Important things to understand as you design your schedule/explore courses
- Credits: Students typically take five 3-credit courses each semester for a total of 15 units. You only need 12 units to be full-time, and some first-year students start at 12. Students who are taking a 5-credit language course as one of their five courses may take as many as 17 units.
- Course Sections and Subsections: Every course has a section number (01, 02, etc.). Some have required subsections, which are listed as letters (A, B, C, etc.). If you see a list of subsections with the course, then you must select both a course section (e.g., 01) and a subsection (e.g., A) when picking classes. The section and the subsection will meet on different days and times.
- Course Times: Courses begin 10 minutes after their scheduled start time, e.g., a 10:00 a.m. class begins at 10:10 a.m. This gives you plenty of time to travel between classes. Unlike the typical high school schedule, in college you do not want to take too many classes back-to-back in a single day, but scheduling some courses back-to-back allows you to create an efficient schedule.
- Variety: Try to take different "types" of courses. In the process you will discover what you like and you will also begin to fulfill the basic curricular requirements of your Liberal Arts degree. You will see courses listed as HUM (humanities), LCD (language and cultural diversity), NSM (natural sciences and math), and SSC (social sciences). You may also want a mix of large lecture classes and smaller discussion-based classes.
- First Year Academic Programs: Some courses are offered solely to incoming first-year students. These have a different registration process. Most of these courses are filled on a first-come, first-served basis so sign up early if there is a course you are particularly eager to take.
- Explore Possible Majors: You have plenty of time to pick a major. To explore major possibilities, review the list of major departments and select a department to see its requirements.