Course Search Terms

Keyword(s): Search the title and description of all UBC courses.
Subject Area: Search the subject codes of all UBC courses.
Course Number: Specify a full or partial course number to search for.
Credits: Specify the number of course credits to search for.
Activity Type: Select the type of course to search for. (e.g. Lecture, Tutorial, etc.)
Term: Search for a course within a specific term of a session.
Interval: Specify a timeframe within a term for courses of alternate duration.
Status: Shows whether course has seats available or is full. Use the status box to filter your search in the section search area by selecting "has seats available" in the drop-down menu.

Please note: if a class has seats available, you still may not be able to register for it. There may be course or seat restrictions that you do not meet.
Location: Specify the physical location of a section.
Available Times: Search for courses that meet between two specific times of the day.
Available Days: Search for courses that meet on specific days of the week.
Credit/D/Fail: Search for courses that are eligible for Credit/D/Fail.
Distance Education: Search for distance education courses only.

Instructor Search Terms:

Instructor Name: Search the instructor name
Subject Area: Subjects an instructor teaches.

General Terms:

Download your schedule You can download your timetable in iCalendar to import into your calendar software (ie: Outlook, iCal, etc.).
Corequisites A corequisite is a course that must be taken before or at the same time as the selected course.
Course Find descriptions for all courses currently approved by UBC's Senate on our website. Not all courses listed are offered each year.
Credit The credit value of a course, where given, is shown in parentheses following the course number. In general, one credit represents one hour of instruction or two to three hours of lab work per week in one term of a Winter Session (September to December or January to May).
Department Each Faculty or School is usually made up of several departments. For instance, the Faculty of Science has the Department of Chemistry, the Department of Biology and the Department of Physics and more. In the course schedule, Department and Subject are used interchangeably.
Prerequisite A prerequisite is a course that must be completed before registering for the selected course.
Section A section is the particular class you register in. The section details include the time, location, term and professor. Each section has enrolment limits, so some sections might be full, while others might be available.

Sections numbers come after the course number. For example, Eng 110, 001 refers to English 110, section number 001. Evening sections are usually given a 900-level section number. Labs and tutorials are usually given section numbers that start with LA and T.
Status (column) The following codes can be found under the status column:

Status Codes:
  • Blocked - see your department to register. Students typically require a special skill or proficiency in order to register in this course or sections. e.g. audition, interview, portfolio, language proficiency, etc.
  • Unreleased - the section is not open for registration at this time, but may be opened depending on demand and/or instructor availability.
  • Cancelled - the section is no longer offered
  • Restricted - only restricted seats are available. These could include year, faculty, program or grade. In some case a portion of the seats are reserved so that students who require this course to complete their program can register. In other cases, an entire course is restricted because students can only take it if they are in a specific program.
  • STT - the only seats remaining are available through registration in a Standard Timetable.
  • N/A - the database is not available at this time therefore seat information is not available. This typically occurs between the hours of 11:00 pm and 4:00 am Pacific time.
  • Temporarily unavailable - the section is temporarily unavailable for registration at this time.
Session There are two sessions. Winter Session runs September through April. Summer Session runs May through August.
Term The Winter Session is divided into Term 1, from early September to late December and Term 2, from early January to the end of April, with some courses that fall outside these terms. Summer Session Term 1 begins in early May and continues through July. Term 2 begins in early July and ends in late August.
Waiting List Some courses have wait list sections available if all regular sections are full. If you are registered in a wait list section, check their registration regularly as you may be moved into a regular section as space becomes without being notified. Registration in a waitlist does not guarantee a space the course.
Year Level First year courses are at the 100 level (e.g. Econ 101). Second year courses are at the 200 level (e.g. Econ 207) and so on. Courses at the 500 level or above are Graduate (studies) courses.

Navigation Bar Items:

Program: A summary of your degree as it stands in the selected session. Here you can view and/or switch your programs (if you have multiple eligibilities), or view and change your selected specializations.
Standard Timetables: This will list all Standard Timetables (STT) offered at UBC. Click a degree code to see the specialization and/or year level that you are interested in. Once you have chosen a specialization and/or year level, you can drag your mouse over the timetable link to preview the days and times. You can view each STT to view the sections included as well as a detailed timetable.
Courses This shows all the subjects offered at UBC. Click a subject code to see courses and sections. If you’re logged into the SSC, you can hover over each section to see how it fits into your timetable. Click to see details such as start and end dates, meeting times, location, instructor and seat summary.
Specializations: This lists all programs with available specializations for the selected session. Click the degree code to see subjects and specializations offered within the degree.
Courses: Search for courses based on criteria like day and time offered, subject, or keywords.
Instructor: Search for instructors and the courses they teach.
Add/Drop Courses: View and change your currently registered courses.
Registered Courses: See what courses you are registered in.
Timetable: View the sections you’re registered in and the courses in your worklist, in timetable format. Course conflicts will show as CONFLICT.
Booklist: View a list of books required for courses

Other Navigation Elements

Bread Crumb The breadcrumb menu, under the main drop-down menus, shows where you are in the Course Schedule navigation.

The filter lets you sort your search results. Click the letter or number in the filter row to show all items that start with that letter or number.

Sessions Clicking on a session will display a list of all the subjects being offered for that session. The Winter Session is September to April and the Summer session is May to August. Each session includes 2 Terms.
Campus Select the Vancouver or Okanagan campus.
Worklist This lets you keep working lists of courses and/or sections before you register. When you see a course or section you like, click 'save to worklist'. This will store the course in the worklist in the menu on the left.

You can create multiple worklists by 'create new worklist'. Your worklists will appear in the menu the left. Once a worklist is selected, you can add subjects, courses, sections and Standard Timetables to it.


Fewer Details Limits details to let you to see the top-level details of a course, subject or section and view more options on a page.
More Details Expands details to let you see more information about your course, subject or section.
Outline/Syllabus Shows the syllabus for a selected course.
Register Section Use this to register in the selected course.
Register STT Use this to register in the selected Standard Timetable.
Save to Worklist Use this to save information you want to save for future reference.

Table Headings:

Subject Code Refers to the subject code of a course. To sort this column alphabetically, click the column heading.
Subject Title Refers to the subject area of a course. To sort this column alphabetically, click the column heading.
Faculty / School Subject Codes are associated with a Faculty, School or College. To sort this column alphabetically, click the column heading.
Course Refers to the subject code and number of a course. To sort this column alphabetically, click the column heading.
Title Refers to the title of the course. To sort this column alphabetically, simply the word.