Interpreting Course Descriptions

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

LIT-273 American Multicultural Literature 3 cr.
HUM LIT ESA Fall, Spring and Summer
American multicultural literature, focusing on Hispanic, African, Asian and Native American writers. Equivalent to 326-373. P: ENGL-102, ENGL-112 or ENGL-113.

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
Applied Social Science
ARTED Art Education
ARTH Art History
BIO Biology
BUACT Business Accounting
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
CADD CADD/Drafting
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

College of Management

COUN Counseling
CS Computer Science

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
FCSE Family and Consumer Sciences Education
FN Food and Nutrition
FREN French
GCM Graphic Communications Management
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
MBE Marketing & Business Education
MECH Engineering Mechanics
MEDIA Media Technology
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
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


One credit hour usually represents one hour of class time per week plus two hours of out of class study.


Course Planning Information

Information on the second line of the course description helps you as you plan your course schedules.
General Education codes indicate the particular general education category the course applies to. See General Education Requirements for further clarification if needed.

COMMSK WRIT = Communication Skills -- Writing
COMMSK RDG = Communication Skills -- Reading
COMMSK SPK = Communication Skills -- Speaking
COMMSK LNG = Communication Skills -- Language

ANRSN STAT = Analytical Reasoning -- Statistics
ANRSN MATH = Analytical Reasoning -- Mathematics
ANRSN LOG = Analytical Reasoning -- Logic

H/PE ACTV = Health and Physical Education -- Activity
H/PE HLTH = Health and Physical Education -- Health

HUMART ARTMU = Humanities and the Arts -- Art History/Music Appreciation
HUMART CRPRF = Humanities and the Arts -- Creative/Performing Arts

HUMART FLC = Humanities and the Arts -- Foreign Language and Culture
HUMART HIST = Humanities and the Arts -- History
HUMART LIT = Humanities and the Arts -- Literature
HUMART PHIL = Humanities and the Arts -- Philosophy

SBSCI ANTH = Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Anthropology
SBSCI ECON = Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Economics
SBSCI GEOG = Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Geography
SBSCI POLS = Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Political Science
SBSCI PSYC = Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Psychology
SBSCI SOC = Social and Behavioral Sciences -- Sociology

= Natural Sciences -- Life Sciences
NSCI LFSC LAB = Natural Sciences -- Life Sciences Laboratory
NSCI PHYSC = Natural Sciences -- Physical Science
NSCI PHYSC LAB = Natural Sciences -- Physical Science Laboratory

= Technology

INTER = Interdisciplinary Studies

Racial and Ethnic Studies courses are categorized as "A," "B," or "C" level and are coded ESA, ESB or ESC. See Racial and Ethnic Studies Requirements for further clarification if needed.

Global Perspective courses which fulfill the requirements for the global experience option are coded GLP. See Global Studies Requirements for further clarification if needed.

Terms Offered
The terms indicated — Fall, Spring, Summer and WinTerM — serve only as a general guide and do not guarantee that a course will be offered during a particular semester. Uncoded courses follow no usual pattern. Verify availability of a course in any given term by checking the online Open Courses listing or through Access Stout when planning your schedule.

Other Codes

P or Prerequisites: = Prerequisites are required as described.
$ = A special course fee applies.
R = Course is repeatable for credit.