Course Listings

The term "course" means a definite unit of work in a subject. Courses are offered on a semester basis. University course offerings are listed in this catalog by division and by department or program within that college according to the following method:

Letter Code: A four letter code at the beginning identifies the department or program that offers the course. A list of these letter codes is provided just before the course descriptions in this Catalog.

Number Code: The four digit code distinguishes each course in that department or program and identifies the level at which it is offered. The first and second digits in the course number hold specific meanings. The first digit indicates the course level:

  • 1000 freshman
  • 2000 sophomore
  • 3000 junior
  • 4000 senior
  • 5000 graduate

and the second digit indicates semester credit hours for the course. Courses with second and third digits of 1 and 5 are 1.5 semester credit hour courses. Courses numbered at the 1000 and 2000 level are lower division courses that are normally introductory in nature. Upper division courses numbered 3000 and 4000 are advanced undergraduate courses that normally require junior or senior standing and/or the completion of a preceding course or courses. Courses numbered 5000 are open only to students with graduate standing. (Some courses in the 4000 series also carry graduate credit; these are listed in the graduate catalog.)

Title: The identification code is followed by the course title. The identification code and a shortened form of the course title are used to list courses in the Class Schedule bulletin published each semester for registration purposes and on a student's permanent transcript.

Credit Hours: The final information given on a course listing's entry line indicates the semester credit hours of the course. When the letter V appears, the course is offered for variable credit, to be determined at the time of registration. The two digits in parentheses following the semester credit hours are the number of hours of lecture and the number of hour of laboratory required each week respectively. When a course includes a recitation, three digits appear in parentheses following the semester credit hours indicating the number of hours of lecture, the number of hours of laboratory and the number hours of recitation required each week respectively.

Course Description and Special Conditions: Below the entry line is a brief description of the course, a notice of any special restrictions for registration in the course and an indication, if any, of a laboratory fee.