Aug 13, 2022  
2010-2011 General Catalog 
2010-2011 General Catalog ARCHIVED CATALOG: To search archives, use search box above. See current catalog at

Overview of Course Numbering System


Semester Calendar

USU maintains a semester system—three semesters or periods of classwork: fall, spring, and summer. Fall and spring semester are each of 15 weeks duration. Summer semester spans a total of 12 weeks and includes one four-week early session and one eight-week session, which contains two four-week sessions. For  further details, see the 2010-2011 Calendar, the Registration Calendar, and the Final Examination Schedule on the Calendars  page.

Credit Enrollment

The semester credit hour is the unit upon which credit is computed. Normally, the credit hour standard is based upon 150 minutes of lecture per week, for the duration of one semester, for a three-credit class. To obtain credit, a student must be properly registered and pay fees for the course. For further information, see Credits Awarded for Courses .

Course Numbering

Each course listed in the Course Descriptions  section of the catalog has a number, given before the name of the course. For example:

ENGL 1120 Elements of Grammar 3  

This means the course, Elements of Grammar, is English 1120. The numbers are useful for reference and records.

Course Numbering Code

A standard code employed by all institutions in the State System of Higher Education was adopted by USU in 1970. Upon conversion to semesters, four-digit course numbers replaced the three-digit course numbers formerly used under the quarter system. The semester numbering system is as follows:

0010-0990 Remedial courses; will not satisfy baccalaureate requirements; nontransferable; not calculated in GPA.
1000-2790 Lower division (freshman and sophomore courses)
2800-2990 Lower division independent study designation (directed reading, individual projects, etc.)
3000-4790 Upper division (junior and senior courses)
4800-4990 Upper division independent study designations (directed reading, individual projects, festival, institutes, workshops, etc.)
5000-5990 Advanced upper division (may be used for a graduate degree with approval of the student’s supervisory committee)
6000-7990 Graduate courses (students without baccalaureate degrees must obtain special permission to enroll)
5900-5990 Independent study designations (directed reading,
6900-6990 individual projects, theses, dissertations, etc.)
6800-6890 Graduate seminars (includes methodology and research seminars)

Courses offered through Regional Campuses and Distance Education are designated by a DE following the course description.

Freshmen or sophomores may take any lower-division course. If there is a prerequisite for a particular course, it will be so stated in the course description.

Juniors or seniors may take any lower- or upper-division course for which they have met the course requirements. Course requirements will be identified in the course description. Seniors may take graduate courses only upon written consent from the instructor. The use of undergraduate coursework for a graduate degree at USU is regulated by the School of Graduate Studies. See Split Form Policy  and Course-Level Numbering and Acceptability .

Graduate students may take any course for which they have met the course requirements, but only graduate courses and individually approved undergraduate courses may be used for a graduate degree, although all courses completed will appear on student transcripts.

Note: In some cases, additional college or departmental requirements (which may not be included in the course description) must be met before a student may take a particular course. For more information, students should consult their advisor or the department offering the course.

Following the title of each course, the number of credits given for the course is indicated. The semester(s) it will likely be taught are indicated in abbreviated form in parentheses, following the course description. For example: (F) indicates that the course will likely be taught fall semester. The designation (F,Sp,Su) indicates that the course will likely be taught all three semesters: fall, spring, and summer. It does not mean that the student has to take the class all three semesters, but rather that he or she has a choice of any semester. In some cases, such as (F,Sp), even though more than one semester is indicated, the course will not be offered each semester, but only one of these semesters, the exact one yet to be decided.

Some course listings do not indicate semester(s) offered. In some cases, these courses may be taken any semester (e.g., continuing graduate advisement, thesis, dissertation, or internship courses). In other cases, the semester(s) to be offered has not yet been determined (e.g., special topics courses, which are offered infrequently). For current information about semesters to be offered, consult the department offering the course.

For more definite up-to-date information, please refer to the course schedule, placed online prior to the beginning of each semester at:

Occasionally, two or more closely related courses (which usually have the same title) will be listed above one course description, such as MATH 6110  and MATH 6120 , Differential Geometry. Following each course title, the number of credits approved for each course will be shown. At the end of the course description will be two or more parenthetical entries, indicating the semester(s) the courses may be taught. The first entry refers to the semester(s) taught for the first course, the second entry refers to the second course, and so forth.

In some classes, the amount of credit for which students register can be individually arranged. One student may take 2 credits, another student 3 credits, etc. Students are responsible to ensure they are registered for the desired number of credits. Online registration will always default to the lowest offered number of credits. Academic credit is identified following the course title: (e.g., 1-3).

Following some course titles in this catalog will be a single asterisk (*), a double asterisk (**), or a triple asterisk (***). Such courses are taught during alternate years, as explained in the footnotes. For more information, consult the department offering the course or refer to the course schedules at:

Catalog information and University requirements may change at any time. USU is not bound by requirements or regulations listed in this catalog. Information may change before a new catalog is issued, and students must adhere to changes. It is the student’s obligation to ascertain current rules, regulations, fees, and requirements. As changes are approved for academic degree programs, policies, and procedures, updates will be made to the Online General Catalog at:

Course Prefixes

Each course listing is preceded by one of the following prefixes:

ACCT  Accounting
ADVS  Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences
AG  Agriculture, College of
ANTH  Anthropology
APEC Applied Economics
ARBC Arabic
ART  Art
ARTH  Art History
AS  Aerospace Studies
ASTE  Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
AV  Aviation Technology
BIE  Biological Engineering
BIOL  Biology
BUS  Business, Jon M. Huntsman School of
CEE  Civil and Environmental Engineering
CHEM  Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHIN  Chinese
CLAS  Classics
COMD  Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
CS  Computer Science
DE  Dance Education (courses not currently offered)
ECE  Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECN  Economics
EDUC  Education and Human Services, Emma Eccles Jones College of
ELED  Elementary Education
ENGL  English
ENGR  Engineering, General
ENVS  Environment and Society
ETE  Engineering and Technology Education
FCHD  Family, Consumer, and Human Development
FCSE  Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FIN  Finance
FREN  French
GEO  Geology
GEOG  Geography
GERM  German
GRK  Greek
HASS  Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences
HEP  Health Education Professional
HIST  History
HONR  Honors
ID  Interior Design
IELI  Intensive English Language Institute
INST  Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
ITAL  Italian
ITDS  Interdisciplinary Studies
JAPN  Japanese
JCOM  Journalism and Communication
KOR  Korean
LAEP  Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
LANG  Languages (General)
LATN  Latin
LATS  Latin American Studies
LING  Linguistics
MAE  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MATH  Mathematics
MGT  Management
MIS  Management Information Systems
MSL  Military Science Leadership
MUSC  Music
NAV  Navajo
NEPA  National Environmental Policy Act Certificate Program
NFS  Nutrition and Food Sciences
NR  Natural Resources, College of
NURS  Nursing (offered jointly with Weber State University)
OSS Office Systems Support
PE  Physical Education
PEP  Physical Education Professional
PFP  Personal Financial Planning
PHIL  Philosophy
PHYS  Physics
POLS  Political Science
PORT Portuguese
PRP  Parks and Recreation Professional
PSC  Plants, Soils, and Climate
PSY  Psychology
PUBH Public Health
REH  Rehabilitation Counseling
RELS  Religious Studies
RUSS  Russian
SCED Secondary Education
SCI  Science, College of
SOC  Sociology
SPAN  Spanish
SPCH  Speech Communication
SPED  Special Education
STAT  Statistics
SW  Social Work
TEAL  Teacher Education and Leadership, School of
THEA Theatre Arts
USU  University Studies
WATS Watershed Sciences
WGS  Women and Gender Studies
WILD  Wildland Resources

General Education Designations

Courses approved for General Education have one of the following designations, listed following the course number:

Competency Courses

Communications Literacy, CL1 and CL2
Quantitative Literacy, QL

Breadth Courses

American Institutions, BAI
Creative Arts, BCA
Humanities, BHU
Life Sciences, BLS
Physical Sciences, BPS
Social Sciences, BSS

University Studies Depth Education Designations

Courses approved for University Studies Depth Education have one of the following designations, listed following the course number:

Intensive Courses

Communications Intensive, CI
Quantitative Intensive, QI

Depth Courses

Humanities and Creative Arts, DHA
Life and Physical Sciences, DSC
Social Sciences, DSS