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2014-15 Catalog

Course Numbering

Each course offered by the University is identified by a department designator and a three-digit course number. The letter preceding the number refers to the MAU (A = UAA, F = UAF and S = UAS). The designator commonly abbreviates the name of a discipline or department. In general, the first number of the three-digit course number indicates the year in which the course is ordinarily taken. For example, ENGL A111 is ordinarily taken by first-year students, and ENGL A318 is taken by third-year students. More specifically, course numbers have the following meanings:

  • A001-A049: Non-credit courses. Offered as career development, continuing education or community interest instruction. Not applicable to any degree or certificate requirements (even by petition). They have no regular tuition but do have other special fees.
  • AC001-AC-0049: Continuing Education Unit (CEU) courses. CEUs are awarded upon completion of courses intended for career development or personal enrichment. CEU courses may not be used in degree or certificate programs or be converted academic credit. The number of CEUs awarded is related to the amount of time required to master the material presented, with one CEU typically awarded for 10 hours of participation in a directed learning environment with an instructor available, or 20 hours of lab or experiential learning where the student’s investigation and discovery is largely independent. 
  • A050-A099: Courses with these numbers are preparatory (developmental) courses that provide basic or supplemental preparation for introductory college courses. They are not applicable to certificates or associate, baccalaureate or graduate degrees, even by petition.
  • A100-A199: Freshman-level, lower-division courses. Applicable to certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. These courses introduce a field of knowledge and/or develop basic skills. Generally foundation or survey courses.
  • A200-A299: Sophomore-level, lower-division courses. Applicable to certificate, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Courses provide more depth than 100 level and/or build upon them. May connect foundation or survey courses with advanced work in a given field, require previous college experiences, or develop advanced skills.
  • A300-A399: Junior-level, upper-division courses. Applicable to baccalaureate degrees and may be applicable to associate degrees, in accordance with degree requirements. Courses build upon previous course work and require familiarity with the concepts, methods, and vocabulary of the discipline.
  • A400-A499: Senior-level, upper-division courses. Applicable to baccalaureate degrees, in accordance with degree requirements. May also be applied to graduation requirements for some master’s degrees with prior approval of the student’s Graduate Study Committee. However, a student may not apply a course to both a baccalaureate and a master’s degree. Courses require the ability to analyze, synthesize, compare and contrast, research, create, innovate, develop, elaborate, transform, and/or apply course materials to solving complex programs.
  • A500-A599: Professional development courses. Not applicable to any degree requirements (even by petition). Restricted to pass/no pass grading system. (For purposes of tuition, these courses are considered graduate-level.)
  • A600-A699: Graduate-level, upper-division courses. Applicable to master’s degrees with approval of the student’s Graduate Study Committee. With prior approval, may also be used to meet graduation requirements for some baccalaureate degrees by petition. May not be applied to both a baccalaureate and a master’s degree. Courses require rigorous analysis, synthesis, and research skills.

The following second and third digits of course numbers are used for specific types of courses:

  • 90: Selected topics
  • 92: Seminars and workshops
  • 93: Special topics courses, offered once only
  • 94: Trial (experimental) courses intended to become permanent; 
  • 95: Practica, internships, community-based learning or cooperative education 
  • 97: Independent study
  • 98: Individual research
  • 99: Thesis


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