UC Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

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Courses

Here's a list of course options. Use the Course Finder below to see courses offered by session.

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  • AnthropologyAnthropology 2/ Introductory Cultural Anthropology

    The nature of culture: survey of the range of cultural phenomena, including material culture, social organization, religion, and other topics.

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  • Art and Art HistoryArt 1A/ Visual Literacy

    An introductory survey of visual culture, encompassing art and film theory and practice, digital technologies, television, advertising and print media, with a special focus on current interdisciplinary methodologies.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Art 10/ Introduction to Painting

    Traditional and contemporary painting assignments designed to provide a strong foundation in fundamental 2D image making. Media include acrylic and oil painting methods.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Art 18/ Lower-Division Drawing

    Introduction to two-dimensional representation with various drawing media, including structural and symbolic implications of the human form. Emphasis on organization of vision and thought. $20 lab fee

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  • Black StudiesBlack Studies 1/ Introduction to African-American Studies

    Explores historical and current social conditions of black people in the United States. Topics include slavery, emancipation, reconstruction and urban black migration, with particular consideration given to the black church and the black family as bearers and creators of African-American culture.

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  • BusinessPersonal Finance and Entrepreneurship

    This course focuses on the principles of investing and saving, including stocks and bonds. Students spend time discussing credit and investment, the difference between the NYSE and the NASDAQ, and how to deal with interest rates in an easy to understand way. Students make their own individual mock stock portfolios, monitor them throughout the class, and take their newfound investing knowledge and research and make a business proposal.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
    Marketing and Advertising in the Global Marketplace

    Students learn the fundamentals of marketing and advertising for various international audiences via multiple media channels. The course focuses on students’ creation of integrated marketing campaigns with real-world marketing strategies using digital and traditional tactics.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
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  • Chicano StudiesChicano Studies 1A/ Introduction to Chicano/a Studies

    Introduction to the historical and contemporary development of the Chicano/a community. Course is interdisciplinary in nature. Focuses by quarter on A. history, B. gender, and C. culture.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • ClassicsClassics 40/ Greek Mythology

    Introduction to the principal myths of ancient Greece and the ways in which these myths have been understood. Format and readings vary.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • Comparative LiteratureComparative Literature 30A/ Major Works in European Literature

    A survey of European literature. Classical and medieval literature from Homer to Dante.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Comparative Literature 35/ The Making of the Modern World

    Description and analysis of decisive events contributing to the world we are inhabiting. Various themes presented: City planning, war and industrial warfare, technology and media-technology, ideologies of modernity, and modern master theories.

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  • Earth ScienceEarth Science 2/ Principles of Physical Geology

    Introduction to the science of the Earth; properties and processes of its surface and interior, including plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, glaciation, mountain building, formation of rocks, minerals, and the structural basis of landforms. Lab and lecture.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Earth Science 4/ Introduction to Oceanography

    Introduction to the science of the Earth; properties and processes of its surface and interior, including plate tectonics, volcanism, earthquakes, glaciation, mountain building, formation of rocks, minerals, and the structural basis of landforms. Lab and lecture.

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  • EngineeringRobotics: Autonomous Robots Competition

    Work in teams to build and program moving robots to compete in an autonomous sumo-wrestling match. Students solve electromechanical problems, develop skills in brainstorming, concept selection, spatial reasoning, teamwork and communication. Low cost Arduino robots are controlled with micro- controllers and interfaced to sensors and motors using freeware. Learn to make your own robot follow your commands. The course will be taught by a popular lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, UCSB. Instructors assist each team member to gain electromechanical knowledge and resolve programming bugs. This hands-on course is based upon existing electromechanical competitions and can adjust to a variety of skill levels.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
    Mechanism Design and Build Challenge

    This course provides a hands-on, interactive engineering design experience. Using simple materials, you will work in a team to design, build and test a catapult. You will then participate in a competition with your prototype design by slinging foam core cubes and earn points for furthest distance. Students experience the product development cycle by designing, building and testing mechanical prototypes. Throughout the experience, you will learn to solve mechanical problems and develop skills that are basic to all engineering fields i.e., brainstorming, concept selection, spatial reasoning, teamwork, planning, manufacturing processes and reverse engineering. Your design skills will be challenged and tested in this innovative design course!

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
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  • EnglishEnglish 15/ Introduction to Shakespeare

    Introduction to Shakespeare in which a number of major plays are read with close attention to language, dramatic structure, and historical context.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    English 50/ Introduction to U.S. Minority Literature

    An introduction providing historical and cultural contexts to one or more American minority literatures usually taken to signify writing from an ethnic community: African American, Asian American, Chicano/a, and Native American.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • Environmental StudiesEnvironmental Studies 1/ Introduction to Environmental Studies

    "Environmental Studies" requires insights from many disciplines, including the social as well as biophysical science and the humanities. This introduction offers an overview of the field, examining both our planet and the ways in which we humans depend on it.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • Feminist StudiesFeminist Studies 80/ Introduction to LGBTQ Studies

    An overview of the interdisciplinary field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer studies, including historical and cross-cultural perspectives on same-sex sexuality, queer theory, intersectionality, gender and sexual identities, communities, culture, contemporary social policy, and LGBTQ movements.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • Film StudiesFilm and Media Studies 46/ Introduction to Cinema

    An introduction to the study of film as an aesthetic and social phenomenon, and to various methods of critical analysis. ($30 lab fee)

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Film and Media Studies 46/ Media Criticism

    Develop the analytical tools required for a critical understanding of the interrelationship between media, culture, and society in America. Special attention given to how social structures shape media and how media products in return affect our cultural practices and patterns.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • GeographyGeography 3A/ Oceans and Atmosphere

    Introduction to the oceans and atmosphere and their role in the Earth's climate and its weather patterns. Focus on the flows of solar energy through the ocean and atmosphere systems. Human impacts of the Earth's climate are also introduced.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Geography 5/ People, Place, and Environment

    Survey of spatial differentiation and organization of human activity and interaction with the Earth's biophysical systems. Sample topics include human spatial decision-making behavior, migration, population growth, economic development, industrial location, urbanization, and human impacts on the natural environment.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Geography 20/ Geography of Surfing

    Social and physical science concepts manifested in the sport of surfing. Topics include wave generation and forecasting, economics of the surf industry, spatial search, strategic behavior under crowding, territorialism, and the generation/diffusion of regional surf cultures.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • Global StudiesGlobal Studies 1/ Global History, Culture and Ideology

    A survey of the historical processes that have brought different areas of the world into closer contact. Topics include ideologies of nationalism, democracy, and liberalism; international trade and migrations; technological changes; colonialism; the globalization of culture; and the reactions to them.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • HistoryHistory 17B/ The American People

    Sectional crisis through progressivism. A survey of the leading issues in american life from colonial times to the present. The course focuses on politics, cultural development, social conflict, economic life, foreign policy, and influential ideas. Features discussion sections.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    History 2C/ World History

    Survey of the peoples, cultures, and social, economic, and political systems that have characterized the world's major civilizations in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Oceania from 1700 to present.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    History 8/ Introduction to History of Latin America

    Deals with major issues in Latin America's historical formation: pre-Hispanic cultures, Spanish conquest, role of colonial institutions, development of trade, eighteenth- century reform,independence, formation of nations; and identify major issues in current Latin American affairs.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • LinguisticsLinguistics 70/ Language In Society

    How language defines the relationship of the individual to society; the role language plays in constituting power, hierarchy, ethnicity, gender, ideology, and other aspects of social identity; how speakers use language to display identity and define social context. Emphasis on sociolinguistic diversity in American society.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • LeadershipSustainability and Environmental Leadership

    What factors influence climate change? What kinds of policies help protect the environment? Interested in becoming a sustainability-focused professional or green building leader? This course provides an overview of environmental policy, green building principles and practices, and the importance of sustainability. Students learn about businesses and organizations currently leading the march in sustainable design and operations, including car companies like Tesla and Nissan’s Leaf. Students hear from guest speakers, analyze case studies, and enjoy fieldtrips, including a tour of LEED certified buildings on UCSB’s campus. Students gain skills in effective communication, project management, critical thinking, and team performance in the field of sustainability.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
    Business Leadership and Communication

    This course provides opportunities for students to develop their skills as innovators, managers, and communicators for a variety of audiences.  Students learn effective communication strategies to solve the challenges typical of a business organization in the arenas of public relations, marketing, strategic planning, internal reporting, customer service, and product promotion.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
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  • Marine ScienceMarine Science 91/ Aquatic Science

    This course presents up-to-date content in biological, environmental, political and economic topics of aquatic nature. Seminar style lectures presented by expert UCSB researchers in these fields, followed by discussions on aquatic ecosystems. Students will learn about cutting edge research projects taking place in oceans, rivers and lakes. Post doctorate researchers, advanced graduate students and interested instructors will present and demonstrate their research and teach basic concepts of their disciplines. Disciplines presented may include aquatic biology, oceanography, blue water biology, ocean chemistry, water pollution, ocean pharmacology, marine biomaterials, marine biotechnology, wave engineering, coastal geology, coastal geography, coastal processes, sustainable fisheries, ocean economics, containment and eradication, and ocean policy. Offered to Summer Discovery @ UCSB students only.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Oceanology

    An introduction to our beautiful vast ocean. The course will have lectures, guest presentations, labs and field trips with ocean activities. Some topics explored are marine wildlife, marine debris, marine ecology, ocean health, how the wind creates waves, beach erosion, water quality, and watersheds. Through hands-on experiences, this course will strive to educate and excite students about our coastal waters and make them feel responsible to create change that will directly affect the oceans health and will explore possible solutions. This course is not taught by UCSB and is arranged exclusively by Summer Discovery. ($150 Supplement)

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
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  • MathematicsMath 34A/ Calculus for Social and Life Sciences

    Introduction to differential and integral calculus with applications to modeling in the biological sciences. Not open for credit to students who have completed Mathematics 3A.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • MedicineBrain Science 101

    This course provides an in depth look at one of the most complex organs. Students learn how the brain works by exploring topics such as memory and how we think and learn. Students consider answers to these questions: Why do people act the way they do, feel the way they do, think the way they do? The course focuses on our understanding of the science of behavior, as well as what we know (and don’t know) about the role of the brain in in creating our reality.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
    Introduction to Contemporary Medicine

    Explore some of today’s most pressing medical issues, which involve the understanding of biology and societal processes and contemporary efforts to translate medical knowledge into usable knowledge for the wider community. This course provides a broad introduction to the field of medicine, combining topics in related sciences like medical biology, kinesiology, pharmacology, infectious diseases, cancer, and mental health, plus innovative work by doctors and health practitioners to reduce health disparities among populations shouldering a disproportionate burden of disease, disability, and death. Students participate in experiential learning activities and explore the various career possibilities that exist within the field.

    (Available 6 & 4 week sessions, non-credit only)
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  • MusicMusic 11/ Fundamentals of Music

    The study of notes, scales, triads, inversions, rhythm, harmony, and musical terminology. Laboratory activities include keyboard orientation, sight singing, and ear training.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Music 15/ Music Appreciation

    A selective survey of music of western civilization; evolution of forms, styles, media. Designed to enable the student to listen with understanding.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • PhilosophyPhilosophy 1/ Short Introduction to Philosophy

    An introductory course in western philosophy.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Philosophy 4/ Introduction to Ethics

    An examination, at an introductory level, of such ethical issues as: why bemoral, moral relativism, the nature of virtues and vices; and possibly consideration of practical ethical problems such as abortion or war.

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  • Political SciencePolitical Science 1/ Introduction to Political Philosophy

    An introduction to central texts and problems of political philosophy with an emphasis on such concepts as liberty, equality, authority, justice, and obligation.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Political Science 7/ Introduction to Comparative Politics

    Introduction to the workings of various political systems with an emphasis on governmental institutions and political processes. Comparison of political systems using some of the basic concepts of political analysis.

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  • Religious StudiesReligious Studies 1/ Introduction to the Study of Religion

     A consideration of major themes, issues, types of figures and phenomena, and traditions--all selected from the history of religion so as to illustrate the great variety of religious phenomena and to suggest some of the ways such things may be responsibly studied.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Religious Studies 4/ Introduction to Buddhism

    The historical and cross-cultural exploration of Buddhism through the examination of basic texts, institutions, and practices of diverse Buddhist traditions.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Religious Studies 12/ Religious Approaches to Death

    Surveys twenty world religious traditions in their approaches to the problem of death, care for the dead, and death-related doctrines and practices within their broader cultural, historical, and social contexts from a cross-cultural perspective.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
    Religious Studies 5/ Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

    Introduction to the basic texts, institutions, and practices of western religious traditions: Judiasm, Christianity, and Islam.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • SociologySociology 1/ Introduction to Sociology

    Basic concepts and issues in the study of human society. The structures and processes of human conduct, social organization, and social change.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • Statistics and Applied ProbabilityStatistics 5A/ Statistics

    Random variables, sampling distribution, estimation hypothesis testing, correlation and regression, other topics from statistics. Computing labs required.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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  • TheaterTheater 5/ Introduction to Acting

    An introduction for majors and non-majors to the multiple problems of the actor's art and craft.

    (Available 6 week session for college credit)
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