Courses are listed numerically by subject area.

The Course Numbering System Key designates courses by six digits. The first three numbers refer to an internal university numbering system that designates the department/subject area and subdiscipline within that area. The second set of three numbers refers to the specific course within the subject area. The department numbers may be replaced during the two year period this catalog is in effect. In anticipation of this change the conversion from a department number to an alphabetic truncated name is provided prior to each department listing of course descriptions. For example, in the designation 150-143, the 150 refers to the subject area, Music, and 143 refers to the specific course, Survey of American Jazz.

In any reference to a specific course, the full set of six numbers should always be used.

Course numbers 000-099 are courses that carry no credit towards the degree requirements; courses numbered 100-299 are lower division courses. Courses numbered 300-499 are upper division courses which may be dual listed as 500-699 for graduate credit. It is recommended that entering freshmen not enroll in any of these courses without specific department approval. Courses at the 700 level are open only to graduate students.

A course number may occasionally have a letter suffix to designate that it is open only to students with a specific educational background preparation.

The letter "G" appearing after the course title identifies the course as one that can be used in satisfying the University General Education requirement. The second letter following the "G" identifies the category within General Education in which the course applies. Proficiency and diversity courses are identified with the appropriate symbol after the course title.


These courses are available on a selected basis through most of the academic departments. The course descriptions are common to all departments. However, the prerequisites and the number of credits permitted in certain programs may differ. Note the limitation of credits for degree/programs identified in the Bulletin.


Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing "hands on" and participatory instructional techniques. Workshops have as their primary goal the imparting of either a specialized knowledge base regarding an instructional strategy or method or a specific skill. Presentations which are more broadly based in content or which emphasize intensive study and/or research procedures are not to be offered under a workshop number or title.


A planned and directed group excursion involving extensive academically-focused travel, usually conducted in a foreign country.


Group activity. An advanced course of study in a defined subject matter area emphasizing a small group in intense study with a faculty member.


Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings.


Individual activity in an area of special interest for a variable number of credits under the sponsorship and guidance of a faculty member.


Class Standing

fr - freshman

soph - sophomore

jr - junior

sr - senior

grad st - graduate standing

cons instr - consent of instructor

cons dept chp - consent of department chairperson

cr - credit

*cr - credit to be arranged

equiv - equivalent

G - designates a course that can be used in satisfying General Education. The letter following the "G" designates the category within General Education in which the course applies.

A - Arts

E - Ethnic Cultures or Women's Studies

H - Humanities

I - Interdisciplinary

L - Laboratory Natural Sciences

M - Math and Natural Sciences (non-lab)

P - Physical Education

S - Social Sciences

hr - hour(s)

intro - introductory

req - requirement


Coreq: - Corequisite - A course which must be completed prior to, or concurrent with, registration for the specified course.

Coreq link: - Corequisite Link - A course which must be taken in the same term as the specified course. Registration will not be completed unless both are requested.

Prereq: - Prerequisite - A requirement that must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Unreq: - Unrequisite - A course for which credit cannot be earned because the content overlaps with the specified course.

yr - year

Some courses carry different credits at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In those cases the undergraduate credits are listed first followed by the graduate credit in parenthesis, e.g. 3 cr. (2 cr.)

Information about auxiliary aids and academic course adjustments for qualified disabled individuals are available through the department chairperson.


The first three numbers of the course designate both the department involved and any subdiscipline subject area within the department. Because students will need to refer to courses by subject area, the numbering system is listed below, first alphabetically by subject area, and then numerically.

The 100 series represent work in the College of Arts and Communication; the 200 series the College of Business and Economics; the 400-500 series the College of Education; the 600-800 series the College of Letters and Sciences; the 900 series interdisciplinary courses.

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Last revised on March 10, 2000 by WDT