Course Blocks

This screen is where you enter your program requirements. It is a two-step process:

  1. Create course blocks
  2. Add courses to each block.​

Creating Course Blocks

Select Add New Item to create a course block. You can remove, edit, and re-order saved course block titles using the navigation buttons.

Course Block Title

This field contains the heading that defines a block of courses. Once you create a heading, you will be able to add specific courses under it. Examples of block titles are:

  • Required Courses
  • Electives
  • List A, List B, etc.
Unit Min/Max

If all courses in the block are required, leave the minimum and maximum units for the block blank. Meta will calculate all units in the block by default.

If only some of the courses in the block are required, enter the range of units. There are several possibilities here:

  • Students can choose electives from a list (e.g. 2 out of 3 courses in the block), but the number of units won't vary: Enter the same unit number in both fields.
  • Students can choose from classes with varying units, or can choose a varying number of courses from the block: Enter the minimum and maximum units possible.​

Adding Courses to a Block

  • Select Edit Courses in Block in the course block you want to edit.
  • Select Add New Item to add a course or non-course requirement. You can remove, edit, and re-order saved courses using the navigation buttons.​
Course Requirements

First, select the subject (discipline) of the course you wish to add. Then select the specific course ​number.

Non-course Requirements

To add a non-course requirement to the major (such as such as CPR certification or Live Scan), enter the requirement exactly as it should appear in the course catalog. 


Select a Condition (and/or) from the drop-down menu with each requirement you add to the course block.​

Unit Range​

Required only if you are adding a variable unit course to the course block; otherwise, leave these blank. You can enter the full range available for the course, or a more limited range. (E.g. for a 1-4 unit course, you can require 2 units, or 3-4 units, etc.)

Exceptions to Requirement

If there are exceptions to the requirement, you can enter a symbol (such as *) as the exception identifier, and then enter the exception text exactly as it should appear in the catalog.

Course Sequence

The State Chancellor's Office requires program submissions to include a recommended course sequence. The sequence must be arranged so that a full-time student could complete a degree program in two years, except in the case of a high-unit technical or health occupation program where a sequence longer than two years is necessary.​

  • For each class you add to a course block, choose a year and term from the  drop-down menu. The purpose is to demonstrate that the program could be completed in two years, and to indicate a suggested pathway to students in the program. If students could take the courses in any order, create a sample 2-year plan.
  • For high-unit majors, if courses need to be taken in a third year, leave the field blank and attach Course Sequence information in Supporting Documents.​
2-year Enrollment Data

​The State Chancellor's Office requires us to provide final (not census) enrollment data for all required existing courses for the last two years to validate the need for this program in the college service area. This data is also used to validate Projected Annual Completers on the Feasibility screen.

  • ​Enrollment data is not required for ADTs, new courses, or program electives. Leave the fields blank.

Year 1/Year 2: Enter the two calendar years (not academic years) prior to the year you are submitting the proposal.

Annual # Sections: ​For each year, provide the annual number of sections offered for the course.

Annual Enrollment Total: ​For each year, provide the annual number of students enrolled after the final drop date (not FTES or census enrollment). For assistance getting these numbers, contact your dean.