Course Numbers

  Ranges
  • Course numbers below 100 are not available for use for degree credit.
  • Courses numbered under 300 (100-299) may be taken for credit by undergraduates only.  
  • Courses in the 300‑699 range may be taken for credit by both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Courses in the 700-999 range are open only to graduate and professional students
Specific Course Numbers
  • Course numbers ending in 98 or 99 (198 or 699) are reserved for individual instruction (i.e., directed study, independent study, research and thesis) and are not to be used for group instruction
    • Courses ending in x98 (e.g., 198 or 698) are offered on a Credit/No Credit basis
    • Courses ending in x99 are graded (A-F)
    • Honors individual instruction courses should end with an x89.
    • The numbers 681 and 682 are reserved for the 2 semester undergraduate honors thesis sequence.  Upon completion of the first course in the sequence a grade of P or U is awarded indicating whether the student is making appropriate progress. At the completion of the second course an A-F grade is entered for both courses in the sequence.
    • The numbers 691 and 692 are reserved for the 2 semester undergraduate thesis sequence.  Upon completion of the first course in the sequence a grade of P or U is awarded indicating whether the student is making appropriate progress. At the completion of the second course an A-F grade is entered for both courses in the sequence.
    • The number 680 is reserved for the one semester honors thesis 
    • The number 690 is reserved for the one semester thesis
    • Courses numbered 990 are generally used for thesis and dissertation writing.  A grade of P or U is awarded each semester indicating whether the student is making appropriate progress.  Once the thesis or dissertation is completed a grade of S is given and all P grades are converted to S.  Read the Graduate School policy related this.
Reuse of a course number

A course number may be reused, provided:
  • The course that previously used the number has been discontinued for at least eight years, or
  • If the course that previously used the number is still active, it has not had student enrollment for at least eight years. In this case, a course discontinuation (deletion) proposal must be submitted prior to or concurrent with the new course proposal.

       Check Course Guide to view the list of active courses for a subject, and when each course was last taught.  Courses that have been inactivated will not appear.

For assistance finding an appropriate and available course number, contact your department curricular rep, your school/college curriculum committee staff, or the Registrar's Office.




Keywords:Range Level Undergraduate Graduate Elementary Intermediate Advanced Middle "Middle Digit" Reuse   Doc ID:24556
Owner:Michelle Y.Group:Courses and Academic Programs
Created:2012-06-01 16:20 CSTUpdated:2017-12-13 16:00 CST
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