Using the Undergraduate Catalog

Glossary of Terms


Course(s), or other requirement, that a student must take at the same time as another course.


Course(s), or other requirement, that a student must have taken prior to enrolling in a specific course.


Certain student characteristics that must be met before a student can enroll in a specific course, such as major, college, campus, or classification.


Cross-listed courses are the same course, offered under two different prefixes. Cross-listed courses require curriculum approval.

Learning Community

Learning Communities are two linked courses that allow participants to partake in exclusive activities created to enhance the learning experience at A&M-San Antonio.


An Attribute is used to identify courses that meet specific criteria. Current attributes include (* indicates designation approved by the curriculum committee):
  • 010 CORE: Communication
  • 020 CORE: Mathematics
  • 030 CORE: Life/Physical Sciences
  • 040 CORE: Language, Philosophy, Cu
  • 050 CORE: Creative Arts
  • 060 CORE: American History
  • 070 CORE: Government/Political Sci
  • 080 CORE: Social/Behavioral Science
  • 090 CORE: Component Option
  • Transfer Credit Conversion
  • Exclude Course from 3P Count
  • Cengage
  • Exclude from Drop Limit
  • Internship
  • NSCH Exclude Enrollment Report
  • Research
  • Service Learning
  • Study Abroad
  • Writing Intentional *
  • Experiential Learning*
  • Equity/Inclusion** (pending final curriculum approval)

Instruction Methods

There are four instruction method codes used in Banner. They include:

Face-to-Face (F2F) (counts as in-person)

Face-to-face courses are delivered through fully synchronous, in-person instruction in an assigned classroom for all students. The faculty member is in the classroom with all students for the regularly scheduled days/times.

Hybrid (HYB) (counts as in-person)

Hybrid courses utilize both online and in-person experiences. A hybrid class is designed for the instructor and students to meet in person part of the time and online other times. Some hybrid courses will be delivered synchronously online in place of an in-person meeting.

Hyflex (HFX) (counts as in-person)

HyFlex courses give students the option of attending sessions in the classroom, participating online, or doing both. Students can change their mode of attendance weekly or by topic, according to need or preference.

Online (OLC) (counts as online)

Online (OLC): An online class is a class designed with the assumption that all students will participate in the main class experience online. Material in these classes may be presented synchronously or asynchronously. Students should refer to the Location to determine if their class is online asynchronous (OLC-A), hybrid (OLC-H), or synchronous (OLC-S).

Online asynchronous (OLC-A)

Asynchronous online classes (OLC-A) are taught online, and students are not required to attend class at a scheduled time. All scheduled meetings are optional. Assignments and participation are due at specific times.

Online synchronous (OLC-S)

Synchronous online classes (OLC-S) are taught online, and students are required to attend class at the scheduled time.

Contact Hours

Clock hours spent each week in the instruction process. Contact hours are not course credit hours, but are included in the course inventory immediately following the credit hours (Ex. ENGL 1301, Credits: 3 (3-0-0)). Lecture contact hours are the hours per week students are required to spend in contact with faculty in a lecture setting, e.g., class, conference, seminar, individual instruction, private lesson, thesis or dissertation discussion, or independent study. Laboratory contact hours are the number of hours per week that students are required to spend in contact with faculty in an experiential situation, e.g., laboratory clinical, practicum, internship, or student teaching.


Laboratory experiences that require special-purpose equipment for student participation, experimentation, observation or practice in a field of study. May involve discussion of a forthcoming laboratory or review of a completed laboratory session. Includes scheduled laboratory periods as well as laboratory experiences for which times may be selected by individual students.


Recitations are non-lab class instruction, typically smaller groups reviewing or discussing material previously presented in a lecture section. Recitation sessions can take many forms and will vary depending on the discipline, department, lead instructor’s requirements, student personalities, and current needs in the course.


Repeatable courses are defined as courses for which students may earn credit more than once. Courses that are repeatable include research and thesis courses, special topics courses and other miscellaneous courses. Courses that are not repeatable may be taken more than once, but credit for the class is only given once, while all instances of that course that were taken for a letter grade (A-F) count toward the student's term and cumulative grade point averages (GPAs).