Interpreting Course Descriptions

This page will help you understand the various codes used in the course descriptions. A typical course description appears like this:

COUN- 788 Counseling Process Laboratory (3.00 cr.)
Repeatable: No
Basic attending and influencing skills used in the one-to-one and one-to-group situations involving laboratory experiences, such as counseling, feedback, critiquing, modeling, assessing and evaluating.
Prerequisite or Corequisite: COUN-750

and is comprised of the following components, in order:

Subject Area Code

AEC Architecture, Engineering and Construction
ANTH Anthropology
APRL Apparel Design/Manufacturing
ARTH Art History
BIO Biology
BUACT Business Accounting
BUINB Business International Business
BUMGT Business Management
BULGL Business Legal
BUMIS Business Management Information Systems
BUMKG Business Marketing
BURTL Business Retail
BUSCM Supply Chain Management
CAHSS College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
CHEM Chemistry
CMG Cross Media Graphics
CNS Cognitive Neuroscience
COM College of Management
COUN Counseling
CS Computer Science
CTE Career and Technical Education
DES Design
ECE Early Childhood Education
EDPSY Educational Psychology
EDUC Education
ELEC Electricity/Electronics
ENGGR Engineering Graphics
ENGL English
FCSE Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FN Food and Nutrition
GDD Game Design and Development
GEM Golf Enterprise Management
HDFS Human Development and Family Studies
HLTED Health Education
HT Hospitality and Tourism
HWF Health, Wellness and Fitness
ICT Information Communication Technologies
INMGT Industrial Management
ITC Instructional Technology Coordinator
ITM Information Technology Management
LIT Literature
MATH Mathematics
MBE Marketing & Business Education
MECH Engineering Mechanics
MFGE Manufacturing Engineering
MFGT Manufacturing Technology
MFT Marriage and Family Therapy
MSCS Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
PHOTO Photography
PHYS Physics
PKG Packaging
PSYC Psychology
RC Risk Control
RD Design, Research and Development
RDGED Reading Education
REHAB Vocational Rehabilitation
SCIED Science Education
SCOUN School Counseling
SMGT Sustainable Management
SOC Sociology
SOCWK Social Work
SPCOM Speech Communication
SPED Special Education
SPSY School Psychology
SRVM Service Management
STAT Statistics
STMED Science, Technology and Mathematics Education
SUST Sustainability
TECED Technology Education
TECH Technology
TRANS Transportation/Energy
TRDIS Transdisciplinary
TRHRD Training and Human Resource Development
WGS Women and Gender Studies

Course Level

The three digits of the course codes refer to the course level. Graduate courses are numbered from 500 to 899. The 100 through 400 series are undergraduates courses.

Course Title


UW-Stout defines a credit hour as an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that reasonably approximates: [1] At least 750 minutes of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 1,500 minutes of  out-of-class student work for one semester credit hour, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time (e.g. compressed courses); or [2] At least an equivalent amount of work as required in part one [1] of this definition for other academic activities as established by UW-Stout, including distance education, online, hybrid, or other indirect faculty instruction, laboratory work, internships, co-op experiences, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. This definition of the semester credit hour applies to all academic credit bearing activities at all levels (graduate and undergraduate).