Course Numbering

Developmental, Special, and Service courses will carry course numbers of 001-099. Developmental courses are designed to develop basic academic skills to the entry level expected for college performance. Special courses are courses that may not have been taken by a student at the high school level, but are necessary to complete a background for entering college level courses. These courses will carry numbers 001-049 and may not be counted toward graduation requirements. (001-049 courses are not calculated as part of any GPA. Taking such courses may also affect financial aid. Please consult the Financial Aid Office for a determination) Service courses are designed to provide offerings that do not meet traditional academic standards or are designed to meet the needs of a specific clientele and carry course numbers 050-099.

  1. Lower division courses carry numbers 100-299. Such courses are open to freshmen and sophomores and re primarily designed to provide much of that breadth of understanding known as general education, as well as the foundations for the more specialized work of the upper division courses. These courses are open to upper-division students, but do not count as upper-division work in any curriculum.
  2. Upper-division courses carry numbers 300-499. These courses are designed primarily for junior and senior level students.
  3. Graduate level courses carry numbers 500-699. These courses are open to students who have completed baccalaureate degrees or have obtained permission to enroll through the Office of Academic Affairs.
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