Set Yourself Apart from Others

Jump-start your university career, expand your academic skills in preparation for postsecondary studies, or earn credit toward a degree. University Credit Courses (UCC) provide you with the potential to complete general education requirements, while familiarizing yourself with the expectations and teaching style of University-level courses in the United States and strengthening your college applications. UCR University Extension offers courses in a variety of subjects with credits that can potentially transfer to accredited institutions nationwide including all University of California and California State University institutions.*

With the UCC Program, you'll study in small to medium sized classes with frequent interaction between instructors and peers in a convenient, online environment that will fit your schedule. Upon successful completion of the course, you'll earn full UCR course credit on an official UCR University Extension transcript. UCC Program courses are backed by the same UC Gold Standard of academic quality that you'll find in all UCR campus classes.*

*Always check with your receiving institution to determine transferability, as exclusions may apply. Applicability for subject credit is typically determined by a student's major department and by other institutions upon consideration of the full course syllabus. Enrollment in UCR Extension University Credit Courses does not constitute admissions into a UCR degree program. Matriculated UCR students and UCR accepted students are not eligible to take UCC courses.

Course Offerings

Cultural Anthropology (ANTH XR001)

Explores the basic contributions of anthropology to the understanding of human behavior and culture and the explanation of similarities and differences among human societies. Addresses the relevance of materials drawn from tribal and peasant culture to problems of the modern world.

Introduction to Archaeology (ANTH XR005)

A general introduction to the aims and methods of archaeology, in the field and in the laboratory. World prehistory as revealed by these methods will be briefly surveyed. By the end of this course, you will be able to situate basic knowledge of archaeology within an anthropological framework and comprehend the methods that archaeologists use to reconstruct the past.

Human Evolution (ANTH XR050)

Explores the evolutionary history of humans as biocultural beings adapting to changing environments. Examines fossils, genetics, and archaeological data.

Introduction to Business (BUS XR010)

Provides an overview of the field of business administration. Explores business goals and strategies, functional areas of business and their integration in policy and decision making, social responsibility, computers in business, and business trends and challenges including the international dimension.

Financial Accounting and Reporting (BUS XR020)

A study of the concepts and techniques for measurement and communication of financial information. Includes interpretation of financial statements.

Production and Operations Management (BUS XR105)

Addresses the issues of design and control of production systems in manufacturing and service organizations. Covers product and process selection, capacity planning, location and layout design, project and job scheduling, inventory control, material planning, and quality control.

Foundations of Finance (BUS XR132)

Covers the mathematical and economic foundations of finance. Topics include intertemporal production and consumption, fisher separation, risk and return, two-fund separation, standard asset-pricing models, arbitrage, derivatives concepts and parity relationships, and international finance parity relationships.

Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECON XR002)

An introduction to the study of the economic system from a macro, or aggregate, perspective. Includes analysis of business cycles, economic growth, unemployment, inflation, and the impact of government policies on the level of economic activity.

Introduction to Microeconomics (ECON XR003)

An introduction to the study of the economic system from the micro, or individual decision-maker's, perspective. Includes the study of opportunity cost, markets, consumption, production and competition.

Healthful Living (EDUC XR44)

Examine critical health and wellness issues of contemporary life and how personal and societal attitudes influence how we view these issues. Topics to be discussed in this course include: the relationship of mind & body to health and wellness; mental and emotional well-being; nutrition and fitness; alcoholism and responsible drinking; safe sexual practices and sexually transmitted diseases; and defining sexual assault.

Electronics, Smartphones, and Mobile Internet (EE XR003)

Introduces basic concepts and understanding of electronic products, wireless communications, industrial control, and robotics that are important for citizens and leaders in the information age. Highlights including smartphones, mobile Internet, robots etc., will be used as examples.

Science Fiction: Major Themes and Motifs (ENGL XR012I)

An introduction to science fiction from the nineteenth century to the present examining the influence of other literary forms (utopian, folklore, medieval, etc.) as well as scientific, historical, social, political, and religious trends on the genre.

Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Literature (ENGL XR012K)

Examines central texts by gay and lesbian authors from the nineteenth century to the present. The primary focus is on exploring the ways in which sexual identity affects the writing of literature.

Introduction to Asian American Literature (ENGL XR012M)

An introduction to the history, social background, culture, and literature of Asian America.

American Indian Literature (ENGL XR012O)

An introduction to the defining themes of American Indian literature. Through traditional stories, autobiography, poetry, and fiction, the class explores the relationships between humans and nature; the individual and the community; and Indian and American identities.

Chicana and Chicano Literature (ENGL XR012R)

An introduction to Chicana and Chicano literature. Explores teatro, poetry, short stories, novels, essays, and other genres particular to Chicana and Chicano literary production. Periods of study include turn-of-the-century to the present.

Shakespeare (ENGL XR017)

This course, intended primarily for non-English majors, is designed to provide an understanding of drama as a form of literary art and to encourage a familiarity with Shakespeare's most important works. Plays from each dramatic genre (comedy, history and tragedy) will be included.

Writing Red: Native American Literature (ENGL XR022)

Acquaints students with a range of Native American literatures. Discusses mass-mediated images of Native Americans and how "Indian-ness" is constructed, contested, and embodied in poetry, film, autobiography, fiction, and photography.

African American Autobiography (ENGL XR023)

An introduction to African American literature, focusing on how black literature in the United States has been shaped by self-narrated responses to terror and oppression. Examines autobiographies by Frederick Douglass, Harriet Jacobs, Langston Hughes, Ida Wells-Barnett, and Malcolm X.

Introduction to the Study of Race and Ethnicity (ETST XR001)

Foundational theories and concepts in Ethic Studies and examine how social institutions have historically shaped race relations and social processes producing racial, class, and gender inequalities and stratifications.

The United States from 1865 (HIST XR17B)

Key developments in the history of the United States from 1865 focusing on the unique historical conditions that framed America’s founding and the emergence of a new powerful industrial United States. Study the shift of the United States from an agrarian to an industrial society after the Civil War, and learn how new inventions and business models made the United States a world power in the 20th century.

Introduction to United States History (HIST XR17A)

An introduction to the major themes and issues in the history of the United States from colonialization to the middle of the nineteenth century.

World History: the Long Twentieth Century (HIST XR20)

A critical analysis of global historical changes in the twentieth century, and how they shape the world we live in today. Students explore popular revolutions, World Wars and the Cold War, social & cultural change, capitalism, imperialism & decolonization; environmental crises; technological innovation and other contemporary global developments.

First Year Calculus (MATH XR009A)

Introduction to the differential calculus of functions of one variable.

Energy and Environment (ME XR004)

Covers energy conservation, energy sources, market dynamics, and climate change. Addresses cultural, political, and social trends and their impact on the ecosystem. Discusses renewable and nonrenewable energy sources.

Contemporary Moral Issues (PHIL XR002)

Philosophical analysis of contemporary moral issues, such as: abortion, discrimination, sexual morality, punishment, the obligation to obey the law, suicide, euthanasia, war, privacy.

Ethics and the Meaning of Life (PHIL XR003)

Approaches one of the basic questions of value: how should one live? Covers classical and contemporary discussions of issues such as the human good, human virtue, the role of pleasure and happiness, egoism and altruism, duty, the relativity and objectivity of value, the meaning of life, death, autonomy, integrity, and conscience.

Evil (PHIL XR005)

An introduction to the nature of evil, its motivation, and its origins. Utilizes a variety of sources to examine these themes, including classical philosophical texts and contemporary films.

Introduction to Critical Thinking (PHIL XR007)

A practical examination of reasoning and argument topically illustrated.

The Origins (PHYS XR037)

Explores the most fundamental questions in cosmology, physics, and chemical sciences through their origins. Topics include the origin of the Universe, origin of matter, first generation of stars and galaxies, origin of chemical elements, chemistry of life, and astrobiology.

Introduction to Applied Data Science: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach (PHYS XR050)

Introduces students from different disciplines (physical, biological, engineering, finance, economy, humanities) to data science techniques and applications. Provides background knowledge in data science and prepares students for a career in this field. Provides basic knowledge to continue on to more advanced topics in data science, and apply it to practical problems.