Course ID System

Courses at UW-Stout are identified by SUBJECT followed by the COURSE NUMBER: ABCD-XXX. An alpha character assigned by the Provost's Office may be used after the course number to differentiate between specific courses.

Subject

The subject is associated with the department in which the course is housed. Departments may be responsible for more than one subject area. See approved curricular subject areas and abbreviations.

Course Number

The three-digit course number indicates the academic level of the course according to the following schedule:

 0xx 

Non-credit courses

 1xx 

Primarily freshman level courses

 2xx

Primarily sophomore level courses

 3xx

Primarily junior level courses

 4xx

Primarily senior level courses

 5xx

Graduate level with corresponding undergraduate coursework at the 300 level. The course has special objectives for graduate students.

 6xx 

Graduate level with corresponding undergraduate coursework at the 400 level. The course has special objectives for graduate students.

 7xx

Graduate level for graduate credit only

 8xx

Advanced graduate level

 9xx

Advanced graduate level primarily intended for courses beyond the masters degree program level.

When a course is required in a degree program, the course level should indicate when the student is expected to take the course in the program. In cases in which the same course is required in more than one degree program, the department should determine the number in cooperation with the program directors of the programs involved.

If a course is not required in a degree program, the course level may indicate when students normally take the course based on experience, level of the course relative to other courses, and expectation of students and faculty as to the degree of rigor or advanced level implied by the number.

Care should be exercised in assigning level to be sure that the level is appropriate relative to any prerequisites required and to other courses for which the course is a prerequisite.

The last two digits of the course number are assigned by the department in which the course is housed according to whatever system or rationale the department determines with the following exceptions:CAHSS, CEHHS, CSTEM, COM, TRDIS  are interdepartmental and transdisciplinary.

Reserved Numbers

 x49  Cooperative Education
 x77  International Studies
 x96  One- or two-time offerings
 x97  Elective field experience
 x98  Required field experience
 x99 Independent Study
 735  Problems (Plan B)
 770 Thesis (Plan A)
 795, 895 Graduate Field Study