Announcement of Courses
Limitations On Scheduling Courses
Some courses in this catalog will not be scheduled in 2023-2024. Additional courses
may be added. Skyline College reserves the right to discontinue, postpone, or combine
classes and to change instructors when circumstances warrant such changes. Further,
it reserves the right to cancel classes that do not reach a minimum enrollment.
Unless otherwise designated, any course may be offered either in day or evening. Additionally,
some courses are offered online. Specific information concerning class hours and locations
will be found in the current Class Schedule.
Course Descriptions Information
Courses on the following pages form the basic offerings at Skyline College. Generally
in the following course descriptions, both semesters of a sequential course are listed
together if the first semester course is a prerequisite to the second semester course.
If there is no entry, the course has no prerequisite. All courses are offered for
a letter grade, unless otherwise noted.
The credit value of each course in semester units is indicated by the number in parentheses
following the title. A semester unit of credit is based upon one hour of the student’s
time at the college per week in lecture or recitation throughout one semester, together
with the time necessary in preparation, or a longer time in laboratory or other exercises
not requiring outside preparation. With a normal schedule of 15 college units, the
average student will devote approximately 45 hours per week to class attendance and
Skyline College reserves the right to make appropriate course and program changes
during the course of the year which may not be reflected in this catalog.
Course Numbering And Transferable Credit
The course numbering system in use at Skyline College as part of the San Mateo County
Community College District categorizes courses according to the following:
100-599 Courses generally transferable to a four-year college or university.
600-699 Courses varying in content and which are usually transferable.
700-799 Courses that are part of a specific occupational program and which are not generally
regarded as transferable.
800-899 Courses that are non-transferable in nature.
Courses accepted by the University of California are indicated at the end of each
course description as “UC’’. A complete list of transferable courses can be found
in the Transfer Planning section.
Courses identified by Skyline College as transferable to California State Universities
are indicated at the end of each course description as “CSU.’’ Courses that fulfill
general education requirements show an area letter designation following. All transferable
courses that satisfy general education to CSU can be found in the Transfer Planning
Because of changing regulations governing the transferability of courses among the
segments of higher education in California, students should consult a counselor for
current information about specific items. From time to time, a department may offer
a course which is experimental in nature, covers a special topic, or which consists
of independent study tailored to a student’s needs. Because such courses are never
exactly the same, you will not find them described in the catalog. They are, however,
regular credit courses of the College. Usually they will be described in the Schedule
of Classes or in other course advertising and will have a department name followed
by one of the following numbers: 670 Vocational Cooperative Education courses (1-4)
Vocational Cooperative Education courses are offered under COOP 670 as well as the
670 number in a variety of vocational disciplines. Courses numbered 670 are transferable
to CSU. 680, 880 Experimental Courses Courses designed to study a particular area
or problem beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. These courses can be offered
for a letter grade or for Credit/No Credit.
695 INDEPENDENT STUDY (.5-3) (Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)
Hours/semester: 24 lab hours by arrangement for each .5 unit. Rec om mended: Eligibility
for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Designed for students who are interested
in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized, directed instruction
provided in selected areas to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division
dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used —
laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required
to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one
Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer credit: CSU. Courses
numbered 680 or 695 are generally transferable. Courses numbered 880 are not transferable.
See a counselor for specifics.
The Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Community College District has adopted
a policy (District Rules and Regulations, Section 6.17.1) in which three types of
courses are designated as repeatable:
Intercollegiate Athletics — Courses in which student athletes enroll to participate in an organized sport sponsored
by the district or a conditioning course which supports the organized competitive
sport may be designated as repeatable. (Title 5 Section 55040/55041)
Intercollegiate Academic or Vocational Competition — Courses that are specifically for participation in non-athletic competitive events
between students from different colleges may be designated as repeatable. The course
must be tied to the student’s participation in the competition. The event must be
sanctioned by a formal collegiate or industry governing body.
Required by CSU or UC for Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree — Repetition of the course is required by CSU or UC for completion of the bachelor’s
degree. Courses are limited to four attempts and this enrollment limitation applies
even if the student receives a substandard grade or a “W.” (Title 5 Section 55041)
These courses will be designated as “may be repeated for credit’’ in the College Catalog.
For more information on this policy, please consult your College counselor. For further
information, see Course Repetition under the Academic Standards section of this Catalog.