Course Catalog Resources & Tutorials

This section provides links to policies in the General Catalog and other resources that can be helpful to faculty and departments when creating new courses, managing existing course, and inactivating old courses. Below are only the policies most often asked for; a full list of policies can be found in the General Catalog. If you have any other questions, please feel free to drop in and receive one-on-one training at the times below in Modern Languages 347. If the times below do not work for you, please contact us and book an appointment that works around your schedule. 

  • Monday: 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 - 8:50 a.m.
  • Wednesday: 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Thursday: 8 - 8:50 a.m.
  • Friday: 11-11:50 a.m.

General Information & Definitions

Basic Overview

What is the General Catalog?

The General Catalog is comprised of the Courses, Calendar, Academic Programs, Academic Support, Policies, and Archived General Catalogs.  The current policies, structures, and setup of the University of Arizona are contained on this website.  The Courses and Policies section will be most useful to departments as they create and maintain their curriculum as the UA. The policies section contains course policies comprised of HLC, ABOR, and the University of Arizona policies.  These policies ensure a high-quality education to UA students across Campuses, Colleges, and Departments.

What is the Course Catalog?

The Course Catalog houses the structure of courses offered at the University of Arizona. The structure provides the course title, description, units, typically offered, grading basis, repeat for credit rules, course attributes, offerings, academic organization, requirement groups, requisite text (Catalog note), field trips, component type(s) (lecture, discussion, lab, etc.). It lives in UAccess and is used administratively by Departments and Colleges.

What is the Browse Catalog?

The Browse Catalog also provides the basic structure of a course offered at the University of Arizona. It is linked to the Course Catalog and the Schedule of Classes. It provides the overview of the course's learning outcomes, units, grading basis, and component type (lecture, lab, etc.). It lives in UAccess and is used by current and incoming Students.

Frequently Asked Questions

RCS receives Course Forms, reviews the form to be sure the structural pieces are filled out, and routes the form.  Mistakes or lapse of information on the form may lead to delays or denial of forms. RCS routes each Course Form to the corresponding department on the approval route (approval may be necessary from multiple people within the department). 

RCS receives Course Forms from departments and process accordingly. There are three types of Course Forms: Add, Modify, and Inactivate.

Once a Course Form is submitted, the person who submitted the Form can always sign back into the UAccess Administrative Login page and go to the corresponding type of Form that was submitted. 

Under the UAccess Navigator Bar > Curriculum Management > UA Curriculum Management > Course Management > UA Course Add, UA Course Modify, and UA Course Inactivate.

Select which type of form you had sent in. Course Forms are specific to the type sent in. 

The Academic Organization (four-digit number) under the Offering tab in the Course Catalog will always give you the name of the department that owns the course.

You can navigate through the offering numbers to see which courses have Cross-Listing’s. Course offering number one is usually the home department.

  1. What is the Course ID and how is it used?
    • ​​​​​​​Each active Course is assigned a specific Course ID. It is used to trace the history or historical changes made to a course.
  2. What does the Effective Date of the Course Catalog mean?
    • ​​​​​​​The date in which a record of a course is/was valid. Always use the most recent Effective Date when scheduling. Moving forward, anything processed after the effective date must follow that record. 
  3. What does the Status of a course in the Course Catalog mean?
    • Inactive means course cannot be scheduled at the section level. Any active section/ record in the Course Catalog RCS can use in the Schedule of Classes.  
  4. What are the Description, Long Description, Long Course Title, and how do they differ?
    • ​​​​​​​The Description of the course is a succinct label of the course to identify it and is usually a short version of the long course title at 30 characters(spaces are included in the character count).  The Long Course Description is a focused statement which informs a student about the subject matter, approach, and breadth of the course material being covered in a course.

Attributes indicate further information about the grading of the course, whether the course has Course Equivalencies or is mutually exclusive, writing emphasis, if the course is Cross-Listed, if the course is honors, Gen Ed, etc.

  • Experimental Course:  Temporary course that lasts a year designation.  The course will have a preset inactivation record.  
  • Per Unit Fee: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Flat Fee: Determined by Curricular Affairs through the Course Fee approval process.  Fees are charged to students taking an in-person or hybrid course. 
  • iCourse Fee: Not in use since 2015. 
  • Other Fees: Notify students that fees are pending in the Course Fee Approval process. 
  • Purpose of Fee: Course rationale for charging a fee to students on top of tuition costs, i.e. lab supplies, equipment refresh, trips, etc...  
  • Change of Course ID for GRO: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Co-Convened: Undergraduate course combined with a Graduate Course. The last two corresponding catalog numbers must match in order to be Co- Convened. Listed in the Course Catalog also. 
  • Engineering Science Units: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Course Requisites: Students must meet the Course Prerequisites in their preparation to take the course.   
  • Field Trips: Are there any specific field trips involved with a course that requires students to meet for class outside of its normal meeting pattern.
  • Course Component: The type of structure a course has.
  • Instructor Contact Hours: Instructors must meet with students a minimum of 15 contact hours per unit.
  • Default Section Size: 1. Departments can input correct enrollment number and section size. 
  • Workload Hours: Instructors can split the workload hours to all add up to the corresponding unit workload.
  • OEE Workload Hours: Not in use since 2013.
  • Final Exam: Yes/No option. Each course is given a designated final exam time at the beginning of the semester located on registrar.arizona.edu. This final exam time is dependent upon the meeting pattern of the course during the semester.
  • Provider for Authentication: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.
  • LMS Extract File Type: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.
  • Auto Create: Selected to have components prepopulate on the Adjust Class Association in the Schedule of Classes.
  • Graded Component: The component of the course that is graded or where the student receives credit on their transcript. 
  • Primary Component: the component of the course receiving/generating the most workload hours.  
  • Optional Component: a component that is listed on the Course Catalog but has the optional box checked. At this point, the department can dictate whether or not to offer the optional component for a semester.
  • Generate Class Mtg Attendance: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.
  • Include in Dynamic Date Calc: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.

What is the difference between a single component and multiple component class?
The components used at the UofA are colloquium, discussion, independent study, laboratory, lecture, seminar, studio, workshop.  A single component course uses only one of the components listed prior.  A multiple component courses use 2 or more of the components, i.e. Lecture/Laboratory. 

When should I use multiple components?
Multiple components are used when an instructor would like to use different instructional methods to present course content. I.E. General Chem uses a lecture component to present general knowledge and concepts and then a laboratory component to allow the supervised practical hands-on experimentation putting into practice the information being presented in the lecture materials.

What is Course Attendance?
Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.

What is Room Characteristic Required?
Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.


In order to be added to the Course Catalog, new courses must include a syllabus for review in the Course Management process. The final syllabus review is handled by Curricular Affairs.

  • The policy on Undergraduate Course Syllabi can be found in the General Catalog. This page also includes a template for instructors to start with when creating syllabi for new courses. 
  • The policy on Graduate Course Syllabi can be found in the General Catalog.
  • There is no campus wide policy for the Law, Pharmacy, or Medical careers. Departments should follow guidance from their college when creating syllabi for new courses in these careers.
  • Instructor Edit: "No Choice"
  • Add Consent: "No Consent"
  • Drop Consent: "No Consent"
  • Requirement Designation: Only used for Honors College courses with the HNRS prefix.
  • Equivalent Course Group: Logic attached for courses where 70% of the content overlaps. Students will receive a message during registration that credit will only be given for one course in the logic, the system will not stop them from registering.

Only for special topic courses (Seminar, Colloquium, Symposium, etc) where a student is achieving new learning outcomes every time they take the course. 

To approve and sign off on the add, modification, or inactivation of a course. Needs multiple people to sign off on the request and completion of the Course Form. RCS is the first and last department routed in the process to ensure consistency.

  • Grading Basis: The grades assigned to the course that will be used on the student's records. Please see the General Catalog - Grades and the Grading System.
  • Graded Component: The component that the grade is assigned to.
  • Grade Roster Print: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA.
  • Minimum Units: The least amount of credit a student can receive for taking a course. 
  • Maximum Units: The most amount of credit a student can receive from taking a course. 
  • Academic Progress Units: Units that a student is currently enrolled in the current semester. Units that a student is currently in progress completing. For each college, a student must complete foundational courses before progressing to higher numbered courses.  
  • Financial Aid Progress Units: To receive the proper amount of financial aid, a student must be registered with at least 12 units to be considered full-time or must be enrolled in so many units per semester.  
  • Last Course of Mult Term Seq: Indicator on the last course in a multi-course sequence.  Currently only used by MEDP. 
  • Enrollment Unit Load Calc Type: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Course Count: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Course Contact Hours: The number of hours a student is required to complete working in the classroom in order to receive a unit of credit. One unit equals one week minimum of full in-person class work. 

The semesters in which a course is typically offered but not necessarily restricting the department to offer them in these semesters only. Serves as a reference for a student to plan their schedule ahead of time. 

Adjusting features or information of an already existing course or course #ID i.e., changing units. 

Adding a new historical record of a course or creating a course that does not already exist. Creating a new Course # ID.

To deactivate a section and no longer make course active. Making the course inactive for future semester to come. 

  • Course Offering Nbr: the sequence of departments or subject that are Cross-Listed with one another. Typically, the first offering nbr is designated for the home department or department that owns the course. Each corresponding subject is filled accordingly as a new course offering nbr. 
  • Academic Institution: UAZ00 for the University of Arizona          
  • Academic Group: UA General for general University of Arizona course 
  • Subject Area: Area of profession or subject a course covers       
  • Campus: MAIN campus for Main Campus students, UA Online Campus for Online students, and DIST Campus for approved Distance offered sections. 
  • Academic Organization: the department that owns the course or is in charge of offering it for a semester/term. 
  • Academic Career: Undergraduate, Graduate, Medical, etc. 
  • Course Typically Offered: When a section of the course is most likely to be offered. Not restricted to these. 
  • Tuition Group: Tuition difference based off Tuition group. 
  • Dynamic Class Date Rule: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Allow OEE Enrollment: This field is seen only historically on Correspondence courses.   
  • Course Approved box: If approved then checked 
  • Catalog Print: if the schedule print box is checked then the course appears in the general class search conducted by students. When unchecked, students will be unable to search for the class as the section is only made seen or available to department representatives. 
  • Print Instructor in Schedule: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Schedule Print: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Schedule Term Roll: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Use Blind Grading: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • GL Interface Required: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 
  • Split Ownership: Delivered function of UAccess, not in use at UA. 

The Description of the course is a succinct label of the course to identify it and is usually a shortened version of the long course title.  Character limit is 30.

An add form creates a new Course # ID, a modify form makes changes to an existing Course # ID (less than 25% change), and an inactivate form deactivates a course entirely.

General Catalog contains all information regarding the setup and structure of the Academic side of the UA, with an emphasis on course policy that is maintained by Curricular Affairs.  Room and Course Scheduling uses the policies to setup courses in the Course Catalog once courses are approved by Curricular Affairs. The Course Catalog is then used to build the official Schedule of Classes, with the approved "structure" and set-up of a section being pulled from the Course Catalog. Browse Catalog is open to the public, a more public friendly view to see what could be offered, and there are links to the Schedule of Classes for what will actually be offered, as well as when the course was previously offered.

  • Requirement Group: Places a specific code to exclude or include the correct students for a course. Restricts enrollment to certain students in special circumstances. E.g., Honors Requirement Group (015056) that requires “Student must be active in the Honors College. Requirement Groups are indicated and stamped with a 6-digit number. Requirement Group cannot contradict anything in the Long Description of the Course Catalog. 
  • Long Description: Specifies the details of a course and informs students what they need to know or explains what the course will cover in a semester.  

The Long Course Title should give a short, general description of the subject matter covered.  The character limit is 100.

Forms that reach the final approval status before the term deadline are given priority for processing.  Any Course Form submitted after the deadline will not be given priority.

Dates & Deadlines page! Anything submitted after the deadline will not be given priority.

UAccess Administrative login > Navigator Bar > Curriculum Management > UA Curriculum Management > Course Management > UA Course Add, UA Course Modify, and UA Course Inactivate.

Department heads, college deans with provisioning to approve course courses for the departments and colleges. Also, departments such as Curricular Affairs, Honors College, UWGEC, or departments who are listed as a secondary or whose courses are listed as pre/co-requisites. Please note that Curricular Affairs (Curriculum on the route), is responsible for reviewing policy compliance for course content and syllabus. 

UA Policy. To confirm and manage correctly the record of a course in compliance with UA policies.

New Hire: How to Request Access to the Course Catalog

RCS Course Forms

To request access to the Course Forms to add, modify and inactivate courses in the Course Catalog, please 1) complete training on MyLearning and 2) Submit your provisioning with MyLearningTool at https://uaccess.arizona.edu. For role and provisioning details, read Provisioning Role Information below:

Once you have access, please navigate to forms by going to 

  1. https://uaccess.arizona.edu
  2. UAccess Administrative Staff
  3. Click on Navigator > Curriculum Management > UA Curriculum Management > UA Course Management
  4. Select UA Course Add, Modify, or Inactivate

Provisioning Role Information

Giving Access

This role will allow the user to submit Course Add/Modify/Inactivate Forms in UAccess for their Department.

  1. Navigate to the UITS Workshops page (if you are submitting the request for another person to get this access, direct them to this information so they can be familiar with the format and functioning of the request forms while you proceed to step 2). Under the heading of UAccess Student, select the “Course Fee Request Initiators,” the “Course Management Initiator,” or both as necessary.
    1. Follow the link to the UAccess Learning environment and enroll in the listed class.
    2. Click on "My Learning" and select the appropriate class from your list of enrolled classes.
    3. From the class page, follow the links to the tutorials on the role access; once you are familiar with these tutorials you can complete the required assessment also located on the class page.
  2. Once you have successfully completed the Course Management / Course Fee Management assessment(s), submit a request using the UAccess Provisioning Tool.
    1. Enter your netID in the “Create a New Request for” field, and click the Submit button. Select the most appropriate Access Provisioning Liaison for your request from the provided list.
    2. In the “Request Type” field, select “Access Needed for Job Duties”. Select an appropriate response for the “Request Reason” field. Use the “Business Justification” field to the right to explain your business need. 
    3. Click “Select Access/Roles”. 
      1. In the “System” field, select “UAccess Student – Campus Users”.
      2. In the “Subject Area” field, select “Course and Fee Management”.
      3. Select the Course Management Initiator role, the Fee Management Initiator role, or both, depending on your business need.
      4. Specify the subject prefix(es) for which you will need access and click the Save button!
    4. If any roles in other areas are needed, you can continue adding roles to the request by clicking “Add Role”. When all needed roles have been added, click “Submit Request”.
  3. Once you have completed the assessment and the request has been submitted, you will receive email notifications as approvals are granted and the role is added to your account.

This role will allow the user to approve or not approve a Course Add/Modify/Inactivate Form on behalf of their Department.

  1. Navigate to the UITS Workshops page (if you are submitting the request for another person to get this access, direct them to this information so they can be familiar with the format and functioning of the request forms while you proceed to step 2). Under the heading of UAccess Student, select the "Fee Management Approver/Reviewer," the "Course Management Approver/Reviewer," or both as necessary.
    1. Follow the link to the UAccess Learning environment and enroll in the listed class.
    2. Click on "My Learning" and select the appropriate class from your list of enrolled classes.
    3. From the class page, follow the link to the Course & Fee Basics tutorial. No formal assessment is necessary for the Approver/Reviewer roles.
  2. Submit a request using the UAccess Provisioning Tool
    1. Enter your netID in the “Create a New Request for” field, and click the Submit button. Select the most appropriate Access Provisioning Liaison for your request from the provided list.
    2. In the “Request Type” field, select “Access Needed for Job Duties”. Select an appropriate response for the “Request Reason” field. Use the “Business Justification” field to the right to explain your business need.
    3. Click "Select Access/Roles".
      1. In the "System" field, select "UAccess Student - Campus Users".
      2. In the "Subject Area" field, select "Course and Fee Management".
      3. Select the Course Management Department Approver role, the Fee Management Department Approver role, or both, depending on your business need.
      4. Specify the subject prefix(es) for which you will need access and click the Save button.
    4. If any roles in other areas are needed, you can continue adding roles to the request by clicking "Add Role". When all needed roles have been added, click "Submit Request".
  3. Once the request has been submitted, you will receive email notifications as approvals are granted and the role is added to your account.

This role will allow the user to get access to more departments that they may oversee.

  1. Submit a request using the UAccess Provisioning Tool
    1. Enter your NetID in the "Create a New Request for" field, and click the Submit button. Select the most appropriate Access Provisioning Liaison for your request from the provided list.
    2. In the "Request Type" field, select "Access Needed for Job Duties". Select an appropriate response for the "Request Reason" field. Use the "Business Justification" field to the right to explain your business need.
    3. Click "Select Access/Roles".
      1. In the "System" field, select "UAccess Student - Campus Users".
      2. In the "Subject Area" field, select "Course and Fee Management".
      3. Review the text in the "Business Justification for these roles" field, and make updates or clarifications if necessary. Be specific as to whether you will still need access to your current prefix(es), or whether that prefix access can be replaced by your new prefix(es).
      4. Select the Row Sec - Row-Level Security Only checkbox. In the new field that appears below your selected role, specify the subject prefix(es) for which you will need access and click the Save button.
    4. If any roles in other areas are needed, you can continue adding roles to the request by clicking "Add Role". Once all needed roles have been added, click "Submit Request".
  2. Once the request has been submitted, you will receive email notifications as approvals are granted and access to the additional departments are added to your account.

Removing Access

  1. Submit a request using the UAccess Provisioning Tool
    1. Enter your NetID in the "Create a New Request for" field, and click the Submit button. Select the most appropriate Access Provisioning Liaison for your request from the provided list.
    2. In the "Request Type" field, select "Access No Longer Needed". Select an appropriate response for the "Request Reason" field, and choose and Effective Date on which the access should be removed. Use the "Business Justification" field to the right to explain your business need; be sure to list which department prefix(es) you need to have removed, and which prefix(es) need to be saved.
    3. Click "Select Access/Roles". 
      1. In the "System" field, select "UAccess Systems- Access Removal".
      2. In the "Subject Area" field, select "UAccess Student - Campus Users".
      3. Select the "All Subjects - Row-Level Security Only" option, and click the Save button.
    4. If any roles in other areas need to be removed, you can continue adding roles to the request by clicking "Add Role". When all roles to be removed have been added to the request, click "Submit Request".
  2. Once the request has been submitted and approved by the APL, the UITS Security team will remove access on the date provided in step 1b (if the date for removal has passed by the time the UITS Security team receives the request, access will be removed as soon as possible).
  1. Submit a request using the UAccess Provisioning Tool
    1. Enter your NetID in the "Create a New Request for" field, and click the Submit button. Select the most appropriate Access Provisioning Liaison for your request from the provided list.
    2. In the "Request Type" field, select "Access No Longer Needed". Select an appropriate response for the "Request Reason" field, and choose an Effective Date on which the access should be removed. Use the "Business Justification" field to the right to explain your business need.
    3. Click "Select Access/Roles".
      1. In the "System" field, select "UAccess Systems- Access Removal".
      2. In the "Subject Area" field, select "UAccess Student - Campus Users".
      3. All roles on this page are in alphabetical order. Scroll down to the Course and Fee Management roles and select the role(s) that need to be removed, and click the Save button.
    4. If any roles in other areas need to be removed, you can continue adding roles to the request by clicking "Add Role". When all roles to be removed have been added to the request, click "Submit Request".
  2. Once the request has been submitted and approved by the APL, the UITS Security team will remove access on the date provided in step 1b (if the date for removal has passed by the time the UITS Security team receives the request, access will be removed as soon as possible).

Questions or concerns regarding the information on this page should be sent to Academic Catalog & Policy:

Email: catalog@arizona.edu