Jun 15, 2024  
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) 
2013-2014 General Catalog (Spring 2014) ARCHIVED CATALOG: To search archives, MUST use search box to left. Current catalog: catalog.usu.edu.

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 10 weeks and includes one four-week May session and one seven-week Main session. For  further details, see the 2012-2013 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:

0010-0999 Remedial courses; will not satisfy baccalaureate requirements; nontransferable; not calculated in GPA.
1000-2790 Lower division (freshman and sophomore courses)
2800-2999 Lower division independent study designation (directed reading, individual projects, etc.)
3000-4790 Upper division (junior and senior courses)
4800-4999 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)
5900-5999 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 the campus 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 following 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) traditionally offered are indicated following the course description. 

Some course listings do not indicate semester(s) traditionally 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.

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).

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: catalog.usu.edu/index.php

Course Prefixes

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

ACCT  Accounting
ACTG Accounting,USU Eastern
ADVS  Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences
AG  Agriculture, College of
ANTH  Anthropology
APEC Applied Economics
APPR Apprentice
ARBC Arabic
ART  Art
ARTH  Art History
AS  Aerospace Studies
ASTE  Agricultural Systems Technology and Education
AUTO Automotive Technology
AV  Aviation Technology
BCCM Building Construction and Construction Management
BCIS Business Computer Information Systems
BENG Biological Engineering
BHIS Business Health Information Systems
BIOL  Biology
BUS  Business, Jon M. Huntsman School of
BUSN Business, USU Eastern
CCA Caine College of the Arts
CEE  Civil and Environmental Engineering
CHEM  Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHIN  Chinese
CHSS College of Humanities and Social Sciences
CJ Criminal Justice
CLAS  Classics
CMST Communication Studies
COMD  Communicative Disorders and Deaf Education
COST Cosmetology/Barbering
CS  Computer Science
DANC Dance
DE  Dance Education (courses not currently offered)
DSME Diesel Equipment Technology
ECE  Electrical and Computer Engineering
ECN  Economics
EDDT Engineering Drafting adn Design Technology
EDUC  Education and Human Services, Emma Eccles Jones College of
EED Engineering Education
ELED  Elementary Education
ELET Electronics
EMTH Mathematics for Teaching
ENGL  English
ENGR  Engineering, General
ENVS  Environment and Society
ESOL English as a Second or Other Language
FCHD  Family, Consumer, and Human Development
FCSE  Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FIN  Finance
FREN  French
GEO  Geology
GEOG  Geography
GERM  German
GRK  Greek
HEAL Health
HEP  Health Education and Promotion
HETR Heavy Equipment and Trucking
HIST  History
HONR  Honors
ID  Interior Design
IELI  Intensive English Language Institute
IOGP Institute of Government and Politics
ITAL  Italian
ITDS  Interdisciplinary Studies
ITLS Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
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
MACH Machine Tool Technology
MAE  Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
MATH  Mathematics
MGT  Management
MINT Mining
MIS  Management Information Systems
MLT Medical Laboratory Technician
MSL  Military Science Leadership
MUSC  Music
MUSM Museum Studies
NAV  Navajo
NDFS Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Sciences
NEPA  National Environmental Policy Act Certificate Program
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
SLSC Social Science
SOC  Sociology
SPAN  Spanish
SPED  Special Education
STAT  Statistics
SW  Social Work
TEAL  Teacher Education and Leadership, School of
TEE Technology and Engineering Education
TEPD Teacher Education Professional Development
THEA Theatre Arts
USU  University Studies
VM Veterinary Medicine
WATS Watershed Sciences
WELD Welding
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 title:

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 title:

Intensive Courses

Communications Intensive, CI
Quantitative Intensive, QI

Depth Courses

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