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General Education Course-listing Option:

Starting Fall, 2008, candidates for a bachelor's degree at UC Irvine must satisfy the General Education (GE) course requirement by taking a specific number of courses in each of the following categories:

GE I-A  Lower Division Writing
GE I-BUpper Division Writing
GE IIScience and Technology
GE IIISocial and Behavioral Sciences
GE IVArts and Humanities
GE VQuantitative, Symbolic, and Computational Reasoning
GE VILanguage Other Than English
GE VIIMulticultural Studies
GE VIII   International/Global Issues
GE IX   Laboratory or Performance

To see which courses satisfy a particular category, go to the Schedule of Classes and select a category in the General Education pull down menu.

Refer to the UC Irvine's General Catalog for more information about the General Education requirements, in the Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree section.

Prior to the Fall 2008 term, instead of the General Education requirements listed above, UC Irvine specified a set of required Breadth categories:

I-A  Lower Division Writing
I-BUpper Division Writing
IINatural Sciences
IIISocial and Behavioral Sciences
IVHumanistic Inquiry
VMathematics and Symbolic Systems
VILanguage Other Than English
VII-AMulticultural Studies
VII-B   International/Global Issues

Because students enrolled before Fall 2008 have the option of satifying either the old Breadth requirements or the newer General Education requirements, the General Education pull-down menu in the Schedule of Classes allows you to select from either set of categories.

Department Name:

The academic unit (i.e., "Physics", "Art History", etc.) that sponsors each course.

Note: The returned list of courses may be truncated if you specify a large department unless you use some of the other criteria below to narrow the search (for instance, a Course Number, Course Code Range, upper or lower division for Course Level, or the Course Type).

Course Number or Range:

The department's designation for an approved course (e.g. Art History 198, Social Ecology 10, French 1c). This field searches the database for the course numbers as listed in the UCI General Catalogue or WebSOC, the Schedule of Classes. You may list single course numbers or a course number range, such as 5-20.
Specifying a range or digits alone will show a match with any course containing that number (for instance, "1" for the Chemistry department might display classes matching Chemistry 1B, 1LB, 1C, and 1LC), while adding letters will only return an exact match (i.e., "1C" in the example above will only display Chemistry 1C).

Course Level:

This field allows you to limit the search to Lower Division (course numbers 1 through 99), Upper Division (course numbers 100 through 199), or Graduate/Professional courses (course numbers 200 and higher). This is an easy way to limit the number of courses returned for large departments.

Course Code or Range:

The 5-digit code representing a class in the printed Schedule of Classes (e.g. 29001).

You may specify a list of single codes or a range of codes. For instance, the course code range 03000-06999 would allow a search across all departments in the School of the Arts.


This field searches the database for classes taught by a particular instructor. Enter the last name only, in upper or lower case.

Hint: If the instructor's last name is short and matches too many other last names (e.g., "frank" would return all instructors named Frank, and also instructors named Franke and Franklin), place a comma directly after the last name ("Frank," -- instead of -- "Frank") to exclude longer last names.

Course Title Contains:

This field searches the database for course titles that contain the word you specify. For example, photo would match courses named BASIC PHOTOGRAPHY and ADV PHOTO for the department of Studio Art.

Course Type:

This pull-down menu allows you to specify the class type you are searching for:

ACT   Activity COL   Colloquium
DISDiscussion FLDField Work
LABLaboratory LECLecture
QIZQuiz RESResearch
SEMSeminar STUStudio
TAPTutorial Assistance Program TUTTutorial

This field provides an easy way to limit the number of courses returned for large departments.


The number of units (3, 4.5) approved for each class. This field searches the database for courses with the number of units you specify here.
Use the key word VAR to list variable unit courses.


This field searches the database for classes offered on (but not limited to) the days you specify. Entering 'W' will return all the classes that have Wednesday as one of their meeting days. Entering 'MTu' will return classes that meet on both Monday and Tuesday (and possibly other days of the week as well).

You can use any of the following abbreviations:

Su or SunSunday
M, Mo, or MonMonday
Tu, Tue, or TuesTuesday
W, We, or WedWednesday
Th, Thu, or ThurThursday
F, Fr, or FriFriday
S, Sa, or SatSaturday

Start After:

This field restricts the search to courses that start on or after the time specified.

End Before:

This field restricts the search to courses that end by the time specified.

Maximum Capacity:

This input option limits your search to courses that have an enrollment capacity that matches your specification.

For example, "<21" (to denote less than 21) or ">200" (to denote more than 200).

Courses Full Option:

You can use this option to exclude courses that have reached their maximum capacity, or include the ones that still have room on their Waiting List.

Electronic Add/Drop:

Clicking this check box limits the search to classes that are eligible for Electronic Add/Drop. Note that WebReg is not available beyond the 2nd week of the term for most courses.

Web Font Size Percentage:

Use this option to adjust the font size in the results page. For example, 75 percent will make all characters 3/4 normal size, while 150 percent will make them 50% larger.

This option only works if JavaScript mode is enabled on your web browser.