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The University reserves the right to change course offerings at any time.
A student who lacks the stated prerequisites for a course may be permitted to enroll by the instructor. Such students must inform the instructor that they lack the prerequisites, and the instructor will make appropriate efforts to ascertain that they are properly qualified. Students enrolled who do not meet the prerequisites of a course may be disenrolled from that course. The instructor will notify the registrar of this action.
Courses are divided into three levels: introductory, intermediate, and advanced. Where appropriate, a department may limit enrollment in a particular course. Such limitations, other than class size, must be explicitly stated.
Some departments will make further subdivisions of courses at some levels.
Courses numbered from 1 to 99 are introductory courses. Introductory courses emphasize basic concepts of the discipline. In general, they presuppose no previous college work in the subject. The only exceptions to this rule are those cases in which there is a two-semester introductory sequence. In such cases, the second-semester course may have the first-semester course as a prerequisite.
Note for graduate students: Under no circumstances will graduate credit be allowed for a course numbered below 100.
Courses numbered from 100 to 199 are intermediate courses. An intermediate course covers more advanced material than that treated in introductory courses. Students will be expected to be familiar with the basic concepts of the subject, and the course will present more difficult ideas. Intermediate courses will generally be more specialized than introductory courses. An intermediate course will always have a minimum prerequisite of three hours' prior study in the discipline or in another specified discipline.
Note for graduate students: Courses numbered 100 to 199 may not be taken for graduate credit except upon ther recommendation of a student's Studies Committee and with the authorization of the Dean of the Graduate College prior to enrollment. Authorization will be limited to one appropriate course (three credit hours) for a master's program and two appropriate courses (six credit hours) for a doctoral program. Graduate students may take additional 100-level courses beyond those values, but graduate credit will not be allowed for such courses. Graduate programs designed for the Master of Science for Teachers degree (MST) are exempted from this rule. Nondegree students are not permitted to receive graduate credit for courses numbered 100 to 199.
Courses numbered 200 to 299 are advanced courses. An advanced course presents concepts, results, or arguments which are only accessible to students who have taken courses in the discipline (or, occasionally, in a related discipline) at the introductory and intermediate levels. Prior acquaintance with the basic concepts of the subject and with some special areas of the subject will be assumed. An advanced course will always have a minimum prerequisite of three hours of prior study at the intermediate level in the discipline, or in a related discipline, or some specified equivalent preparation.
Note for graduate students: Some, but not all, 200-level courses carry graduate credit. Graduate students should refer to the list of courses approved for graduate credit to identify these courses. To obtain graduate credit, the graduate student generally is expected to meet higher qualitative and/or quantitative expectations than the undergraduate student. Seniors who wish to take a course for graduate credit must receive permission through the office of their dean (see Undergraduate Enrollment for Graduate Credit in the policies section of this Web site) prior to enrolling in the course.
Courses 300 and Above
Courses numbered 300 to 399 are generally limited to graduate students. Courses numbered 400 or above are limited to candidates for the degrees of Doctor of Education and Doctor of Philosophy.
Special Topics Course Policy
A course offered under the Special Topics course rubric (i.e., X95/X96) may be presented up to three times within a ten-year period before it must be submitted for review as a permanent course offering listed under a unique course number in the Catalogue.
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