Class Scheduling Rules & Guidelines

Class Periods

Departments or instructors who wish to schedule courses at times that do not meet the requirements below must obtain the approval of the Committee on Instruction.  For details and photos for classrooms, visit Classrooms and/or Active Learning Classrooms.  

A standard course must be scheduled using a regular class period (a course valued at less than 6 units may use less than the full class period). Class periods are defined as follows:

Monday/Wednesday/Friday (three 70-minute sessions)
• 8:30 am – 9:40 am
• 9:50 am – 11:00 am
• 11:10 am–12:20 pm
• 1:50 pm – 3:00 pm
• 3:10 pm – 4:20 pm

• 12:30 pm- 1:40 pm (Studios)

Tuesday/Thursday (two 105-minute sessions)
• 8:30 am – 10:15 am
• 10:25 am. – 12:10 pm
• 12:40 pm – 2:25 pm
• 2:35 pm – 4:20 pm

A course with fourth or fifth sessions each week do not have to be held at the same time as the primary class period used for the class section.  The fourth or fifth sessions must be scheduled using the following times for the additional sessions:

Tuesday, Thursday, or both (70-minute sessions)
• 8:30 am – 9:40 am
• 11:00 am – 12:10 pm
• 12:40 pm – 1:50 pm
• 3:10 pm – 4:20 pm

A course with a laboratory session, must be scheduled using one or the following times for the laboratory:

Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday
• 8:30 am – 11:30 am (3 hour lab)
• 8:00 am – 12:00 pm (4 hour lab)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
• 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (three hour lab)
• 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm (four hour lab)


Convocation Hour (12:30 pm– 1:40 pm, Friday)

The convocation hour remains a reserved hour and not available as a regular class meeting time.

3:10 pm - 4:20 pm MWF

Music ensembles will be scheduled at this time.  All academic departments are responsible for complying with the rule that courses required for a major may not be scheduled during this period unless another class session of the course is also offered at another class period in the same term.

Final Exam Schedule

The final exam schedule will be based on the nine standard class periods. Final examinations for classes scheduled as arranged or permitted to meet at odd times will continue to be arranged by the instructor during exam week at a time convenient to all students in the class.  There will be three days at the end of each term devoted to final examinations. Examinations are up to 2.5 hours long with an hour break in between. In most terms, there will be three exam periods each day.  Approval of petitions to change final examination times will be granted to students with three exams on the same day.