Curriculum courses are designated by a three-letter prefix followed by three numbers that are sometimes followed by a letter (i.e., ENG 090, BIO 168, ENG 090A). The prefix indicates the subject area, such as ENG (English), BIO (biology), or PED (physical education). The letter after the course number provides various kinds of information, such as whether a science course is a lecture or a lab, whether a music course is in the area of piano or voice, and whether a course is divided into subsections (e.g., A, B, C). Numbers that begin with zero denote developmental courses.
A series of numbers following the title of the course specifies course hours and credits. The first number is the number of hours of lecture or discussion in the classroom per week. The second number is the number of hours spent per week in the laboratory, shop, or studio. The third number is the number of hours spent in clinical or work experience. The fourth number indicates the credit hours awarded for the course.
Some course descriptions list a prerequisite and/or a corequisite course or courses. A prerequisite course is one that must be taken prior to another course. A corequisite course is one that must be taken prior to or at the same time as another course. Some courses have an italicized statement following the course description indicating that the course will transfer to a four-year institution.