Course Descriptions

A Guide to Understanding the Course Descriptions


  1. Subject and subject code.
  2. Course number -- The course numbering system distinguishes between courses that are degree applicable and those that are not.
    1. Units from courses numbered 001-099 are appropriate for financial aid and athletic eligibility, but may not be applied toward the units required for a degree.
    2. Units from credit courses numbered greater than 100 may apply toward the associate degree.
    3. Non-credit courses (indicated with an NC department designation) are not applicable for financial aid or athletic eligibility and may not be applied towards a degree or any certificate except a certificate of completion.
  3. The units of credit that can be earned during a semester.
  4. The number of lecture and lab hours per semester or session.
  5. If both Pass/No Pass and Standard Letter options are given, the student can choose to take the course to receive a pass/no pass grade instead of a letter grade.
  6. Course or condition that must be met to enroll in class. A "co-requisite" or "concurrent enrollment" course must be taken at the same time as the desired course.
  7. Course description.
  8. Indicates if course is degree applicable (AA/AS), transferable to the California State University or the University of California (CSU, UC), and/or applicable to General Education (GE) requirements. For more information on GE approved courses, see Graduation Requirements page. To verify the transfer policies of other colleges and universities, consult a counselor.
  9. Courses with equivalent course content. Only one of these courses may be taken for credit.
  10. The recommended reading level or skill preparation a student is expected to have in order to succeed in the coursework.
  11. If an equivalent course is not underlined, it is no longer offered or active.
  12. Number of times a course may be taken for credit.