PRP 3224 - Guidelines for Course Numbering System

PRP 3224 - Guidelines for Course Numbering System

Issued by: Patrick J. Schloss Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Effective Date: May, 2003

Notes: Endorsed by BUCC, February 21, 1990; endorsed by the University Forum, April 25, 1990.

Revised by BUCC February 12, 2003. Presented to the University Forum, March 5, 2003.

The number of a course should reflect the rigor and level of expectation of that course. The following system of course numbering is generally recognized:

  • 001-099 Developmental courses that do not count towards graduation requirements but which constitute part of a student's full load.
  • 100-299 Lower division courses: Service, introductory, or basic courses in the discipline designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores.
  • 300-499 Upper division courses: Advanced courses in the discipline which may require successful completion of prerequisite courses. In general these courses are designed for students who have earned a minimum of 60 credit hours.
  • 500-599 Graduate division masters level courses: Graduate courses which are part of a graduate degree program or special graduate courses designed for specific non-degree offerings. Open to graduate students and qualified seniors with permission of the department chairperson and the Assistant Vice President and Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.
  • 600-699 Graduate division doctoral level courses: Graduate courses which are part of a doctoral degree program or special graduate courses designed for specific doctoral level non-degree offerings. Open to doctoral graduate students and qualified masters graduate students with permission of the department chairperson and the Assistant Vice President and Dean for Graduate Studies and Research.

Responsibility for implementation is the purview of the deans.

Cooperative courses shall be numbered with the department number followed by the digits 279 for the first experience and 479 for the second experience.