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A

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

B

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

C

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

D

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

E

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)
Environmental Sciences (ESCI)
Ethnic Studies (ES)

F

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

G

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)

H

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

I

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

J

Japanese (JPNS)
Journalism (JOUR)

K

Kinesiology (KINE)

L

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

M

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

N

Natural Resources (NR)

P

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

R

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

S

Science and Mathematics (SCM)
Sociology (SOC)
Soil Science (SS)
Spanish (SPAN)
Special Education (SPED)
Statistics (STAT)

T

Theatre (TH)

U

University Studies (UNIV)

W

Wine and Viticulture (WVIT)
Women's, Gender and Queer Studies (WGQS)
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)
  • Plant Sciences (PLSC)
  • Military Science (MSL)
  • Natural Resources Management and Environmental Sciences (ERSC, ESCI, 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)
  • Materials Engineering (MATE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (ME)

College of Liberal Arts (CLA)

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)

General Education Courses

ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CRITICAL THINKING (AREA A)

  Standard High-Unit
ENGLISH LANGUAGE COMMUNICATION AND CRITICAL THINKING (AREA A) 12 12
Oral Communication (A1) 4 4
Public Speaking
Principles of Oral Communication
  Standard High-Unit
Written Communication (A2) 4 4
Writing and Rhetoric Stretch (Part II)
Multilingual Writing and Rhetoric
Writing and Rhetoric
Writing & Rhetoric
  Standard High-Unit
Critical Thinking (A3) 4 4
Argument and Advocacy
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing
Writing Arguments
Writing Arguments about STEM
Reasoning, Argumentation, & Writing
Logic and Argumentative Writing
Reasoning, Argumentation, and Writing on Gender and Sexuality

SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING (AREA B)

  Standard High-Unit
SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING (AREA B) 16 28
Physical Science (B1) (B1 & B3=lab course) 4 4
Introduction to the Solar System
Introduction to Stars and Galaxies
World of Chemistry (B1 & B3)
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering I (B1 & B3)
General Chemistry for Physical Science and Engineering II (B1 & B3)
General Chemistry for Agriculture and Life Science I (B1 & B3)
Introduction to Geology
The Geologic Record: Fossils and the History of Life
Introductory Physics
Contemporary Physics for Nonscientists
College Physics I
College Physics II (B1 & B3)
General Physics I
General Physics II (B1 & B3)
General Physics III (B1 & B3)
Matter and Energy (B1 & B3)
Physical Oceanography
Introductory Soil Science (B1 & B3)
Soils in Environmental and Agricultural Systems (B1 & B3)
  Standard High-Unit
Life Science (B2) (B2 & B3=lab course) 4 4
Biological Anthropology
Principles of Animal Science
Safe Handling of Animal-Based Foods for Consumers (B2 & B3)
General Biology (B2 & B3)
Plant Diversity and Ecology (B2 & B3)
Biology of Sex
Diversity and History of Life (B2 & B3)
Introduction to Cell and Molecular Biology (B2 & B3)
Biodiversity of California
Wildlife Conservation Biology
General Botany (B2 & B3)
Introduction to Biological Systems (B2 & B3)
General Dairy Manufacturing (B2 & B3)
Landscape Ecology: Concepts, Issues, and Interrelationships
Microbiology (B2 & B3)
General Microbiology I (B2 & B3) (5)
Survey of Marine Biology
People, Pests and Plagues (B2 & B3)
For Engineering students only; concurrent enrollment required:
Life Science for Engineers (2)
Bioengineering Fundamentals (2)
  Standard High-Unit
Laboratory Activity (B3) – to be taken with a course in B1 or B2 X X
  Standard High-Unit
Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 4 8
Financial Literacy
Computing for All I
Computing for All II
Nature of Modern Math
Stretch Precalculus Algebra I (3)
Precalculus Algebra I (3)
Precalculus Algebra II (3)
Precalculus Algebra
Precalculus Trigonometry
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Calculus for the Life Sciences I
Calculus for the Life Sciences II
Calculus for Architecture and Construction Management
Calculus for Business and Economics
Mathematics for Elementary Teaching I
Introduction to Statistical Reasoning
Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods
Applied Statistics for the Life Sciences
Statistical Inference for Management I
Statistical Inference for Management II (5)
  Standard High-Unit
Upper-Division B 4 4
Air and Space
Principles of Organic Crop Production
Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society
The Global Environment
Holistic Management
Equilibrium Without Statics
Physiological Chemistry of Animals
Longitude, Navigation, and Timekeeping
Human Genetics
Biology of Cancer
Genetic Engineering Technology
Plants, People and Civilization
Irrigation Water Management
Energy for a Sustainable Society
Biochemistry: Fundamentals and Applications
Chemical and Biological Warfare
Biochemical Principles
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Practical Computer Security for Everyone
Microcontrollers for Everyone
Engineering for the Environment
Introduction to Air Pollution
Soil, Water, and Civilization
Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology (USCP)
Nutrition & Exercise for Health & Disease Prevention
The Science of Food for the Consumer
Fermented Foods
Seismology and Earth Structure
Human Factors and Technology
Topics in Public Engagements with STEM
Packaging Fundamentals
Packaging Polymers and Processing
The World of Spatial Data and Geographic Information Technology
Living in a Material World
Vector Analysis
Combinatorial Math
Linear Analysis II
Engineering Principles in Everyday Life
Technologies for Ocean Discovery
Agroecology
Global Climate Change
Technology of Wildland Fire Management
Water Resources Technology and Society
Classical Mechanics I
Plants, Biotechnology, and the Media
Nuclear Energy and Weapons in the Modern World
Energy, Society and the Environment
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design
Biopsychology
Behavioral Genetics
Selected Environmental Issues of California's Central Coast
Statistical Methods for Engineers
Applied Experimental Design and Regression Models
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists
Probability and Random Processes for Engineers
Survey of Grape Growing and Winemaking
  Standard High-Unit
High Unit students select 2 courses from B1-B4 X 8

ARTS AND HUMANITIES (AREA C)

  Standard High-Unit
ARTS AND HUMANITIES (AREA C)
Lower-division courses in Area C must come from three different prefixes
16 16
Arts: Arts, Cinema, Dance, Music, Theatre (C1) 4 4
History of Structures
Architecture Design Studio for Non-Majors
History of World Architecture: Prehistory - Middle Ages
History of World Architecture: Middle Ages - 18th Century
History of World Architecture: 18th Century - Present
Fundamentals of Drawing
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Western Art: A Thematic History
Introduction to Digital Photography
Ceramics I
Beginning Sculpture
Performance, Literature, and Culture
Dance Appreciation
Introductory Topics in Cinematic Expression
History of Landscape Architecture: Ancient Civilizations through Colonial America
History of Modern and Contemporary Landscape Architecture
Introduction to Music Theory
Music Appreciation
Jazz Styles (USCP)
Popular Music of the USA (USCP)
Introduction to Theatre
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
Gender and Sexuality in Visual and Popular Culture
  Standard High-Unit
Humanities: Literature, Philosophy, Languages other than English (C2) 4 4
British Literature: Beginnings to 1789
British Literature: 1789 to the Present
American Literature: Beginnings to 1865
American Literature: 1830 to the Present
Introduction to Classical Literature
Introduction to Medieval through Enlightenment Literature
Introduction to Romantic through Modernist Literature
Children's Literature in a Diverse Society
Critical Reading in French Literature
Critical Readings in German Literature
Philosophical Classics: Knowledge and Reality
Philosophical Classics: Ethics and Political Philosophy
Introduction to Hispanic Readings
Study Abroad C2 courses
Elementary Mandarin Chinese I Study Abroad
Elementary Mandarin Chinese II Study Abroad
Elementary Mandarin Chinese III Study Abroad
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I Study Abroad
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II Study Abroad
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese III Study Abroad
Elementary Italian I Study Abroad
Elementary Italian II Study Abroad
Elementary Italian III Study Abroad
Intermediate Italian I Study Abroad
Elementary Spanish I Study Abroad
Elementary Spanish II Study Abroad
Elementary Spanish III Study Abroad
Intermediate Spanish I Study Abroad
Intermediate Spanish II Study Abroad
Intermediate Spanish III Study Abroad
  Standard High-Unit
Lower-Division C Elective - Select a course from either C1 or C2. 4 4
  Standard High-Unit
Upper-Division C 4 4
Topics in Architectural History
Native American Architecture and Place (USCP)
Art History - Nineteenth Century Art
History of Photography
Asian Art Topics: National, Religious, and Intellectual Movements
Michelangelo
Topics in Renaissance Art
Group Performance of Literature
Cultural Influence on Dance in America (USCP)
Advanced Rhetorical Inquiry and Composing
Translingual Rhetorical Inquiry and Writing
Writing Sustainability
British Literature: Beginnings to 1485
British Literature: 1485-1660
British Literature: 1660-1798
British Literature: 1798-1832
British Literature: 1832-1914
British Literature: 1914-Present
Introduction to Shakespeare
American Literature: Beginnings-1865
American Literature: 1865-1914
American Literature: 1914-1956
American Literature: 1956-Present
Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (USCP)
Ethnic American Literature (USCP)
African American Literature (USCP)
Asian American Literature (USCP)
Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (USCP)
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Modern Drama
The Bible as Literature and in Literature and the Arts
World Cinema
Film Styles and Genres
Film Directors
Topics on Gender Representations in Film
Disability and Diversity in American Film (USCP)
Literary Themes
Diversity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature (USCP)
LGBT Literature and Media (USCP)
Creative Nonfiction
Fiction Writing
Poetry Writing
Chicano/a Non-Fiction Literature (USCP)
Latina/o Literature of the United States (USCP)
Chicana/o Literature (USCP)
Latina/o Poetry and Politics (USCP)
Chicana/o Film (USCP)
Cultural Production and Ethnicity
Ethnicity and the Land (USCP)
Significant Works in French
French Literature in English Translation
Significant Works in German
German Literature in English Translation
Values and Technology
Topics and Issues in Values, Media and Culture
Feminist Studies of Popular Culture and Whiteness
Music and Society
Women in Music (USCP)
Philosophical Topics
Early Greek Philosophy through Plato
Aristotle and Hellenistic Philosophy
Medieval Philosophy
Early Modern Rationalism
Early Modern Empiricism
Kant and 19th Century European Philosophy
History of Analytic Philosophy
Phenomenology
Existentialism
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Technology
Ethics, Science and Technology
Robot Ethics
Technologies and Ethics of Warfare
Ethics
History of Ethics
Political Philosophy
Philosophy of Law
Social Ethics (USCP)
Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society (USCP)
Business Ethics
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Professional Ethics
Philosophy of Religion
Power, Alienation, and Political Life
Aesthetics
Philosophy of Literature
Indian Philosophy
Chinese and East Asian Philosophy
Postmodernism
Religions of Asia
Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Judaism
Hinduism
Buddhism
Christianity
Islam
Religion, Gender, and Society (USCP)
Spiritual Extremism: Asceticism, Mysticism, and Madness
Religion and Violence
Religion and Contemporary Values
Topics in Religious Studies
Significant Works in Spanish
Spanish and Latin American Film
Chicano/a Authors (USCP)
Hispanic Literature in English Translation
Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States (USCP)
Topics in Diversity on the American Stage (USCP)
Global Theatre and Performance
World Cultures through Film
Humanities in World Cultures
Humanities in Chicano/a Culture (USCP)
Literatures in World Cultures

SOCIAL SCIENCES (AREA D)

  Standard High-Unit
SOCIAL SCIENCES (Area D) 12 8
Standard: Select courses in Area D from at least two different prefixes
American Institutions (D1 - Title 5, Section 40404 Requirement) 4 4
Race, Culture, and Politics in the United States (USCP)
United States History to 1865 (USCP)
United States History Since 1865 (USCP)
United States Cultures (USCP)
American and California Government
Gender and Sexuality in US Society and Politics (USCP)
  Standard High-Unit
Lower-Division (D2) 4 X
Cultural Anthropology
World History Before Writing
Survey of Economics
Macroeconomics
Human Geography
World History to 1800
Modern Political Economy
Comparative Social Movements
World History, Beginnings to 1000 CE
World History, 1000-1800
World History, 1800 - Present
The World at War
Creating Sustainable Communities I (2)
Creating Sustainable Communities II (2)
Sustainability and Communities
Media, Self and Society
Religion, Dialogue, and Society
Sociocultural Dimensions of Work and Leisure
Comparative Societies
International Political Economy
  Standard High-Unit
Upper-Division D 4 X
Area D Elective
High-Unit: Select either a lower-division D2 or an upper-division D course
X 4
Upper-Division D
Indigenous South Americans
Sex, Death, and Human Nature
Human Behavioral Ecology
Human Cultural Adaptations
Water for a Sustainable Society
Managing Technology in the International Legal Environment
Housing and Communities
Intercultural Communication (USCP)
Intergroup Communication
Media Effects
Communication, Media, and Politics
Digital Cities
Reflections on Biking, Walking and the City
Cities in a Global World
Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration (USCP)
Comparative Economic Systems
Fire and Society
Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics (USCP)
African Americans in Popular Culture (USCP)
Native Americans in Popular Culture (USCP)
Asian Americans in Popular Culture (USCP)
Latina/os in Popular Culture (USCP)
The Chinese American Experience (USCP)
The Filipina/o American Experience (USCP)
Queer Ethnic Studies (USCP)
Gender, Race, Class, Nation in Global Engineering, Technology & International Development
Critical Race Theory (USCP)
The Social Construction of Whiteness (USCP)
Global Geography
Geography of Latin America
Geography of the Caribbean
The Witch-Hunts in Europe, 1400-1800
European Thought 1800-2000
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
Cultures of West Africa and the African Diaspora
East Asian Culture and Civilization
Comparative World Environmental History & Sustainability Since 1492
Modern Middle East
Modern East Asia
The Lure of the Sea
The City in the Modern World
Modern South and Southeast Asia
Colonial and Revolutionary America
Civil War America
Modern America
United States Foreign Relations since 1898
Modern Europe, 1789-1914
Modern Europe, 1914-Present
Britain at War: The British, the Americans and the Struggle for Freedom, 1939-1945
Colonial Latin America
Modern Latin America
The Scientific Revolution, c. 1500-1800
London: From Roman Colony to World Capital
Sport and Gender (USCP)
Sports, Media and American Popular Culture (USCP)
Identity and Equity in American Schools (USCP)
Fire and Society
Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management
Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems
Environmental Leadership and Community Engagement
Global Political Issues
U.S. and China in the Contemporary World
Critical Issues in American Politics
Authoritarian and Democratic Rule
Early American Political Thought
Contemporary American Political Thought
Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development
Intergroup Dialogues
Environmental Psychology
Psychology of Aging
Conflict Resolution: Violent and Nonviolent
Approaches to Religion and Spirituality
Global Race and Ethnic Relations
Migration (USCP)
Sociology of the Life Cycle
Social Change (USCP)
Contemporary Societies of the Developing World
Sociology of Religion
Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (USCP)
Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies (USCP)
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Global Perspective
Masculinity Studies
Feminist/Queer Transnational Studies
Sexuality Studies
Critical Issues in Latin American Studies
Language, Technology and Society

LIFELONG LEARNING AND SELF-DEVELOPMENT (AREA E)

  Standard High-Unit
Lower-Division E 4 4
Interpersonal Communication
Active Wellness
Principles of Environmental Design
Food and Nutrition: Culture and Customs (USCP)
Healthy Living
Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach (USCP)
Women's Health Issues (USCP)
General Psychology
General Psychology
Leadership and Diverse Groups

ETHNIC STUDIES (AREA F)

Note: Area F and USCP are separate degree requirements. Courses (either Cal Poly or transfer courses) approved for Area F cannot also satisfy USCP.

  Standard High-Unit
Ethnic Studies (F) 4 4
Area F is fulfilled with one class, typically taken at the lower division level
Global Origins of Race in the U.S.
Introduction to American Indian Studies
Introduction to African American Studies
Introduction to Latino/a/x Studies
Introduction to Asian American Studies
Race & American Literature
Race & Media Studies
Racial Capitalism
  Standard High-Unit
GE ELECTIVES (AREAS B, C, and D)
Select any Area B, C, or D course listed above; courses must be from two different areas; may be either lower-division or upper-division. In addition to the courses listed above, the following courses can be used in fulfillment of the GE Electives.
8 X
Area C Electives
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese I
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese II
Intermediate Mandarin Chinese III
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Intermediate French III
Intermediate German I
Intermediate German II
Intermediate German III
Intermediate Italian I
Intermediate Japanese I
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish III

Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)

The Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR) is a CSU Board of Trustees mandate designed to ensure that students can write proficiently before they enter the professional workforce. All Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including Master's degrees and teaching credentials, must fulfill the GWR before a diploma can be awarded.

Further information on pathways to meeting this degree requirement may be obtained from the Office of Writing and Learning Initiatives, Kennedy Library (35) Room 202A (805-756-2067), or on the GWR webpage, https://writingandlearning.calpoly.edu/gwr.

GWR Courses

Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Corporate Communication
Advanced Rhetorical Inquiry and Composing
Translingual Rhetorical Inquiry and Writing
Technical Editing
British Literature: Beginnings to 1485
British Literature: 1485-1660
British Literature: 1660-1798
British Literature: 1798-1832
British Literature: 1832-1914
British Literature: 1914-Present
Introduction to Shakespeare
American Literature: Beginnings-1865
American Literature: 1865-1914
American Literature: 1914-1956
American Literature: 1956-Present
Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries
Ethnic American Literature
African American Literature
Asian American Literature
Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature
The Modern Novel
Modern Poetry
Modern Drama
The Bible as Literature and in Literature and the Arts
World Cinema
Film Styles and Genres
Film Directors
Topics on Gender Representations in Film
Disability and Diversity in American Film
Literary Themes
Diversity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature
LGBT Literature and Media
Materials Selection for the Life Cycle
Graduation Writing Requirement Portfolio

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United States Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

USCP courses must fulfill all of the following criteria; and, according to AS-836-17, they must also address the Diversity Learning Objectives (DLOs). USCP courses must:

  1. Focus on one or more diverse groups (identified in the Cal Poly Statement on Diversity) whose contributions to American society have been impeded by cultural, legal, economic, and political conflict or whose social, cultural, legal, economic, and political opportunities have been restricted in the United States;
  2. Cover the historical and/or contemporary social issues resulting from conflict or restricted opportunities that include but are not limited to problems associated with discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, nationality, abilities, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or race in the United States;
  3. Address the diverse intellectual, philosophical, and cultural perspectives of historically marginalized people in the United States;
  4. Emphasize the voices and contributions of historically marginalized groups in the United States such that the course content must prominently include sources written and/or produced by historically marginalized people;
  5. Foster critical thinking skills by using intersectional frameworks of analyses that are necessary for adequately understanding and analyzing various social issues related to diversity and equity in the United States;
  6. Require students to examine critically their own beliefs, attitudes, and potential biases related to historically marginalized people in the United States.

In addition to satisfying these criteria, USCP courses must also address the Diversity Learning Objectives.

Students are required to complete one USCP course. This course also fulfills a requirement for Major, Support, General Education, or Free Elective category.

USCP and General Education Area F are separate degree requirements. The same course (either Cal Poly or transfer) cannot satisfy both requirements.

The following courses fulfill the United States Cultural Pluralism requirement.

ANT 415Native American Cultures4
ARCH/ES 326Native American Architecture and Place (Upper-Division C) 14
ART/WGQS 375Intersectional Feminist Art Histories4
COMS 316Intercultural Communication (Upper-Division D) 14
CRP/ES 215Planning for and with Multiple Publics4
DANC 321Cultural Influence on Dance in America (Upper-Division C) 14
ECON/HNRS 303Economics of Poverty, Discrimination and Immigration (Upper-Division D) 14
ENGL/HNRS 345Women Writers of the Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL 346Ethnic American Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL/HNRS 347African American Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL 348Asian American Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL 349Gender in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL 374Disability and Diversity in American Film (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL 381Diversity in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century American Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ENGL 382LGBT Literature and Media (Upper-Division C) 14
ES/HNRS 112Race, Culture, and Politics in the United States (D1) 14
ES 114Introduction to Ethnic Studies4
ES 300Chicano/a Non-Fiction Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ES 301Latina/o Literature of the United States (Upper-Division C) 14
ES 302Chicana/o Literature (Upper-Division C) 14
ES 303Latina/o Poetry and Politics (Upper-Division C) 14
ES 310Hip-Hop, Poetics and Politics (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 320African Americans in Popular Culture (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 321Native Americans in Popular Culture (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 322Asian Americans in Popular Culture (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 323Latina/os in Popular Culture (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 324Chicana/o Film (Upper-Division C) 14
ES 325African American Gender & Sexuality4
ES 330The Chinese American Experience (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 335The Filipina/o American Experience (Upper-Division D) 14
ES/WGQS 345Queer Ethnic Studies (Upper-Division D) 14
ES/WGQS 350/HNRS 353Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology (Upper-Division B) 14
ES/NR 360Ethnicity and the Land (Upper-Division C) 14
ES 380Critical Race Theory (Upper-Division D) 14
ES 381The Social Construction of Whiteness (Upper-Division D) 14
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Culture and Customs (E) 14
HIST 201/HNRS 203United States History to 1865 (D1) 14
HIST/HNRS 202United States History Since 1865 (D1) 14
HIST 206United States Cultures (D1) 14
HIST 208Survey of California History4
HIST 406African-American History from 18654
HIST/WGQS 435American Women's History from 18704
HLTH 255Personal Health: A Multicultural Approach (E) 14
HLTH 260Women's Health Issues (E) 14
JOUR 219Multicultural Society and the Mass Media4
KINE 323Sport and Gender (Upper-Division D) 14
KINE 324Sports, Media and American Popular Culture (Upper-Division D) 14
LS 350Identity and Equity in American Schools (Upper-Division D) 14
MU 221Jazz Styles (C1) 14
MU 227Popular Music of the USA (C1) 14
MU 325America's Music4
MU 328Women in Music (Upper-Division C) 14
PHIL 335/HNRS 336Social Ethics (Upper-Division C) 14
PHIL/WGQS 336Feminist Ethics, Gender, Sexuality and Society (Upper-Division C) 14
POLS 310The Politics of Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality4
POLS 343Civil Rights in America4
POLS 445Voting Rights and Representation4
PSY 260African American Psychology4
PSY 372Multicultural Psychology4
PSY 475The Social Psychology of Prejudice4
RELS/WGQS 370Religion, Gender, and Society (Upper-Division C) 14
SOC 216US Race and Ethnic Relations4
SOC 321Migration (Upper-Division D) 14
SOC 327Social Change (Upper-Division D) 14
SOC/WGQS 423Gender and Work4
SPAN 111Elementary Hispanic Language and Culture4
SPAN 206Spanish for Heritage Speakers4
SPAN 340Chicano/a Authors (Upper-Division C) 14
SPAN 351Chicano/Latino Writers in the United States (Upper-Division C) 14
TH 305Topics in Diversity on the American Stage (Upper-Division C) 14
WGQS 201/HNRS 204Gender and Sexuality in US Society and Politics (D1) 14
WGQS 301Contemporary Issues in Women's and Gender Studies (Upper-Division D) 14
WGQS 302Contemporary Issues in Queer Studies (Upper-Division D) 14
WGQS 450Feminist Theory4
WLC 312Humanities in Chicano/a Culture (Upper-Division C) 14

Selected Topic Courses

Selected topic 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 topic 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.

A list of selected topic course descriptions can be found at Selected Topic Courses on the website of the Office of the Registrar.

Sustainability Focused Courses
Sustainability Related Courses

Sustainability Focused Courses

Sustainability is an integral part of the content and learning objectives of the following courses. These courses have been reviewed by the Academic Senate’s Sustainability Committee for their relation to Cal Poly’s Sustainability Learning Objectives (SLOs) and illustrate how sustainability issues are relevant across the university’s entire curriculum. These courses help students identify, analyze, and design innovative solutions for currently unsustainable environmental, economic, and social practices.

In 2019, Cal Poly was awarded a gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The sustainability focused courses offered at Cal Poly are a key part of that rating. If you are an instructor who teaches a course focused on or related to sustainability that is not included in SUSCAT, or if you are a student who has taken such a course but do not see it listed here, please contact suscat@calpoly.edu.

AG/PLSC 315Principles of Organic Crop Production4
AG/ISLA/SCM/UNIV 330Cal Poly Land: Nature, Technology, and Society4
AG/EDES/ENGR/GEOG/ISLA/SCM/UNIV 350The Global Environment4
AG/ASCI 360Holistic Management4
ARCE/CE 475Civil Infrastructure and Building Systems4
ARCH 207Architectural Technology Fundamentals 2.34
ARCH 253Architectural Design 2.35
ARCH 307Architectural Systems Integration 3.24
ARCH 451Architectural Design 4.15
ARCH 452Architectural Design 4.25
ARCH 453Architectural Design 4.35
ARCH 472Housing Design Concepts3-4
BIO 227Wildlife Conservation Biology4
BIO 363Principles of Conservation Biology4
BIO 434Environmental Physiology4
BIO 446Ecosystem Ecology4
BOT 311Plants, People and Civilization4
BRAE 348Energy for a Sustainable Society4
CE 527Sustainable Mobility4
CM 317Sustainability and the Built Environment4
CM 425Sustainability and Environment1-6
COMS 390Environmental Communication4
CRP 202Urban Design Studio I4
CRP 336Introduction to Environmental Planning4
CRP 412Plan Implementation4
CRP 440Climate Action Planning4
CRP 445Planning and Urban Ecology4
CRP 504Sustainable Communities4
CRP 545Principles of Environmental Planning4
ECON 431Environmental Economics4
ECON 432Economics of Energy and Resources4
EDES 406Sustainable Environments4
EDES 408Implementing Sustainable Principles4
EDES 410Advanced Implementation of Sustainable Principles4
EE 420Sustainable Electric Energy Conversion4
EE 520Advanced Solar-Photovoltaic Systems Design4
ENVE 450Industrial Pollution Prevention4
ERSC/GEOG 325Climate and Humanity4
ERSC/GEOG 333Human Impact on the Earth4
GEOG 408Geography of International Development4
GSE 532Environmental and Natural Resource Economics4
HIST 311Comparative World Environmental History & Sustainability Since 14924
HIST 432United States Environmental History4
HNRS 161Creating Sustainable Communities I2
HNRS 162Creating Sustainable Communities II2
HNRS 163Creating Sustainable Communities III2
ITP 330Packaging Fundamentals4
ITP 411Packaging Sustainability4
LA 204Design Fundamentals III4
LA 220Landscape Ecology: Concepts, Issues, and Interrelationships4
LA 243Materials and Techniques of Landscape Construction4
LA 403Natural Environments Design Focus Studio4
LA 432Landscape Ecology Applications (ILC)4
LA 521Ecological Urban Design4
MATE 222Materials Selection Life Cycle4
MATE 232Materials, Ethics, and Society4
MATE 485Materials and the Environment4
ME 453Trends and Opportunities in HVAC&R1
ME 454Benchmarking and Assessment of Building Energy Performance4
ME 455Introduction to Building Energy Modeling3
ME 488Wind Energy Engineering4
MSCI 111Survey of Marine Biology4
MSCI 428Marine Conservation and Policy4
MSCI 439Fisheries Science and Resource Management4
PLSC 245Horticultural Production Techniques4
PLSC 450Current Issues in the Strawberry Industry2
NR 141Introduction to Forest Ecosystem Management3
NR 142Environmental Management3
NR 305Forest Ecology and Silvics4
NR 321Water Resources Technology and Society4
NR 323Human Dimensions in Natural Resources Management4
NR 324Social Dimensions of Sustainable Food and Fiber Systems4
NR 326Natural Resources Economics and Valuation4
NR/RPTA 328Environmental Leadership and Community Engagement4
NR 365Silviculture and Fuels Management4
NR 445Systems Thinking in Environmental Management4
NR 465Senior Project - Ecosystem Management4
NR 474Forest Stewardship Practices8
PHIL 340Environmental Ethics4
PHYS 310Physics of Energy3
PHYS 314Ocean Dynamics3
POLS 332World Food Systems4
PSC 201Physical Oceanography4
PSC 320Energy, Society and the Environment4
PSC/UNIV/HNRS 391Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Development4
PSC/UNIV/HNRS 392Appropriate Technology for the World's People: Design4
PSY 311Environmental Psychology4
RPTA 313Sustainability in the Experience Industry4
RPTA 314Sustainable Travel and Tourism Planning4
SCM 360Selected Environmental Issues of California's Central Coast4
SOC 308Sociology of the Environment4
SOC/WGQS 423Gender and Work4
SS 120Introductory Soil Science4
SS 130Soils in Environmental and Agricultural Systems4

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Sustainability Related Courses

The  “sustainability-related” courses listed here, like the sustainability focused courses above,  have also been reviewed by the Academic Senate’s Sustainability Committee for their relation to Cal Poly’s Sustainability Learning Objectives (SLOs) and also illustrate how sustainability issues are relevant across the university’s entire curriculum. While these courses address crucial issues in environmental, economic, and social sustainability, they may not center these issues as prominently in the course content and learning objectives. For that reason, they are listed as sustainability- “related” rather than sustainability-“focused.”

In 2019, Cal Poly was awarded a gold rating by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). The sustainability related courses offered at Cal Poly are a key part of that rating. If you are an instructor who teaches a course focused on or related to sustainability that is not included in SUSCAT, or if you are a student who has taken such a course but do not see it listed here, please contact suscat@calpoly.edu.

ANT 345Human Behavioral Ecology4
ANT 402Nutritional Anthropology4
ARCE 106Introduction to Building Systems2
ARCH 101Survey of Architectural Education and Practice1
ARCH 241Architectural Technology Fundamentals 2.14
ARCH 251Architectural Design 2.15
ARCH 252Architectural Design 2.25
ARCH 341Architectural Systems Integration 3.14
ARCH 342Architectural Systems Integration 3.34
ARCH 351Architectural Design 3.15
ARCH 352Architectural Design 3.25
ARCH 353Architectural Design 3.35
ASCI 112Principles of Animal Science4
ASCI 239Principles of Rangeland Management4
ASCI 372California Rangeland & Ranch Resource Management3
ASCI 465Applied Practices for Monitoring California Rangelands4
BMED/BRAE 213Bioengineering Fundamentals2
CE 321Fundamentals of Transportation Engineering3
CE 336Water Resources Engineering4
CE 424Public Transportation4
CE 523Transportation Systems Planning4
CM 318Housing and Communities4
COMS 395Science Communication4
CRP 212Introduction to Urban Planning4
CRP 342Environmental Planning Methods4
CRP/NR 404Environmental Law4
CRP 410Community Planning Laboratory I4
CRP 411Community Planning Lab II4
CRP 442Housing and Planning4
CRP 458Hazard Mitigation Planning & Resilient Design4
CRP 518Policy Development4
EDES 123Principles of Environmental Design4
EDUC 512Education Organization and Management4
EE 413Advanced Electronic Design4
EE 460Senior Project Preparation2
ENVE 325Air Quality Engineering4
ENVE 331Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering4
ENVE 436Introduction to Hazardous Waste Management4
ENVE 490Environmental Nanotechnology4
ERSC/GEOG 250Physical Geography4
ERSC/GEOG 414Global and Regional Climatology4
ERSC 443Applied Environmental Contaminant Transport4
FSN 250Food and Nutrition: Culture and Customs4
GEOG 150Human Geography4
GRC 437Advanced Consumer Packaging4
ITP 341Packaging Polymers and Processing4
ITP 415Supply Chain and Logistics4
LA 330Cultural Landscapes: People, Places and Ethical Decisions4
LA 520Design with Cultural Landscapes4
MATE 110Introduction to Materials Engineering Design I1
MATE 120Introduction to Materials Engineering Design II1
MATE 130Introduction to Materials Engineering Design III1
MATE 300Materials Selection for the Life Cycle4
MATE 359Living in a Material World4
ME 415Energy Conversion4
ME 450Solar Thermal Power Systems4
NR 306Natural Resource Ecology and Habitat Management4
NR 312Technology of Wildland Fire Management4
NR 413Agricultural Law4
NR 416Environmental Impact Analysis and Management4
NR 422Stream Measurements and Water Quality Monitoring1
NR 425Applied Resource Analysis and Assessment4
PLSC 205Orchard and Vegetable Enterprise Project2
PLSC 334Greenhouse Vegetable Enterprise Project2
PLSC 420Organic Crop Production Systems4
PSY 360Applied Social Psychology4
RPTA 302Environmental and Wilderness Education4
SOC 343Contemporary Societies of the Developing World4

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