Course Information


Subject Code: Enter the three-character alpha code for the department hosting the course.

Course Number: The course number must be three digits and may include a one or two character alphabetic suffix. For example, Music 1 should be entered as Music 001 and Science 10 should be entered as Science 010.

  • Number courses:
    • 001-099 for lower division courses.
    • 100-199 for upper division courses.
    • 200-299 for graduate courses.
    • 300-499 for professional courses.

Catalog Title: The full course title as it will be published in the General Catalog. The title should be clear and informative without being long or complex. Examples: Modern French Thought; California Floristics; Water and Waste Treatment. Avoid subtitles. For example, Issues and Methods in Human Dissection, NOT Human Dissection: Issues and Methods.

Abbreviated Title: The abbreviated title used in the Class Schedule, transcripts, and SISWeb (Banner). The abbreviated title is limited to 24 characters and spaces. Do not use periods. Symbols [&, ; , - ] count as characters.

Make the abbreviated title clear and informative, so that it will be easily understood by students, advisors, and other institutions. Use as many of the 24 spaces as needed to make the subject clear. Avoid unintelligible abbreviations, generalities, and cuteness: METHODS BASKET WEAVING, not MET BSKET WEVNG; INTRO AFRICAN HISTORY, not IN AFR HIST.

Some preferred abbreviations: Intro=Introduction; Anlys=Analysis; Res=Research; Mgmt=Management; Biol=Biology or Biological; Lit=Literature; Psychol=Psychology.

Course Description: A clear description of course content (not the format or goals), within the 500-character limit, to be published in the General Catalog. Any unusual requirements, such as weekend or evening field trips, should be included.

Descriptions should be concise, accurate, and complete.

Example: “History of interior design in Europe and America from the classical period to modern times. Emphasis on the dwelling in its cultural setting and the development of the theory of modern interior design. One all-day field trip required.”

Rather than writing “Lectures and laboratories will introduce students to surgical anatomy, operative and anesthetic skills” or “This course will provide students with an introduction to surgical anatomy, operative and anesthetic skills,” write “Introduction to surgical anatomy, operative and anesthetic skills.” This noun-based format tends to reduce words and increases the consistency of catalog descriptions.

The catalog editor may change your text to suit the catalog style and format, but will retain the intent.

Effective Term: The term the new or modified course information is effective.

Remarks: Remove any previous remarks. State the rationale for the course change or cancellation and any other information that would be of use during the approval process. This helps committee reviewers as well as providing a historical notation.


You may update any of the migrated data except for the College/School or the Department.

When you update the Remarks section, please delete the old information first.

Tips & Additional Information

You will not have access to change the College/School or the Department. However, you will need to complete every other field. The proposal will not launch if you have not completed, at a minimum, the fields marked with an '*'. These are required fields.

If you exceed the character limits on the Abbreviated Title or the Course Description, the system will generate an error. The error will indicated how many "extra" characters you have. You will need to resolve this error before the proposal will launch.

The form will allow you to move to a different tab with any errors unresolved, but it will not allow you to launch the proposal with the errors still in place.