Key to Course Descriptions
Course listings are subject to change without notice.
- Course Related Policies
- Course Numbering System
- Grades and the Grading System
- Course Descriptions
- The Course Catalog is a comprehensive listing of all credit-bearing courses offered by the University of Arizona since Fall 2010. Courses listed in the Course Catalog may not be offered every semester; for up-to-date information on which courses are offered in a given semester, please see the Schedule of Classes.
- Descriptions for courses offered by the University from 1993-94 through 2009-10 may be found in archived Catalogs, while descriptions for courses offered prior to 1993 may be found in the University Campus Repository.
Courses listed in the General Catalog are approved to be taught for the specified term. For course offerings and availability by term, see the Schedule of Classes.
Sample Course Description:
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.
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.
Courses offered during the specified term have a link from the course number to their entry in the Schedule of Classes.
Full course title.
Number of units of credit.
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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 and the Grading System.
Credit may be awarded based on multiple components of 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.
This will always be listed as UA General.
The department through which the course is offered. Cross-listed courses may show an Academic Organization that differs from their subject prefix.
Typically Offered Semester(s):
Campus and term in which a course is usually offered. Always consult the Schedule of Classes for actual class offerings.
Enrollment Requirements are prerequisites automatically enforced at the time of enrollment. In this example, a student who wishes to enroll in the course must be studying Spanish and/or Portuguese as a major/minor, AND have received credit for SPAN 253 (Intermediate Spanish I for Heritage Learners).
Categories associated with the course which the student may receive credit for. In this example, UNIV 105 satisfies a Gen Ed requirement, counts as an Honors Course and a Writing Emphasis Course, and could be satisfied by SUN# CHM 1151 (General Chemistry I).
A text description briefly explaining the content/topics that will be covered in the course.
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.
Students must pay additional fees, above and beyond the initial tuition and fees, to take this course. For an overview of fees by department, see Course Fees.
Sections of a course offered as fully online sections in main campus programs will be charged an iCourse Fee. This fee does not apply to In-Person or Hybrid sections of a course, or to students in fully online programs. Please check the Schedule of Classes for up-to-date information on the mode of instruction for individual sections of a course as offerings may change from semester to semester.
Identifies courses or other experiences which must be completed prior to or in conjunction with the course listed. Although not automatically enforced, these requisites are highly recommended for success in the course.
Course activities include one or more field trips.