Winter Undergraduate Course Updates

Updated: November 29, 2022

Welcome to the Winter 2023 Updates page!

Here you will learn: important Winter 2023 course information, how we manage the waitlists, enrollment priority information for CSE majors, when we are opening any available seats, and how non-CSE majors can request to enroll in CSE restricted courses. 

Due to the high demand for CSE courses, enrolling in CSE courses can be difficult and confusing. Please read the following page in detail. This page is subject to change periodically so we recommend checking our website and the Schedule of Classes for the most up to date information. 

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

IMPORTANT NOTES: 

  1. Students will need to assume everything is in person and/or synchronous only unless stated otherwise in the "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 2023 quarter based on pubic health or university guidance.
  4. 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. This includes R (remote) courses. If a student is waitlisted for a course and then enrolls in the R version (or vice versa), the system will drop you from the waitlist because it recognizes you are already enrolled in the course. We will not clear students to add to the course in these situations as the system moves on and automatically adds the next eligible student on the waitlist. 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.

Advising

Current students may contact us via the Virtual Advising Center (vac.ucsd.edu) or csestudent@eng.ucsd.edu. We are offering virtual drop-in advising (all students) and advising appointments (current CSE majors only) which can be conducted via Zoom or in-person. To schedule an appointment, please email csestudent@eng.ucsd.edu.

Our front Intake Office is currently open Monday 1:00 - 3:30 PM, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 1:00 - 3:30 PM and Friday from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The front Intake Office is closed every Wednesday. **Hours are subject to change, please check our website for the most up to date information. 

Due to increased volume and demand, in weeks 1-2 of the Winter 2023 quarter, CSE advising temporary suspends individual advising appointments. Our office will offer more drop in advising hours during that period. 

Please visit our Academic Advising page or Undergraduate Advising page for more information. 

Winter 2023 Enrollment for CSE Majors
  • We have reserved some seats in our lower-division and core CSE courses for our current CSE Majors (see chart below). 
  • We reserve these seats by requiring students to add themselves to the waitlist and then provide an authorization clearance to students to enroll.
  • Please waitlist your CSE courses when your second pass enrollment window opens mid-November. Please make sure to waitlist your CSE courses with reserved seats by Monday, November 28th at 11:59pm PST. 
  • The CSE department will clear CSE/EC26 majors for CSE courses with reserved seats starting Tuesday, November 29th. 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.
  • The course clearance process is not automatic - Students waitlisted for lower-division and core courses with reserved seats must follow the course clearance instructions sent to them via email on Tuesday, November 29th and take enrollment action.
  • 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 2023, 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.

Please refer to the 2022-2023 academic and administrative calendar for important enrollment dates and deadlines. 

Waitlist Policy

CSE/EC26 Major Winter 2023 Priority Deadline: Monday, November 28th at 11:59pm PST - 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 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 week2. The CSE department will NOT manually clear any students to enroll even if space becomes available on the last day of enrollment (typically Friday of week 2). 
  • Please refer to the 2022-2023 academic and administrative calendar for important enrollment dates and deadlines. 
  • For non-CSE majors, if you are not able to enroll in your CSE courses in Winter 2023, 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
  • Granting exceptions to prerequisites is rare and requires documentation of extenuating circumstances. 
  • 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. This includes R (remote) courses. If a student is waitlisted for a course and then enrolls in the R version (or vice versa), the system will drop you from the waitlist because it recognizes you are already enrolled in the course. We will not clear students to add to the course in these situations as the system moves on and automatically adds the next eligible student on the waitlist. 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.
  • We do 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. Please see CSE Course Prerequisites webpage for information on which majors are approved for major restricted courses. 

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 5th 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 2023 CSE majors, any remaining seats will be released early December after our CSE majors have had a chance to enroll.

Non-CSE Courses 

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

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

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

The courses listed below are the courses/sections we intend to offer in Winter 2023. 

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

Course Course Title Prerequisite(s) Primary Instructor Section Code Section Capacity Course Notes
8A Intro to Programming 1 No prior programming experience is assumed, but comfort using computers is helpful. Students should consult the "CSE Course Placement Advice" web page for assistance in choosing which CSE course to take first.
***Restricted to undergraduates.***
Effective Spring 2022: Students may only receive credit for one of the following: BILD 62, COGS 18, CSE 8A, or CSE 6R.
Elsherif, May Elhussein A00 196 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for current CSE majors. Any remaining seats after major priority enrollment will be released early December.
8B Intro to Programming 2 CSE 8A or permission from the instructor. Permission from the instructor received through CSE petition process.
***Restricted to undergraduates.***
Miranda, Gregory Joseph A00 350 All seats released for enrollment.
11 Accel. Intro to Programming Significant prior programming experience (for example, high school AP CSA). Students should consult the CSE Course Placement Advice webpage for assistance in choosing a first CSE course.
***Restricted to undergraduates.***. Zero units of credit offered for CSE 11 if CSE 8B taken previously or concurrently.
Miranda, Gregory Joseph A00 300 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for current CSE majors. Any remaining seats after major priority enrollment will be released early December.
12 Basic Data Struct & OO Design CSE 8B or CSE 11
***Restricted to undergraduates.***
Cao, Yingjun A00 348 All seats released for enrollment.
12 Basic Data Struct & OO Design CSE 8B or CSE 11
***Restricted to undergraduates.***
Cao, Yingjun B00 348 All seats released for enrollment.
15L Software Tools&Techniques Lab CSE 11 or CSE 12 or CSE 8B or DSC 30
***Restricted to undergraduates.***
Politz, Joseph Gibbs A00 350

Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for current CSE majors. Any remaining seats after major priority enrollment will be released early December.

Q: I’m also taking Math 18, or some other course whose final exam time overlaps with CSE15L. What should I do?

We will have scheduled oral exams in CSE15L with appointment slots. If you don’t have the time of the final exam free due to a conflict, you just need to be flexible in scheduling your exam some time during finals week.

15L Software Tools&Techniques Lab CSE 11 or CSE 12 or CSE 8B or DSC 30
***Restricted to undergraduates.***
Politz, Joseph Gibbs B00 350

Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for current CSE majors. Any remaining seats after major priority enrollment will be released early December.

Q: I’m also taking Math 18, or some other course whose final exam time overlaps with CSE15L. What should I do?

We will have scheduled oral exams in CSE15L with appointment slots. If you don’t have the time of the final exam free due to a conflict, you just need to be flexible in scheduling your exam some time during finals week.

20 Discrete Mathematics CSE11 or CSE6R or CSE8A or CSE8B or ECE15. *CSE 11 may be taken concurrently with CSE 20. AFTER enrolling in CSE 11, students should submit a Enrollment Authorization System (EASy) to be cleared to enroll in CSE 20.
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 or MATH 31CH to meet the CSE 20 course prerequisite for CSE courses. EASy request may be required.
Students may use MATH 109 or MATH 31CH towards CSE 20 CSE major/minor requirements, but MATH 109 or MATH 31CH must be taken for a letter grade and students need to submit a VAC request to manually move the course to cover the major /minor requirement *** Restricted to undergraduates.***
Jones, Miles E A00 300 All seats released for enrollment.
21 Math/Algorithm&Systems Analys CSE 20 or Math 15A or MATH 31CH. ***Restricted to undergraduates.***Effective Winter 2023: Students who have completed MATH 154 or MATH 184 or MATH 188 previously or concurrently may not receive credit for CSE 21. STAFF A00 300 All seats released for enrollment.
30 Computer Organiz&Systms Progrm CSE 12 and CSE 15L***Restricted to undergraduates.*** Soosai Raj, Adalbert Geral A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
30 Computer Organiz&Systms Progrm CSE 12 and CSE 15L*** Restricted to undergraduates.*** Soosai Raj, Adalbert Geral B00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
87 First-year Seminar None; Priority is given to incoming Freshmen. ***Restricted to Freshman academic standing.*** Cottrell, Garrison W A00 20 All seats released for enrollment.
*91 Perspectives in Computer Science and Engineering PACE: 1st Year Cohort Minnes Kemp, Mor Mia A00 50 PACE is intended for incoming 1st years. If you are an incoming 1st year, please waitlist and an authorization to enroll in the course will be provided.
*91 Perspectives in Computer Science and Engineering PACE: 1st Year Cohort Minnes Kemp, Mor Mia B00 50 PACE is intended for incoming 1st years. If you are an incoming 1st year, please waitlist and an authorization to enroll in the course will be provided.
*91 Perspectives in Computer Science and Engineering PACE: 1st Year Cohort Minnes Kemp, Mor Mia C00 50 PACE is intended for incoming 1st years. If you are an incoming 1st year, please waitlist and an authorization to enroll in the course will be provided.
95 Tutor Apprentice 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.*** Minnes Kemp, Mor Mia A00 38 Undergraduate Tutor Apprentice Course
95 Tutor Apprentice 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.*** Minnes Kemp, Mor Mia B00 37 Undergraduate Tutor Apprentice Course
100 Advanced Data Structures (CSE21 or MATH154 or MATH158 or MATH184 or MATH188) and (CSE12) and (CSE15L) and (CSE30 or ECE15)
***Restricted to undergraduates.*** Students may not receive credit for both CSE 100R and CSE 100.
Moshiri, Alexander Niema A00 189 All seats released for enrollment.
100R Advanced Data Structures (CSE21 or MATH154 or MATH158 or MATH184 or MATH188) and (CSE12) and (CSE15L) and (CSE30 or ECE15) ***This course is a Distance Education (fully remote) course.*** Students may not receive credit for both CSE 100R and CSE 100. Moshiri, Alexander Niema A00 350 All seats released for enrollment.
101 Design & Analysis of Algorithm (CSE21 or MATH154 or MATH158 or MATH184 or MATH188) and (CSE12 or DSC30)
*** Restricted to undergraduates.***
Kane, Daniel Mertz A00 475 Once initial seats are released, remaining seats are reserved for current CSE majors. Any remaining seats after major priority enrollment will be released early December.
105 Theory of Computation (CSE12) and (CSE15L) and (CSE20 or MATH109 or MATH15A or MATH31CH) and (CSE21 or MATH100A or MATH103A or MATH154 or MATH158 or MATH184 or MATH188) Jones, Miles E A00 348 All seats released for enrollment.
*107 Intro to Modern Cryptography (CSE21 or MATH154 or MATH158 or MATH184 or MATH188) and (CSE101) and (CSE105)
*** Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors. ***
Bellare, Mihir A00 125 All seats released for enrollment.
*110 Software Engineering CSE 100 or CSE 100R. ***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). Griswold, William G. A00 216 All seats released for enrollment.
*120 Princ/Computer Operating Systm (CSE 30) and (CSE 101) and (CSE 110)
*** Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors ***
Pasquale, Joseph A00 216 All seats released for enrollment.
*120 Princ/Computer Operating Systm (CSE 30) and (CSE 101) and (CSE 110)
*** Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors ***
Pasquale, Joseph B00 216 All seats released for enrollment.
*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.***
Effective Spring 2023: (CSE 30) and (CSE 101) and (CSE 110)
Credit may not be received for both CSE 123 and ECE 158A
Shalev, Aaron D A00 189 All seats released for enrollment.
*127 Intro to Computer Security (CSE21 or MATH154 or MATH158 or MATH184 or MATH188) and (CSE120 or CSE123 or CSE124) ***Restricted to junior or senior standing the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.*** Heninger, Nadia A A00 410 All seats released for enrollment.
*130 Progrmng Lang:Princpl&Paradigm (CSE12) and (CSE100) and (CSE105)
Effective Spring 2023: (CSE12) and (CSE100 or CSE100R) and (CSE105)
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***
STAFF A00 189 All seats released for enrollment.
*132A Database System Principles CSE 100 or CSE 100R. ***Restricted to Sophomore, Junior, and Senior standing of CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.*** Vianu, Victor Dan A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*134B Web Client Languages CSE 100 or CSE 100R. ***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors*** Powell, Thomas Allan A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*140 Component&Desgn Tech/Digtl Sys (CSE20 or MATH109 or MATH15A or MATH31CH) and (CSE30); CSE 140L should be taken concurrently.
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***
STAFF A00 146 All seats released for enrollment. **We are actively working to identify an instructor for this course. The course may be cancelled. Please check website for updates.
*140 Component&Desgn Tech/Digtl Sys (CSE20 or MATH109 or MATH15A or MATH31CH) and (CSE30); CSE 140L should be taken concurrently.
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***
STAFF B00 146 All seats released for enrollment. **We are actively working to identify an instructor for this course. The course may be cancelled. Please check website for updates.
*140L Digital Systems Laboratory (CSE20 or MATH109 or MATH15A or MATH31CH) and (CSE30); CSE 140 should be taken concurrently.
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***
STAFF A00 300 All seats released for enrollment. **This offering is dependent on the offering of CSE 140. 
*141 Intro/Computer Architecture (CSE30) and (CSE140) and (CSE140L) ***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***
Two units of credit offered for CSE 141 if CSE 142 taken previously.
Tullsen, Dean Michael A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*141L Project/Computer Architecture (CSE 30) and (CSE 140) and (CSE 140L); CSE 141 should be taken concurrently.
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors***
Eldon, John A00 196 All seats released for enrollment.
*151A Intro to Machine Learning (CSE12 or DSC40B) and (CSE15L or DSC80) and (COGS118D or CSE103 or ECE109 or ECON120A or MATH181A or MATH183) and (MATH18 or MATH31AH) and (MATH20C or MATH31BH)
*** Restricted to students within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, EC26, and DS25 majors.***
Students may not receive credit for both CSE 151A and COGS 188, nor may they receive credit for both CSE 151A and CSE 151.
Dasgupta, Sanjoy A00 146 All seats released for enrollment.
*151A Intro to Machine Learning (CSE12 or DSC40B) and (CSE15L or DSC80) and (COGS118D or CSE103 or ECE109 or ECON120A or MATH181A or MATH183) and (MATH18 or MATH31AH) and (MATH20C or MATH31BH)
*** Restricted to students within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, EC26, and DS25 majors.***
Students may not receive credit for both CSE 151A and COGS 188, nor may they receive credit for both CSE 151A and CSE 151.
Dasgupta, Sanjoy B00 146 All seats released for enrollment.
*152A Intro to Comp Vision I (MATH 18 or MATH 31AH) and (CSE 12 or DSC 30) and (CSE 15L or DSC 80)***Restricted to students within the CS25, CS26, CS27, CS28, and EC26 majors.***
Students may not receive credit for both CSE 152A and CSE 152.
Chandraker, Manmohan Krishna A00 189 All seats released for enrollment.
*160 Intro to Parallel Computing CSE 100 or CSE 100R. ***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.*** Kastner, Ryan Charles A00 146 All seats released for enrollment.
*166 Image Processing (DSC40B or MATH18 or MATH31AH) and (CSE100 or DSC80). Effective Spring 2023: (DSC40B or MATH18 or MATH31AH) and (CSE100 or CSE100R or DSC80) Ochoa, Benjamin Lawrence A00 80 All seats released for enrollment.
*167 Computer Graphics CSE 100 or CSE 100R. **Students may not receive credit for CSE 167 and MATH 155A.**
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors.***
Ramamoorthi, Ravi A00 192 All seats released for enrollment.
*169 Computer Animation CSE 167. Recommended preparation: an understanding of linear algebra
***Restricted to CS25, CS26, CS27, and EC26 majors***
Rotenberg, Steven Paul A00 49 All seats released for enrollment.
*181 Molecular Sequence Analysis (CSE 100 or CSE 100R) and (CSE 101) and (BIMM 100 or CHEM 114C). **Restricted to Bioinformatics undergraduates.***
Students may receive credit for one of the following: CSE 181, BIMM 181 or BENG 181.
Pevzner, Pavel Arkadjevich A00 35 All seats released for enrollment.
190 Top/Computer Sci & Engineering Prerequisites vary per course per instructor. Please see the CSE 190 web page to review specific course requirements.May be taken for credit up to three times. May be co-scheduled with CSE 291. Bandeira, Nuno Filipe Cabrita A00 50 See CSE 190 webpage for details