Course Numbering - Guidelines

000-099 Non-credit courses or credit courses of a remedial, terminal, or semi-professional nature not applicable toward degree requirements.

100-299 Courses on the lower-division level. These must comply with the Commonly Numbered Course List.

300-499 Courses on the upper-division level.

400/500 Courses that may be taken either for upper-division or master's-level graduate credit, with specific course requirements for each.

5XX-level courses

These courses are graduate courses offered primarily in support of master's degree programs, but which are also available for use on doctoral level degree programs. Undergraduates of superior scholastic achievement may be admitted to these courses on the approval of the instructor, and they may apply to reserve these courses for later use on a graduate degree program.

These courses have one or more of the following characteristics: (1) they require upper-division prerequisites in the discipline; (2) they require an extensive theoretical base in the discipline; (3) they increase or re-examine the existing knowledge or database of the discipline; (4) they present core components or important peripheral components of the discipline at an advanced level.

500-599 Master's Level Graduate Courses
501 Research
502 Independent Study
503 Thesis
505 Reading and Conference
506 Special Problems; Projects
507 Seminar
508 Workshop
509 Practicum
510 Work Experience; Internship

6XX-level courses

These are graduate courses offered principally in support of doctoral level instructional programs but are also available for use on master's level degree programs.In addition to exhibiting the characteristics of 5XX-level courses, these courses typically require 5XX-level prerequisites and they build on and increase the information presented in 5XX-level courses.

600-699 Doctoral Level Graduate Courses
601 Research
602 Independent Study
603 Dissertation
605 Reading and Conference
606 Special Projects
607 Seminar
608 Workshop
609 Practicum; Clinical Experience
610 Internship

Courses with limited application toward advanced academic degrees:

700-799 Advanced professional or technical courses which may be applied toward a professional degree (e.g. DVM, PharmD), but not toward an advanced academic degree (e.g. MS, PhD).

800-899 In-service courses aimed at practicing professionals in the discipline. These courses may not be applied toward advanced degrees. They have an in-service or retraining focus, and provide the professionals new ways to examine existing situations or new tools to treat existing problems.

Reserved Numbers

The following numbers have been reserved for specific courses or types of courses:

100-110 Survey or foundation courses in the liberal arts and sciences
200-210 Survey or foundation courses in the liberal arts and sciences
400-410 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
500-510 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
600-610 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
X99 Special Topics courses

Blanket Numbered Courses: (reserved numbers 4xx-6xx level)

Reserved number courses such as 401/501/601, which have been assigned for specific courses that may be taken for more than one term. Credit is granted according to the amount of work done.

401 Research
402 Independent Study
403 Thesis
405 Reading and Conference
406 Special Problems; Projects
407 Seminar
408 Workshop
409 Practicum
410 Work Experience; Internship

Sequence Numbering

Courses comprising a sequence are numbered consecutively, for example, HST 101, 102, 103. History of Western Civilization.

Repeat Value

See Repeat for Credit.

X99 - Special Topics Courses

See Special Topics Courses. Approval & Revisions: Revised 3/22/02, 11/8/08 Curriculum Council Additional Information:  Blanket Numbered Courses; OSU Catalog Definitions; Special Topics Courses; Schedule Type