Deep Learning Neural Networks and Lab (4) Effective Spring 2018
Project-oriented overview of current deep learning neural network algorithms, including optimal backpropagation methods, convolutional neural networks, recursive neural networks, and deep-belief networks.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Concurrent enrollment in CSC 490 and CSC 469 required. Recommended: MATH 206 or MATH 244; STAT 312.

EDUC 570 Action Research Communities (2) Effective Spring 2018
Examination of issues that affect educational leaders implementing and managing large scale collaborative action research projects. Application of interventions based on action research findings.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

EE 470 Sensors in the Age of IoT (3) Effective Spring 2018
Examination of the convergence of transducer, processing, and communication technologies that fuels the Internet of Things (IoT). Discussion of key technical solutions seen in state-of-art sensors and wireless communication devices and included in standards such as IEEE1451, IEEE802.15.4, and Zigbee.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor: Recommended: EE 228; EE 307 or EE 347; and CPE/EE 329.

EE 471 Networked Sensors (1) Effective Spring 2018
Hands-on experience with modern sensor technology emphasizing health-related applications such as integrated circuits for human temperature measurement, EKG and PPG. Programing of state-of-art sensor platforms addressing issues of wireless connectivity of sensors, physical security and authentication.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Recommended: EE 228, EE 307 or EE 347; and CPE/EE 329.

FSN 470 Senior Project: Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (2) Effective Fall 2017
Advanced topics in sports nutrition including classic and recent findings related to mechanisms of nutrient effects on exercise performance, metabolism, muscle physiology, body composition, and health.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended: FSN 329, FSN 420 and STAT 218.

FSN 470 Senior Project: Writing (1) Effective Fall 2017
Scientific writing for advanced students, including finding relevant research articles and conducting a literature review.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended: Completion of GE Area A, FSN 329, FSN 420 and STAT 218.

FSN 471 Senior Project: Research Experience (2) Effective Fall 2017
Guided research on advanced topics in nutrition. Implementation of methods, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Individual and group work. Completion of formal report findings. Results of findings will be used for synthesizing a senior standing report in FSN 470 Senior Project: Writing in Winter 2018.
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Recommended: STAT 218.

FSN 570 Food Safety Modernization Act: PCQI Training (2) Effective Spring 2016
Regulations related to certain food safety activities being completed by a "preventive controls qualified individual", under the Food Safety Modernization Act.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

GSA Introduction to Tableau (1) Effective Winter 2018
Use of Tableau Desktop software for data visualization. Navigating the Tableau software infrastructure; making connections to data; reorganizing different data types; employing a wide variety of data views; creating dashboards storyboards.
Prerequisite: OCOB graduate standing or approval from the Associate Dean.

IME 471 Storytelling with Data: Analytics Fundamentals for Industrial Engineers (2) Effective Winter 2018
Introduction to data analysis computing tools and resources appropriate for informing design and control decisions for processes and systems. Students will become proficient in several operating systems, programming tools, micro-controllers, cloud computing, data analysis and visualization.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MATE 470 Electrochemical Energy Storage (4) Effective Spring 2018
Exploration of electrochemical energy storage such as batteries, supercapacitors and hybrid systems. Fundamental principles with emphasis on electrochemistry of rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors. Advanced materials design and synthesis, nanotechnology, testing techniques, safety issues and battery systems applications will be covered.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MATE 470 Ferrous Metallurgy (4) Effective Spring 2018
Physical metallurgy principles applied to iron-based systems for steel making and thermo-mechanical processing. Mechanical properties related to microstructure of steel materials and their manipulation through chemical and physical processing. Exploration of major categories of steel, applications, surface treatment and welding.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

MATE 470 Materials and Environment (3) Effective Winter 2018
Examination of effects of materials on air, water, land, and human health. Introduction to climate change. Life cycle assessment as a means of quantifying the environmental impacts of products. Overview of renewable energy technologies. Economic and legal aspects of environmental technologies.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 470 Design and Function of Automobiles (4) Effective Winter 2018
Historical retrospective. Complete vehicle analysis including requirements/emissions/test cycles, development process and packaging. Longitudinal dynamics including driving resistances, dynamic shift of axle loads and acceleration. Powertrain including topologies, energy storage, engines, clutches, transmissions and final drive.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 470 Human Performance for Nuclear Plant Engineers (3) Effective Fall 2017
Human performance as it relates to employment in highly technical industries. Focus on nuclear-electric-generating stations although skills and approaches to human performance fundamentals are applicable to many other industries.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

ME 471 Senior Design Project III (1) Effective Fall 2017
Completion of Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Project. Design verified through prototyping and testing. For students who began the three-course sequence in the 2016-17 academic year to substitute for ME 430. Not open to students with credit in ME 430.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

NR 470 Agricultural Law (4) Effective Spring 2018
Introduction to agricultural law and policy including the business of agriculture, agricultural legislation, and coverage of contemporary agricultural issues such as water, food safety, and labor. Examination of statutory, judicial, policy and administrative areas in agriculture.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.

POLS 470 California Bill Project II (2) Effective Winter 2018
Second in a three-class sequence, across which a group of students will write a bill, try to get the bill introduced into the California Legislature, and work to move the bill toward becoming law. Field trip may be required.
Prerequisite: POLS 112 and junior standing.

TH 470 Community-Based, Verbatim Theatre (4) Effective Winter 2018
Focus on the creation and performance of original devised work. Emphasis on theatre as a tool to promote social change and awareness within a specific community about a particular topic or event. Development of skills to research, collect, and produce content for use in performance.
Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.