Course Description Symbols and
The following is a fictitious example of a catalog course description
illustrating the notations and symbols used for course descriptions
throughout The University Catalog.
UNIV 101A Introduction
to Life 1.0-4.0 FS
Prerequisites: High school
Corequisities: Validated enrollment
in a minimum of 6 units, ENGL 001, and faculty permission.
A comprehensive introduction to life. A series of
lectures by university figures, small group discussions and an independent
project all geared to orienting the new student to life. 2.0 Hours
lecture, 1.0 Hours discussion, 3.0 Hours supervision. ABC/no credit
grading only. You may take this course for credit more than once;
see the department for specific information. This is an approved
General Education course. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.
LINE 1COURSE IDENTIFICATION (SUBJECT AND COURSE
NUMBER), TITLE, UNIT VALUE, AND SEMESTER OFFERED
The first line of the course description contains
the official Course Identification used in The Class Schedule, student
registration lists, and transcripts. It is followed by the complete
course title, unit value, and semester-offered symbol.
Credit for courses offered by California State University, Chico
is awarded in terms of semester units. The unit value of a course
is computed on the basis of one unit for each hour of lecture or
discussion, two hours of activity, two to three hours of laboratory,
or three hours of independent study or internship per week, for
a 16-week semester. Courses meeting for fewer than 16 weeks will
require an equivalent number of hours pro-rated on a per-week basis.
For most courses, two hours of out-of-class preparation will be
expected for each hour of in-class lecture or recitation.
The semester a course is normally offered is symbolized
FA = during fall semester each year
SP = during spring semester each year
FS = during fall and spring semester each year
F1 = during fall semester odd years
F2 = during fall semester even years
S1 = during spring semester odd years
S2 = during spring semester even years
SM = during summer session
JA = during January Intersession
INQ = inquire at department, offered irregularly
LINE 2 & 3PREREQUISITES, COREQUISITES,
AND FACULTY PERMISSION
Registration requirements are outlined on the line
immediately following the course title and are defined as follows:
You must fulfill specific coursework or other conditions before
you will be allowed to enroll in the course. Prerequisites may be
waived by the faculty member only on approval of a formal petition
which fully outlines the equivalent attainment. You must have a
passing grade for a prerequisite course. Your total number of units
determines whether you meet a prerequisite for class level (e.g.,
sophomore), unless the requirement is otherwise defined and listed
in the catalog.
The prerequisites line may also contain the following
Recommended Background: It is recommended
that you have prior coursework or knowledge; the term is used to
advise and caution you but not to prevent your enrollment.
Corequisite: You must take concurrently the
course or courses indicated. The requirement may not be waived.
Recommended Co-enrollment: You are advised
to take a recommended concurrent enrollment; it is used to advise
you of proper course sequence.
Faculty Permission: You must obtain permission
of the instructor before registration can be allowed. Inquire in
the department office for specific instructions regarding permission
LINE 4THE COURSE DESCRIPTION:
A complete course description is provided. You may
assume courses meet for one hour of lecture per unit of credit with
regular letter grading employed unless otherwise stated. At the
end of the course description, a statement or series of statements
will appear to indicate any special features of the course: activities,
labs, or supervised activity; ABC/NC or CR/NC grading; courses permitting
registration more than once; special fees associated with a course;
and courses approved for General Education and Ethnic or Non-Western
Studies. Courses with approved equivalents under the California
Articulation Numbering (CAN) System also provide the equivalent
CAN course number at the end of the description. This practice is
subject to change without notice.
COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM
The following course numbering system is employed
to indicate the level of course offerings.
These courses are designed for freshmen and sophomores,
but may be taken by others. Many have equivalents which are offered
at community colleges. Such courses are usually general, introductory,
basic, beginning, or survey. Some courses may require some elementary
knowledge or experience in the subject matter. Lower-division courses
provide a foundation for advanced work.
These courses are designed for sophomores and above, although in
some circumstances freshmen may qualify to enroll. These courses
generally assume prior knowledge or experience in the subject, and
the content is more advanced or specific than lower-division courses.
They may provide specific content for other majors who have prerequisite
knowledge in other fields of specialization.
These courses are designed for juniors and seniors, although in
a few cases sophomores may qualify to enroll. It is extremely unusual
for a freshman to qualify for such courses. Graduate students may
enroll and receive graduate credit but will be held to more rigorous
requirements than undergraduates. These courses assume a greater
degree of complexity than the intermediate-level courses, require
a high degree of disciplinary sophistication or a high degree of
specificity in content, and assume considerable prerequisite knowledge
Since community college courses cannot qualify for upper-division
credit, it is presumed that upper-division courses should not be
equivalent to similar courses at any community college.
300-399: GRADUATE COURSES
Graduate courses are only open to masters degree
students, unless permission of the dean of the Graduate School has
been obtained by other postbaccalaureate and undergraduate students.
Graduate courses require an identification and investigation of
a theory or principle; the application of theory to new ideas, problems,
and materials; extensive use of bibliographic and other resource
materials, with emphasis on primary sources of data; and competence
in the scholarly presentation of independent study research.
OTHER NUMBERING CONVENTIONS
The following course numbering conventions have been
adopted to facilitate identification of course content across disciplines.
089, 189, 289, 389: Internship and other experience-based
courses. These courses involve community work with placement in
a public or private agency under the supervision of a qualified
professional. A maximum of 15 internship units may be applied to
a bachelors degree at Chico.
098, 198, 298, 397: Special topics and experimental
courses offered on a one-time only basis or new courses offered
between catalog years.
199, 299: Special problems courses used for
independent study with variable units (indicated in The Class Schedule
by VAR). You may register for a maximum of 3 units per semester;
a total of 6 units may apply toward a bachelors degree. All
199, 299 courses are graded CR/NC, and none apply in a masters
199H, 299H:Honors courses are available to
students eligible for the University Honors Program. The 3- or 6-unit
independent studies course, normally taken in the senior year, culminates
in a research paper, project, or performance that is publicly presented.
Student must receive a grade of B or higher in the course for Honors
398: Independent Study: See the Graduate Education
section for details.
399: Masters Study: See the Graduate
Education section for details.
800-899: Courses which focus on problems encountered
in professional service and aim to meet the needs of groups seeking
vocational improvement and career advancement. They are designed
primarily for the purpose of meeting objectives that cannot be served
by established graduate and undergraduate courses. Credit for these
courses does not apply to degrees. However, in exceptional cases
and with the approval of the appropriate department and the dean
of your college, you may apply these toward degree and credential
programs for which such courses are deemed acceptable. Determination
of the acceptability of these courses for degree and credential
credit will depend primarily upon course content and approach. You
should not consider registering in these courses for credential
or degree purposes without first consulting with an adviser. Courses
completed will be posted to the academic record, however, units
will not be included in the computation of total units completed.
900-999: Non-credit courses designed to provide
opportunities to pursue cultural, intellectual, and social interests.
CALIFORNIA ARTICULATION NUMBER (CAN)
The California Articulation Number (CAN) System identifies
some of the transferable, lower-division, introductory, preparatory
courses commonly taught within each academic discipline on college
The system assures students that CAN courses on one participating
campus will be accepted in lieu of the comparable CAN course on
another participating campus. Example: CAN ECON 2 on one campus
will be acceptable for CAN ECON 2 on another participating campus.
Each campus retains its own numbering system. The CAN course identification
where applicable is identified at the end of the course description
in this catalog.
COURSE SUBJECT ABBREVIATIONS
The following course subject abbreviations are employed
in The University Catalog, The Class Schedule, student study
lists, academic planning guides, evaluation materials, and transcripts.
||Asian American Studies
||African American Studies
||Agriculture Engineering Technology
||American Indian Studies
||Business Information Systems
||Communication Sciences and Disorders
||Electrical & Computer Engineering
||Education-Curriculum and Instruction
||Education-Early Childhood Education
||English as a Foreign Language
||Foreign Languages and Literatures
||General Education Course Link
||General Studies Thematic
||Health and Community Services
||Interdisciplinary Studies (Graduate Level)
||Interdisciplinary Studies (Undergradute Level)
||Latin American Studies
||Liberal Studies Course Link
||Multicultural and Gender Studies
||Middle Eastern Studies
||Management Information Systems
||Modern Jewish and Israel Studies
||Nutrition and Food Science
||Natural Science Teaching
||Production & Operations Management
||Plant and Soil Science
||Quantitative Business Analysis
||Rural and Town Planning