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Glossary of Terms


Advisory: Skills that will help you get more from the course but, are not required.

Academic Probation: A student who has attempted 8 or more semester units is placed on academic probation if the student has earned a grade point average (GPA) below 2.0 in all units for which a letter grade is given, or has a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of less than 2.0 for all attempted units.

Associate in Arts or Science degree (AA/AS): A degree awarded by a community college upon satisfactory completion of an organized program
consisting of 60 units.

Bachelor's degree (BA, AB, BS): A degree awarded by a four-year college or university after satisfactory completion of an organized program usually
consisting of approximately 120 units.

Catalog: The official contract between the student and the college which lists all the information about the college and its requirements.

Corequisite: A course that must be taken at the same time as another course (usually a lab to go with a lecture).

Credit: Measure of the quantity of work in a course; sometimes referred to as a "unit". Also refers to satisfactory completion of a course in credit/no credit

Credit/No Credit Option: Designed to allow students to take classes outside of their major without receiving or having to receive a letter grade. If a grade of "C" or better is earned, the student receives credit (CR). If a grade of "D" or "F" is earned, the student receives no credit (NC). The student must complete the option form prior to the deadline date published in the academic calendar and submit it to the Admissions and Records Office before this date. The credit/ no credit choice is permanent.

Curriculum: A group of required courses leading to a degree or certificate. Also used to refer to course offerings of a college as a whole.

Elective: A subject or course which a student may choose to take as distinguished from a "required course."

Intersession: The five-week semester offered between the end of the Fall semester and the beginning of the Spring semester.

Major: Group of courses necessary to fulfill requirements for graduation in a specific field of study.

Matriculation: A process that brings Los Angeles Valley College and a student who enrolls for credit into an agreement for the purpose of realizing the student's educational goal through the college's established programs, policies, and requirements.

Placement Test: A test used to determine a student's skill levels in math and English. The results are used to help students select courses for which they have the necessary skills for success.

Prerequisite: Skills/knowledge you need to master in order to understand course material (without these skills you are not likely to be successful).

Schedule of Classes: Lists the classes taught in any of Los Angeles Valley College's sessions.

Semester: The academic year is divided in half, resulting in two 16-week periods called semesters (generally, this is the length of a course and grades are given at the end of each semester).

Summer Session: Los Angeles Valley College offers two, five-week sessions that run from the end of the Spring semester in June to the beginning of the Fall semester in September.

Ticket Number: Numbers in the schedule of classes identifying a particular class in a specific subject, followed by abbreviations showing the time, place and instructor. This number determines the class in which the student is officially enrolled.

Transcript: An official copy of a student's academic record.

Transfer Course: Any course acceptable at a four-year college. The schedule of classes lists these courses as UC and/or CSU transferrable.

Transfer Institution: A college or university to which one may transfer for advanced education or training after attending a commmunity college.