Important Terms for Students

Term Definition Example
Calendar Year Usually, your calendar year is the most recent academic year that you were admitted to the University. You are obligated to complete the degree and major requirements of your calendar year, but you are governed by the current Calendar for academic regulations, fees, and course information (including prerequisites). Jane was admitted to the University in Spring 2015. Her calendar year would be 2014/2015.
Cognate Course from a related discipline that is required in your major. CPSC 1620 is a cognate in the Mathematics major.
Corequisite A course that must be taken before or at the same time as another course. CHEM 2500 has a corequisite of CHEM 2000. CHEM 2000 must be taken either before CHEM 2500 or in the same semester as CHEM 2500.
Course Designation Most Arts & Science courses are designated as "Fine Arts & Humanities", "Social Sciences", or "Sciences." The course designation can be found under each course listing in the Timetable and in the Academic Regulations section of the Academic Calendar. GEOG 2600 is designated as a Social Science.
Credit Hours The weighting factor of the course used when calculating the grade point average. Regular full-semester courses are 3.0 credit hours, some Physical Activity courses are 1.5 credit hours, and some courses are 6.0 credit hours. NAS 1000 is 3.0 credit hours, PHAC 2905 is 1.5 credit hours, and POLI 4995 (Undergraduate Thesis) is 6.0 credit hours.
Cross-Listed Courses

Courses that are offered by two different faculties within the U of L. Cross-listed courses have two different course names and numbers.

Courses cross-listed between two disciplines offered by the Faculty of Arts & Science count within a B.A., B.Sc., or B.A.Sc. program as either discipline (not both disciplines). For example, Archaeology 3600/Liberal Education 3600 may count as either Archaeology or Liberal Education for all regulations and requirements relating to the B.A., B.Sc., or B.A.Sc. program.

For the 40-course B.A., B.Sc., and B.A.Sc., cross-listed courses with another faculty always count as Arts & Science courses. The combined degrees (e.g. with Management) have their own regulations in practice and in legislation. The Faculty of Management has specified some courses as being either part of Arts & Science (e.g. MGT/ECON 2070 and MGT 3050/POLI 3420) or Management (e.g. POLI 3000/4000 levels for Political Science majors for the BMGT side) specifically, but there is not a general rule for those not specified.

HLSC 2700/SOCI 2700 - Health and Society is a course is to considered an Arts & Science course by the Faculty of Arts and Science and as a Health Science course by the Faculty of Health Sciences.
Elective A course that you may choose freely from all faculties, as long as you are within any restrictions that apply to your program, such as limits on 1000-level courses and courses from outside the Faculty of Arts & Science. A Political Science major takes a Sociology course so the Sociology course is an elective.
Equivalent Course Courses denoted as "equivalent" in the course description can be substituted to meet any specified course or degree requirement. Students may not retain credit for two equivalent courses; they are considered repeats. BIOL 3400 is equivalent to BIOL 3200. A student who is required to take BIOL 3200 for his or her major may take BIOL 3400 to fulfill this requirement.

Lib Ed List Requirement Course

A course that is taken to meet the Liberal Education List Requirement. John is a Chemistry (Science) major. He needs 4 Fine Arts & Humanities and 4 social science GLER courses.
Independent Study Individual study under the supervision of a faculty member taken for course credit. Students receive a grade for Independent Studies based on library research, lab work, field work, and/or a major term paper. Independent Studies cannot duplicate regular course offerings. These courses are numbered 2990, 3990, and 4990. An Anthropology student is interested in Ethnomusicology and undertakes and Independent Study (ANTH 3990) because there are no regularly offered courses that deal with this topic.
Pre-Professional Program Programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science in which students complete admission requirements for another program at the U of L or for a professional program at another institution. Students are in the Pre-BA/BEd program until they have completed requirements for admission to the Faculty of Education and have accepted an offer of admission from the Faculty of Education.
Prerequisite A course that must be taken before another course. KNES 3630 has a prerequisite of KNES 2200. KNES 2200 must be completed before starting KNES 3630.


A specific set of course requirements leading to the completion of a degree at the University of Lethbridge. Programs offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science include the BA, BSc, BASc, BA/BEd, and BSc/BEd.

Residence Requirement

The number of courses that must be completed at the U of L in order for a degree to be granted. The residence requirement varies, depending on your program. See the Academic Regulations section of the Academic Calendar. The residence requirement for the BA requires that students complete at least 20 courses at the University of Lethbridge, including the last 10 taken for credit towards the degree.

Series Courses

Regularly offered courses in which the content may vary with each offering. Students may take a series course for credit more than once as long as each title is different. Series courses are denoted as such in the course description. LBED 3010 is a series course. In the Fall 2009 semester, the offering was titled "The Problem of Genocide". In Fall 2008, the offering was titled "The Land". Students may take both courses for credit.

Substantially Similar

Courses that have a lot of similar content but are not deemed equivalent are termed "substantially similar." Students may not use credit for two substantially similar courses towards their degree requirements. PSYC 2030 is substantially similar to SOCI 2130. Students should not take both courses.
Topics Courses Courses that are not regularly offered at the University. The title and content of topics courses may vary with different offerings. Topics courses are numbered 2850, 3850, and 4850. In Fall 2009, SOCI 2850A and SOCI 4850N have substantially different titles and contecnt. A student may take both courses for credit.