How to Read Course Listings
Course Numbering System  |  Glossary of Course Designations  |  Guide to Reading Course Descriptions

Courses listed in this catalog have been approved by the faculties of the schools in which the courses are taught. Only courses which have been approved by the faculty are eligible for academic credit. The following information introduces the components of the course descriptions listed in each school's section.


Course Numbering System


100-299 Lower level undergraduate: introductory and survey courses.

300-499 Upper level undergraduate: advanced courses that may have prerequisites or require instructor permission.

500-599 Introductory graduate level: courses for beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

600-699 Professional level: courses generally reserved for the schools of Medicine and Law; exceptions exist for other professional offerings, particularly in the field of teacher education.

700-899 Graduate level: courses appropriate for masters and beginning doctoral degree programs.

900-999 Graduate level: courses reserved for offerings in doctoral programs, such as readings, research, independent study, and dissertations.

Descriptions of courses numbered 600 and above are listed in the Graduate Record. Undergraduates wishing to take courses numbered 600 or above must obtain permission from the dean of the school in which they want to take the course.

Please note that not all courses listed in the Record are taught each semester.

Where possible, odd numbers signify fall semester courses and even numbers signify spring semester courses. The determination of course level is the responsibility of the offering department and/or school. The academic policy committee of each school is expected to assume the necessary monitoring function.



Glossary of Course Designations

College of Arts and Sciences  |  School of Architecture  |  McIntire School of Commerce
School of Continuing and Professional Studies  |  School of Engineering and Applied Science
Curry School of Education  |  School of Nursing  |  Reserve Officers' Training Corp

Each course number in this catalog is preceded by the letter designation assigned to that particular course for purposes of processing grades, schedules, and transcripts. The complete list of these designations is given below, together with the area for which each stands and the school in which the course is taught.
College of Arts and Sciences
AAS Afro-American Studies   AMEL Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
AMST American Studies   AMTR Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in Translation
ANSP Special Topics in Anthropology   ANTH Anthropology
ARAB Arabic   ARCY Archaeology
ARTH Art History   ARTR Arabic in Translation
ARTS Studio Art   ASL American Sign Language
ASPR Asian Studies   ASTR Astronomy
BIOL Biology   BOT Botany
BULG Bulgarian   CHEM Chemistry
CHIN Chinese Language   CHTR Chinese in Translation
CLAS Classics   COGS Cognitive Science
COMM Commerce   CPLT Comparative Literature
CZ Czech   DRAM Drama
DUTC Dutch   EAST East Asian Studies
ECON Economics   ENAM American Literature to 1900
ENCR Critisim   ENEC Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
ENGL Miscellaneous English   ENGN Genre Studies
ENLS Language Study   ENLT Introductory Seminars in Literature
ENMC Modern and Contemporary Literature   ENMD Medieval Literature
ENPG Pedagogy   ENPW Poetry Writing
ENRN Renaissance Literature   ENSP Special Topics in Literature
ENWR Academic, Professional, and Creative Writing   ETP Enviromental Thought and Practice
EVAT Atmosphere   EVEC Ecology
EVGE Enviromental Geology   EVHY Hydrosphere
EVMA Marine Affairs   EVSC Enviromental Science
FORS Foreign Study   FREN French
FRTR French in Translation   GERM German
GETR German in Translation   GREE Greek
HBIO Human Biology   HEBR Hebrew
HIAF African History   HIAS Asian History
HIEA East Asian History   HIEU European History
HILA Latin American History   HIME Middle Eastern History
HIND Hindi   HISA South Asian History
HIST General History   HIUS United States History
HUMS Humanistic Studies   IMP Interdisciplinary Thesis
INST Interdisciplinary Studies   ITAL Italian Language
ITTR Italian in Translation   JAPN Japanese
JATR Japanese in Translation   JWST Jewish Studies
LASE Liberal Arts Seminar   LAST Latin American Studies
LATI Latin   LING Linguistics
LNGS General Linguistics   MATH Mathematics
MDST Media Studies   MEST Middle Eastern Studies
MSP Medieval Studies Program   MUSI Music
NESC Neuroscience   NRES Undergraduate Non-Resident
PERS Persian   PETR Persian in Translation
PHIL Philosophy   PHY Physiology
PHYE Physical Education   PHYS Physics
PLAD Politics Department Seminars   PLAP American Politics
PLCP Comparitive Politics   PLIR International Relations
PLPT Political Theory   PLSK Personal Skills
POL Polish   PORT Portuguese
POTR Portuguese in Translation   PPL Political Policy, Philosophy and Law
PST Political and Social Thought   PSYC Psychology
RASP Russian Area Studies Program   RELA Religion-African Religions
RELB Religion-Buddhism   RELC Religion-Christianity
RELG Religion-General   RELH Religion-Hinduism
RELI Religion-Islam   RELJ Religion-Judaism
RELS Religion-Special Topics   RUSS Russian
RUTR Russian in Translation   SANS Sanskirt
SAST South Asian Studies   SATR South Asian Literature in Translation
SCAN Scandinavian   SLAV Slavic
SLFK Slavic Folklore and Literature   SLTR Slavic in Translation
SOC Socilogy   SPAN Spanish Language
SPTR Spanish in Translation   SRBC Serbo-Croation
STAT Statistics   SWAG Studies in Women and Gender
SWAH Swahili   SWED Swedish
TAML Tamil   TBTN Tibetan
TURK Turkish   TUVA Tuvan
UKR Ukrainian   URDU Urdu
USEM University Seminar   YIDD Yiddish
YITR Yiddish in Translation   ZOOL Zoology
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School of Architecture
ARH Architectural History   ARCH Architecture
LAR Landscape Architecture   NRES Undergraduate Non-Resident
PHYS Physics   PLAC Urban and Enviromental Planning
PLAN Urban and Enviromental Planning   USEM University Seminar
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McIntire School of Commerce
COMM Commerce   NRES Undergraduate Non-Resident
USEM University Seminar  
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Curry School of Education
EDHS Human Services (clinical and school psychology, communication disorders, counselor education, health and physical education)   EDIS Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
EDLF Education Leadership, Foundations, and Policy   NRES Undergraduate Non-Resident
USEM University Seminar  
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School of Continuing and Professional Studies
ISAS Interdisciplinary Studies Analytical Skills   ISBU Interdisciplinary Studies Business
ISCI Interdisciplinary Studies Critical Issues   ISCP Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Project
ISCS Interdisciplinary Studies Capstone Seminar   ISHU Interdisciplinary Studies Humanities
ISIT Interdisciplinary Studies Information Technology   ISSS Interdisciplinary Studies Social Sciences
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School of Engineering and Applied Science
APMA Applied Mathematics   BIOM Biomedical Engineering
CE Civil Engineering   CS Computer Science
CHE Chemical Engineering   ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering
ENGR Engineering   MSE Materials Science and Engineering
MAE Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering   NRES Undergraduate Non-Resident
PHYS Physics   SIE Systems and Information Engineering
TCC Technology, Culture, and Communication   TMP Technology, Management and Policy
USEM University Seminar  
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School of Nursing
NRES Undergraduate Non-Resident   NUCO Nursing Core
NUIP Nursing-Interprofessional   NURS Nursing
USEM University Seminar  
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Reserve Officers' Training Corp
AIRS Air Science   MISC Military Science
NASC Naval Science  
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Guide to Reading Course Descriptions


BIOL 301 - (3) (Y)
Cell Physiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 201, 202
Studies cell structure and function, metabolism, membranes and transport, and cellular specializations.

Explanation of example
BIOL 301- course mnemonic (see glossary) and number. Variations include GREE 101-102 where two semesters of a course must be completed to obtain credit toward a degree, or ENWR 103, 104 where credit may be obtained by taking either semester or both.

(3) - number of credits that will be earned upon successful completion of the course. Where courses are dually numbered (101-102 or 103, 104), the number of credits represents the number of credits for each section of the courses, e.g., three credits for 101 and three credits for 102.

(Y) - code for frequency with which the course is offered. Variations are:

S offered fall and spring semesters
Y offered at least once every academic year (fall or spring semester)
E offered when the fall semester occurs in an even year (e.g., 2002-2003)
O offered when the fall semester occurs in an odd year (e.g., 2001-2002 or 2003-2004)
SI offered upon sufficient student interest
IR offered irregularly
SS offered during summer session

Cell Physiology - course title

Prerequisites: BIOL 201, 202. - Prerequisites are courses or conditions that must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in the course described. Prerequisites separated by a comma indicate a series of prerequisites, all of which are required. Variations include BIOL 101 or 201 where either course, but not both, must be taken prior to enrollment in the described course. An exception occurs when or precedes the last entry in a series, in which case the commas indicate or throughout (e.g., BIOL 101, 201 or equivalent). Corequisite means that concurrent enrollment in the course or courses designated and the course or courses described is required.

A study of cell structure and function, metabolism, membranes and transport, and cellular specializations - Course description.


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