Common abbreviations used in the course descriptions:
- arr - by arrangement with an instructor, by student
- CL - cross-listed course
- conc enr - concurrent enrollment (co-requisites)
- cons of inst - consent of instructor
- cr - credit(s)
- equiv - equivalent
- gr - graduate
- jr st - junior standing
- min cum gpa - minimum cumulative grade point average
- P - required requisite(s)
- P-NC - pass-no credit grading
- REC - recommended background preparation
- so st - sophomore standing
- sr st - senior standing
Abbreviations used to denote general education courses:
- FA Fine Arts course
- H1 Humanities: Introduction to Western Culture I
- H2 Humanities: Introduction to Western Culture II
- H3 Humanities: Role of Humanities in Social Issues
- HB1 Natural Sciences: Human Biology
- HB2 Natural Sciences: Human Biology
- NPS1 Natural Sciences: Natural and Physical Sciences
- NPS2 Natural Sciences: Natural and Physical Sciences
- SS1 Social Sciences: Introductory course
- SS2 Social Sciences: Application of Social Science Principles
- CUL World Culture course
- ETS Ethnic Studies course
Courses offered at regular intervals are indicated with codes in parentheses following the course description. The absence of coding means that a course is probably not offered on a predictable schedule. Up-to-date information on course periodicity is published in each Schedule of Classes.
Periodicity codes for courses offered annually:
- F Every fall semester
- S Every spring semester
- F,S Every fall and spring semester
Periodicity codes for courses offered in alternate years:
- FE Fall semester 2006-2007, 2008-2009, etc.
- SO Spring semester 2006-2007, 2008-2009, etc.
- FO Fall semester 2007-2008, 2009-2010 etc.
- SE Spring semester 2007-2008, 2009-2010, etc.
Requisites describe prior conditions which must be met in order to enroll in a course. Requisites may include completion of prior courses, earned credits, class standing, grade point average, or program admission status. To enroll in a course, any requisites listed must be completed or be in progress at the time of registration for the course. For example, if a requisite for ACCTG 301 Intermediate Accounting is ACCTG 300, a student must either have completed ACCTG 300 or be currently enrolled in it to register for ACCTG 301. If requisite conditions are not met, the computer will stop the registration for ACCTG 301.
Some courses have conditions that must be met simultaneously. For example, some courses indicate another course that must be enrolled concurrently (co-requisites).
Many academic units accept for major or minor credit courses listed under another academic area. In this catalog, such course titles generally appear in both units, but the description may be listed only in the course's "home" unit. This is one of the many reasons students should seek advising in designing their programs of study.
Schedule of Classes
The Schedule of Classes published for each semester and summer session, are essential for program planning. The Schedule of Classes lists course requisites, schedule, location, and, usually the name of the instructor. The Schedule of Classes also lists new courses and special offerings that may not appear in this catalog.
Courses with Variable Content
Courses with variable content provide opportunities for individual work and exploration of unusual, specialized, or topical subjects not ordinarily included in the curriculum. These courses include student-led courses, selected topics, independent study, senior honors projects, and internships. General descriptions of each type of course follow. Information on how to enroll in such courses can be found in the Schedule of Classes or through the Academic Advising Office.
281, 481 Student-Led Courses 1-4 credits
Well prepared, highly motivated students may develop and lead courses on their own. Topics must be subjects of contemporary concern not covered in regularly scheduled or catalogued courses. One to three qualified students may work with a faculty adviser to propose a course they can demonstrate they are competent to design and lead. Proposals are routed through appropriate interdisciplinary or professional programs. Approval is based both on merit and potential demand.
Approved courses are listed in the Schedule of Classes with the 281 or 481 course number. The listed title will appear on student transcripts. Students may enroll for a maximum of six credits of student-led courses in any one semester. A maximum of 18 credits can be accumulated in 281 and 481 courses except by special permission. A complete set of guidelines for student-led courses is available in interdisciplinary and professional program offices.
283X, 483X Selected Topics 1-4 credits
These are courses and seminars presented on an experimental basis or in response to special demand. A particular topic is offered only once under the selected topics course number. It may then be adopted as a regular course and assigned a regular course number.
Selected topics courses are announced in the Schedule of Classes under the heading of the sponsoring unit. The Schedule of Classes usually includes the course description. Further information can be obtained from the unit or the instructor. Freshman-sophomore-level courses are presented under the 283X number. Those calling for more advanced preparation carry the 483X number and normally require the consent of the instructor for enrollment. The course title appears on the transcripts of students who enroll.
298, 498 Independent Study 1-4 credits
Independent study is offered on an individual basis at the student's request and consists of a program of learning activities planned in consultation with a faculty member. A student wishing to study or conduct research in an area not represented in available scheduled courses should develop a preliminary proposal and seek the sponsorship of a faculty member. The student's adviser can direct him or her to instructors with appropriate interests. A written report or equivalent is required for evaluation, and a short title describing the program must be sent early in the semester to the registrar for entry on the student's transcript. See your academic adviser for more information on independent study
299, 499 Travel Course: Variable Content 1-4 credits
Travel courses are conducted to various parts of the world and are led by one or more faculty members. May be repeated to different locations. P: cons of instr and prior trip arr and financial deposit. CUL
478 Honors in the Major 3 credits
Some academic units offer an opportunity to students graduating with a major to earn honors by designing, completing, and defending original work undertaken with the consent and supervision of the faculty. Projects vary according to each student's area of emphasis, but may take the form of written research projects, creative portfolios, video/audio/or slide-tape presentations, computerized materials, publishable series of articles, or other results as appropriate. See the "Honors in the Major" policy in the Academic Rules and Regulations section of this catalog for more information.
497 Internships 3-12 credits
Supervised practical experience in an organization or activity appropriate to a student's career and educational interests is offered through many academic units. Internships are supervised by faculty members and require periodic student/faculty meetings. Requisites are junior standing and consent of department chair.