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Course Information


Course Numbering

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Course Numbering

Courses numbered 001-099 are pre-freshman and special undergraduate courses, and do not carry bachelor’s degree credit. Those numbered 100-299 are lower-division undergraduate courses, and those numbered 300-399 are upper-division undergraduate courses. The 400-level courses are generally limited to juniors and seniors majoring in that field, but are open to other advanced undergraduates and graduate students with permission.

The 500-level courses are graduate courses for which a bachelor’s degree is usually a prerequisite, but qualified seniors and honors students are admitted with permission. These courses should make up the majority of course work for students working toward a master’s degree. Courses at the 600 level are advanced graduate courses. The 900-level courses are special types of graduate courses for which no degree credit is given. They include courses offered to remedy deficiencies as well as workshops, institutes, and courses offered one time only by visiting faculty.

Courses with two numbers—e.g., GER 113, 114—indicate a year’s sequence; generally, the first course is a prerequisite for the second and the two cannot be taken in reverse order without special permission. Parentheses after a course number enclose either the old course number or, in cases of multiple listings, the departments and numbers under which the course is also offered. The number in parentheses after the course name indicates the number of credits, and the information in parentheses after the course description tells the format and number of hours per week (e.g. “Lec. 3” means three hours of lecture). “Pre:” refers to a prerequisite. “S/U credit” signifies a course in which only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory are given. Courses that meet general education requirements are designated with a letter in parentheses indicating the appropriate group, as follows:

(A) Fine Arts and Literature

(FC) Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence

(L) Letters

(EC) English Communication (General)

(ECw) English Communication (Written)

(MQ) Mathematical and Quantitative Analysis

(N) Natural Sciences

(S) Social Sciences

Courses that meet the general education diversity requirement are designated with a [D].


Course Codes

Course Codes

(AAF)space pictureAfrican and African-American Studies

(AFS)space pictureAquaculture and Fisheries Science

(AMS)space pictureApplied Mathematical Sciences

(APG)space pictureAnthropology

(ARB)space pictureArabic

(ARH)space pictureArt History

(ART)space pictureArt

(AST)space pictureAstronomy

(AVS)space pictureAnimal and Veterinary Science

(BCH)space pictureBiochemistry

(BGS)space pictureBachelor of General Studies

(BIO)space pictureBiological Sciences

(BME)space pictureBiomedical Engineering

(BPS)space pictureBiomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

(BUS)space pictureBusiness

(CHE)space pictureChemical Engineering

(CHM)space pictureChemistry

(CHN)space pictureChinese

(CLA)space pictureClassics

(CLS)space pictureComparative Literature Studies

(CMD)space pictureCommunicative Disorders

(COM)space pictureCommunication Studies

(CPL)space pictureCommunity Planning

(CSC)space pictureComputer Science

(CSV)space pictureCommunity Service

(CVE)space pictureCivil and Environmental Engineering

(ECN)space pictureEconomics

(EDC)space pictureEducation

(EDP)space picturePh.D. in Education

(EDS)space pictureSpecial Education

(EEC)space pictureEnvironmental Economics

(EGR)space pictureEngineering

(ELE)space pictureElectrical Engineering

(ELS)space pictureEnglish Language Studies

(ENG)space pictureEnglish

(ENT)space pictureEntomology

(EVS)space pictureEnvironmental Sciences

(FLM)space pictureFilm Media

(FOS)space pictureForensic Science

(FRN)space pictureFrench

(GEG)space pictureGeography


(GEO)space pictureGeosciences

(GER)space pictureGerman


(GRK)space pictureGreek

(HBW)space pictureHebrew

(HDF)space pictureHuman Development and Family Studies

(HIS)space pictureHistory

(HPR)space pictureHonors Program

(HSA)space pictureHealth Services Administration

(HSS)space pictureHuman Science and Services

(ISE)space pictureIndustrial and Systems Engineering

(ITL)space pictureItalian

(ITR)space pictureInternships and Experiential Education

(JOR)space pictureJournalism

(JPN)space pictureJapanese

(KIN)space pictureKinesiology

(LAN)space pictureLanguages

(LAR)space pictureLandscape Architecture

(LAS)space pictureLatin American Studies

(LAT)space pictureLatin

(LET)space pictureLetters

(LIB)space pictureLibrary

(LIN)space pictureLinguistics

Literature in English Translation

(LRS)space pictureLabor Relations and Human Resources

(LSC)space pictureLibrary and Information Studies

(MAC)space pictureMaster of Science in Accounting

(MAF)space pictureMarine Affairs

Marine and Environmental Topics

(MBA)space pictureMaster’s in Business Administration

(MCE)space pictureMechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

(MIC)space pictureMicrobiology

(MSL)space pictureMilitary Science and Leadership

(MTC)space pictureMedical Technology

(MTH)space pictureMathematics

(MUS)space pictureMusic

(NES)space pictureNew England Studies

(NFS)space pictureNutrition and Food Sciences

(NRS)space pictureNatural Resources Science

(NUR)space pictureNursing

(NVP)space pictureNonviolence and Peace Studies

(OCE)space pictureOcean Engineering

(OCG)space pictureOceanography

(PHC)space picturePharmacy

(PHL)space picturePhilosophy

(PHP)space picturePharmacy Practice

(PHT)space picturePhysical Therapy

(PHY)space picturePhysics

(PLA)space picturePrior Learning Assessment

(PLS)space picturePlant Sciences

(POR)space picturePortuguese

(PRS)space picturePublic Relations

(PSC)space picturePolitical Science

(PSY)space picturePsychology

(RDE)space pictureResource Development Education

(RLS)space pictureReligious Studies

(RUS)space pictureRussian

Service Learning

(SOC)space pictureSociology

(SPA)space pictureSpanish

(STA)space pictureStatistics

(SUS)space pictureSustainability

(THE)space pictureTheatre

(THN)space pictureThanatology

(TMD)space pictureTextiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design

(URI)space pictureUniversity of Rhode Island Freshman Seminar

(WMS)space pictureWomen’s Studies

(WRT)space pictureWriting

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