Jun 13, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

General Course Information


Students consult with their faculty advisors for help in selecting appropriate courses to fulfill degree requirements.

Course Rubrics and Numbers

Course rubrics and numbers (e.g., ENG 123 or EDU 362) indicate the academic area of study and the level of the course being offered. Numbers in the 100’s usually signify beginning level courses, 200’s intermediate level, and 300’s and 400’s advanced level.

Topics Courses and Independent Study Courses

In addition to the topics and independent study courses that are listed for various programs, academic departments from time to time may elect to offer topics courses (177, 277, 377, 477) or independent study opportunities (197, 297, 397, 497) at any level.

Academic Credit

Each course carries a certain amount of academic credit. Most courses will be three credits. A three-credit course usually meets for 110-150 minutes each week. Lower level 4 credit science courses usually meet 150 minutes a week with a 110-minute lab. Many upper-level science classes have longer labs. Some courses in other disciplines also include laboratory sections in addition to class time. The number of credits assigned to a course is indicated by the number in parentheses following its title. Students need to be aware that faculty generally expect them to spend at least two hours out of class preparing for every hour spent in class.


The student should be aware that the prerequisite(s) listed for a given course may themselves have the prerequisite(s).


Some courses are designated Pass/Fail option or Pass/Fail only. For further clarification, refer to the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Instruction Modes

P (In-Person)  -  The course is taught fully face-to-face in a classroom at scheduled meeting times.

HB (Hybrid/Blended)  -  These classes have both in-person and online components. The dates/times of in-person meetings are scheduled.

DS (Distance Synchronous Learning)  - These classes never meet in person. The course is taught online, and the instructor is expected to deliver instruction synchronously (i.e., in real-time) at the times for which the class is scheduled.

WW (Online)  - A course section where 100% of course activity and class meetings are completed asynchronously (i.e., not in real-time) online with no required online meeting times.

HF (Hyflex)  -  A single course section with the option to attend on-site, attend via video or audio technology during class meeting times, or in a combination of the two.

AR (By Arrangement)  -  These courses are meant for clinical placements, field placements, independent study, internships, and research hours. They do not require a classroom or meeting time but are considered to be in person, with location and time arranged by the instructor or supervisor.