Curriculum courses are designated a three-letter prefix followed by three numbers that are sometimes followed by one or two letters (i.e., ENG 111 , BIO 168 , EDU 151A , or HPT 131AB ). The prefix indicates the subject area, such as ENG (English), BIO (Biology), EDU (Education), or HPT (Historic Preservation). Any letters after the course number identify special information about the class. Information such as whether a course is taught as a lab or a lecture, whether a music course is in the area of piano or voice, or that a course is divided into subsections (e.g., AB & BB, or AC, BC, & CC). 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 is the number of hours of class or lecture per week. The second is the number of hours spent per week in the laboratory, shop, or studio. The third is the number of hours spent in clinical or work experience. And the fourth indicates the credit hours awarded for the course.
Some course descriptions list requisite 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 is designed to meet the requirements for transfer to a four-year institution under an articulation agreement.