THE MEANING OF COURSE NUMBERS
Academic departments use specific abbreviations for each general subject area (for example, FREN for French in the Department of Foreign Languages). These three- or four-letter abbreviations (discipline codes) are listed below. In the course listings below, the discipline codes are followed by a three-digit code, which signifies course level:
|Course Numbers||Significance of Numbers|
|100-299||Lower-Level Undergraduate Courses|
|300-499||Upper-Level Undergraduate Courses|
|Certain courses may be taken for undergraduate or graduate credit. These courses' graduate-level equivalents are shown in brackets.|
Alpha and Numeric Discipline Codes
|African and African American Studies||AFST|
|Art + Design||ART|
|Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology||SPPA|
|Business, Communication and Liberal Arts||BCLA|
|Chemical Dependency Counseling Education||CDCE|
|Computer Information Systems||CIS|
|E-Business and Technology Management||EBTM|
|Early Childhood Education||ECED|
|Early Childhood Education/Special Education||ECSE|
|Electronic Media and Film||EMF|
|Elementary Education/Special Education||EESE|
|English for Speakers of Other Languages||ESOL|
|Geography and Environmental Planning||GEOG|
|Health Care Management||HCMN|
|Latin American Studies||LAST|
|Law and American Civilization||LWAC|
|Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies||LGBT|
|Middle School Education||MSED|
|Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics||MBBB|
Courses whose numbers are separated by a hyphen are to be taken in sequence. When course numbers are separated by a comma, either term may be taken independently of the other. (See Prerequisites.)
Prerequisites are requirements imposed by an academic department for certain courses within its curriculum. Such requirements may include, but are not limited to, other courses, a specific GPA or class standing (e.g., junior, senior). Prerequisites may also include successful completion of screened requirements, where applicable, or successful completion of a specific test or examination, either departmental or standardized, where applicable. Prerequisites may also include department or instructor permission in addition to, or in lieu of, specific course, testing, or class standing requirements.
Departments are responsible for enforcing prerequisites. Students are advised to read carefully course descriptions found in this catalog, and to make sure they have met any prerequisites before registering for courses. Students who remain in courses without having met prerequisites, with or without the permission of the instructor, do so at their own risk. Failure to meet prerequisites and withdraw from a course by the published deadline is not a basis for petitioning the Academic Standards Committee for an exception to academic policy.
Courses that are not required toward the Core Curriculum or a major program of study are electives. Students may complete elective courses to attain the 120 units needed to graduate. However, before attempting electives, students should consult their advisers and, for more information, the course instructors and department chairpersons.
Unit Value of Courses
The term unit value of each course is indicated in the parentheses following the title.
Time of Offering
All required courses are usually offered at least once a year. Elective courses in each department are offered on a regular rotation so that each is available at least once every three years. All courses are offered subject to sufficient enrollment.