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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)


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 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 Electric and Advanced Propulsion (4) Effective Spring 2016
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.

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 470/471 Plant Anatomy (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.

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.

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.

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.