Explanation of the Course Catalog

A course catalog listing is comprised of the following elements, in order:

Course Subject. The course subject code is comprised of no more than five characters representing the home department or course subject area.

Course Number. All courses are identified by numbers composed of four digits. The first digit indicates the class year in which the subject is ordinarily taken, although enrollment is not exclusive as to student classification, the second and third digits identify the course within the field and the last digit identifies the number of semester credit hours the course carries. A course number beginning with 0 indicates that the course does not carry University credit. A course number ending in 0 indicates that the course carries variable credit.

Those numbered in the 5000 and 6000 range are primarily for graduate students, and only graduate students and selected seniors with consent of the Graduate College may enroll in them. Courses numbered 3000 and 4000 may be taken for graduate credit if the course is approved for credit at the graduate level. A student must perform additional assignments at an intellectual level commensurate with graduate level work as specified in the course syllabus to earn graduate credit for such a class.

Course Title. The title of the course is printed in boldface letters.

General Education Requirement Codes. The capital letters in parentheses in some course titles designate courses fulfilling various undergraduate general education requirements. General education credit is also identified in the course attributes. The code letters designate the general education category for which the course may be used:

A - Analytical and Quantitative Thought
D - Diversity
H - Humanities
I - International Dimension
L - Scientific Investigation (Laboratory Science)
N - Natural Sciences
S - Social and Behavioral Sciences

Description of Course Content. The content of the course and its major emphases are described. Courses which are academically equivalent and treated the same in the repeat policy are indicated by the statement, “same course as …”

Statement of Variable Credit. Each course number ending in zero includes a statement of the credit that may be earned. Typical entries are 1-6 credits, maximum 6 and 1-3 credits, maximum 12, the first part of the entry indicating the permissible credit per enrollment, followed by a statement of the maximum credit which may be earned in the course through repeated enrollment.

Prerequisite(s). Prerequisite courses, exam scores, or other requirements prior to enrollment are listed in detail. Prerequisite course statements include full course subjects and numbers, and use logical operators (and/or) and parentheses where needed to clearly convey course requirements.

Where no prerequisites are listed for courses numbered 3000 or 4000 level, it is understood that the prerequisite is approval of the student's adviser. The prerequisite for courses numbered 5000 or 6000 level is graduate standing in addition to any other prerequisites listed. Instructors may waive prerequisites when student background justifies. Prior approval of instructor may be required in problems courses, independent study, internships, thesis and dissertation courses, and courses taught in a professional school.

Credit and Contact Hour Details, Approved Levels, and Schedule Types


Course Attributes. Course attributes reflect attributes that all sections of the course carry toward meeting specific degree requirements. For example, all general education credit designations are listed as course attributes.

Equivalent Courses. Some courses are academically identical or equivalent to other courses that are offered in different departments. Equivalent courses should include “same as…” statements in their catalog course descriptions. Equivalent courses are denoted on the official transcript in accordance with the undergraduate repeat policy (see Academic Regulation 6.13).Credit for only one of the courses will count in the earned hours section of the transcript.

Mutually Exclusive Courses. Courses that are not identical/equivalent but contain similar or significantly overlapping content include “may not be used with…” statements in their catalog course descriptions. Mutually exclusive (or overlapping) courses are not listed as repeats, but students may not apply credit for both courses toward a degree. For example, if the description for Course X indicates “No credit for students with credit in Course Y” or “May not be used for degree credit with Course Y,” this means that a student may not use both courses to meet requirements for a single degree program. The student may use either Course X or Course Y, regardless of the order in which the courses were completed, but both courses may not be used to fulfill requirements for a single degree program. Thus, once a course is applied to a degree program, the mutually exclusive course may not be used to fulfill requirements for that program, including major hours, elective hours, total hours, etc.