For Department Academic Schedulers

College department class schedules due to the Scheduling Office:

  • Fall schedule = 1st week in February
  • Spring schedule = 1st week in September

    NOTE: Your college will have an earlier deadline for class schedules to be turned in to the dean's office.

APDB/FAD due to the Scheduling Office:

  • Fall = after Fall census date - 1st week in October
  • Spring = after Spring census date - 1st week in March

SCHEDULING GUIDELINES  Word / PDF

Scheduling Two-Unit Courses

Two-unit courses should be scheduled on TuTh according to the "Three-Unit Courses: Scheduling Pattern" below and be scheduled back-to-back (rather than alternating with 3-unit courses).

Scheduling Three-Unit Courses

Three-Unit CourseS are Scheduled according to Weekday
MWF TuTh
Source: Course Catalog
0800 - 0850 0800 - 0915
0900 - 0950 0930 - 1045
1000 - 1050 1100 - 1215
1100 - 1150 1230 - 1345
1200 - 1250 1400 - 1515
1300 - 1350 1530 - 1645

MW or WF scheduling (75 minutes each session) will NOT be permitted prior to 1400 (2:00 pm).

Scheduling a single 150-minute session on M, W, or F will NOT be permitted unless the other two days are similarly scheduled during the same time period and the same room, except prior to 1500 (3:00 pm).

Beginning at 1500 (3:00 pm), evening classes may start on the hour (1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 1900) and run for 150 minutes (plus time for breaks). Classes meeting for two times per week would begin at the same times and go for 75 minutes each session.

Scheduling Four-Unit Courses

Four-Unit Course Scheduling Pattern: According to Weekday

MW TuTh
0800 - 0950 0800 - 0950
1000 - 1150 1000 - 1150
1200 - 1350 1200 - 1350
1400 - 1550 1400 - 1550


* Classes are scheduled for 110 minutes to allow a 10 minute break.

Class Size

Enrollment capacity should never exceed the room capacity because of safety issues and Fire Codes. Room capacity is established by a state formula based on the square footage of the room and the type of seating. Do NOT use "Permission Numbers" to add students if the enrollment is greater than the room capacity.

Weekend Classes

All classes scheduled for Friday after 1600 (4:00 pm - including MWF) or Saturday or Sunday, must be reserved in PeopleSoft (i.e., two meeting pattern rows).

Weekend classes will need to meet the number of hours shown below. While regular classes sessions are 50 minutes, the following is required to allow for needed breaks throughout the day.

1 unit = 15 hours
2 units = 30 hours
3 units = 45 hours

Summer Session

1 unit = 750 minutes

Topics Courses

If a Topics Course of the same subject has been offered 7 times with steady enrollment or 9 times with low enrollment, it must be converted to a regular course before it can be offered again. This rule applies even when the title of the topics course has been slightly modified.