Understanding class descriptions

Understanding the class descriptions, when you search for classes.

To search for a class:

  1. Go to the Registration page in PAWS and select "Register for Classes"
  2. Select "Browse classes"
  3. Select the term

Title—The name of a class, which describes briefly what it is about.
CRN—A number unique to one section or offering of a particular class in a particular term.
Subject—The subject name, such as ENG for English or CHEM for Chemistry.
Course Number—Denotes the level of a particular class.
Section—One offering of a particular class at certain times on certain days of the week. There will be many sections of junior-level courses offered at different times to suit students’ schedules.
Credit Unit—The number of credit units a course is worth that count towards your degree.
Campus—The location the class is offered. USask offers classes across Saskatchewan.
Meeting Times—The day(s) of the week a class is offered and the scheduled start and end times for the class.
Instructor—The name of the person who will teach the class.
Availability—The number of seats that are available and if the class has a linked lab, seminar or tutorial that you must also register in.
Reserved Seats—The number of reserved and unreserved seats.
Attribute—More information about the class.

Understanding course descriptions

Understanding the course descriptions found in the Course and Program Catalogue.


PHYS 115.3 — 1(3L-1.5P-1T)
Physics and the Universe

Subject Area 

  • Physics

Course Number 

  • 115

Credit Units  

  • worth 3 credit units*


  • offered in Term 1

Other designations you may see used:

1 - Term 1 only
2 - Term 2 only
3 - Term 3 only
1&2 - Term 1 and 2
1/2 - Either Term 1 or 2
P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

Number of scheduled meeting hours/week

  • involves 3 hours of Lecture, 1.5 hours of Practicum/Lab, and 1 hour of Tutorial

Other designations you may see used:

C-Clinical Service

Physics and the Universe 
Course Title

* The credit unit is a number associated with a course that indicates its academic weight relative to other courses. Normally, courses completed in one term have a weight of 3 credit units while courses completed over two terms have a weight of 6 credit units.

Courses at the University are numbered according to the following convention:


Non-Degree Level

 Courses intended primarily for non-degree credit programs (e.g., Business Administration Certificate).

Undergraduate Degree
Junior level

Courses which do not require Grade 12 level preparation as a prerequisite. These numbers are used when a department also offers a junior level course in a subject for students with Grade 12 preparation.
100-109 Undergraduate Degree
Junior level

General introductory courses not usually intended as preparation for more advanced study in the subject but designed to acquaint students with a field of knowledge in which they do not propose to specialize.

110-199 Undergraduate Degree
Junior level
 All other courses offered for junior undergraduate level credit.
200-699  Undergraduate Degree
Senior level
Courses intended for the upper years of direct entry degree programs or for all years of non direct entry programs. In direct entry programs the first digit will usually indicate the year of the program for which the course has been designed. For non direct entry programs, first year courses are numbered 200-299, second year courses 300-399, etc.
700-799  Graduate Degree
Junior level
Introductory courses, usually intended for graduate students who have not had the generally expected undergraduate preparation in the subject.
800-899 Graduate Degree
Senior level
 Courses which may be taken only by students who have completed the undergraduate level preparation generally expected for graduate level courses in the subject.
990 Graduate Degree
Senior level
 Graduate seminars
992 Graduate Degree
Senior level
 Non-Thesis Graduate projects
994 Graduate Degree
Senior level
 Master's Program Thesis
996 Graduate Degree
Senior level
Doctoral Program Thesis