A “full” course is equivalent to four semester credits. Each course is assigned a subject area code consisting of four letters, which designates the department or discipline, followed by a three-digit number. For example, ENGL 111 is the English course numbered 111.

Courses with numbers having either 1 or 2 as the first digit are lower division courses, and those having 3 or 4 as the first digit are upper division courses.

Lower division courses are designed to give students a broad general liberal arts education, preparing them for the more specialized education offered at the upper division level.

When students become juniors, they generally pursue upper division courses. Upper division courses are designed to acquaint students with the content and methodology of a particular field.

The number of class meetings for a course varies with the nature of the course. The annual Class Schedule indicates the days and times each class meets.