Understanding course description listings

Sample course description listing

sample course listing with field indicators


Course part Description
Subject The subject is the area of study (e.g., ECON or MSCI). See the full course subjects/abbreviations list.
Catalog Number The three- or four-digit number that identifies a particular course (e.g., AFM 121). It sometimes has one or more letter(s) as a suffix (e.g., FR 192A).
Component The various types of course meets (how the course is taught). You will also see the short forms on the Schedule of Classes. Click on the link beside the course component below for its description.
Unit The credit value associated with a course. Unit weights are used in the calculation of averages for academic standing. Unit weights vary from 0 to 3.0 and most courses have unit weights of 0.5.
Title The full title (seen here) will appear on your official transcript (a shortened version will be visible in Quest and the Schedule of Classes).
Description and Notes A brief outline describing the course content; notes indicate additional information you should be aware of prior to registering (e.g., term of offering, restrictions, field trip fees, etc.).
Prereq (prerequisite) The requirement(s) that must be met in order to be eligible to enrol in a course. Prerequisites may include passed courses, registration in a specific program or plan, and an academic level or academic standing.

For example, SPAN 101 is listed as a prerequisite for SPAN 102, so to choose SPAN 102, you must have previously passed SPAN 101.

Coreq (corequisite) A course that must be taken at the same time, if it has not been taken in a prior term.

For example, if you wish to take MATH 235, you must either already have taken and passed one of MATH 128/138/148 or you must take one of them in the same term that you take MATH 235.

Antireq (antirequisite) A condition preventing enrolment in a course. The most common antirequisites are courses that have significant overlap. Degree credit will not be granted for both the antirequisite course and a course naming it as such.

For example, BUS 111W is listed as an antireq of AFM 131 because much of the same material is covered in both courses. If you are taking or have taken BUS 111W, and you take AFM 131, you will not receive credit for AFM 131.

Cross-listed These are courses which are listed under two (or more) subjects and which can be taken for credit as either subject, but not both.

For example, GERON 255 and SCI 255 are cross-listed. They are the same course, will appear on your transcript as the course you were registered in, and they can count toward different sets of requirements as if you were registered in the other course.

Consent (instructor or department) To register in a course with this designation, you must obtain permission from the department as specified.