Reading a Course DescriptionThe elements of a typical course description found under department/school headings in the colleges are illustrated by the microbiology course example below:
Science Course Example:MB 479. FERMENTATION MICROBIOLOGY (3). An introduction to industrial microbiology with a focus on the physiology of fermentation and use of microorganisms for the production of food ingredients, fermented foods, and beverages. CROSSLISTED as FST 479/FST 579. REQ: Field trips. PREREQS: BB 450 and MB 302*, (BB 350 or BI 314). This course is repeatable for a maximum of 6 credits.
Course Designator (Subject Code): (MB) an abbreviation representing the department, college, or program offering the course. MB indicates that the course is offered through the Department of Microbiology.
Number: (479) indicates the level of the course. This is an upper-division, undergraduate course. 400-level courses are offered for undergraduate credit. Courses numbered at the 500- or 600-level may be taken for graduate credit. Courses numbered 500–599 are generally taken by master’s candidates and courses numbered 600–699 are taken by doctoral candidates. (See Course Numbering System below.)
Title: FERMENTATION MICROBIOLOGY
Credit: (3) the number of credits awarded for successful completion of the course.
Course description: A brief description of what will be taught in the course. "An introduction to industrial microbiology..."
CROSSLISTED: CROSSLISTED as FST 479/FST 579 means the same course is also offered through another department; course numbers, titles, credits, descriptions, and prerequisites are the same for both courses. Only the course designator (subject code) is different.
REQ: A requirement for that course, such as field trips.
PREREQS: Prerequisites a student must have completed or be currently enrolled in before registering for the course. The registration system and/or instructor may not allow students to enroll for the course unless they have the prerequisite on their transcripts or are currently enrolled in the prerequisite. Students may be administratively dropped after registering for their courses if they have not met the prerequisites of a course. These courses are the background necessary for successful performance in the course.
* (Asterisk): The asterisk after a prerequisite (MB 302*) indicates that it may be taken concurrently with the course described.
COREQ: A course that must be taken simultaneously with the course described.
REC: Means the course is recommended but not required by the instructor.
This course is repeatable...: Some courses may be taken again for additional credit that applies toward the student's academic program.
Liberal Arts Course Example:HST 202H. HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES (4). Provides an overview of the development of the U.S. from the pre-Columbian era to the present. Attention is given to economic, political, and social trends, as well as to international relations. Covers 1820 to 1920. HST 201H, HST 202H, and HST 203H need not be taken in sequence. (H) (SS) (Bacc Core Course PREREQS: Honors College approval required.
Letter suffix: (HST 202H) "H" signifies an Honors College course. An "X" signifies an experimental course.
Liberal Arts Core: Students pursuing College of Liberal Arts majors are required to complete courses in certain study areas. Four abbreviations are used in the college to indicate courses that may be used to fulfill requirements in each of these areas:
- (FA) Fine Arts Core
- (H) Humanities Core
- (NC) Non-Western Core
- (SS) Social Studies Core
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