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General Course Information

Selection Number

Each section of a course is assigned a unique five digit selection number which is used in the computer processing of preregistration requests. It is used in both the preregistration and registration processes.

Discipline Code

A three letter code is assigned to each academic discipline and program at the University. This code is used in conjunction with the course code and the section code for processing changes-of-registration.

Course Number

A three-digit code number is assigned to each course when it is approved by the Faculty Senate. Course numbers are assigned as follows:

001-099: Non-credit courses.
100-299: Lower division undergraduate courses.
300-399: Upper division undergraduate courses.
400-599: Advanced undergraduate and graduate level courses.
600-699: Advanced graduate courses.
900-999: Special graduate courses for which no program credit is allowed.

Course codes with a suffix of "X" are temporary courses. Course codes with suffixes other than "X" identify open-ended courses for which subject matter may vary from semester to semester.


The credit range for which a course has been approved appears in the Schedule of Courses as a whole number (3.0).

Course Title

The course title appearing in the Schedule of Courses is identical to that which is published in the University Bulletin. Student schedules, grade reports and permanent academic records contain course titles abbreviated to 21 or fewer characters. For complete course descriptions, consult the appropriate University Bulletin.


The specific sections for each course are listed by number. Section numbers preceded with the letter "L" identify laboratories; section numbers preceded with the letter "R" identify recitation sections.


Day of the class is listed as M, T, W, R, F, S (R=Thursday, S=Saturday). Time is indicated by the hour the class begins if the class runs for 50 minutes. A class which has a starting or ending time after 7:00p.m. will be followed by a "pm" designation. If a class is scheduled for more than 50 minutes, the beginning and ending times are both listed. "TBA" courses are those that are, as yet, not assigned a specific time of meeting.


The building in which the course is being taught is usually abbreviated. A key to the abbreviations can be found on the Buildings & Maps page. The room number follows the abbreviated building name; "TBA" indicates that a room and building have not, as yet, been assigned for that course.


The instructor for a particular course and section is listed by last name, first and middle initials. "Staff" indicates that a particular instructor has not yet been assigned.


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