Introduction to Course Offerings
Course Credit

All courses listed in this catalog are three-credit-hour courses unless noted otherwise following the course title. Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours.


Course Numbering

Courses are numbered on the following basis:

101-199
Introductory courses normally taken by frirst-year students and sophomores.

200/201
Directed study/independent study at the beginning/intermediate level.

203-299
Intermediate courses with or without prerequisites normally taken by sophomores and juniors.

301-399
Advanced courses normally offered on a regular basis, often with specified prerequisites (courses, class standing, or special permission) normally taken by juniors and seniors. Students may be admitted to advanced courses if they have met the prerequisite or have the approval of the instructor.

400/401/402
Directed study/independent study/research participation at the advanced level.

403-498
Advanced courses, often special topics not offered regularly, with or without prerequisites.

499/500
Advanced seminars, usually open only to majors in the program, typically taken in the senior year.


Individual Study Courses

Courses numbered 400, 401 and 402 are courses organized for individual study in one of the following three manners:

400 Directed Study
An individualized course in a special topic in which the student meets regularly with a faculty member to receive instruction.

401 Independent Study
An individualized course or project in which the student proceeds immediately in his or her study, meeting with a faculty member (a limited number of times) to report progress and to receive suggestions.

402 Research Participation
An individualized course in which the student conducts research in an area which is part of a faculty member’s own area of research interest and competence.

Registration in individual study courses requires program committee approval and permission of the associate dean of the college. Normally, students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher to register for individual study. Normally, students may register for only one independent/directed study in any single term. In addition, regularly offered courses normally may not be taken as independent study. Exceptions to independent study policies may only be approved by the Associate Dean.

Internship Credit
Internship credit is recorded as INT 400. Internships constitute a supervised program of work and study under the leadership of a faculty sponsor and an on-site supervisor in the workplace. Academic credit can be awarded only when a substantive academic component can be demonstrated. Normally, an internship can carry a maximum of three hours credit and is graded on a Pass/No Credit basis. Internship credit cannot be used to fulfill requirements of a major or minor. A maximum of six hours of internship credit may be applied toward the total number of hours required for graduation. Registration for internship credit requires an approved internship contract (available from the Career Services Office).


Academic Program Abbreviations

Disciplinary program abbreviations used throughout the course descriptions are as follows:

AES Aerospace Studies GER German
AMS Army Military Studies GNS Gender Studies
ANT Anthropology HHP Health and Human Perforamnce
ARH Art History HIS History
ARS Studio Art HUM Humanities
BMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology INT Internship
BIO Biology IST International Studies
CHE Chemistry JPN Japanese
CHP Chemical Physics MAT Mathematics
CLA Classical Studies MUS Music
CRW Creative Writing NSC Natural Science
CSC Computer Science PEC Political Economy
DRA Dramatic Arts PHI Philosophy
ECO Economics PHY Physics
EDU Education PSY Psychology
ENS Environmental Studies PYB Psychobiology
ENG English REL Religion
FRE French SOC Sociology
FYS First-Year Studies SPA Spanish
GOV Government    

Note: The College reserves the right to change degree requirements, major/minor requirements, and course offerings, and to cancel any course not elected by a sufficient number of students at the time offered. Catalog course listings reflect recent offerengs and are not necessarily an indication of future offerings.

Note: All academic program committee members listed in Major/Minor Programs are for 2008-2009. There are student members on all major program committees.


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