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Course Numbering System  |  Glossary of Course Designations  |  Guide to Reading Course Descriptions

Courses listed in this catalog have been approved by the faculties of the schools in which the courses are taught. Only courses that have been approved by the faculty are eligible for academic credit. The following information introduces components of the course descriptions listed in each school's section.


Course Numbering System

100-299 Lower level undergraduate: introductory and survey courses.

300-499 Upper level undergraduate: advanced courses that may have prerequisites or require instructor permission.

500-599 Introductory graduate level: courses for beginning graduate students and advanced undergraduates.

600-699 Professional level: courses generally reserved for the schools of Medicine and Law; exceptions exist for other professional offerings, particularly in the field of teacher education.

700-899 Graduate level: courses appropriate for masters and beginning doctoral degree programs.

900-999 Graduate level: courses reserved for offerings in doctoral programs, such as readings, research, independent study, and dissertations.

Descriptions of courses numbered 600 and above are listed in the Graduate Record. Undergraduates wishing to take courses numbered 600 or above must obtain permission from the dean of the school in which they want to take the course.

Please note that not all courses listed in the Record are taught each semester.

Where possible, odd numbers signify fall semester courses and even numbers signify spring semester courses. The determination of course level is the responsibility of the offering department and/or school. The academic policy committee of each school is expected to assume the necessary monitoring function.



Glossary of Course Designations

Each course number in this catalog is preceded by the letter designation assigned to that particular course for purposes of processing grades, schedules, and transcripts. The complete list of these designations is given below, together with the area for which each stands and the school in which the course is taught.

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
AAS Afro-American Studies
AMEL Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures
AMTR Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures in Translation
ANTH Anthropology
ARAB Arabic
ARTH Art history
ARTR Arabic Literature in Translation
ARTS Studio Art
ASPR Asian Studies
ASTR Astronomy
BIOC Biochemistry
BIOL Biology
BIOP Biophysics
BOT Botany
BULG Bulgarian
CELL Cell Biology
CHEM Chemistry
CHIN Chinese Language
CHTR Chinese in Translation
CLAS Classics
CPLT Comparative Literature
CZ Czech
DRAM Drama
DUTC Dutch
ECON Economics
ENAM American Literature to 1900
ENCR Criticism
ENEC Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature
ENGL Miscellaneous English
ENGN Genre Studies
ENLS Language Study
ENLT Introductory Seminars in Literature
ENMD Medieval Literature
ENNC Nineteenth Century British Literature
ENPG Pedagogy
ENPW Poetry Writing
ENRN Renaissance Literature
ENSP Special Topics in Literature
ENTC Twentieth Century Literature
ENWR Expository and Creative Writing
ENWS Women's Studies Literature
EPID Epidemiology
ESAT Atmosphere
ESGE Environmental Geology
EVAT Atmosphere
EVEC Ecology
EVGE Environmental Geology
EVHY Hydrosphere
EVMA Marine Affairs
EVSC Environmental Science
FREN French Language
FRTR French in Translation
GERM German
GETR German in Translation
GREE Greek
GSAS Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
HEBR Hebrew
HIAF African History
HIEA East Asian History
HIEU European History
HILA Latin American History
HIME Middle Eastern History
HIND Hindi
HIS A South Asian History
HIST General History
HIUS United States History
HUMS Humanistic Studies
INST Interdisciplinary Studies
ITAL Italian Language
ITTR Italian in Translation
JAPN Japanese
JPTR Japanese in Translation
LASE Liberal Arts Seminar
LAST Latin American Studies
LATI Latin
LING Linguistics
LNGS General Linguistics
MASC Marine Science
MATH Mathematics
MEST Middle Eastern Studies
MICR Microbiology
MSP Medieval Studies Program
MUSI Music
NESC Neuroscience
NRGA Graduate non-resident
PERS Persian
PETR Persian in Translation
PHAR Pharmacology
PHIL Philosophy
PHY Physiology
PHYE Physical Education
PHYS Physics
PLAD Politics Department Seminars
PLAP American Politics
PLCP Comparative Politics
PLIR International Relations
PLPT Political Theory
PLSK Personal Skills
POL Polish
PORT Portuguese
POTR Portuguese inTtranslation
PST Political and Social Thought
PSYC Psychology
RASP Russian Area Studies Program
RELA Religion-African Religions
RELB Religion-Buddhism
RELC Religion-Christianity
RELG Religion-General
RELH Religion-Hinduism
RELI Religion-Islam
RELJ Religion-Judaism
RELS Religion-Special Topics
RUSS Russian
RUTR Russian in Translation
SANS Sanskrit
SATR South Asian Literature in Translation
SCAN Scandinavian
SLAV Slavic
SLFK Slavic Folklore and Literature
SOC Sociology
SPAN Spanish Language
SRBC Serbo-Croatian
STAT Statistics
SURG Surgery
SWAG Studies in Women and Gender
SWAH Swahili
SWED Swedish
TURK Turkish
TUVA Tuvan
UKR Ukranian
YIDD Yiddish
ZOOL Zoology

Graduate School of Architecture
AR H Architectural History
ARCH Architecture
L AR Landscape Architecture
NRGA Graduate non-resident
PLAC Urban and Environmental Planning
PLAN Urban and Environmental Planning

Darden Graduate School of Business Administration
GBUS Graduate Business Administration
NRGA Graduate non-resident

Graduate School of Commerce
GCOM Graduate Commerce
NRGA Graduate non-Resident

Curry Graduate School of Education
EDHS Human Services (clinical psychology, communication disorders, counselor education, health and physical education)
EDIS Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education
EDLF Education Leadership, Foundations, and Policy
NRGA Graduate Non-Resident
USEM University Seminar

Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Science
AE Aerospace Engineering
AM Applied Mechanics
APMA Applied Mathematics
BIOM Biomedical Engineering
CE Civil Engineering
CS Computer Science
CHE Chemical Engineering
ECE Electrical and Computer Engineering
EP Engineering Physics
ES Engineering Science
ENGR Engineering
MSE Materials Science and Engineering
MAE Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
NRGA Graduate non-resident
PHYS Physics
SIE Systems and Information Engineering
TCC Technology, Culture, and Communication
TMP Technology, Management and Policy

School of Law
NRGA Graduate non-resident
USEM University Seminar

Graduate School of Nursing
NRGA Graduate non-resident
NUCO Nursing Core
NUIP Nursing - Interprofessional
NURS Nursing



Guide to Reading Course Descriptions

BIOL 701 - (3) (Y)
Cell Physiology
Prerequisites: BIOL 501
Studies cell structure and function, metabolism, membranes and transport, and cellular specializations.

Explanation of example

BIOL 701- course mnemonic (see glossary) and number. Variations include GREE 701-702 where two semesters of a course must be completed to obtain credit toward a degree, or GFPT 703, 704 where credit may be obtained by taking either semester or both.

(3) - number of credits that will be earned upon successful completion of the course. Where courses are dually numbered (701-702 or 703, 704), the number of credits represents the number of credits for each section of the courses, e.g., three credits for 701 and three credits for 702.

(Y) - code for frequency with which the course is offered. Variations are:

S offered fall and spring semesters
Y offered at least once every academic year (fall or spring semester)
E offered when the fall semester occurs in an even year (e.g., 2002-2003)
O offered when the fall semester occurs in an odd year (e.g., 2001-2002)
SI offered upon sufficient student interest
IR offered irregularly
SS offered during summer session

Cell Physiology - course title

Prerequisite: BIOL 501. - Prerequisites are courses or conditions that must be successfully completed prior to enrollment in the course described. Prerequisites separated by a comma indicate a series of prerequisites, all of which are required. Variations include BIOL 501 or 503 where either course, but not both, must be taken prior to enrollment in the described course. An exception occurs when or precedes the last entry in a series, in which case the commas indicate or throughout (e.g., BIOL 501, 503, or equivalent). Corequisite means that concurrent enrollment in the course or courses designated and the course or courses described is required.

Studies cell structure and function, metabolism, membranes and transport, and cellular specializations - Course description.


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