Here you will find detailed descriptions about the CSI course offerings, including how each course satisfies UCLA requirements.
All students who select “writing requirement” will be enrolled in English Composition 3 until scores are received and proper placement can be determined. Once scores have been received and placement been determined, students will be moved to proper course.
CSI students who select “writing requirement” be placed into one of the following courses before the start of CSI: English Composition 3 or English Composition 5W.
See “CSI Course Descriptions – Composition” for more information.
The current placeholder course of English Composition 3 is scheduled for the evening, in order to avoid scheduling conflicts during registration. The actual sections during CSI will take be offered in the afternoon and students schedules will be finalized during New Student Orientation.
Atomic and Molecular Structure, Equilibria, Acids, and Bases (4 units) — Introduction to physical and general chemistry principles; atomic structure based on quantum mechanics; atomic properties; trends in periodic table; chemical bonding; gaseous and aqueous equilibria; properties of inorganic and organic acids, bases, buffers; titrations.
Satisfies: 1 GE; Foundation of Scientific Inquiry – Physical Sciences
Life Science majors: Chem 14A is part of the preparation for most majors in the life sciences and the Anthropology B.S. major. Students who complete this course can continue in the second course of Chemistry (14B).
Physical science majors, including engineering majors, should not take this chemistry series for their majors.
Introduction to Communication Studies (5 units) — Introduction to fields of mass communication and interpersonal communication. Study of modes, media, and effects of mass communication, interpersonal processes, and communication theory.
Satisfies: 1 GE; Foundation of Society and Culture – Social Analysis
Communication Studies majors: While this major requires an application, the course is part of preparation for the major.
Mathematics for Life Scientists (5 units) — Fundamental concepts of single-variable calculus and development of single- and multi-variable differential equation models of dynamical processes in ecology, physiology, and other subjects in which quantities change with time.
Satisfies: Major Preparation; LS 30A is part of the preparation for all majors in the life sciences.
Differential and Integral Calculus (4 units) — Differential calculus and applications; introduction to integration.
In order to enroll into Math 31A students will need to take the Math Diagnostic Test by July 1. For more information, see UCLA Department of Mathematics.
Satisfies: Major Preparation; Math 31A is part of the preparation for all majors in the physical sciences, all majors in Engineering, and the Economics and Business Economics majors.
Calculus of Several Variables (4 units) – Introduction to differential calculus of several variables, vector field theory.
In order to take Math 32A, students have to have credit for Math 31A, a prerequisite. Course credit can come from college courses taken or Advanced Placement exams. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to verify if scores or courses taken will apply as credit for Math 31A.
Satisfies: Major Prep; Math 32A is part of the preparation for all majors in the physical sciences and all majors in Engineering.
Film and Music (5 units) – History of music and cinema, particularly ways music is used to produce meanings in conjunction with visual image.
Satisfies: 1 GE; Foundation of Arts & Humanities – Visual and Performance Arts Analysis and Practice.
Introduction to American Politics (5 units) — Introduction to the basic institutions and processes of democratic politics. Treatment of themes such as constitutionalism, representation, participation, and leadership coupled with particular emphasis on the American case.
Satisfies: 1 GE: Foundation of Society and Culture – Social Analysis; American History & Institutions requirement. Political Science majors: this course is part of the preparation for the major.
Introductory Sociology (5 units) — A survey of the characteristics of social life, processes of social interaction, and tools of sociological investigation.
Satisfies: 1 GE; Foundation of Society and Culture– Social Analysis
Sociology majors: this course is part of the preparation for the major
Communication Studies majors: this course is part of the preparation for the major. Global Studies majors: this course can be used as part of the preparation for the major.
University Studies 10. Ace UCLA (2 units) — Designed to help new students transition smoothly to college life. Students are introduced to UCLA’s campus culture, structure, policies, and procedures as they begin their academic careers.
This course is an optional third course, and this course will be free for students who enroll in it (i.e., the per unit cost is waived). (Space is limited)
During registration, University Studies will be scheduled for the evening to avoid timing conflicts. During CSI, the courses will be offered throughout the week between 9 am – 5 pm. Though space is limited in University Studies, all students who choose it will be placed in the course in order to track reservation dates. University Studies enrollment will be finalized during New Student Orientation.