How to Read the Schedule of Classes

Courses in the Schedule of Classes are arranged alphabetically and numerically by course designator or subject code. For example, ENG for English, MTH for mathematics.

Schedule of Classes Terms and Abbreviations

Avail = Remaining seats available

Baccalaureate / WIC Courses

All baccalaureate core classes in the Schedule of Classes have an asterisk * in the title. The course description also contains the note "(Bacc Core Course)".
All writing intensive course classes (WIC) have a carat ^ in the title. The course description also contains the note "(Writing Intensive Course)".


Ecampus - Distance Ed = An Ecampus course. Additional abbreviations may follow indicating a specific location or course level.
Oregon State - Cascades = OSU Cascades Campus in Bend, Oregon
Oregon State - Corvallis = Corvallis Campus
Newport/HMSC = Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Oregon
EOU = OSU courses taught at Eastern Oregon University in LaGrande, Oregon

Cap = Seating Capacity

Curr = Current Enrollment


Special instructions, textbooks required, etc.

Courses with Labs/Recitations/Studios

If a course lecture is "linked" to a noncredit lab or recitation or studio, you must register for all parts of the course. Web registration will not permit you to register for one part without the other. Likewise, you may not drop only one part of a "linked" course; if you do so, the other part will be dropped automatically. If you want to change one part of a multi-part course, you should drop the part and add a new part at the same time before processing your requested changes. Be sure to process the request after specifying the drop and the add.

Course Numbers

100/200 = Lower Division, Undergraduate
300/400 = Upper Division, Undergraduate
500 = Graduate, primarily Master’s
600 = Graduate, primarily Doctoral
700 = Professional, DVM, PharmD
800 = In-service courses for practicing professionals


The unique Course Reference Number identifying each class.

Cr = Credit

All credits listed in the Schedule of Classes refer to quarter credits.

If a course is taught for variable credits, for example 1–16 credits, Web registration will prompt you to enter the correct number of credits for which you want to enroll. If you need to change that number later, you may do so via the Web.


Days of the week and hours the class meets (see Meeting Time below), and start and end dates of classes.

End Date

Last day of classes before finals week.


A list of course fee codes, their description, and the fee amounts are listed in the online Schedule of Classes. Other fees are described under Tuition and Fees and Payment in the online catalog at, and in the Registration Information Handbook under Tuition and Fees.


Name of instructor or staff.


See the campus map at for building abbreviations and locations. Or see the campus map at the back of the Registration Information Handbook.

Meeting Time

Days of the week are abbreviated as follows:

M = Monday
T = Tuesday
W = Wednesday,
R = Thursday
F = Friday
S = Saturday

TBA = To Be Announced

All times shown in this publication are on the basis of the 24-hour clock. Times past noon have 1200 added, e.g., 2 p.m. = 1400.


No-show-drop will appear in the Comments column. A student who is registered for such a course who attends no meetings of the course during the first five school days of the term will be dropped from the course by the instructor, unless the student has obtained prior permission for absence. See Academic Regulation 9b.

P/N = Pass/No Credit

A class is graded A–F unless P/N appears, in which case Pass/No Credit grading applies.

All courses registered via the Web are given the A–F or P/N grade option as appropriate. Any change of the A–F option (to S/U) is done in-person at the Office of the Registrar after completing the Change of Grading Basis form. The deadline for these changes is the end of the 7th week of classes. See the Academic Calendars.


Prerequisite courses provide the background necessary for successful performance in a course. The university uses an automated check of students' records—including transfer work—at the time of registration to determine whether students have successfully completed the prerequisites for certain courses.

The online schedule of classes lists prerequisites in the "Restrictions" section, which lists all registration restrictions for the class. The online catalog also lists prerequisites in the course descriptions.

  • All prerequisites are required.
  • Prerequisite checking applies to all students regardless of their level, class rank, or college.  

You will be permitted to register only if you have satisfactorily completed or are currently enrolled in the prerequisites for that course. Satisfactory completion may be:

  • A D– grade or higher, or an S or P grade.
  • A test score in the prerequisite. Some chemistry, mathematics, and foreign language courses require a placement test.
  • Accepted transfer work that is considered equivalent to the prerequisite course.
  • Prerequisites will be enforced after grades are processed and students can be disenrolled for not meeting the prerequisites.

Note that you must also meet any other restrictions that the department has placed on the course.

If you have not completed and are not registered for the prerequisite, then you will receive a prerequisite error message when you try to register. You may ask the department offering the course to consider giving you an override for it, which will allow you to register for the course without having first met the prerequisites. If the department declines to give you an override, then you must take the prerequisite in order to register for this course.


Prerequisites, corequisites, limitations to registration.

Sec = Section

Section Title

Seminars, special topics, blanket courses and others may have course subject section titles.

Section Description

Description of what the topic covered.


Summer term sessions, e.g., 8-week session.

Start Date

First day of class.


Whether the section is open, closed, waitlisted or cancelled for registration.

TBA = To be announced.


Su 18 = Summer term 2018
F 18 = Fall term 2018
W 19 = Winter term 2019
Sp 19 = Spring term 2019


The method of instructional delivery. Examples:
Hybrid (a combination of online and classroom)


Number of weeks in the term or summer session.

WL Avail = Seats available on waitlist

WL Cap = Waitlist capacity

WC Curr = Students currently on waitlist