Winter Undergraduate Course Updates

Updated November 5, 2021


COVID-19 Update: We want to let you know that our CSE advisors are still here for you when you need us. However, to ensure we are doing our part to "flatten the curve" and keep you and our staff safe during this global pandemic, we are moving to remote advising until further notice. Current students may contact us via the Virtual Advising Center (vac.ucsd.edu) or csestudent@eng.ucsd.edu. We are still offering advising appointments which can be conducted via Zoom videoconference or phone. To schedule an appointment, please email csestudent@eng.ucsd.edu.

The following links may be helpful: 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for the UC San Diego Community

Current Information About the Coronavirus for International Students 

Education Continuity Tools and Resources from Educational Technology Services

COVID-19 Student Resources: Many resources for students including laptop loans, lease cancellation info, etc. 

Campus Computer Lab Lookup 

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS):  Call (858) 534-3755, 24/7, for assistance.

Coping with Corona Virus Stress (article)

International Students and Programs Office


Due to the high demand for CSE courses, enrolling in CSE courses can be difficult and confusing. Please read the following page in detail. The courses listed below are the courses/sections we intend to offer in Winter 2022. The capacity in each course is determined by multiple variables (not just the classroom size), including but not limited to: 

  • Classroom size availability 
  • Instructor availability 
  • Instructor teaching load
  • Instructional support availability (TA/tutor support) 
  • Scalability of the course
  • Campus COVID-19 restrictions

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Over the coming quarters, we will continue our transition toward an even more robust campus presence. All courses for Winter 2022 (excepting R-courses) are being scheduled as in-person and assigned classrooms. At this point, students will need to assume everything is in person and/or synchronous only unless stated otherwise in the Course Notes below for the course section. 
  2. Course components with the location listed as RCLAS on the Schedule of Classes/WebReg will be remote/online course components. 
  3. The CSE Department and UC San Diego reserve the right to move any in-person components to remote/online instruction at any time before and during the Winter quarter in order to help keep our faculty, staff, and students safe (physically and mentally) during these unprecedented times.  

Winter 2022 Enrollment for CSE Majors
  • We have reserved some seats in the lower-division CSE courses for current CSE Majors (see chart below).
  • Please waitlist your CSE courses when your enrollment window opens in mid-November.
  • The CSE department will manually clear Winter 2022 CSE/EC26 Majors for CSE courses with reserved seats.  
  • CSE/EC26 Major Winter 2022 Priority Deadline: Monday, November 29th at 11:59 PM - Current CSE/EC26 majors who want enrollment priority must waitlist their requested courses by this date/time. CSE majors are cleared in waitlist order as seats become available (only for courses/sections with reserved seats). This is NOT a guarantee for a requested course.
  • Winter 2022 CSE Majors will need to monitor their @ucsd.edu email daily for course clearance and follow the directions provided before the deadline listed in the email (be sure to check your SPAM/Junk folder).

For non-CSE majors, if you are not able to enroll in your CSE courses in Winter, you may need to enroll in a subsequent quarter.

Late Add Policy

The CSE department does not allow students to add courses past week 2. If a student is not enrolled in enough units by the start of week 1, the student should contact their department advisor.

Students who add CSE courses during the first two weeks will not be allowed to make up missed assignments. If you are on the waitlist for a course, you are expected to attend the class for the first two weeks and complete assignments. If students choose not to attend class or to not turn in assignments on due dates, the student will receive a "0" on all missed assignments/quizzes/etc. No exceptions are made.

Waitlist Policy

CSE/EC26 Major Winter 2022 Priority Deadline: Monday, November 29th at 11:59 PM - Current CSE/EC26 majors who want enrollment priority must waitlist their requested courses by this date/time. CSE majors are cleared in waitlist order as seats become available (only for courses/sections with reserved seats). This is NOT a guarantee for a requested course.

  • CSE will use first-come, first-served order of the waitlists. Depending on the demand for the course, continuing CSE and ECE CE undergraduate majors might be given clearance to add a course prior to other majors being allowed into the course if they waitlist by the CSE Major Priority Deadline listed above. Note that even for CSE/EC26 majors we use first-come, first-served order.
  • CSE Double Majors: If CSE is not your first major, you will not receive CSE Major Priority for courses with a waitlist that require manual clearance (i.e. seats reserved for CSE majors)
  • Read your @ucsd email DAILY. This is how we contact you to tell you if you were cleared to add a course with reserved seats. If you do not respond by the deadline, you will lose the seat!
  • Once all seats are released, students will only be added to courses with waitlists in waitlist order via the automatic waitlist enrollment process. The last waitlist add runs on Thursday of Week 2. The CSE department will NOT manually clear any students to enroll even if space becomes available on the last day of enrollment (Friday of Week 2). 
    • CSE will not approve requests to enroll in CSE courses exceeding the max unit limit if there is a waitlist. Please see the "Max Unit Exceptions" note below for more details
  • For non-CSE majors, if you are not able to enroll in your CSE courses in Winter you may need to enroll in a subsequent quarter.

In general, undergraduates have a priority to add undergraduate CSE courses; graduate students have priority to add graduate CSE courses. Priority is not given to:

  • Students who postpone taking a course hoping for a particular instructor in a future quarter.
  • Seniors (or others) who do not use their 1st and 2nd pass early-enrollment times.
  • Students who failed or withdrew from the course in a previous quarter.

Late coursework:

  • Students who add CSE courses during the first two weeks will not be allowed to make up missed assignments. If you are on the waitlist for a course, you are expected to attend class for the first two weeks and complete assignments. If students choose not to attend class or to not turn in assignments on due dates, the student will receive a "0" on all missed assignments/quizzes/etc. No exceptions are made.

Max Unit Exceptions: 

  • Students who are on the waitlist will not be moved into the course if they need a max unit exception. When the college grants a max unit exception it is for the course requested, not the quarter. If a seat becomes available in the waitlisted class the system will bypass the student needing a max unit exception and add the next student on the waitlist to the course, which means that the student needing the max unit exception will not be added because the available seat will be taken. If a student wants to be added off of the waitlist, they would need to be under the max unit limit (enrolled and waitlisted courses combined) so the system can bring them into the course if a seat opens up (in waitlist order of course). We will not approve requests to enroll in CSE courses exceeding the max unit limit if there is a waitlist. Please plan accordingly. 
Enrollment/Course Policies

Prerequisites are enforced for ALL CSE classes.

See Enrolling in CSE Courses to learn the best strategies for getting into CSE classes.

For course clearances, please use the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy). These may take 5 business days to be processed. 

Sorry, no swaps. Be sure to enroll or waitlist in the section with the assigned time you will attend and the assigned final exam you can attend. Due to the high demand for CSE classes, the large volume of requests, and limited staff resources, the CSE department does NOT allow students to swap sections, even if they find another student who is willing to swap with them. No exceptions. 

The CSE department does not release names of instructors until their appointments are official with the University. Once official, instructor names are posted on the Schedule of Classes and WebReg.

If you need to petition a course for transfer credit, please use our ONLINE PETITION to do so.

Non-CSE Majors

Non-CSE Undergraduates who want to enroll in CSE Major restricted courses should submit an enrollment request through Enrollment Authorization System (EASy). (Major restricted courses are indicated with an asterisk (*) below.) Since CSE instructors aren't directly involved with student enrollment, please do not contact the course instructor regarding enrollment concerns.

Requests from non-CSE major undergraduate students to be cleared to enroll in CSE major restricted courses will be placed on a "Department Hold" until after CSE Majors have had the opportunity to enroll. The requests may be reviewed between Monday, December 6th and the start of classes if there are seats available.

Clearance to enroll/waitlist a CSE undergraduate course with a large waitlist does NOT indicate we intend to offer additional seats. The courses and sections we intend to offer are listed in the Schedule of Classes. 

For all courses with reserved seats for Winter 2022 CSE majors, any remaining seats will be released early December after our CSE majors have had a chance to enroll.

Non-CSE Courses 

For questions about enrolling in ENG 100D or ENG 100L, please see Global Ties

Each department handles course clearances for their own courses. Please contact the respective department for course clearance to ECE, COGS, MGT, etc.

Graduate Students

Graduate students who wish to add undergraduate courses please submit a request through the Enrollment Authorization System (EASy). Prerequisite clearances and approvals to add will be reviewed by the end of week one of classes based on if there is seat availability after undergraduates enroll.

Graduate Course Request: Please see the Graduate Courses and Enrollment Information

Major restricted courses are indicated with an asterisk (*) below.

See CSE Course Prerequisites webpage for information on which majors are approved for major restricted courses. 

Course Course Title Instructor Section Code Section Capacity Course Notes
CSE 8A Intro to Programming 1 Cao, Yingjun A00 384 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 8B Intro to Programming 2 Miranda, Gregory Joseph A00 395 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 8B Intro to Programming 2 Elsherif, May Elhussein B00 196 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 11 Accel. Intro to Programming Miranda, Gregory Joseph A00 395 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 12 Basic Data Struct & OO Design Cao, Yingjun A00 400 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 12 Basic Data Struct & OO Design Alvarado, Christine J. B00 250 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 15L Software Tools&Techniques Lab Politz, Joseph Gibbs A00 146 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 15L Software Tools&Techniques Lab Politz, Joseph Gibbs B00 146 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 15L Software Tools&Techniques Lab Politz, Joseph Gibbs C00 300 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 20 Discrete Mathematics Jones, Miles E A00 350 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 21 Math/Algorithm&Systems Analys Jones, Miles E A00 350 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 30 Computer Organiz&Systms Progrm STAFF A00 196 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 30 Computer Organiz&Systms Progrm STAFF B00 196 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 87 Freshman Seminar Moshiri, Alexander Niema A00 20 All seats released for enrollment.
CSE 87 Freshman Seminar Cottrell, Garrison W B00 20 All seats released for enrollment.
CSE 95 Tutor Apprentice Politz, Joseph Gibbs A00 75 See tutor webpage for additional information
CSE 100 Advanced Data Structures Moshiri, Alexander Niema A00 600

Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors. Remote (RCLAS). The course will be asynchronous. 

CSE 101 Design & Analysis of Algorithm Kane, Daniel Mertz A00 196 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 101 Design & Analysis of Algorithm STAFF B00 196 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
CSE 105 Theory of Computation Lovett, Shachar A00 400 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for CSE/EC26 majors
*CSE 110 Software Engineering Griswold, William G. A00 216 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 120 Princ/Computer Operating Systm Pasquale, Joseph A00 196 All seats released for enrollment. Remote (RCLAS). The course will be synchronous and asynchronous.
*CSE 120 Princ/Computer Operating Systm Pasquale, Joseph B00 196 All seats released for enrollment. Remote (RCLAS). The course will be synchronous and asynchronous.
*CSE 123 Computer Networks Snoeren, Alex C. A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 127 Intro to Computer Security Heninger, Nadia A A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 130 Progrmng Lang:Princpl&Paradigm Jhala, Ranjit A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 132A Database System Principles Vianu, Victor Dan A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 134B Web Client Languages Powell, Thomas Allan A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 140 Component&Desgn Tech/Digtl Sys Rosing, Tajana Simunic A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 140 Component&Desgn Tech/Digtl Sys Rosing, Tajana Simunic B00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 140L Digital Systems Laboratory Eldon, John A00 395 All seats released for enrollment. Remote (RCLAS). The course will be synchronous and asynchronous.
*CSE 141 Intro/Computer Architecture Zhao, Jishen A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 141L Project/Computer Architecture Pannuto, Patrick William A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 151A Intro to Machine Learning Elsherif, May Elhussein A00 0 Cancelled.
*CSE 151B Deep Learning Cottrell, Garrison W A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 152A Intro to Comp Vision I Chandraker, Manmohan Krishna A00 196 All seats released for enrollment. Remote (RCLAS). The course will be synchronous and asynchronous. Exams will be synchronous ONLY.
*CSE 160 Intro to Parallel Computing Kastner, Ryan Charles A00 120 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 167 Computer Graphics Ramamoorthi, Ravi A00 146 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 169 Computer Animation Rotenberg, Steven Paul A00 48 All seats released for enrollment.
CSE 170  Interaction Design  Xia, Haijun A00 100 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 176E Robotic Sys Design & Implemnt Swanson, Steven James A00 25 All seats released for enrollment. Application required. DUE 11/19
*CSE 181 Molecular Sequence Analysis Pevzner, Pavel Arkadjevich A00 50 All seats released for enrollment.
*CSE 190 Topics in Computer Science and Engineering Bandeira, Nuno A00 49 See CSE 190 webpage for details
CSE 194 Race, Gender, and Computing Sherman, Imani A00 50 All seats released for enrollment. Remote (RCLAS). The course will be synchronous ONLY.