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Arts

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A857: ARTIVISM: WAYS TO IGNITE CHANGE THROUGH YOUR ART Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Dani Ngo, Nhu Nguyen

Two social scientists teach you how to use identity-based art as a tool for liberation, healing, activism, and community building.


This is a hands-on course that probes you to explore your personal narrative. Our goal is to help you think about how your identity is integral to the goals that you want to accomplish in life. We will be making art in various mediums, and exploring the bigger impacts that your art and story have.


Prerequisites
None! Just come with an open mind and heart :~)

A809: The Music of Travis Scott
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Asa Smith

In this course we will analyze the music of Hip Hop/Rap artist Travis Scott. Specifically, we will find how he combines his lyrics and samples to define his sound. At the end, we will apply the concepts and define our own "Travis Scott type sound." (NOTE: Most of Scott's music is explicit)

A850: Making art make sense: How to sound smart when talking about art
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brigitta Rehn

Da Vinci, Monet, Picasso, Pollack: if looking at art makes your head spin this class is for you. We will discuss the fundamentals of art history and the simple methods art historians use to explain works of art. By the end of class you’ll have the tools to sound like a beret wearing, chin-stroking intellectual whenever you have to talk about art.

A807: Caffeine 101: Introduction to the Art of Tea & Coffee Tasting Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ian Castro

Coffee and tea are two of the most popular drinks in the world, just behind water.

Made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, tea has a long history and is deeply embedded in the practice and traditions of various cultures throughout the world. Coffee, a berry from Coffea plants, is just as significant; in the United States, Americans consumed 26.5 million 60-kg bags just in the year 2018.

This class will primarily focus on the Gongfu approach to tea, including the art of tea tasting for industry competitions, and touch on basic pour-over coffee technique.

Please come ready to drink some caffeine!

A783: Modern Calligraphy Full!
Difficulty: *

Are you guilty of watching endless calligraphy videos on Instagram or YouTube? Ever wanted to try it for yourself but never had the tools for it? Guess what?! Join our class and learn that you can do it with any tools! From no. 2 pencils to Crayola markers, learn how to enhance your learning with calligraphy! In this course, you’ll learn the basic techniques of modern calligraphy. We’ll make cards and show you an array of brands of effective markers you can use at a cheap cost. Overall, we’re here to have a good time and share our skills! Plus you get to bring home SOUVENIRS from our class!

A789: Balloon Twisting
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Anna Perhach

Be a clown.
It's a useful life skill that could make you money. In an hour you'll learn enough to be able to make (almost) any balloon on Youtube.

A795: Introduction to Drama
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Marlene Guzman

This is an introduction course to Drama. We will play theater games and activities where we'll engage mindfulness as actors.
Be dressed for activity and be ready to participate.

A825: Introduction to Music Composition Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Steven Cen, Joshua Yang

Want to learn how to compose a catchy tune or two? This course will supply you with the basic tools needed to compose music! This course is for beginners, so no previous experience is necessary; however, experience with a musical instrument is highly encouraged, as this will make music composition easier to grasp.

On top of learning about composing, at the end of the class we will try to perform everyone's compositions. Feel free to bring your instruments!

Course content: Music chords and basic harmony, song structure, writing melodies, arranging, and notes on the creative process.


Prerequisites
Interest in composing, experience with a musical instrument (or voice). Familiarity with music notation is recommended but not required.

A860: Make Your Own Kendama
Difficulty: *

Have you ever used a kendama? This small Japanese skill toy is a fun activity to fill time and entertain friends. However, these toys can be expensive. Learn how to make your own kendama from simple, household materials and try out some basic tricks!


Engineering

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E843: Signals, Systems, and Controls
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Eric Wang

This is a course that will introduce you to the mathematical concepts behind robotic control. We will look at signals in both the time and frequency domain and draw from concepts in both calculus and linear algebra.


Prerequisites
Calculus, Algebra

E869: Lift and Flight: Takeoff, Gyro, and Off Balance
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Prashant Malyala

Hi, everyone! In this lesson, we're going to talk about Bernoulli's principle and how it applies to lift and flight. This lesson will go over some critical concepts but will also be build-heavy (specifically, you will have the opportunity to build your own model helicopters and glider cars using classroom materials). We look forward to seeing you!

E862: How not to build an Airplane
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benoit Rouchy

1: Build Airplane
2: Crash It
3: Give Up

This class will go over how to spec and design an RC airplane.
We will discuss airfoil size and shape, wingspan, cord length, and aspect ratio affect lift. What you need to size the control surfaces and flaps to be able to steer the airplane properly.


Prerequisites
Don't let your hopes fly.

E805: Intro to Bioengineering Full!
Difficulty: *

Bioengineering is a multidisciplinary field. In this course, we will discuss the different aspects of bioengineering, our personal experiences within this field, and its applications to other fields. We will also be doing fun activities that will be related to the different concentrations available here at UC Berkeley! No prerequisites are required. We would just like you to have an open mind and an interest in bioengineering.

E808: Making Medicine Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Asa Smith, Thanh Tieu

In this course you will learn to engineer different molecules that react with the human body. After learning the process, you will create some familiar drugs used in medicine! This class uses concepts of organic chemistry but have no fear. Chef Gusteau once said, "anyone can cook!" The same applies to organic chemistry.


Prerequisites
Any Chemistry Background.

E817: Civil Engineering Basics
Difficulty: *

Ever look around and wonder how the buildings, roads, bridges, water systems, or cities in general came to be? Interested in civil engineering or curious as to what it even is? Come join us to learn the basics of one of humanity's oldest engineering disciplines! Afterwards, we will be doing an activity to put your newfound civil engineering skills to work.

E800: Spacecraft Structures

Learn about the basics of aerospace engineering, then put what you've learned to the test by building an engine mount structure for a rocket! Will your structure survive a launch to orbit?


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge of forces


Humanities

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H866: MEDLIFE
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Laila Elias

MEDLIFE stands for Medicine, Education, and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere, and is an international organization based in Lima, Peru. Its main goal is to eradicate poverty, and in the course we're going to discuss some pressing public health issues and basic triage/medical knowledge.

H851: Putting Mountains on Paper: Intro to Contour Lines and Topographic Maps
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brigitta Rehn

This planet is made up of mountains, valleys, and everything in between and the engineers, architects, geologists and powerful people who make decisions about the design of the world around us need to know all about exactly what the different forms of the land are. For this, they use topographic maps (those ones with all the squiggly lines).
In this class we will look at topographic maps in order to learn how to read them and understand the form of the area represented. After learning the basics of reading the maps we will do some activities to practice applying your new knowledge and to put you on the path to being a shaper of the world!

H813: Political Philosophy for People Who Don't Like to Read
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Anthony Carrasco

What do politicians believe and why does it matter? Explore a multitude of classical political ideologies which have transformed the way we structure society. In this class we will explore the basic tenants of utilitarianism, Marxism, libertarianism, and liberalism. You may leave this class with more questions than when you first came in, but I assure you, you won't regret it.

H834: The Tomb of Nefertari
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Benjamin Daniels

Take a tour of the 19th dynasty tomb of Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramesses II. Made more than 3000 years ago, her "house of eternity" is one of the most spectacular tombs from the ancient world. We will learn about the Book of the Dead, painted on the walls of her tomb, as we follow Nefertari on her afterlife journey.


Prerequisites
None

H837: Nihilism and Existentialism
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jiahui Shen

God is dead, shouted by the mad man in Nietzsche's Gay Science.
What is the meaning of life? If the highest meaning has been demolished, why do we have to do anything? Do we affirm or negate life? Perhaps philosophers Nietzsche and Schopenhauer will give us some insights.
This class will be a close investigation of Nietzsche and Schopenhauer's basic idea on nihilism and existentialism. Specifically Nietzsche on the death of God, Ubermensch, eternal recurrence of the same, will to power, and affirmation to life.


Math & Computer Science

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M890: Surreal Numbers and Games
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Jordan Hines

What is infinity divided by 2? Does that even make sense? In this class, we'll look at surreal numbers, a type of numbers where such things make sense. We'll understand these numbers by playing a strategic, mathematical game called Hackenbush.

M785: Introduction to Python Programming Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Diyah Mettupalli

Students will explore basic Python Programming Fundamentals.

This will include a brief run through of running programs using terminal.

This section will mostly be geared towards solving problems.

M780: The Diagonal Argument
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Gabriel Davis

One of the most famous proofs in the history of mathematics is Cantor's Diagonal Argument, which proves that there are different "sizes" of infinity. First published in 1891, it landed in the midst of fierce philosophical and mathematical debate about the true nature of infinity-- does it even make sense to talk about a "completed" infinity, treating it like a number? Or is infinity merely an abstraction-- the unquantifiable idea of endlessness?

Although Cantor was the subject of blistering criticism during his own time, today his ideas are relatively uncontroversial, and his set theory is foundational to modern mathematics. In this course, we'll learn the mathematical context needed to understand the Diagonal Argument, and discuss its role in the history of mathematics from the 19th century to the present day.


Prerequisites
None, but be ready to consider some relatively abstract mathematics.

M810: LaTeX for Dummies
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Bryan Ngo

Getting tired of MS Word and Google Docs? Want to learn how to easily typeset equations like $$e^{ i \theta} = \cos(\theta) + i \sin(\theta)$$? This class will teach the basics of typesetting with $$\LaTeX$$ using Overleaf. We will learn how to create a document, import packages, and some basic mathematical typesetting.

$$\mathbb{THIS \ IS \ GONNA \ BE \ FUN}$$


Prerequisites
Laptop with internet connection

M915: Foundations of data science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yuqi Ye, sofia kwee

Foundations of data science from three perspectives: inferential thinking, computational thinking, and real-world relevance. Given data arising from some real-world phenomenon, how does one analyze that data so as to understand that phenomenon? The course teaches critical concepts and skills in computer programming and statistical inference, in conjunction with hands-on analysis of real-world datasets, including economic data, document collections, geographical data, and social networks. It delves into social and legal issues surrounding data analysis, including issues of privacy and data ownership.

M895: Quantum Cryptography
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jordan Hines

In this class, we'll introduce some basic quantum mechanics and how it can be applied to cryptography. We'll discuss quantum key distribution (which allows two parties to securely generate a shared secret key) and other cryptographic protocols that use quantum information.


Prerequisites
Comfort with high school algebra

M835: Data Science with Pokemon
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kaitlyn Lee

Come catch them all with HKN in this fun Pokemon themed data science lab. We'll go over the basics of plotting and analyzing data in Jupyter notebook using Pandas. No prior coding knowledge required!

M782: How to Lie With Statistics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kyle Kishimoto

Statistics are used in almost every aspect of our lives. From news outlets to politicians to corporations, groups with varying agendas use numbers to manipulate the way we think and act. Based on the book "How to Lie with Statistics" by Darrell Huff, this course provides a brief introduction to the ways that statistics can be used to mislead, and attempts to educate students on how they can see the truth behind all the numbers in their everyday lives.

M846: Exploring Data Science
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Angela Guan

Data science, a combination of statistics and computer science, is a rapidly expanding field and applicable to almost any subject. Learn how you can use numbers to figure out facts about the world, make predictions, and visualize trends. We aim to make this course accessible to all skill levels, regardless of past experience.

Based on UC Berkeley's fastest growing introductory class with over 1300 students this semester and taught by current course staff. (Please bring a laptop!)

M896: Ordinals and Hydras
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Jordan Hines

What happens when you start counting and don't stop? Can a hydra be beaten? What do hydras even have to do with math? Come to this class to find out!

M845: Graph Theory and Invisibility in the Information Age
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Benjamin Lloyd

With the advent of the internet, your identity and history are more accessible than ever before. Graph theory posits that you may be only six connections away from everyone on the Globe. Can mathematics tell you how to meet your favorite celebrity or your long lost biological parents? Sign up to find out. This course serves as an introductory guide into Graph theory in the context of keeping your identity truly invisible from the modern world.


Prerequisites
Algebra

M870: Mathematical Problem Solving Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Gabriel Davis

What makes someone good at solving problems?

Not the straightforward problems that you find in most textbooks-- solve for x, find the perimeter, etc.-- but complex, non-routine problems. For example: how many rectangles of all sizes can be found on a chessboard? Or what is the sum of the coefficients of the expanded form of (1 +x)^17?

We'll try our hand at solving some problems like this, but we'll also try to engage in some "metacognition"-- thinking about our own thinking. What kinds of strategies seem to be effective? Which ones are less so? What do our "instincts" tell us to do when faced with problems like these? What makes them easy or hard?

You'll come away having done some math, learned some cognitive science, and had some fun exploring the intersection of the two.

M913: Beginner Programming Full!
Difficulty: **

In this introductory computer science class, all students are welcome, those with no experience, to those who have programmed before. We will learn web development, and how to change the text, color, and create our own applications for a website using HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Please come with an open mind to learning new material, I will do my best to make the instruction as clear and smooth as possible.

M832: [BEGINNERS ONLY] Learning about Python, the computing language not the snake
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sindhu Goli, Sage Jeon

Ever heard of Python? Maybe java or html? These are all computing languages and are important in our future world! Here we will be going through the very basics of the language Python. This language is primarily used at UC Berkeley in many departments including: Data Science, Engineering, Computer Science, Cognitive Science, and so many more! Not only that, top companies like YouTube, DropBox, Google, Quora and even Netflix use Python. Believe it or not, Python is the second most used language in the world according to Github.

In this class we will go over basic Python Syntax, Error messages, Numbers and Arithmetic, Variables, Functions and Arrays.

For this course we will be using Jupyter Notebooks and will bring you to the computer lab. Feel free to bring your own laptop if you want!

Contact us if you have any questions or concerns!

Teachers
Sindhu Goli - sindhugoli@berkeley.edu
Sage Jeon - sungjoojeon@berkeley.edu


Prerequisites
[BEGINNERS ONLY]

M820: Applications of Probability and Statistics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Uday Krishna Kalra

This class will discuss various applications of probability with emphasis on Bayes Theorem, Combinatorics and Conditional Probability. We’ll also try and link concepts such as Regression and Linear Algebra to get an idea about basic Machine Learning. We’ll talk about real world problems and jobs that use these concepts to better understand the theory behind probability.


Prerequisites
Introductory probability


Social Sciences

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O814: Why Are So Many People Homeless?
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Anthony Carrasco

If you believe that homelessness is among the most pressing of issues currently facing the Bay Area, you are right. Enjoy a political dive into housing policy as we analyze the way individual and structural factors have made the California housing crisis what is is today.

O916: How do children learn their native languages? An introduction to language acquisition and bilingualism
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ellen Kwok

Ever wondered how babies learn to speak in just 1-2 years? Why is it that a baby can learn any language perfectly but adults struggle to do the same? This class will introduce you to theories on language acquisition that may or may not answer these question. We will also touch on how speaking/learning multiple languages affect our thoughts.

O779: An Insight into Medical Ethics
Difficulty: **

In this course, we will be delving into common medical situations in where the right answer is not as clear as it seems. This course will get students thinking about about how there are many more factors to keep in mind rather than what's occurring strictly in the scientific realm. Come with an open mind and get ready to learn about medicine in a more thought-provoking way!

O874: International Humanitarian Law 101 Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Candice Lee

International Humanitarian Law (IHL), also known as the laws or war, is a broad set of treaties, customary law, and principles that govern situation of armed conflicts and occupation. In this course, you will learn the four fundamental principles of IHL and its application. You will walk out of this class with a stronger understanding of international relations, the intricacies of law, and humanitarian aids. You'll engage in a series of interactive activities and discussion to strengthen your understanding.

O873: Bear Closet - LGBTQ+ Education
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Allison Rich

For anyone interested in learning about LGBTQ+ topics such as labels, identities, bullying, and allyship, Bear Closet is the class for you! We are a student-run class that focuses on queer education through sharing queer-related stories/experiences, and exploring queer topics through our own lives and narratives. We strive to deepen our knowledge of this community and challenge the dominant heteronormative narrative. We aim to cultivate a safe learning environment, where participation from every voice in the room is welcomed and encouraged!

NOTE: this class welcomes all students, whether LGBTQ, an ally, or just interested in learning!

O821: Intro to Linguistics via Conlanging Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Zach Wellstood

Calling all language nerds! Are you fascinated by natural languages? Do you like creating your own languages? Let's get together and discuss both!!

The class will alternate between several short lectures on fundamental concepts of linguistics and several break-out sessions where students can apply those concepts to creating their very own constructed language (conlang). ***Students of ALL backgrounds & levels are welcome to attend.***

Specific topics in linguistics that I'll cover include basic phonetics (study of speech sounds), phonology (study of patterns in speech sounds), morphosyntax (study of word and sentence structure), as well as an assortment of other topics as time allows. By the end of this class you will (hopefully) have learned a little bit about what natural languages do (and do not) do, how languages differ from one another, what the field of linguistics is all about, and more!!

I'll also discuss some of my own favorite constructed languages, and prepare a list of resources for students to take home.

'a' ła'irula lirsa lu'ii'ú yaá! (Very excited to meet you all!)

O831: Night at the (Anthropology) Museum
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Rosie Macon

Discover what happens in museums when the gallery closes and the sun sets! Though it is not exactly how it’s depicted in the movie "Night at the Museum," museum employees work hard behind-the-scenes to ensure the quality of a museum. In this course, you will receive an introduction to museum studies and anthropology.

After discussing what anthropology is and how it intersects with museums, we will leave the classroom and take a gallery tour of the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, located in UC Berkeley campus! We will get the chance to learn and experience how anthropology museums function.

O867: How to Change the World in Our Generation!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Brian Liu

Imagine your ideal world, imagine all living in harmony and where social justice is established. Have you ever been called "idealist" or "naïve" for believing in such a world?
You're not alone. We have the power to be and bring about the change we want to see. But how do we avoid the mistakes of the past, and harness history to take the best route?
I'm an autistic animal rights activist, and this workshop is modeled off a workshop of a similar name made by DxE, but it is applicable to just about any issue in our generation. I would like to empower you all to advocate for whatever you're passionate about, because as MLK said, "an injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."


Prerequisites
care about our world :)

O790: Geography: Thinking Outside the Map
Difficulty: *

Have you ever had to name all U.S. state capitals for a geography class? Have you ever wondered if that's all geography really is? It's time to start thinking outside the map, like geographers really do! This class will go over three major areas of geographic study including: cultural geography, physical geography, and GIS/cartography. Come and learn about this truly interdisciplinary field that has something for everyone. *All levels welcome!

Course website: https://maryantonia4.wixsite.com/thinkoutsidethemap

O792: U. S Eugenics and Sterilization
Difficulty: *

A history of U. S Eugenics in the 20th century and it’s legacy.

O801: Personality Psychology Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Cantika Sasono

Psychology has many branches as a field, one of which is personality. We will explore the history of studying personality and discuss methods and analyses of personality tests.

O865: The Psychology Behind Astrology Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Julia Wang

Have you ever read a personality report based on zodiac signs or the astrology birth chart? Have you ever found them to be pretty accurate and wondered why? Come join this interactive class (on spot astrology demonstration!) to unveil the psychological mechanisms underlying this mysterious process!


Prerequisites
Please bring an electronic devise (e.g. phone, laptop) that has Internet connection! Important for the demo:)

O778: A Critical Understanding of Public Health

This interactive and discussion-based course aims to introduce students to public health and how it impacts everyday lives. We’ll explore the different areas of public health and look at how medicine, the environment, and social-structural forces play a role in health. Learn how you can make a difference in public health!

O791: Introduction to Sociology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sarah Brand

Sociology is everywhere! We will use popular movies and TV shows to illustrate major sociological concepts. Prepare to look at media, and society overall in a new light! The class will explore Theory, Sociology of Education, Economic Sociology, Sociology of Religion, and more. Can’t wait to see you there!

O812: How to Make Law When No One is Looking: A Guide to Political Lobbying
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anthony Carrasco

Want to shape the world in your image and ask permission later? If so, you might want to be a lobbyist. In our democracy, un-elected, charismatic, and well-funded policy advocates have unprecedented power when it comes to how our government works, who it serves, and what it does. This class will offer you a collection of soft skills that you can immediate apply within your community to generate meaningful civic impact.

O852: Mystery Language! Introduction to Linguistic Analysis

Ever wondered what linguists do? In this course we will work with a speaker of a mystery language (hint: an Indigenous language of Mexico) to give you a preview of how linguists analyze language. We will start by talking about some techniques that linguists use when beginning to explore a language. We will then apply these lessons by working with the speaker to try to identify the sounds of the language through learning words. After this, we will turn to sentences and begin to develop a basic understanding of how words and sentences are formed.

By the end of this course you will come to see that linguistic analysis is a lot like working on a puzzle so get ready to put your problem-solving skills to the test!

O923: Coping with Climate Change
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Portia Lewis

Millennial's and follow generations are the one's faced with finding solutions in the face of climate change. This may seem like a daunting task but this course will provide background information on climate change, every day solutions, as well as big ideas involving visions for a more equitable future. Coping with climate change and the anxiety induced by the countless catastrophes waiting to happen is a key part of empowering one's self to face these issues.


Science

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S894: An Introduction Into Neuroscience Full!
Difficulty: **

A basic introduction into neuroscience that explores how cognitive processes in the brain perceive the world around us. We will be doing an introductory lecture on the basics of neuroscience and then we will explore the most recent advances in the field.

S844: Yoga, mantra, and meditation
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Meena Jain, Manju Jain

Laughter yoga, meditation, yoga Asanas and yoga for healthy body and mind


Prerequisites
NONE

S871: The Opioid Crisis
Difficulty: **

This class will be focused on describing the origins of the opioid epidemic including on how and why it started, the main players involved in propagating this crisis and what has been done to combat this issue. The class's topics will range from looking at the biological view of how addiction occurs, analyzing pharmaceutical industry’s motives and the medicalization of drugs, to debating many ethical dilemmas that doctor’s face when prescribing opioids, and what the future of pain management is in America. We will also be evaluating how the epidemic has widespread effects in certain communities and races and how pain management has been transformed due to the induction of opioids in medicine.

S858: The Incredible Water Bear!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ana Lyons, Lily Shang

Come learn about, see with your own eyes, and maybe even befriend the incredible water bear!
As this miniature beast is the first member of the animal kingdom to successfully survive exposure to outer space, become a model for cutting-edge cryptobiosis research, and recently make news headlines about helping solve the quantum superposition of living organisms paradigm, you might be surprised to learn that the water bear (a transparent microscopic invertebrate with eight legs, claws, and eye spots that belongs to the phylum Tardigrada) can actually be found in virtually any film of water, fresh or marine - even in your backyard.
As an oddball of the animal kingdom, you probably won’t learn about tardigrades in your high school biology class, but come learn the little-known history of the phylum (consisting of over 1000 species), how to collect and view the adorable critter on your own with just a few basic tools, and build up your repertoire on the most recent tardigrade research with applications to medicine, molecular biology, systematics, ecology, and even quantum physics.
We’ll have demonstrations of live organisms and cool handouts, plus we’ll even talk about ways that YOU can contribute the growing pool of tardigrade knowledge. Before you know it, you’ll be your local water bear expert!


Prerequisites
An appreciation for cuddly microorganisms and their potential applications to a wide array of scientific fields

S861: Deep Sea Bioluminescence
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Sean Fu, Samantha Yang

A course that goes over the basic mechanisms and behaviors of deep sea bioluminescence.

S840: See your Own DNA Full!
Difficulty: **

What is DNA?Applications of DNA in daily life?
Lab Component:
DNA is there in foods you eat and also you have DNA. Using common home supplies you can extract your DNA .


Prerequisites
None

S822: Radioactivity and Society
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kyle Kishimoto

For over a century, radioactivity has had a huge impact on society - from nuclear weapons to power plants. This class will give a brief overview of the science behind nuclear reactions, then explore selected topics related to the effects of radioactivity on society.


Prerequisites
This class assumes no prior experience in nuclear science, but a year of chemistry or physics would be nice, but is definitely not required.

S884: How Symmetry Leads to Conservation Laws: The Principle of Least Action
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Siddhant Mal

We will discuss the principle of least action which is an alternative way of formulating the laws of physics. We will see how this description turns out to be the same as newtons laws but also how it is deeply connected to all branches of physics

S802: The Physics of Time Travel
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Anasuya Lyons

It seems like every science fiction and superhero movie has to involve time travel in some way, and they all have to come up with some very fancy sounding pseudo-scientific mumbo jumbo to explain it. Is there any real physics behind it?

Come to one of our sections and find out! We'll talk about different ways physics allows time travel, both to the future and the past. We'll cover elements of special relativity, general relativity, and maybe even some quantum mechanics!


Prerequisites
High school physics and calculus will be helpful, but if you're interested you should come, no matter your background!

S888: Forming Planet in Action!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yilun Ma

Do you wanna see how planets like our Earth or Jupiter were formed? We are now able to image planets around other stars and their formation process in action. This is an introduction on how planets are formed as well as how we can observe these processes. I will also present many pretty pictures and videos of exoplanet formation as well. No prior knowledge in astronomy needed!


Prerequisites
Very very basic physics. Some trigonometry maybe? It's fine if you know have no knowledge of astronomy at all!

S819: The Physics of Music
Difficulty: **

Have you ever wondered how a guitar makes such beautiful sounds? How can two instruments, such as a guitar and flute, be in tune with one another despite making sounds in two entirely different methods?

Well, come to our Splash course and find out! We'll start with a quick flute and guitar demonstration and then go into some depth on the physics of music and the mechanisms behind the sounds each instrument makes. We'll discuss air pressure in tubes, vibrations in string, harmonics, and more interesting topics. We hope you leave our course with a greater appreciation of music and how it's made!


Prerequisites
We'll use a little bit of trigonometry and algebra, but all topics should be accessible to all interested students.

S849: An Introduction to Dark Matter Physics
Difficulty: ***

In the 1930s, astronomers were surprised to discover that the everyday matter we see, touch, and feel could not explain the gravitational effects they were observing - because to them it appeared invisible, they called it “dark.” Dark matter is actually about 5 times more abundant in the universe than regular matter, and it seems to be the key to explaining topics ranging from galaxy evolution to the origins of large scale structure in the cosmos. However, almost a century later, scientists still haven’t been able to agree very much on what it is, how it interacts, or why it exists! What they have found is that it gives off no light and barely interacts with anything we are familiar with, so it is extremely challenging to make experimental progress as well, though several international teams are participating in the effort to constrain its possible properties. Discovery of a dark matter candidate particle would represent an overturning of the entire standard model of particle physics as it currently stands!

This class will explore the history of the discovery of dark matter, including various sources of evidence for its existence, and examine the most popular theories explaining it. Join us to find out more about why you should care and why it *matters!*


Prerequisites
Familiarity with introductory physics (Newton's laws, basically).

S920: Introduction to Theoretical Astrophysics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Dhruv Muley

The dynamics of most objects in the Universe is governed primarily by two types forces---pressure forces between fluids, and gravitational forces between masses. With rising computational power, these forces have increasingly been simulated numerically on computers. In this class we cover some of the basic goals and philosophies of numerical simulations, and cover a few common numerical methods in the field.


Prerequisites
Basic calculus highly recommended, but not absolutely required

S784: A first dive into special relativity
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Vyassa Baratham

Albert Einstein's theory of relativity is a bold and bizarre hypothesis about the way our universe works when things move very quickly. It predicts that objects shrink and expand and even age at different rates depending on how fast they're moving. And, as it turns out, these strange predictions are 100% correct!

While parts of the theory are complicated mathematically, its foundational ideas are straightforward to understand without any math. And there are mathematically simple applications of relativity which are nonetheless meaningful, counterintuitive, and inspiring.

In the course, we will briefly review the history of physics leading up to Einstein, then introduce the basic concepts that allow us to discuss special relativity (observers, relative motion, reference frames) by taking a detailed look at some problems you will have seen in a high school physics class. Then, we will present the postulates that special relativity is based on, develop some fundamental equations (time dilation, length contraction), and finally use this machinery to treat some problems of interest, hopefully including classics such as the "twin paradox" and how to fit a 1.0m pole into a 0.9m long barn.


Prerequisites
You need to have taken a physics class to get anything out of this one! Prereqs are: high school physics including basic trigonometry (sin/cos/tan) and algebra.

S859: The Structure and FUNction of Proteins
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Kylie Cheng, Ana Lyons

Explore why the shape-shifting properties of the beloved molecules known as pRoTeInS actually matters. We promise mini-, interactive lessons that overview: the hierarchy of protein structure-function, how scientists model "protein structure" and why, how protein production/modification varies between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and what types of careers involve modeling protein structures for the greater good of society. There will also be a hands-on lab that allows you to design an experiment to "break" our favorite oh-so-glowing protein: GFP. With your newfound knowledge and GFP and its behavior, your friends will be oh so jelly! (pun intended)


Prerequisites
General biology/AP Biology or a healthy review of the https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein page

S848: Snowy Science
Difficulty: **

Snowflakes are very beautiful. Their symmetric patterns are very nice to look at, but why do they form in these unique shapes? Can we make snowflakes out of things other than water? Why care about snowflakes at all?

It turns out that snowflakes provide deep insights into many fields of physics, and asking questions about the physics of everyday phenomena can lead to surprisingly general results. Come join our class to enjoy "cool" physics, learn how science can be used to understand the world around you!


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Prerequisites
Basic algebra skills and a desire to learn!

S794: Stem Cells: Science and Society
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Masood Jan

Many believe that the cures to most diseases lie in stem cell science and research, yet others fear repercussions that could forever alter our social conscience and morality. This class takes students on a journey inside the stem cell revolution, where perspectives from scientists, researchers, policy-makers, and ethicists will challenge students to consider the societal, political, even spiritual implications of this rapidly developing frontier

S847: Sleeping, Eating, Growing, Peeing: How the Endocrine System Regulates Our Bodies
Difficulty: **

The human body is an intricate machine that is composed of 11 systems. While every system is vital, in this course, we will delve into the system that regulates all of the other systems: the Endocrine System. The Endocrine System is a collection of glands that produce hormones, allowing cells throughout the body to communicate with each other. To learn more about this instrumental system and how hormones regulate our body, enroll in this course!

S842: An Introduction to DNA Profiling
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Meena Jain, Ram Kishore

Why DNA? Short Tandem Repeat, Polymerase Chain Reaction, Introduction to Human Genetics, Capillary Electrophoresis, Interpretation of DNA Typing, and Confirmation of a DNA Match


Prerequisites
none

S875: Introduction to the neurobiology of seizures
Difficulty: **

An overview of brain function and the mechanism of how seizures happen in the brain and the current treatments that we have.


Prerequisites
Basic Biology

S919: Falling into A Black Hole Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Ruoyi Yin

Ever feel curious about what a black hole looks like or how it forms? Ever wonder about how scientists detect a black hole? If you are interested in science, hope to get some basic knowledge about stellar evolution or some interested research about black holes, this is the right place to come! Will have cool videos and no prior knowledge required!

S788: Introduction to Cardiology
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Daniel Han, Kathryn Li

According to the CDC, more than 600,000 people in the United States die each year from heart-related
diseases, making it the leading cause of death for both men and women. Cardiovascular disease is a result
of the gradual buildup of plaque or fatty material within the arterial walls leading to heart attacks.
However, most cardiovascular diseases are preventable by addressing risk factors such as poor and unhealthy diets, smoking, environmental hazards, and limited physical activity. The heart is one of the most vital organs required for human life and has very complex structures and mechanisms that enable blood circulation throughout the body. This course aims to introduce interested students from all
backgrounds the fundamentals of the heart. In particular, we will cover its respective anatomy and
physiology, learn related diseases and their impacts in public health, and explore exciting on-going
research fields.


Prerequisites
Basic knowledge about Biology; Some experience with Anatomy and Physiology preferred

S799: Stem Cells in Medicine

Stem cells are incredible cells that can differentiate into other cell types and be used for treating diseases. We will discuss what stem cells are, how stem cells can be used to make whole organs, treat blood cancers, repair burnt skin, and restore vision. We will also discuss CRISPR and how this tool is used for editing genetic information to cure genetic diseases. Join us to learn about how stem cells and genome editing are the future of medicine!

S803: An Introduction to Quantum Mechanics Full!
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: Anasuya Lyons

Have you ever wondered how a particle can also be a wave? Or how a cat can be dead and alive? Or if there really are parallel universes?

Come to our course, and Introduction to Quantum Mechanics! All of these things you've been wondering, physicists have wondered too! And the answers lie in the delightful weirdness of quantum mechanics. In this class, we'll ask (and answer!) questions like:

- why do we need quantum mechanics? What led to its discovery?
- Why is quantum mechanics different from classical physics?
- how do we use math to express the ideas of quantum mechanics?

We'll cover the motivations, the math, and hopefully try our hands at some basic quantum mechanical problems.


Prerequisites
Calculus and some exposure to linear algebra will be very useful. High school physics will also be helpful.

S806: Powerful Plots: Communicating Science Through Figures
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Enze Chen, Han-Ming Hau

"A picture is worth a thousand words," or so the saying goes. Having a good figure can be the difference maker between a good or bad grade in the common case, and life or death in the most extreme case. Come learn about the characteristics of a good figure and some common pitfalls to avoid in order to improve your science communication skills and impress your peers!

S818: Special Relativity
Difficulty: ***

$$E=mc^2.$$ Everyone knows Einstein's famous equation, but what does it really mean and where does it come from? This class will provide a brief introduction to the physics of near light speed reference frames. We will discuss how time can slow, and length can contract when one observer is moving near light speed, as well as the curiosities that arise from this including, but not limited to, Einstein's equation and paradoxes involving poles too big to fit in a barn and twins aging at different rates.


Prerequisites
A little bit of Trigonometry is helpful but not necessary.

S827: THE BRAIN ON DRUGS
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julia McCullough

Ever wondered what happens to the brain on drugs? We will be discussing the brain on opioids, lsd, methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, alcohol, caffeine, and other drugs. The history of the drug, and short and long term effects will also be discussed!

S838: Street Smart Quantum Mechanics: A Conceptual Guide to Rule Bending Physics
Difficulty: ***
Teachers: David Abramovitch

Quantum mechanics is not only the basis for most of modern physics and exciting applications, it is also extremely cool! However, quantum mechanics is usually described to those outside physics through confusing platitudes such as "everything's uncertain, and measurement is weird" or "wavicles!?!", while physics classes often present a wave equation and some linear operators without much explanation of how they relate to the world we know. In this class, I want to explain some basic quantum mechanics through a few concise but bizarre modifications to "normal" classical physics. We'll see that the "path" an electron takes over time is very different from one that a baseball might, and that this new way in which quantum particles move leads to surprising states that stay the same. We'll talk a bit about the consequences, such as why atoms act the way they do and why chemistry exists. And yes, there will be waves and uncertainty, hopefully as part of a bigger, understandable picture. No math or physics experience is expected, but come curious and ready to think hard.

S854: Introduction to Nutrition
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Julie Lum, Jose Mendez

I'm sure you've heard it from your doctor already--"You're not eating enough vegetables." Well, what does that even mean doc? And why does eating veggies have to taste so bad? Learn what it means to make good food choices and the impact it has on the world around you!

S856: An Introduction to Organic Chemistry Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Josephine Widjaja

How do molecules interact with one another? How do chemical reactions work and how do electrons move?

Organic chemistry is the foundation of all of these questions! In this class, we will teach you basic organic reactions as well as show you further applications of organic chemistry in a colorful, exciting demonstration!


Prerequisites
General Chemistry

S863: DIY Instant Jelly Worms! Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Joyce Guo, Verena Yiu

Ever wanted to play with chemicals but was told to stay away because they are too dangerous? Here comes your chance!

We will be making instant jelly worms with food-grade chemicals (applying the principles of chemical bonding and crosslinking), showcasing a replacement reaction (if you've heard of it in your chemistry class) with visible, tangible changes, and learning about how this can have application in the pharmaceutical world and beyond!

S877: A Physicist's Guide to Polarizers
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Yi Zhu

What do 3D movies, LCD screens, and quantum "spookiness" have in common? What is polarized light? How can we manipulate light with polarizing filters?

Join us in for an illuminating presentation on the physics of polarized light: from classical electrodynamics to early quantum theory!

S880: Bending Reality: The Placebo Effect Full!
Difficulty: *

Smarties and cocaine. What's the difference?

Want to test it?
Caffeine or sugar pill?
Ever felt the effects of the miracle berry?

Join us in experimenting with the power of placebo! Learn about how your brain can change reality.

S881: Make your own microscope! Full!
Difficulty: **

Want to build and take home your very own paper microscope? Let's explore magnification, microscopic organisms, and your very own cells!

S918: Superconductors!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Fanghui Wan

Wonder if conductors can have zero resistance? What would happen if conductors are cooled down to the lowest temperature possible? Want to know why nature even allow zero-resistance conductor to exist? You are at the right place! I will explain how (spoiler) *superconductors* work and how they are used! (Potentially, how to make them :D)


Prerequisites
Curiosity about mother nature

S921: Breaking the Atomic Nuclei: A No-Nonsense Intro to Particle Physics
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Che Liu

Humans have never failed to be entertained by the question "What is the matter made of?" Ancient Greeks may have believed that four fundamental elements are enough to describe everything in their perceivable world. Nowadays scientists believe that the universe is made of a plethora of colorful (you get it?) elementary particles in the standard model.
In this course, we will be exploring some of the theoretical, experimental, and computational techniques scientists use to probe the answer to the above question. Currently, planned topics may include and are not limited to: a quick intro to mesons, baryon, lepton, conservation laws, strong and weak interaction, Feynman diagram, beta decay, cloud/bubble chamber, Large Hadron Collider, machine learning for track reconstruction.

(This course was previously listed as "Experimental Particle Physics at the Large Hadron Collider)


Prerequisites
Preferably, students should already know what protons, electrons, and neutrons are. It is a plus if you know the right hand rule for magnetic force, but it is not required. We will be doing very basic "math" similar to balancing chemical equations, except easier. Additionally, if you think you are way beyond this basic course, then you shouldn't be in this class at all.

S901: Could enough electric eels cook a fish?
Difficulty: **

Could a team of electric eels cook their prey? What if instead of seeing visible light, you could only see hard radiation? What would happen to a teaspoon-sized neutron star? In the style of Randall Munroe's What If, we'll analyze absurd scenarios with real physics, reaching topics from general relativity to particle physics via questions a child might ask.


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X787: Sustainability, Society, and Business
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Candice Lee

Climate change is real, and companies must look for smarter and greener alternatives to run their business models. In this interactive course, you'll learn about corporate social responsibility, the sustainable development goals and shared value creation. We will focus on a specific company to talk about its strategies and initiatives. Finally, you'll get to team up with other students to pitch your sustainable business plan to the class!

X922: What to Do if and When You Burn the House Down
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Russo Hernandez

Be prepared!

This class will mainly teach emergency preparedness, as well as other useful first-aid skills i.e. safely evacuating a burning building and performing CPR.

Prevent and prepare for the next time your parents leave town and tell you "Don't burn the house down when we're gone!"

X904: Public Speaking! What to Do and How to Do It
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Noah Rumbaoa

Public speaking is a highly valuable skill, not only for future employers, but for school, future relationships, and future involvement in your own community! In this course, you will learn different techniques to improve your public speaking and presenting skills, along with some facts about the Bay Area and modern regional issues (i.e. the affordable housing crisis, transportation, climate change).

X909: stitching 101 [embroidery workshop] Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shuge Luo

Looking to try embroidery? Come to this casual class where we'll provide materials (embroidery hoops, needles, thread and fabric). There will also be books on basic embroidery thread. You can stitch flowers, frogs, or your friends!

You can also bring your own items (backpacks, clothes, hats, socks, any kind of fabric) to be customized.

Complete this form after signing up: https://forms.gle/k6z3SqsNoFcFfoXZ8


Prerequisites
n/a

X830: Save a Life with Emergency First Aid Full!
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shloka Reddy

Have you ever wondered how to create a make-shift tourniquet? Are you interested in learning the signs and symptoms of shock? And how to give quality chest compressions? If so, this class is for you.

We will cover all the basic first-aid skills for common medical emergencies so that if you are ever in a worst-case scenario survival moment, you will be prepared rather than panicked!


Prerequisites
Willingness and desire to help people!

X891: Zodi-HACKS: A Crash Course in Astrology
Difficulty: *

Ever wonder what astrology is? Thinks it’s fake? Or just want to learn why “being a Gemini” is an insult? Come to our course for a good time and learn more about the stars... in a non academic fashion!

X911: Sing with Karaoke
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Manju Jain, ANIL SHARMA

How to sing using Karaoke. Entertain yourself involving the use of such a device. How to improve your singing and be a better karaoke singer. Teach how to sing with from your diaphragm not your throat. Teach deep breathing technique.


Prerequisites
None

X912: Optimizing Time in Office Hours
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Julie Ha, Noah Rumbaoa

Ever wonder what office hours are for?

Want to know what to bring and how to prepare? Types of questions to ask? Want to get to know your professors better?

Want to feel less anxious and more comfortable? We will show you some tricks!

We will show you step by step the ways to create an efficient and fulfilling office hour experience!

X786: How to Read Tarot Cards
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Brenn Haydon

Reading tarot cards is an act of scrying, or forseeing, the future. This is a mindful practice in which one can receive guidance or direct answers to questions concerning all aspects of life.

As an instructor for this course, I have been practicing with tarot cards for 6 years and never have the cards been wrong in predicting my future!

In this course I will be introducing what tarot cards are, how to read and use tarot cards in your weekly routine, and celebrate the mysticism of life!

X864: Yoga for beginners
Difficulty: *
Teachers: MANJU JAIN

Learn the basics and fundamentals of yoga. THESE POSES OF YOGA ARE BENEFICIAL FOR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM, NERVOUS SYSTEM,RESPIRATORY SYSTEM,FOR STRONG IMMUNIZATION SYSTEM. FOR KEEPING YOUR HEART HEALTHY, FOR KEEPING YOUR JOINTS STRONG AND MAKING YOUR STAMINA STRONG IN JOGGING, RUNNING AND EXERCISING YOUR BODY. COME AND ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF THIS CLASS SO THAT YOU ARE SUCCESS IN ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR LIFE.


Prerequisites
Anybody interested can join.

X887: Copwatch: Know Your Rights
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Alex Li

Learn how to safely interact with police and how to protect yourself by exercising your rights!

What are your rights in school? Can the police just search your backpack or your body?

What should I do when I’m stopped in a car? What about when I’m stopped on the street? What if the police come to my house door? These questions and more will be answered.

Through a combination of role play and lecture, you will learn about your rights and come out able to confidently and safely assert them.

X908: The University Experience: Student Panel
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yajushi Mattegunta

Interested in what a university experience is like? Join us for a student panel, where we have a set of academically diverse UC Berkeley seniors answer any questions you may have about university academics, research, job recruiting, internships and more!


Prerequisites
None

X914: designing your life
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Shuge Luo

taking exercises from "designing your life" and "project wayfinder", both projects initiated from the Stanford d-school - we'll reflect on ourselves and design a plan that brings us to a "well-lived, joyful" life~

This course will be 90 minutes long.

to see resources - look here
http://lifedesignlab.stanford.edu/


Prerequisites
yourself

X905: Introduction to Esperanto
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Noah Rumbaoa

Have you ever wanted to learn another language that only you and your friends can speak? Try learning Esperanto! Esperanto is a language invented in the 20th century designed to be the world's universal language. It was designed to be easy to learn (especially for English speakers), so why not give it a go? Benefits include: knowing another language, showing potential employers dedication, and an entrance to a growing community of Esperantistoj!

X853: Introduction to Chocolate Full!
Difficulty: *

Why chocolate?
Chocolate is the perfect lens through which we can study numerous topics ranging from agriculture effects of climate change to barriers of entering the food business. Each person has a different personal connection to chocolate, whether that be the smell of freshly baked cookies at home or soothing hot chocolate around a campfire, allowing for dynamic and intimate conversations about these topics.

X906: A SPECTACULAR GAME SHOW UNIVERSE
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Shuge Luo

Together, we are going to play games from game shows. We;ll talk about strategies and you'll learn lots of trivia.

it'll be sooooo much fun!!! SIGN UP!!!!


Prerequisites
enthusiasm

X902: Food for Thought: Skills to Navigate College and Life
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ryan Farquhar

Interested in College but know if you will be supported through your transition? This course will focus on navigating the college system and the ways to support your basic needs (from food, skills, financial).

X781: Adulting
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Belle Lau, Jenny Zhou

The school system does not require a class for students to learn how to live in the real world and function as an adult. We often enter college unprepared to take care of ourselves. Many life skills, including how to develop good habits, manage stress, pay taxes, budget our spending/income, and to live a healthy lifestyle, are necessary, especially when college is the bridge to adulthood. This course will explore the many dimensions of how to successfully adult.

X815: Intro to Bullet Journaling Full!
Difficulty: *

Do you like jotting, doodling, lettering, or just taking aesthetic notes? Or do you want to learn the basics of journaling and other lettering techniques? You will have the opportunity to learn these methods through this quick and easy class!


Prerequisites
None

X910: Public Speaking: Thinking On Your Feet Full!
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Yajushi Mattegunta

Does public speaking make you nervous? Learn to think on your feet and speak cohesively and clearly! Perfect for those who want to hone their existing skills and for those who want to get over stage fright.

X823: Disability: Know Your Rights
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ami Alaniz

Education can be difficult or feel impossible if you struggle with your mental or physical health. "Wellness weeks" come and go and talk about taking care of yourself--but what if you're already "not well?"

Did you know that you have a legal right to work and a legal right to your education?

Come and learn your rights and get the confidence to use them! We'll cover high school, college (and how to GET to college), and career accommodations.

X824: Ditch Your Diet: How to Eat Well & Have Your Cake
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Ami Alaniz

Every day we are confronted with different ways to lose weight, get fit, and be happy. Nearly all of these ways end up with us trying... and then trying something else.

Let's ditch the #fitspo, the #thinspo, and get back to basics.

Learn how to eat well without a diet--and how to be happy without one!

X829: Applying 101: Navigating the UC Application Full!
Difficulty: *

Applying to the UCs and college in general can be difficult and often times scary. Come join two student advisors from UC Berkeley's Office of Undergraduate Admissions who are excited to help navigate the UC application with any high school student interested in applying!

You'll gain tips and tricks about the application, learn about how college life is, and hear our story as UC Berkeley students!

X836: Science and Faith
Difficulty: **
Teachers: Amanda Xu, Charles Yang

What is the purpose of (my) life? What makes someone a good or bad person? “Life is a question, and how we live it is our answer.” We are often confronted by these overwhelming and unavoidable questions that seem to have no answer.

Science is commonly viewed as a tried-and-true method to answering our inquiries, but can it answer all of our questions or are there other avenues of inquiry we can use? In this class, we’ll investigate what kinds of questions science can answer, how we know what we know, and the relationship between science and faith/religion. Regardless of how you feel about these topics, come for a lively discussion about the deeper questions of life :)


Prerequisites
willingness to investigate and engage with material!

X883: Foundations of Circus Acrobatics
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Abi Lidar

Ever wondered how Cirque du Soleil performers get their start? This hands-on introductory class will teach you the basics!

No prior gymnastics or yoga experience required. However, be prepared to move and stretch your body, so make sure your clothes aren't constricting.

You'll be able to do some fundamental acrobatics balances by the end of the class – and maybe even jumpstart your own Cirque du Soleil career!

X885: The Ones That Got Away: Investigations into Cold Cases
Difficulty: *

Are you interested in true crime and unsolved cases? Bestselling author Charlie Donlea once said, “A life might end, but sometimes their case lives forever.”
In this course, we will explore 2-4 cases of unsolved murders and disappearances. After introducing each case, we will open up the floor to a seminar-style discussion investigating popular theories on that case.


Prerequisites
An interest in cold cases and true crime. These are real cases with real victims, and we expect all students to be mindful and respectful of the victims and their families.

X897: The Art and Science of Happiness
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Tim Huang

Did you know…
That happiness can be trained as a habit?
That gratitude and kindness can rewire our brains for the better?
That mindfulness can improve our physical health and help us manage stress?

In this class, we’ll explore the art and science of leading a happy and meaningful life, based on the latest research from positive psychology and the wisdom of spiritual traditions. Students will practice some fun, practical strategies and gain some new tools for applying these lessons in their everyday lives.

X811: You CAN Make a Difference
Difficulty: *
Teachers: Gabriela Olmedo

Using the tenets of Effective Altruism, will talk about why we should do good, how we can do the most good based on evidence, and how we here in the first world have the ability to do a large amount of good.