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.
  • Courses numbered 300 to 499 are upper-division level.
  • Courses numbered 500 to 700 are graduate level 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 IDEA Center. 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. Additional fee required.
  • 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.