The following course description key explains the system used for courses listed throughout the catalog.
Sample course description
GEOG 221. Environmental Geography II. (4) I, II. A basic physical geography course emphasizing the geosphere and hydrosphere, including processes, patterns, and physical background for related issues such as natural hazards and human modification of physical conditions. Introduces remote sensing and the use of topographic maps in environmental study. Three hours lec. and one two-hour lab per week. Pr.: Environmental Geography I.
The diamond () indicates the course has been approved for university general education program credit.
The letters GEOG denote the department in which the course is offered (in this case, Geography).
The three digits of the course number 221 represent the level of the course.
The five-digit number, automatically reassigned each semester, designates a course section.
(i.e. KIN 220)
The three to five letters denote the department offering the course. The three digits represent the level of the course.
000-099 An undergraduate course in which no credit is granted toward degree requirements.
100-299 An undergraduate lower-division course, designated as a freshman- or sophomore-level course.
300-499 An undergraduate upper-division course, designated as a junior- or senior-level course
500-699 An undergraduate upper-division course, primarily designated as a junior- or senior-level course. Courses numbered 500-599 may be taken for graduate credit only in a graduate student's minor field. Courses numbered 600-699 may be taken for credit in a graduate student's major field.
700-799 An undergraduate upper-division or graduate course, primarily graduate-level course.
800-899 A graduate course, primarily for a master's-level course or a professional-level course.
900-999 A graduate course, primarily for doctoral-level course.
The number in parentheses (4) following the course title indicates the units of credit given for the course.
The I, II, S, and/or intersession following the course title indicate the semester, or semesters, each course is usually offered; I stands for fall semester, II for spring, S for summer semester, and intersession for the term between semesters.
The abbreviation Pr. indicates prerequisites for the course. In the sample course, students would be required to have completed Environmental Geography I before enrolling. Some courses may allow or require concurrent enrollment in other courses. This is indicated by the abbreviation Conc.