Course Numbering System

Courses are designed for levels of experience and difficulty, and the course numbering system reflects this ...

  • Courses numbered 000 to 099 are pre-college courses and carry no credit toward degree requirements.
  • Courses numbered 100 to 299 are lower-division level and normally are open to freshmen and sophomores.
  • Courses numbered 300 to 499 are upper-division level and normally are open to juniors and seniors. Freshmen may not enroll in courses at the 300 and 400 levels except by permission of the chairperson of the department in which the course is offered. A 300-numbered course may be open to sophomores. Exceptions may be made when prerequisites are met and general education requirements have been fulfilled on schedule.
  • Courses at the 500 to 700 levels are graduate courses.
  • Courses numbered 900 to 999 are graduate continuing education courses, the credit earned is not applicable to degree requirements, and the courses are repeatable for credit.
  • Course numbers ending in 5 (e.g., COMM 305) designate courses that may be pursued for several semesters under the same number, with all credits applicable, within stipulated limits.
  • Generally, course numbers ending in 1 and 2 (e.g., CHEM 211, 212) designate courses offered sequentially through the year. Generally, a continuing course may not be entered in the second semester without completing the previous semester or obtaining the permission of the instructor.
  • Course numbers ending in 75 designate supervised teaching or field education courses for which application is necessary through the registrar. See Field Education.
  • Courses designated 285 and 485 are special classes that may be offered in any department to reflect single-time offerings of visiting professors or group seminars.
  • Courses designated 295 and 495 are individualized special study programs not a part of the regular curriculum. Application forms are available from the registrar and, when completed, become a learning contract between the student and the instructor. A student may not be enrolled in more than 4 hours of 295/495 in any regular semester and may not accumulate more than 12 hours of 295/495 for graduation.
  • Course number 490 designates a senior seminar that is completed in one semester; numbers 491 and 492 designate a senior seminar completed in two semesters.
  • Many 300- and 400-level courses are offered in alternate years. If a year of offering is stated, it should be assumed that the course will be offered in alternate years only.
  • A GEED prefix refers to general education.