Course Guide


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.
500-899 Graduate-Level Courses

Alpha and Numeric Discipline Codes

Accounting ACCT
African and African American Studies AFST
Allied Health AHLT
American Studies AMST
Anthropology ANTH
Arabic ARAB
Art + Design ART
Art Education ARED
Art History ARTH
Asian Studies ASST
Astronomy ASTR
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology SPPA
Biology BIOL
Business, Communication and Liberal Arts BCLA
Business Excellence BUSX
Chemical Dependency Counseling Education CDCE
Chemistry CHEM
Chinese CHNS
Communication Studies COMM
Computer Information Systems CIS
Computer Science COSC
Criminal Justice CRMJ
Cultural Studies CLST
Dance DANC
Deaf Studies DFST
Developmental Mathematics DVMT
Developmental Reading DVRD
Developmental Writing DVWR
E-Business and Technology Management EBTM
Early Childhood Education ECED
Early Childhood Education/Special Education ECSE
Economics ECON
Education EDUC
Electronic Media and Film EMF
Elementary Education ELED
Elementary Education/Special Education EESE
English ENGL
English for Speakers of Other Languages ESOL
Entrepreneurship ENTR
Environmental Science/Studies ENVS
Family Studies FMST
Finance FIN
Financial Planning FLPN
Forensic Chemistry FRSC
French FREN
General Studies GENL
Geography and Environmental Planning GEOG
Geology GEOL
German GERM
Gerontology GERO
Greek GRK
Health Care Management HCMN
Health Science HLTH
Hebrew HEBR
History HIST
Honors College HONR
Information Technology ITEC
Interdisciplinary Courses INLA/IDFA/IDHP/IDNM
Interdisciplinary Studies IDIS
International Studies INST
Instructional Technology ISTC
Italian ITAL
Japanese JPNS
Kinesiology KNES
Latin LATN
Latin American Studies LAST
Law and American Civilization LWAC
Legal Studies LEGL
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies LGBT
Management MNGT
Marketing MKTG
Mass Communications MCOM
Mathematics MATH
Metropolitan Studies MTRO
Middle School Education MSED
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics MBBB
Music Applied MUSA
Music MUSC
Music Education MUED
Nursing NURS
Occupational Therapy OCTH
Philosophy PHIL
Physical Education PHEA
Physical Science PHSC
Physics PHYS
Political Science POSC
Portuguese PORT
Psychology PSYC
Reading Education REED
Religious Studies RLST
Russian RUSS
Secondary Education SCED
Science Education SCIE
Social Science SOSC
Sociology SOCI
Spanish SPAN
Special Education SPED
Threatre Arts THEA
Women's Studies WMST
Writing WRIT

Sequential Courses

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.

Elective Courses

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.