Learning the Language

The following is a listing of several basic terms used in college that you need to understand in order to prepare for registration:

Co-requisite: A course that must be taken during the same semester as a particular designated course. For example, BIO 107 (laboratory class) is a co-requisite for BIO 106 (lecture class).

Prerequisite: A course that must be successfully completed prior to the semester that you are registering for a particular course. For example, you must pass Psychology 100 in order to take a 200-level Psychology course. In some cases, the prerequisite is an examination, such as passing a CUNY Skills Assessment Test or a department placement examination. Certain courses will have both a prerequisite and a co-requisite.

Catalog: The Catalog includes all the information you need regarding your academic career at CSI based upon the year you enter the College. It is a valuable resource that should be saved and used as reference from semester to semester as you select your courses. Become familiar with the information in your Catalog.

Schedule of Classes: The Schedule of Classes is a listing of all the courses offered in a particular semester. It provides the course name and number, section numbers, days and times of class meetings, classroom locations, and, in many cases, the instructor’s name. The Schedule of Classes is available online through the CUNY portal, which provides students access to eSchedule, which is real-time and able to provide the most current and accurate information, or by going to the registrar website and accessing a PDF file. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to access the Schedule of Classes in this format.  

Degree Credits vs. Equated Credits: Equated credits are generally the same as degree credits except for courses below the 100 level. In courses below the 100 level, equated credits are equivalent to the contact hours of the course. For example, a remedial class might offer zero degree credits, but account for four equated credits towards the student’s full or part-time status. Students with 12 or more equated credits in a semester are considered to have full-time status. 

Section: Most courses offer more than one option as to the times during the week that the class will meet. In order to differentiate between meeting times, a section number is assigned to the particular class. You will need to indicate the appropriate section number on your Registration Form.