Course Proposal - Selecting a Course Number
When selecting a course number, keep the following in mind:
- Courses numbered under 300 (100-299) may be taken for credit by undergraduates only. Offerings at this level are generally considered elementary level. Some courses in a series may be intermediate. Courses numbered 100-299 are generally directed to first and second year undergraduates. Numbers below 100 are not available for use for degree credit.
- Courses in the 300‑699 range may be taken for credit by both undergraduate and graduate students; courses in the 300-499 range are generally considered intermediate level and courses in the 500-699 range are generally considered advanced level. Graduate students taking courses numbered 300-699 are expected to do graduate-level work, though they are enrolled in an undergraduate-level course. The 300-699 range is not intended to include undergraduate-only, elementary level courses.
- Courses in the 700-999 range are open only to graduate and professional students
- Course numbers in which the middle digit is 8 are reserved for honors courses. (This rule does not apply to courses numbered 700 or higher.)
- Course numbers in which the middle digit is 9 and the third digit is 8 or 9 (x98 and x99) 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 98 (e.g., 198 or 698) are offered on a Credit/No Credit basis
- Courses ending in 99 are graded
- Honors individual instruction courses should end with an 89.
- 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.
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.