Anatomy of a Schedule

A typical quarter load for students is 15 credits. More often than not this will mean taking three 5 credit courses. Students may take up to 18 credits as freshmen, however there are a limited number of required 2-3 credit courses for new freshman. 12 credits or more is considered a full time load.

 We look at many factors when preparing your schedule including:

  • Answers given on the Schedule Preferences form
  •  Intended major(s)
  • Anticipated credits from Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Running Start (RS) and other credits
  • Participation in programs such as ROTC, NCAA athletics, English Language and Cultural Bridge, Core Honors, University Honors, chorale, and others
  • Placement in mathematics and language
  • Availability of courses at a given time

Course work at Seattle University can be broken into three main categories: Core, major and electives.


These are the courses you are required to take to satisfy the University Core Curriculum. Freshmen begin with Module 1 of the Core Curriculum.

These courses include:

  • UCOR 1100: Academic Writing
  • UCOR 1200: Quantitative Reasoning (or MATH 1010 or above)
  • UCOR 1300: Creative Expression and Interpretation
  • UCOR 1400: Inquiry Seminar in the Humanities
  • UCOR 1600: Inquiry Seminar in the Social Sciences
  • UCOR 1800: Inquiry Seminar in the Natural Sciences


These are the course requirements for a particular degree program. Some of these requirements may also satisfy a Core requirement. For example, if you are a Chemistry major, the chemistry courses required for your major will satisfy your lab science Core requirement.


Courses that are neither Core nor major but are taken to satisfy degree credit requirements or prerequisites for required courses. First quarter freshmen are only placed in electives that are prerequisite for requirements. For example, Math 1334 is a requirement for engineering majors. However if engineering majors do not meet the requirements to start in MATH 1334 they must take the prerequisite which is MATH 1021.