A three-digit system is used for numbering courses. The first digit indicates the level of the course. The course levels are:
|100||Courses open to all students unless otherwise noted|
|200||Courses for which students should have completed work in an appropriate discipline at the 100 level|
|300||Courses for which students should have completed work in an appropriate discipline at the 200 level|
|400||A small group of courses, such as advanced seminars primarily for majors, for which students should have completed 300–level work|
The College realizes that exceptions occasionally should be made to these course prerequisites. Under appropriate circumstances, permission of the instructor will entitle a student to direct entry into courses above the 100 level.
Since the majority of departments leave it up to the discretion of the instructor to waive the prerequisite, the phrase “permission of the instructor” has been removed from the prerequisite definition for most courses in this catalog. It is incumbent on the student to provide sufficient evidence to the instructor as to why they should not be required to complete the prerequisite course(s).
The term “course” indicates one semester’s work. A hyphen between numbers indicates a two-semester sequence organized as a unit. Admission to the second semester of a sequence without the first semester’s work may require the permission of the instructor. Credit is given for the work of the first semester without the second unless the course description states otherwise.
The semester in parentheses following course titles indicates the semester of offering:
|(Fall or Spring)||Either spring or fall semesters, typically not both|
|(Fall and Spring)||Offered both fall and spring term|
The Schedule of Courses issued by the registrar each spring lists courses to be offered in each semester the following year. Though the need seldom arises, the administration may withdraw a course when there is not sufficient registration for it or when circumstances necessitate its withdrawal.
A plus sign (+) following the word “credits” in the title line of course descriptions indicates a “Plus-2” option (see Individual Study).