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Getting Started: Making a Schedule

Reading the Schedule of Classes

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The Schedule of Classes lists all of the courses that are being taught in a given semester. Once you know what classes you would like to take, you need to use the Schedule of Classes to select times and days for the classes.

Often, there will be more than one lecture time for a particular course. If a class also requires a discussion section or a laboratory section, there will be several different times from which to choose.

When selecting your ideal schedule, keep in mind that current Berkeley students have already been able to register for some of their classes. You should be prepared to be flexible and to take classes at times that are not necessarily your favorite.

Use the Scheduling Worksheet and the Class Grid to help plan several potential schedules.

The Schedule of Classes is available online only. No hard copies are available, but a printer-friendly version is available from the web. Directions for using the online version are here.

This page serves as an introduction to the main types of data included in the Schedule of Classes.

Course Control Number (CCN) This is a unique five digit code assigned to each lecture, lab, discussion section, and seminar. You use this unique code on the Tele-BEARS system to register for a specific class.
Course Number This is the departmental identification number for a class. When people talk about a class, they use the course number. For example, for Chemistry 1A, the course number is "1A."
Section Number

Sometimes a class may have several different meeting times from which to choose. The section number differentiates those times.

For example, there are usually several main lecture sections of Math 1A. When they register, students can choose the section that fits best into their schedule.

Type of Section

This tells you the meeting format for a class.

Lec stands for lecture.
Dis stands for discussion section.
Lab stands for laboratory.
Sem stands for seminar.
Ind stands for Independent Study.

In general, most classes will have a lecture section. They may also have mandatory discussion sections and/or laboratory sections to supplement the lecture.

Meeting Time Classes generally start 10 minutes after the listed start time. This allows 10 minutes to pass from one class to the next.
Room The classroom in which the class meets. Be sure to check your campus map!
Course Title This is the official descriptive name for the course. For example, Chemistry 1A is "General Chemistry."
Unit Credit Units range from 1 to 6. Students must be enrolled in at least 13 units to be full-time students. See the section on "Units."
Name of Instructor This tells you who is teaching the class. If there is no one listed or if "Staff" is listed, the department has not yet assigned an instructor.
Exam Group Classes are assigned times for their final exams. The number listed for the exam group corresponds to a particular meeting time during exam week.
Enrollment Restrictions Sometimes only certain groups of students can enroll in a class. For example, Freshman Seminars are restricted to freshmen. Some departments choose to restrict enrollment in particular classes for students who have a specific major.

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