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Course Numbers

Undergraduate and graduate courses offered in the University are numbered as follows:

Below 100      

Non-degree courses


Primarily Freshman courses


Primarily Sophomore courses


Primarily Junior and Senior courses


Courses designed for both upper division undergraduates and graduate students


Dual-listed graduate level courses


Master's level graduate courses


Doctoral level graduate courses

Double numbers separated by a hyphen (321-322) indicate a two-semester course that must ordinarily be taken in sequence.

Double numbers separated by a comma (441, 442) indicate a two-semester course that may be taken for either one semester or both semesters. Figures in parentheses following course titles show credit in semester hours.

500-Level Courses

500-level classes are open to upper division undergraduate and graduate students. They may be listed as program requirements for undergraduate or graduate programs and may be applied as electives in undergraduate or graduate programs, with permission of the department. Graduate students in 500-level classes will be expected to complete graduate-level work.

600-Level (Dual-Listed) Courses

Dual-listed courses, listed in both undergraduate and graduate catalogs, are defined as graduate level courses that are open to advanced undergraduate enrollment. Dual-listed courses carry a 600-level number in both catalogs and have the same course descriptions. Requirements are identical for graduate and undergraduate students. Dual-listed courses may be included in graduate programs.

Cross-Listed Courses

Cross-listed courses are courses that are defined at two different levels or that are defined and listed by two different programs or departments. Cross-listed courses typically meet together for class sessions and thus are scheduled at the same time and location.  There are several possibilities for cross-listed courses.

  1. A course may be cross-listed as both undergraduate (400-level) and graduate (700-level) courses.  Requirements may be different for students in the 400- and 700-level courses, but they will meet together for lectures and thus be scheduled as one class.
  2. A  course may be cross-listed as two levels of graduate study: 700-level (master's) and 800-level (doctoral).  Requirements may be different for students in the 700- and 800-level courses.
  3. A course may be cross-listed in two or more departments  in order to provide an opportunity for students to collaborate and learn in an interdisciplinary environment.  Cross-listing also provides a separate course number (e.g., BUS 341, PHI 341 Business Ethnics), so that student transcript indicate the discipline in which the student majored.  Cross-listed courses appear in listings for each program with a notation that they are cross-listed.
  4. An undergraduate or graduate course may be cross-listed with a PST prefixed course in order to provide educational opportunities for non-degree seeking students.  The requirements for the PST section will be defined by the undergraduate or graduate section.
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