Interpreting the Time Schedule

The following information is provided to help you understand course listings.

Attributes: Attributes identify which SPU degree requirements a course may fulfill. For example, a course marked with the “WKA” attribute may be used to fulfill the Exploratory Curriculum: Ways of Knowing in the Arts requirement. 

Corequisite: Corequisite courses must be registered for and taken alongside each other, during the same academic term. You may not register for one course in a corequisite pair/set without registering for the other(s), as well.

Course Number: This is the course number that accompanies the subject code.

  • Below college-level courses, numbered 0001–0199, are not applicable to SPU degrees.
  • Lower-division courses, numbered 1000–2999, are primarily for freshmen and sophomores.
  • Upper-division courses, numbered 3000–4999, are primarily for juniors and seniors.
  • 5000-level courses  are designed to accommodate a range of post-baccalaureate and professional development programs, and may be applied toward master's degrees at the discretion of the graduate program according to established policies. 5000-level courses may not be applied to an undergraduate degree.
  • 6000-level courses apply toward graduate degrees; they may not be applied toward an undergraduate degree, except toward the Christian Theology major of a student formally admitted to the BA in Christian Theology to MA in Christian Theology program.
  • 7000-level courses, apply toward doctoral programs; they may not be applied toward an undergraduate degree.

Course Number Followed by a Letter: Some course numbers end with a letter (F, L, or Z). These indicate a zero-credit course, which is usually a co-requisite of another course.

  • F courses are Field Courses, in which students apply knowledge in a supervised, off-campus setting (usually Blakely Island).
  • L courses are Laboratories, and are usually required alongside Biology and Chemistry lectures.
  • Z courses are Zero-credit Ensembles, which, with permission, allow students with full schedules — and members of the community — to participate in certain music ensembles for enjoyment rather than credit.

Credit: This is the number of quarter credit hours that will be granted for satisfactory completion of the class. Some classes can be taken for a variable amount of credit. These classes will be listed in the Time Schedule with a hyphen or comma. (Note: 3–5 reads as three to five credits, whereas 3,5 reads as three or five credits.) Get detailed information about how to register for the desired number of credits in a variable credit class.

Description: A statement that provides information about the course content. Descriptions may include topics that will be covered, and methods of assessment, among other things.

Equivalent: Classes noted as equivalent cover the same course content, and may substitute for each toward degree requirements.  A student may not receive duplicate credit by completing two courses considered equivalent to each other. Find more information about equivalent courses.

Fees Some courses may charge an additional experience or materials fee that will be assessed at the time of registration. Fees may be charged at a flat rate (e.g. $10) or per credit rate (e.g. $10/credit). Fees noted with an asterisk are non-refundable. Some course fees may not be reflected. You can access a complete fee schedule through the Student Financial Services Costs page.

Grade Modes: Lists the available grading options for the course. Examples of grade modes include: Normal Grading (which includes letter grades A through E); Pass/No Credit; and Audit. When registering, students are automatically assigned the default grading mode. Students who wish to select another available grading mode should contact Student Academic Services for instructions before the fifth day of the quarter.

Instructional Method: The Instructional Method refers to the way in which course content is delivered. Instructional methods include: Traditional (on campus, classroom based); Blended (partially online, partially on campus); Online (online only); and Arranged (instructional time agreed upon between student and instructor).

Location: This indicates where a class is being taught.

Note: Indicates the Part of Term, or Session, to which a course is assigned within a quarter. The part of term determines registration deadlines, and—for summer and September sessions—course dates.

Registration Restrictions: Some courses have registration restrictions, which limit enrollment to certain groups of students (usually determined by a student’s class standing or field of study). The phrase "Class open to" identifies who may register for the course. The phrase "Class not open to" identifies who may not enroll in the course.

Repeat Limits: Select courses, called "repeatable" courses, may be taken for credit more than once. Information at the end of a class's course description states either the number of times you may enroll in the course or the maximum credits you may earn by repeating the course. Find out more about policies related to repeating a course.

Subject Code: This contains the abbreviation of the discipline of the class, (e.g., MAT for mathematics).

Title: Title of the course.