Every department of the University has a course plan. This plan contains all the courses that are needed to be taken for being able to graduate within the regular 8-semester education period. Courses in these plans are categorized as required area, area elective and general free elective courses. Credits of courses range from 1 to 4. Some departments may have laboratory, thesis and applied courses in their plans. Prescribed course plans for every department are indicated in the university catalog. The minimum number of courses that should be taken in particular semester is specified in course plan and this number considered as students’ normal course load. Students built their schedule according to this plan and get approval from their academic advisors.