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CWUP 5-50-020(3) Course Numbering System

1. Course numbers are usually 3 digits. However, when necessary for logical ordering, a fourth digit may be added.
2. Courses should be numbered according to common fields of interest -- (e.g., literature, evolution, tests and measurements, etc.). Advanced courses should have the same last two numbers as beginning courses. Sequence courses covering allied subject matter should be numbered sequentially.
3. The initial digit should reflect the appropriate level of study.

Year / Initial Digit
Freshman - 1
Sophomore - 2
Junior - 3
Senior - 4
Graduate - 5, 6, 7

4. The basic numbering system, both as it applies to the institution as a whole and to the grouping within subject fields, should be as follows:

Second and Third Digit / Description
01 to 09 - Introduction to Broad Areas
10 to 89 - Regular Department Courses
90 - Cooperative Education
91 - Workshops. 1-6 credits. May be repeated if subject is different
92 to 95 - Professional Laboratory Experiences, Practica, and Field Experience
96 - Individual Study. 1-6 credits. May be repeated if subject is different.
97 - Honors. 1-12 credits. Prerequisite, admission to department honors program.
Enrichment courses using the prefix UNIV, (offered summer only) 1 credit
Graduate research courses:
98 - Special Topics. 1-6 credits. May be repeated if subject is different
99 - Seminar. 1-5 credits. May be repeated if subject is different.
100 - Courses for which credit will not be counted toward degree requirements.
500 - Professional Development. 1-5 credits, which will not be counted toward degree or certificate requirements.
700 - Thesis, Project, and/or Examination. 1-6 credits.

5. Hold on Course Numbers. An eight-year moratorium exists on course numbers. The eight-year moratorium will begin as follows:
a. At the time a course is deleted.
b. At the time it is put on reserve by a department.
c. Retroactively, when a course was last taught before automatically being put on the reserve list. (i.e. A course that has not been taught for three years and placed on reserve for an additional three years then deleted, can be used again in two years after the deletion). See CWUP 5-50-020.

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