Level

The initial digit of the course number corresponds to the level, which parallels the three-digit numbering system (e.g., 100-level courses become 1000-level courses). Course numbers below 5000 are undergraduate level, while those numbered 5000-9999 are graduate and/or professional level:

  • 100-999: Non-credit, non-degree: courses, offered primarily by Continuing and Professional Studies, that do not apply to a degree program.
  • 1000-1999: Lower-level introductory undergraduate courses. Generally, there are no prerequisites.
  • 2000-2999: Lower-level intermediate undergraduate courses. May have prerequisites.
  • 3000-3999: Upper-level intermediate undergraduate courses. Likely have prerequisites or require instructor permission.
  • 4000-4999: Upper-level advanced undergraduate courses. Usually have prerequisites or require instructor permission.
  • 5000-5999: Introductory-level graduate courses.
  • 6000-7999: Intermediate-level graduate and professional courses.
  • 8000-9999: Advanced-level graduate and professional courses.

Designated Numbers

  • Cross-listed courses should have the identical course number and title, and vary only in subject area (mnemonic).
  • The _500 to _599 numbers in each thousand series (e.g., 2500, 2501, 2503, 4500, 8500) are reserved for topics courses, for which a topic will appear in addition to the course title on a transcript and in the schedule of classes (course offering directory).  These courses may include permanent courses offered with variable topics (e.g., Modern American Authors) or courses that allow for one-time offerings as variable topics (e.g., Studies in American Literature).
  • The numbers _990-_999 in each thousand series (e.g., 2990, 4993, 8998) are designated for special usage:
    • _990 Honors courses
    • _991 Capstone courses
    • _992 not used; reserved for future use
    • _993 Independent Study courses
    • _994 not used; reserved for future use
    • _995 Research courses
    • _996 not used; reserved for future use
    • _997 not used; reserved for future use
    • _998 not used, except for 4998, 8998, and 9998 (8998 and 9998 are research-rate courses for the graduate programs)
      • 4998 Undergraduate Thesis
      • 8998 Thesis Research [before advisor selected]
      • 9998 Dissertation Research [before advisor selected]
    • _999 not used, except for 4999, 8999, and 9999 (8999 and 9999 are research-rate courses for the graduate programs):
      • 4999 Undergraduate Thesis
      • 8999 Thesis Research [after advisor selected]
      • 9999 Dissertation Research [after advisor selected]

Level

The initial digit of the course number corresponds to the level, which parallels the three-digit numbering system (e.g., 100-level courses become 1000-level courses). Course numbers below 5000 are undergraduate level, while those numbered 5000-9999 are graduate and/or professional level:

  • 100-999: Non-credit, non-degree: courses, offered primarily by Continuing and Professional Studies, that do not apply to a degree program.
  • 1000-1999: Lower-level introductory undergraduate courses. Generally, there are no prerequisites.
  • 2000-2999: Lower-level intermediate undergraduate courses. May have prerequisites.
  • 3000-3999: Upper-level intermediate undergraduate courses. Likely have prerequisites or require instructor permission.
  • 4000-4999: Upper-level advanced undergraduate courses. Usually have prerequisites or require instructor permission.
  • 5000-5999: Introductory-level graduate courses.
  • 6000-7999: Intermediate-level graduate and professional courses.
  • 8000-9999: Advanced-level graduate and professional courses.

Designated Numbers

  • Cross-listed courses should have the identical course number and title, and vary only in subject area (mnemonic).
  • The _500 to _599 numbers in each thousand series (e.g., 2500, 2501, 2503, 4500, 8500) are reserved for topics courses, for which a topic will appear in addition to the course title on a transcript and in the schedule of classes (course offering directory).  These courses may include permanent courses offered with variable topics (e.g., Modern American Authors) or courses that allow for one-time offerings as variable topics (e.g., Studies in American Literature).
  • The numbers _990-_999 in each thousand series (e.g., 2990, 4993, 8998) are designated for special usage:
    • _990 Honors courses
    • _991 Capstone courses
    • _992 not used; reserved for future use
    • _993 Independent Study courses
    • _994 not used; reserved for future use
    • _995 Research courses
    • _996 not used; reserved for future use
    • _997 not used; reserved for future use
    • _998 not used, except for 4998, 8998, and 9998 (8998 and 9998 are research-rate courses for the graduate programs)
      • 4998 Undergraduate Thesis
      • 8998 Thesis Research [before advisor selected]
      • 9998 Dissertation Research [before advisor selected]
    • _999 not used, except for 4999, 8999, and 9999 (8999 and 9999 are research-rate courses for the graduate programs):
      • 4999 Undergraduate Thesis
      • 8999 Thesis Research [after advisor selected]
      • 9999 Dissertation Research [after advisor selected]