Glossary of Terms


Calendar: Publication of academic regulations, schedules, programs of study, and course descriptions.
CCID:     Your CCID (Campus Computing ID) is a unique identification (similar to a username) that provides access to several electronic services offered through Information Services & Technology (IST). Visit the IST website for more details.
Core Courses: Courses that are obligatory as a part of the completion of the degree.
Department:    The unit within the University responsible for the academic functions in a field of study. 
Faculty:  A formal subdivision within the University that typically administers programs and courses relating to a common field.  
Grade Point Average: A measure of a student’s weighted average. 
Labs: The “hands-on” component of a course. Typically deals with the applied component of the subject matter. Not limited to the sciences.
Lecture: A university course in which the professor speaks (lectures) on various topics for the duration of the session. Class discussions and/or group work may or may not be a part of these classes. Typically deals with the theoretical applications.
Major: The primary area of study in the degree program. The bulk of courses will be completed in this area of study.
Minor: The secondary area of study in the degree program.  
Prerequisite: The preliminary requirement which must be met prior to taking a course. It is usually another course, either high school or university level.
Seminar:  A university course based on class discussion, project work, and/or shared assignments. May or may not be in conjunction with a lecture.
Tutorials: Optional additional sessions offered by professor, department, or graduate students to provide additional assistance. Not scheduled in university system. 
Undergraduate Student:     
A student completing studies towards a Bachelor’s degree. 
Units of Course Weight:  A number used in computing grade point average which reflects the amount of time devoted to the course. Represented by a star.