Assignment of new course numbers
- New course added
- Significant change in content of established course
- Significant change in credits of established course
- Change of established hyphenated course to separate course
- Change of separate courses to hyphenated course
- Significant change in time pattern of established course (class hours of lecture, lab, or discussion)
Course level descriptions
|Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture or pre-college work; may not be taken for degree credit by Baccalaureate students
|Introductory courses, usually with no prerequisites, primarily intended for freshmen and sophomores
|Courses, usually with no more than one prerequisite, primarily intended for sophomores
|Advanced undergraduate courses, primarily intended for juniors and seniors
|Advanced undergraduate courses, primarily intended for seniors
|Entry-level and intermediate graduate courses
|Advanced graduate courses
|School of Medicine (for entering class of 2016 as approved by Office of the Provost of Academic Affairs 01/29/16)
Reserved course numbers
Course numbers xx80 to xx99 are reserved for special topics, thesis, internships, etc. as follows. NOTE: These guidelines were updated by the University Senate on 10/7/19. Review the Senate Scholastic Standards Committee’s motion here: Defining and Renumbering Research and Experiential Courses.
|Field study/Field experience
|Credit awarded for applied academic work done in the field and supervised by a faculty member as a component of a student’s academic program.
|Credit awarded for professional work done in the field, supervised by an external expert and coordinated by a faculty member, which may or may not be part of a student’s academic program.
|Credit awarded for work done where the primary purpose is to apply information from coursework in a practical setting and aid a student’s professional development (may be used for licensure programs).
|Introduction to Research: Introduction to the practice of research for beginning students, which may be individualized or taught to a group.
|Directed Research 1: Introductory research conducted under the supervision of the instructor, which may be individualized or conducted by a group.
|Directed Research 2: Individualized research conducted under the supervision of the instructor.
|Independent Research: Student-initiated research activities supervised by the instructor.
|Credits earned by students for engaging in the process and production of a thesis.
|Credits earned by pursuing individual academic interests under the supervision of a faculty instructor.
* S/U versions of these courses may be offered by substituting an 8 for a 9 in the third digit (e.g., Independent Study xx89 [S/U] instead of xx99 [graded]).
No course number previously assigned, but dropped, will be assigned again until the original number remains unassigned for a period of at least eight years or a course that has been archived using the Senate’s Five Year Rule* becomes reinstated without change or a dropped course becomes reinstated without change.
If the content of a course is changed sufficiently to warrant assigning a new number, a statement should appear after the description of the course, noting the prior course (Example: _______ “Formerly offered as ENGL ….”).
* Courses that have not been offered in the previous five years may, at the request of the department, be inactivated and archived. Reactivating the course would also only require a department request; the approval process need not be restarted.