Course Information

Course Subject Codes

Each course offered at the University has a four-character subject prefix code and a three-digit course number, e.g., ENGL 110.

American Sign LanguageASGN
Art HistoryARTH
Art TheoryARTT
Business Information SystemsBUIS
Child and Family StudiesCFST
College Academc Program SharingCAPS
Communication ArtsCOMM
Computer ScienceCSCI
Counseling PsychologyCPSY
Deaf StudiesDFST
Early Childhood EducationECED
Earth SciencesEASC
Education - Initial LicensureEDIL
Education PracticumEDPS
Educational LeadershipEDLE
Elementary EducationELED
Enterprise Systems Mainframe TechnologyESMT
Entrepreneurial StudiesENTR
Environmental ScienceENVS
Fashion DesignFASH
First-Year SeminarRAMS
Food and NutritionNUTR
Food ScienceFDSC
Global StudiesGLST
Health Care AdministrationHCAD
Health StudiesHLTH
Honors ProgramHNRS
Human Resource ManagementHRMG
Instructional TechnologyINST
Interdisciplinary StudiesINTD
Irish StudiesIRST
Liberal StudiesLIBS
Literacy and LanguageLTRC
Nursing CoreNURC
Nursing EducationNURE
Nursing LeadershipNURL
Nutrition EducationNUED
Physical SciencePHSC
Political SciencePOSC
Post Baccalaureate Teacher LicensurePBTL
Professional DevelopmentPRDV
Public AdministrationPADM
Quantitative Economic AnalysisQUAN
Science CommunicationSCOM
Science, Technology, Engineering, MathematicsSTEM
Semester Leave of AbsenceLEAV
Special EducationSPED
Studio ArtARTS
Study Abroad SemesterSTDY
Teaching English as Second LanguageTESL
Theatre StudiesTHEA
Washington CenterOCST


Course Level

 The numbers following the subject code indicate the course level:

  • 000-099 Non-credit courses;
  • 100-199 Courses that are introductory in nature, assuming no prior college level exposure to the discipline;
  • 200-299 Courses appropriate for students with prior exposure to the university regimen or to the discipline, some with prerequisites;
  • 300-399 Upper level courses that build on previous exposure to the discipline, most with prerequisites;
  • 400-499 Senior level courses, most with prerequisites, including independent studies, internships, seminars, directed studies, and practicum;
  • 600-699 Courses for public service undergraduate credit (not for degree programs – Exceptions may be made by Major Department Chair);
  • 70000-79900 Courses for public service and professional development graduate credit (not for degree programs);
  • 800-899 Courses for graduate program credit but taught as dual level with the appropriate undergraduate course number assigned;
  • 900-999 Courses assigned as graduate program credit only.         


Course-Credit Definition

With the introduction of the Course-Credit program in 1971-1972, each Course-Credit is equivalent to four (4) semester hours (sixty (60) contact hours) for internal and external transfer use.  There is no differentiation made in Course-Credit value between courses that require laboratory or studio work and those that do not. Only courses and Course-Credits accepted for transfer by the University are indicated on the academic transcript. Unless otherwise noted in the course description, all courses are one Course-Credit.

In Fall 2013, governance approved Half-Course-Credit designation equivalent to two (2) semester hours (thirty (30) contact hours) for courses offered at the University.

Students in all majors must complete a minimum of thirty-two (32) course-credits. At least ten (10) course-credits (depending on the student’s major) must satisfy the general education requirements. If the major requirements and the general education requirements total fewer than 32 course-credits, students must take enough free electives to make up the difference.

Professional Development Graduate coursework, 70000-level, will appear as 1.00, .75, .50, or .25 Course-Credits. This relates to four (4), three (3), two (2), and one (1) semester hour(s).


Course Descriptions

Under each course number and title is a brief description of its content, followed by a statement on prerequisites, if any, explaining the requirements for admission to the course. Courses appropriate for general education are identified by Gen. Ed. Domain following the title. Lab science courses will have Lab following the title.


Course Prerequisites

It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of and have met prerequisites prior to attempting any course. Course prerequisites may be found in the University Catalog as part of the course description.


Definitions of Course delivery Options:

Traditional (Face-to-Face, On-Ground, Brick & Mortar) Courses

Courses taught face-to-face have specific meeting times equivalent to a minimum of 200 minutes per week for lecture along with additional hours for laboratory, if applicable. Although the course is taught in a classroom, a BlackBoard online site is part of each course. Students refer to the BlackBoard course site for the syllabus, posted assignments, grades and other material determined by the instructor to be part of the course.

Web-enhanced Courses - All courses offered at the University have the ability to be web-enhanced due to creating a BlackBoard “course” or shell for each course section. This provides students access to the course syllabus and other course materials, submit assignments, participate in discussions, takes quizzes and exams and access grades and feedback.

Hybrid (Blended, Mixed) Courses

A hybrid (or blended) class is a combination of face-to-face classroom instruction and online instruction. A portion of the instruction is provided online (between 25% and 75%) via BlackBoard, and regular face-to-face instruction is still required. Face-to-face time requirements will vary between hybrid courses and sections. The instructor of a hybrid course typically determines what instructional activities should be online or face-to-face depending on the learning goals, course objectives, content, and available resources. Similarly, the timetable for face-to-face versus online work can be organized in quite different ways that may reflect not only pedagogical criteria but also the particular circumstances of the instructor and students.

Online Courses

As the title indicates, online courses have complete, or most, online instruction via BlackBoard. These courses may include an initial face-to-face orientation session or take proctored exams on campus.  Online courses require significant self-motivation and familiarity with technology.