Interpreting Course Descriptions

A typical course description in the Undergraduate Bulletin appears like this:

LIT- 273 American Multicultural Literature (3.00 cr.)
Literature, Racial & Ethnic Studies Category A
Repeatable: No
American multicultural literature, focusing on Hispanic, African, Asian, and Native American writers.
Prerequisite: take either ENGL-101 or ENGL-111.

and is comprised of the following components, in order:

Subject Area Code

AEC Architecture, Engineering and Construction
ANTH Anthropology
APRL Apparel Design/Manufacturing
APSC   Applied Science
APSS Applied Social Science
ARTED Art Education
ARTH Art History
BIO Biology
BUACT Business Accounting
BUFIN Business Finance
BUINB Business International Business
BULGL Business Legal
BUMGT Business Management
BUMIS Business Management Information Systems
BUMKG Business Marketing
BURTL Business Retail
BUSCM Supply Chain Management
CAHSS College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
CEE Computer/Electrical Engineering
CEHHS College of Education, Health and Human Sciences
CHEM Chemistry
CHIN Chinese
CMG Cross-Media Graphics
CNS Cognitive Neuroscience
COGS Cognitive Science
COM College of Management
COUN Counseling
CS Computer Science
CSTEM College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
CTE Career and Technical Education
DES Design
ECE Early Childhood Education
ECON Economics
EDPSY  Educational Psychology
EDUC Education
ELEC Electricity/Electronics
ENGGR Engineering Graphics
ENGL English
ENSC  Environmental Science
ESLI English as a Second Language Institute
ET Engineering Technology
FCSE Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FN Food and Nutrition
FREN French
GDD Game Design and Development
GEM Golf Enterprise Management
GEOG Geography
HDFS Human Development and Family Studies
HIST History
HLTED Health Education
HLTH Health
HT Hospitality and Tourism
HWF Health, Wellness and Fitness
ICT Information Communication Technologies
INMGT Industrial Management
ITM Information Technology Management
LIT Literature
LOG Logic
MATH Mathematics
MATHED Mathematics Education
MBE Marketing and Business Education
MECH Engineering Mechanics
MFGE Manufacturing Engineering
MFGT Manufacturing Technology
MFT Marriage and Family Therapy
MSCS Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
MSL Military Science and Leadership
NANO Nanoscience/Nanotechnology
PAX  Peace Studies
PE Physical Education and Athletics
PHIL Philosophy
PHOTO Photography
PHYS Physics
PKG Packaging
PLE Plastics Engineering
PM Property Management
POLS Political Science
PSYC Psychology
RC Risk Control
RD Design, Research and Development
RDGED  Reading Education
REHAB Vocational Rehabilitation
RUS Russian
SCIED Science Education
SCOUN School Counseling
SMGT Sustainable Management
SOC Sociology
SOCWK Social Work
SPAN Spanish
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
THEA Theatre
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. The 100 series is primarily for freshmen; 200 – sophomores; 300 – juniors; and 400 – seniors.

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).


Course Planning Information

Information included with the course description helps you as you plan your course schedules.

General Education, Racial and Ethnic Studies, Global Perspective, repeatability, and terms offered (if known) are indicated. 

The terms indicated serve only as a general guide and do not guarantee that a course will be offered during a particular semester. Verify availability of a course in any given term by checking the online Open Courses listing or through Access Stout when planning your schedule.