2011-2012 University Catalog 
2011-2012 University Catalog

Course Information

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General Information

Each course indicates:

  • the number of credits earned;
  • the repeat status;
    NR - Not Repeatable, RT - Repeatable in Term, RD - Repeatable in Degree
  • prerequisites;
  • corequiresites;
  • the hours of lecture or seminar per week;
  • the hours of laboratory or studio per week (if applicable); and
  • semester offered. 

Individual instructors set hours for independent study, readings, topics, or similar courses.If a course is listed as having an equivalent course, students may not receive credit for both courses. 

Contact Hours

University course work is measured in terms of quantity and quality. A credit normally represents one hour per week of lecture or recitation, or not fewer than two hours per week of laboratory work, throughout a semester. The number of credits is a measure of quantity. The grade is a measure of quality.

Undergraduate Course Numbering

Courses numbered 499 and below are undergraduate courses. Course numbers in the 100 series are customarily taken by freshmen, the 200 series by sophomores, the 300 series by juniors, and the 400 series by seniors.

Graduate Course Numbering

Graduate courses are divided into the following categories:

  • 500–699: Open only to graduate students admitted to master’s or doctoral programs; other bachelor’s degree holders; and approved, advanced undergraduate students.  Advanced undergraduate students who have secured the permission of the department offering the course may select from these courses to accumulate the hours necessary to complete an undergraduate degree. With the written permission of the dean of their college, they may take these courses for reserve graduate credit.
  • 700–799: Open only to students admitted to graduate degree or certificate programs.
  • 800–999: Primarily doctoral courses open only to students admitted to graduate degree programs.

Degree programs may extend permission to enroll bachelor’s degree holders.

Courses with the following numbers are reserved for the uses designated:

  • 600–609: Limited applicability, graduate-credit courses, normally intended for in-service professional development and not directly leading to a graduate degree. A limited number of credits from these courses may be applied to a graduate degree.
  • 798: Master’s research
  • 799: Master’s thesis
  • 800: Studies for the doctor of philosophy in education program
  • 998: Doctoral dissertation proposal
  • 999: Doctoral dissertation research
  • 790, 890: Supervised practicum
  • 794, 894: Internship
  • 796, 896: Directed reading and research courses for master’s and doctoral students