Key to Course Descriptions
Following is a sample course description with the individual elements explained in the order in which they appear. If an element does not appear in a course description, that means it does not exist for the course.
This sample is for illustration purposes only, as it is impossible for one course to have ALL of these elements.
Also labeled as the course's Code. The course number indicates the level of course; for example, 100-199 are primarily introductory and beginning courses. See the Course Numbering System for more information.
Full Course Title:
In this example, the full course title is First-Year Composition.
Brief text explaining the content and topics that will be covered in the course.
This indicates the minimum and maximum number of units students can earn upon completing a course. Courses listed with a range of units in the catalog may be offered for a specific number of units within that range each term. Please see the current Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information.
Repeatable for Credit, Completions and Units Allowed:
The course may be repeated for additional credit. The maximum units and total completions include the first attempt of the course. In this example, the course may be repeated once after the initial completion of the course, for a total of 6 units maximum.
The grades used for the course; most courses offer Regular Grading (A, B, C, D, and E). For more information on alternative grading bases, see Grades & the Grading System.
Describes the course's program applicability; includes undergraduate, graduate, law, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine.
Cross Listed Courses:
Other subject prefixes that this course appears under. In this example, the course LAS323 is cross listed with ARH323.
Categories associated with the course which the student may receive credit for. In this example, the course satisfies a General Education Writing requirement, World Cultures and Societies requirement, and an Exploring Perspectives: Artist requirement.
Prerequisites which are automatically enforced at the time of enrollment. In this example, a student who wishes to enroll in the course must be studying Art History, Studio Art, or Art Education as a major, AND have received credit for ART 344 (Digital Photography).
Students must pay additional fees beyond the standard tuition and fees to take this course. For an overview of course fees and their purposes, see Current Course Fees.
The type of course, such as lecture, discussion, laboratory, etc. The workload associated with course units is divided between each required component for the course. In this example, the Lecture is always required while the Discussion is optional. Components marked as optional in the catalog may be required for specific sections in specific semesters. Please see the current Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information.
When the department typically offers the course on a particular campus. Please see the current Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information on term specific course offerings.