How to Use the Course Listings

See Courses by Faculty for a list of courses offered by each faculty and Courses by Subject Area for a list of course abbreviations and their corresponding subject areas.

Course descriptions do not include information on when the course will be offered. That information is published on the web at You can also access the timetable directly from any course description page by clicking one the term links (Summer, Spring, or Fall) within the "Schedules" area.

Course Abbreviation and Number

Courses are listed alphabetically by course abbreviation of up to four letters (e.g., ANTH for Anthropology) and course number (e.g., 100). Three numbers are used for course number plus a letter as appropriate. The first number indicates the year level (0 for university-level upgrading, 1 to 4 for undergraduate level, 5 and 6 for graduate level, 7 for Education Professional Year and 8 for co-op work terms).

Units of Credit

This figure is the number of units of credit assigned to each course. Some courses are listed with a range of units (1.5-3) or with the notation "to be determined." Further information on the unit value of the course will usually be found in the course description. Students may also contact the department or faculty offering the course for information on variable credit courses.

Hours of Instruction

The numbers refer to the hours of instruction per week:

  • first digit: hours assigned for lectures or seminars
  • second digit: hours assigned for laboratory or practical sessions
  • third digit: hours assigned to tutorials

Cross-listed Courses

The same course may be offered by two different departments. Such courses are listed twice, once under each department course abbreviation. Students may obtain credit for the course from either department, but not both.

Former Course Abbreviation and Number

If a course was previously offered at UVic under another abbreviation and number, the former abbreviation and number are shown here.

Prerequisites and Corequisites

Prerequisites are courses or other requirements that must be completed before a student may register in a course. Corequisites are courses or other requirements that must be completed at the same time as a specific course.

For more information on how to read prerequisites, please see


Courses that are not graded using standard letter grades will include the alternative classifications for evaluation. See this page for an explanation of grading abbreviations for undergraduate programs and this page for graduate programs.


Notes provide information about any restrictions on the assignment of credit in cases where courses overlap, as well as the maximum allowable credit for courses that may be taken more than once.Notes may also provide special information about a course.