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  Aug 21, 2017
 
 
    
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Catalogue 2017-2018

Course Notations


Course Credit

The credit which a course carries is stated in units per semester and shown in parentheses ( ) opposite the course title. 

Course Elections

The elections of first-year students are limited to courses marked “Open to all classes,” or to courses numbered 100 to 199 unless special prerequisites are stated. Students with Advanced Placement credit may be admitted to other courses. Unless otherwise noted, courses are open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors.

Matriculated students may audit courses with the permission of the instructor. No formal registration is necessary and no extra fee is charged. 

Course Numbering System

Undergraduate courses are offered on the levels shown in the following numbering system: 

000-099 Noncredit courses

100-199 Introductory courses, without prerequisite of college work

200-299 Intermediate courses, with prerequisite of 1 to 2 units of Introductory work or Advanced Placement or permission

300-399 Advanced courses, with prerequisite of 2 units of Intermediate work or permission

Courses numbered above 400 are designed for graduate students. The same number is reserved in each department for particular kinds of study:

290 Field Work

297 Reading Course

298 Intermediate Independent Work

399 Senior Independent Work

Courses numbered in the 180 and 280 series are newly developed courses which may be offered on a trial basis under this number for one time only. After this initial offering, the course must either be presented for approval as a regular course or dropped completely by the department.

Courses numbered in the 380 series apply to departmental offerings in which small groups of students pursue advanced work on special topics with special permission. It is understood that the topics are changed from time to time, with no particular time limit, according to the department’s needs, and are listed under the general heading “Special Studies” within the departmental listings. The term may also apply to experimental courses introduced by departments or introduced interdepartmentally which will normally be offered for one year.