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 special interest courses for continuing education and leisure time instruction. Not applicable to any degree requirements (even by petition). They have no regular tuition fees but do have other special fees.
A050-A099: Courses applicable to some vocational certificates but not to A.A. or A.A.S. degrees, baccalaureate degrees, master’s degrees, or professional certificates. These courses provide supplemental preparation for introductory college courses.
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 associate and baccalaureate degrees. 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 associate and baccalaureate degrees. May also be applied to graduation requirements for some master’s degrees with prior approval of the student’s Graduate Study Committee. Courses may be applied to only one degree or certificate program. 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.
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.
The following second and third digits of course numbers are used for specific types of courses:
92: seminars and workshops
93: special topics courses, offered once only
94: trial courses intended to become permanent; may only be offered two semesters before requesting permanent course number
95: practicums, internships, and cooperative education
96: directed study
97: independent study
98: individual research