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Course Numbering

  1. Courses in which the leading number is zero, (e.g., 050), are non-degree credit courses and primarily developmental in nature.
  2. Courses numbered 100 are primarily for freshmen, 200 for sophomores, 300 for juniors, 400 for seniors, 500 for graduate students, and 600 for doctoral students.
  3. All 100 and 200 level courses are designated as lower division undergraduate courses.
  4. Courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels are considered upper division undergraduate courses and have a course prerequisite or require junior standing or permission of the department chair.
  5. Courses at or above the 500 level or above are considered exclusively for graduate credit.
  6. A single number listing for a course, (e.g., Art 105), indicates that it is a one-semester course or is given only one semester each year.
  7. Courses listed with a double number, (e.g., English 187-188) and designated as a continuous course, consist of two one-semester courses, the first of which can be taken without the second, but the second of which cannot be taken without the successful completion of the first.
  8. Courses listed with a double number, (e.g., History 201, History 202) and designated as semester courses, consist of two one-semester courses, either semester of which may be taken without the other.
  9. The second and third digits relate to the nature of courses as follows:
    1. X65 Internships
    2. X87 Honors Courses
    3. X95 Special Topics Courses
    4. X97 Independent or Tutorial Study
    5. X99 Research or Project Courses
  10. Independent Study. Courses numbered 197, 198, 297, 298, 397, 398, 497, and 498 are used to designate courses involving individual or tutorial study within a discipline. These individually arranged courses require prior approval by the department chair, instructor, and the Provost, and appear in the Registration Information and Schedule of Classes each term with the designation “TBA.”
  11. Special Topics. Courses numbered 195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495, and 496 are used to designate special topics courses taught as a class. These courses appear in the Registration Information and Schedule of Classes each term with a section designation and room assignment. The particular topic for that semester will also be listed. Where a particular topic is offered more than two terms, it must be approved as a regular course offering and be given its own course number.
  12. Once a course number has been deactivated it may not be reused for a different course for a period of seven academic years.