A Brief Guide to Course Descriptions
Each program described in this catalog contains detailed descriptions of the courses offered within the program.
The first line gives the official course number for which students must register and the official course title. The letters indicate the discipline of the course and the first number of the official course numbers indicates the level of the course. The levels are as follows:
- 1XXX - Freshman Level
- 2XXX - Sophomore Level
- 3XXX - Junior Level
- 4XXX - Senior Level
- 5XXX to 9XXX - Graduate level
Typically the last number of the course number indicates the number of credits. The breakdown of periods of the course is also listed.
When selecting a course for registration, the section of the course may include the following notations:
- “LEC” - lecture section
- “RCT” or “RC” - recitation section
- “LAB” or “LB” - lab section
Additionally, any other letter or digit listed in the section will further identify the section and being liked to another section of the class with the same letter and/or digit combination. Further information on sections is available from academic advisers during registration periods.
The paragraph description briefly indicates the contents and coverage of the course. A detailed course syllabus may be available by request from the office of the offering department.
“Prerequisites” are courses (or their equivalents) that must be completed before registering for the described course. “Co-requisites” are courses taken concurrently with the described course.
The notation “Also listed…” indicates that the course is also given under the number shown. This means that two or more departments or programs sponsor the described course and that students may register under either number, usually the one representing the student’s major program. Classes are jointly delivered.