Prerequisites for CSE Undergraduate Classes

Updated 10.15.2019

The CSE Department enforces all course prerequisites.  Please plan accordingly!

*An assigned letter grade of "D" is considered sufficient for meeting a course prerequisite unless otherwise noted.

*An assigned letter grade of "F", "NP", or an incomplete in a course are NOT considered sufficient for meeting a course prerequisite.

***For courses restricted to certain academic levels or majors, all other students will be allowed as space permits. Students may use  Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) to request clearance to be able to enroll/waitlist. These requests will only be reviewed if there is space in the course***

Undergraduates will receive priority for undergraduate courses. Graduate student requests to enroll in undergraduate courses will be reviewed at the end of week 1 of the quarter and only after all undergraduate requests have been processed. 

CSE Course

Title

Prerequisite

CSE 3

Fluency in Information Technology

None  

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 4GS

Mathematical Beauty In Rome Lab

Math 10A or Math 20A. Co-requisite with CSE 6GS 

Clearance only issued to students approved by the program. 

CSE 5A

Introduction to Programming I

A familiarity with high-school level algebra is expected, but this course assumes no prior programming knowledge.

CSE 6GS

Mathematical Beauty in Rome Lab

Math 10A or Math 20A. Co-requisite with CSE 4GS.

Clearance only issued to students approved by the program. 

CSE 8A

Introduction to Computer
Science: Java

High school Algebra and familiarity with computing concepts. 

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 8B

Introduction to Computer Science: Java (II)

CSE 8A

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 11

Introduction to Computer Science and Object-Oriented Programming: Java

High school algebra and familiarity with computing concepts and a course in a compiled language.

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 12

Basic Data Structures and Object-Oriented Design

CSE 8B or CSE 11, co-requisite of CSE 15L

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 15L

Software Tools and Techniques Laboratory

CSE 8B or CSE 11, co-requisite of CSE 12

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 20

Introduction to Discrete Mathematics

CSE 8B or CSE 11 with a passing grade of C- or better.

CSE 8B or CSE 11 may be taken concurrently with CSE 20. Students should submit a  Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) to be cleared to enroll after enrolling in CSE 8B/11. 

Students who have completed Math 109 may not receive credit for CSE 20. Credit not offered for both Math 15A and CSE 20. Equivalent to Math 15A.

Students may take MATH 109 to meet the CSE 20 course prerequisite for CSE courses. EASy request may be required. 

Students may use MATH 109 towards CSE 20 CSE major/minor requirements, but MATH 109 must be taken for a letter grade and students need to submit a petition requesting to do so. 

*** Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 21

Mathematics for Algorithms and Systems

CSE 20 or Math 15A 

Students may take MATH 154 or MATH 184A to meet the CSE 21 course prerequisite for CSE courses. EASy request may be required to enroll in those courses. 

Students may use MATH 154 or MATH 184A towards CSE 21 CSE major/minor requirements, but the course must be taken for a letter grade and students need to submit a petition requesting to do so. 

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 30

Computer Organization and Systems Programming

CSE 12 and CSE 15L

*** Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 80

UNIX Lab

CSE 8B or CSE 11

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 86

C++ for Java Programmers

CSE 12 with a passing grade of C- or better.

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 87

Freshman Seminars

None; Priority given to Freshmen.

***Restricted to Freshman academic standing.***

CSE 90

Undergraduate Seminar

Consent of instructor.

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 91

Perspective in Computer Science and Engineering

***Restricted to Computer Science and Engineering majors only.***

CSE 95

Tutor Apprenticeship

For those serving as CSE Tutors for the first time.

***Department approval is required.  If you are given a tutor position, you will be cleared to add to CSE 95.***

CSE 99

Independent Study in Computer Science and Engineering

Lower division standing.  Completion of 30 units at UCSD with a UCSD GPA of 3.0.  Department approval required. 

***Consent of the instructor and approval of the department.***

CSE 100

Advanced Data Structures

CSE 12 and CSE 15L and (CSE 21 or MATH 154 or MATH 184A ) and ( CSE 5A or MAE 9 or CSE 30 or ECE 15)

***Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 101

Design and Analysis of Algorithms

CSE 100 or Math 176

*** Restricted to undergraduates.***

CSE 103

A Practical Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Math 20A and Math 20B and (CSE 21 or MATH 184A or MATH 154)

***Restricted to undergraduates within the CS25, CS26, CS27, and CS28 majors.***

 

CSE 105

Theory of Computability

CSE 12, and CSE 15L, and (CSE 20 or Math 15A or MATH 109), and (CSE 21 or Math 184A or Math 100A or Math 103A)

***Restricted to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior standing.***

CSE 106

Discrete and Continuous Optimization (MATH 31AH or MATH 18) and (MATH 31BH or MATH 20C) and (MATH 154 or MATH 184A or DSC 40B or CSE 21)

CSE 107

Introduction to Modern Cryptography

(MATH184 or CSE 21 or MATH 154 ) and CSE 101 and CSE 105

*** Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors. ***

CSE 110

Software Engineering

CSE 100

***Restricted to junior or senior standing within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

Sophomores who meet the course prerequisites may request course clearance through the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).

CSE 112

Advanced Software Engineering

CSE 110

***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 118

Ubiquitous Computing

Any course from the following: CSE 131, CSE 132B, COGS 102C, COGS 121, COGS 184, COMT 111B, COMT 115, ECE 111, ECE 118, ECE 191, ECE 192 or ICAM 160B 

All prereq's must be completed with a passing grade of C- or better. Grade of P will not be sufficient for prereq's

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 120

Principles of Computer Operating Systems

CSE 30 and CSE 101 and CSE 110

*** Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors ***

CSE 121

Operating Systems: Architecture and Implementation

 CSE 120

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 123

Computer Networks

CSE 30 and CSE 101 and CSE 110 

***Restricted to SO, JR, SR standing within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 124

Networked Services

CSE 30, CSE 101, and CSE 110

*** Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 125

Software System Design and Implementation

Senior standing with substantial programming experience, and consent of instructor.  Department approval required.

CSE 127

Introduction to Computer Security

(CSE 21 or MATH 154 or MATH 184A), and (CSE 120 or CSE 123 or CSE 124)

***Restricted to SO, JR, SR standing within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 130

Programming Languages: Principles and Paradigms

(CSE12) and (CSE100 or MATH176) and (CSE105 or MATH166)

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.

CSE 131

Compiler Construction

CSE 100 and CSE 105 and CSE 130

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.

CSE 132A

Database System Principles

CSE 100

***Restricted to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior standing of CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 132B

Database System Applications

CSE 132A

***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors***

CSE 134B

Web Client Languages

CSE 100

***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors***

CSE 135

Online Database Analytics Applications

CSE 100 or Math 176

***Restricted to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior standing of CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 136

Enterprise-class Web Applications

CSE 135

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 140

Components and Design Techniques for Digital Systems

 (CSE 20 or MATH 15A or MATH 109) and CSE 30; CSE 140L must be taken concurrently.

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors. All other students will be allowed as space permits

CSE 140L

Digital Systems Laboratory

(CSE20 or MATH109 or MATH15A) and (CSE30); CSE 140 must be taken concurrently. 

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors. 

CSE 141

Introduction to Computer Architecture

(CSE30) and (CSE140) and (CSE140L)

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.

CSE 141L

Project in Computer Architecture

CSE 30 and CSE 140 and CSE 140L; CSE 141 must be taken concurrently.

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors

CSE 143

Microelectronic System Design

CSE 140 or CSE 170A or ECE 81

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 144

Computer-Aided Design of VLSI Circuits

 CSE 140 and CSE 140L

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 145

Embedded System Design Project

Application required 

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 148

Advanced Processor Architecture Design Project

CSE 141 and CSE 141L

***Restricted to sophomore, junior, or senior standing.***

CSE 150A

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Probabilistic Reasoning and Decision-Making

(CSE 12 or DSC 40B) and (CSE 15L or DSC 80) and (CSE 103 or MATH 180A or ECE 109 or ECON 120A or MATH 183) and MATH 20A and (MATH 18 or MATH 31AH)

Restricted to students with sophomore, junior or senior standing within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, EC26, and DS25 majors. 

**NOTE: Students who have taken CSE 150 with the same instructor will not receive credit/passing grade for taking CSE 150A.

CSE 150B

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence: Search and Reasoning

(CSE12 or DSC40B) and (CSE15L or DSC80) and (CSE103 or ECE109 or ECON120A or MATH183 or MATH 180A) and (CSE100)

Restricted to students with sophomore, junior or senior standing within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, EC26, and DS25 majors.

**NOTE: Students who have taken CSE 150 with the same instructor will not receive credit/passing grade for taking CSE 150B.

CSE 151

Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

CSE 100 or Math 176 or (DSC40B and DSC80)

***Restricted to SO, JR, SR standing within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, DS25, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 152

Introduction to Computer Vision 

(MATH 18 or MATH 20F or MATH 31AH) and (CSE 100 or DSC 40B or MATH 176) and ( CSE 101 or DSC 80)

***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***

CSE 154

Deep Learning 

MATH 20C or MATH 31BH

CSE 103 is highly recommended and may be taken concurrently.

***Restricted to Students with JR or SR standing***

CSE 156

Statistical Natural Language Processing

(CSE12 or DSC40B) and (CSE15L or DSC80) and (CSE103 or ECE109 or ECON120A or MATH183)

*Restricted to SO, JR, and SR students and CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, EC26 majors***

CSE 158

Recommender Systems & Web Mining

(CSE 12 or DSC 40B) and (CSE 15L or DSC 80) and (CSE 103 or ECE 109 or MATH 181A or ECON 120A or MATH 183)

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, EC26, and DS25 majors. 

CSE 160

Introduction to Parallel Programming

CSE 100 or Math 176

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors

CSE 163

Advanced Computer Graphics

CSE 167

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.

CSE 164

GPU Programming

CSE 167

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 165

3D User Interaction

CSE 167

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.

CSE 166

Image Processing

(DSC40B or MATH18 or MATH20F or MATH31AH) and (CSE100 or DSC80 or MATH176)

*Restricted to SO, JR, and SR students.***

CSE 167

Computer Graphics

CSE 100 or Math 176 with a passing grade of C- or better

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 168

Computer Graphics II: Rendering

CSE 167

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors

CSE 169

Computer Animation

CSE 167

Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors

CSE 170/ COGS 120

 Interaction Design

(CSE11 or CSE8B or DSC30) and (COGS1 or COGS187A or DSGN1)

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 180

Biology  Meets Computing

BILD 1

CSE majors may not use this course towards UD CSE Electives

***Not restricted to certain majors / academic standings.***

CSE 181

Molecular Sequence Analysis

(CSE100 or MATH176) and (CSE101) and (BIMM100 or CHEM114C) 

**Restricted to Bioinformatics undergraduates. ***

CSE 182

Biological Databases

CSE 100 or Math 176

**Restricted to Bioinformatics undergraduates. ***

CSE 184

Computational Molecular Biology

(BENG 181 or BIMM 181 or CSE 181) and (BENG 182 or BIMM 182 or CHEM 182 or CSE 182) 

**Restricted to Bioinformatics undergraduates.**

CSE 185

Advanced Bioinformatics Laboratory

(CSE11 or CSE8B) and (CSE12) and (MATH20C or MATH31BH) and (BILD1) and (BIEB123 or BILD4 or BIMM101 or CHEM109) 

**Restricted to Bioinformatics majors with a JR or SR standing**

CSE 190

Topics in Computer Science and Engineering

Prerequisites vary per course per instructor. Department stamp required

CSE 191

Seminar in Computer Science and Engineering

Restricted to CSE majors. Consent of instructor required. 

CSE 192

Senior Seminar

Upper-division standing; department stamp and/or consent of instructor 

CSE 195

Teaching

Department stamp required

CSE 197

Field Study in Computer Science and Engineering

Restricted to CSE majors. Consent of the instructor and department approval required.  

CSE 198

Directed Study Group

Consent of instructor. Department approval required. 

CSE 199

Independent Study for Undergraduates

Consent of instructor. Department approval required. 

CSE 199H

CSE Honors Thesis Research for Undergraduates

Admission to the CSE Department Honors program.  Consent of instructor. Department approval required.