Academic Program Terminology

Definitions of Academic Program Terminology

Guide To Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are comprised of the following information:

  • course number—each course description is represented by a three-letter prefix (indicating the department or program within which the course is taken) and a three-digit course number.
  • course title
  • course credit (in parentheses)—after each course title are two (or three) numbers separated by colons which indicate semester hours credit, lecture, and laboratory hours.
  • description of course content
  • prerequisites and/or corequisites
  • courses with which the course may be cross-listed (i.e., Same as . . .)
  • frequency of offering
  • General Education credit (Distribution)
  • special information (Notes), which may include:
    • special restrictions or other requirements
    • repeat-for-credit notation, if course can be repeated
    • grading mode, if other than letter grade
    • previous course occurences, if renumbered or prefix changed (i.e., Formerly . . .)
    • equivalent course credit

See topics listed below for explanations of the above items.

Course Prefixes

Listed below are the current graduate and undergraduate course prefixes.

ACC - Accounting
ADS - African American and African Diaspora Studies
APD - Apparel Product Design
ARE - Art Education
ARH - Art History
ARS - Academic Recovery Seminar
ART - Studio Art
AST - Astronomy
ATY - Anthropology
BIO - Biology
BLS - Humanities
BUS - Business Administration
CCI - Classical Civilization
CED - Counseling and Educational Development
CHE - Chemistry and Biochemistry
CHI - Chinese
CRS - Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies
CSC - Computer Science
CSD - Communication Sciences and Disorders
CST - Communication Studies
CTP - Comprehensive Transition and Postsecondary Education
CTR - Community and Therapeutic Recreation
DCE - Dance
ECO - Economics
EDU - Teachers Academy and Licensure Programs
ELC - Educational Leadership and Cultural Foundations
ENG - English
ENS - Ensemble
ENT - Entrepreneurship
ENV - Environmental & Sustainability Studies
ERM - Educational Research Methodology
FFL - Foundations for Learning
FIN - Finance
FMS - Freshman Seminars
FRE - French
GEN - Genetic Counseling
GEO - Geography
GER - German
GRC - Grogan College
GRK - Greek
GRO - Gerontology
HDF - Human Development and Family Studies
HEA - Public Health
HED - Higher Education
HHS - School of Health and Human Sciences
HIS - History
HSS - Honors Programs
IAR - Interior Architecture
IGS - International and Global Studies
IPC - International Programs
ISC - Integrated Science
ISL - Integrated Studies Lab
ISM - Information Systems and Operations Management
ITA - Italian
JNS - Japanese Studies
KIN - Kinesiology
LAT - Latin
LIS - Library and Information Studies
LLC - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
MAT - Mathematics
MBA - Master of Business Administration
MGT - Management
MKT-  Marketing
MLS - Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
MST - Media Studies
MTD - Music, Theatre, and Dance
MUE - Music Education
MUP -  Music Performance
MUS - Music
NAN - Nanoscience
NTR - Nutrition
NUR - Nursing
PCS - Peace and Conflict Studies
PHI - Philosophy
PHY - Physics
POR - Portuguese
PSC - Political Science
PSY - Psychology
RCO - Ashby Residential College
RCS - Retailing and Consumer Studies
REL - Religious Studies
RUS - Russian
SAS - Student Academic Success
SCM - Supply Chain Management
SEP - Spartan Experience Program
SES - Specialized Education Services
SOC - Sociology
SPA - Spanish
SSC - Social Sciences
STA - Statistics
STH - Sustainable Tourism and Hospitality
STR - Strong College
SWK - Social Work
TED - Teacher Education
THR - Theatre
UNS - University Studies
WCV - Western Civilization
WGS - Women’s and Gender Studies

Course Numbers and Levels

Course level numbers are structured as listed below.

Course Level Number Description
100-199 intended primarily for freshmen
200-299 intended primarily for sophomores
300-399 intended primarily for juniors
400-499 intended primarily for seniors
500-599 intended for advanced undergraduates and graduate students; these courses are not open to freshmen and sophomores
600-749 registration restricted to students who are classified as graduate students
750-799 registration restricted to students admitted to doctoral programs

Undergraduates are reminded that a minimum of 36 semester hours must be completed at the 300 level or above to meet graduation requirements.

Course descriptions for graduate-level courses (600 and 700 level) are printed in the University Catalog.

Course Credit Hours

Course credit, or semester, hours are indicated in parentheses immediately following the course title. The first figure indicates the number of semester hour credits awarded for the course. The second and third figures indicate the number of lecture/seminar and laboratory/studio/practice hours normally scheduled each week during the semester in the course.

For example, (3:2:3) indicates the course carries three semester hour credits, meets for two lecture/seminar hours and three laboratory/studio hours each week.

When only two figures appear in the parentheses, there are no laboratory or studio hour requirements. For example, (3:3) indicates that the course carries three semester hour credits and meets for three lecture/seminar hours per week.

Graduate courses and certain other courses may have only one figure enclosed in parentheses, which indicates only the number of semester hours credit given.

Normally, a class period is 50 minutes in length for each semester hour given.

Two course numbers separated by a comma indicate a sequence of two courses with closely related content.

Course Type Abbreviations with Instructional Delivery Method

ACT—Physical Activity
A course requiring students to participate in physical training, physical conditioning, or other physical exercise activities, sports, or games.

CLN—Clinical
A course requiring medical or healthcare focused experiential work where students test, observe, experiment, or practice a field or discipline in a hands on or simulated environment.

COL—Colloquia
A course requiring students to participate in an unstructured or informal meeting for the exchange of views on a specific topic with an expert or qualified representative of the field or discipline.

DSC—Recitation
A course requiring the extended expression of thought supported by generally-accepted principals or theorems of a field or discipline led by a teaching assistant or instructor under the guidance of a permanent faculty member, which often supplements or expands upon the content of a related or corequisite course.

DTS—Dissertation or Thesis
Dissertation or thesis.

ENS—Recital, Performance, or Ensemble
A course requiring recital, performance, or ensemble focused experiential work, where students practice in group settings or rehearse and ultimately perform works of music, dance, or theatre for a jury or audience.

IND—Individual Study
A course requiring students to participate in individualized, independent, directed, or guided studies under the supervision of an expert or qualified representative of the field or discipline that cannot be otherwise classified as INI, PRC, or ENS.

INI—Internship, Field Experience, or Cooperative Education
A course requiring students to participate in a partnership, professional employment, work experience, or cooperative education with an entity external to the institution, generally under the supervision of an employee of the given external entity. Does not include organized course meetings.

INT—Internship, Field Experience, or Cooperative Education
A course requiring students to participate in a partnership, professional employment, work experience, or cooperative education with an entity external to the institution, generally under the supervision of an employee of the given external entity. Includes organized course meetings with instructor.

LAB—Lab
A course requiring scientific or research focused experiential work where students test, observe, experiment, or practice field or discipline in a hands-on environment.

LEC—Lecture
A course requiring the extended expression of thought supported by generally accepted principals or theorems of a field or discipline led by an expert or qualified representative of the field or discipline.

LEL—Lecture and Lab
A course that requires the combined attributes of a Lecture course and a Lab course.

PRC—Practicum
A course requiring students to participate in an approved project or proposal that practically applies previously studied theory of the field or discipline under the supervision of an expert or qualified representative of the field or discipline. Includes organized course meetings with instructor.

PRF—Recital, Performance, or Ensemble
A course requiring recital, performance, or ensemble focused experiential work, where students practice or rehearse during individual lessons in works of music, dance, or theatre.

PRI—Practicum
A course requiring students to participate in an approved project or proposal that practically applies previously studied theory of the field or discipline under the supervision of an expert or qualified representative of the field or discipline. Does not include organized course meetings.

SAB—Study Abroad
A course (primarily face to face) that is taught by a school, not in the United States, that a UNCG student is taking as part of an international learning experience approved by the International Programs Office and where UNCG awards academic credit.

SEM—Seminar
A course requiring students to participate in structured conversation or debate focused on assigned readings, current or historical events, or shared experiences led by an expert or qualified representative of the field or discipline.

STT—Student Teaching
A course requiring students to instruct or teach at an entity external to the institution, generally as part of the culminating curriculum of a teacher education or certification program.

STU—Studio
A course requiring visual or aesthetic focused experiential work where students test, observe, experiment, or practice a field or discipline in a hands-on environment.

WEB—Web Course, Fully Online
A course delivered in a fully online setting. While Web-based, may in other aspects resemble Lecture, Lab, Seminar, Clinical, or other organized course instructional formats.

WLC—Lecture with Web Components
A hybrid course with both online and face-to-face components requiring regular organized course meetings. No more than 50% classroom space will be assigned to Web hybrid courses.

WLL—Lecture and Lab with Web Components
A hybrid course with both online and face-to-face components requiring regular organized classroom and lab based meetings. No more than 50% classroom space will be assigned to Web hybrid courses.

Course Description

The description of a course is necessarily brief and is intended to give students a concise overview of course content. A course syllabus, which contains complete details about a course’s content and requirements, may be obtained from the department or instructor.

Course Prerequisites and/or Corequisites

A prerequisite is a course that must be completed before another course may be taken. A corequisite is a course that must be taken concurrently with another course. Prerequisites and corequisites are indicated with the heading Prerequisite or Corequisite followed by the requirements that must be met before that course may be taken. A student may not enroll in a course without having completed the proper prerequisites unless these prerequisites have been waived by the head of the department in which the course is offered.

Cross-Listed Courses

Each semester a number of courses are cross-listed with courses taught in a different department. These courses meet in the same room at the same time but have different course prefixes and may have different numbers. Cross-listed courses are listed under the Cross Listed Courses heading (“Same as . . .”). Students should be aware of cross-listings before registering in order to avoid taking a course for which they will not receive additional credit.

Frequency of Course Offering

Many courses indicate the semester(s) in which they are usually offered. This information is listed under the Offered heading:

  • Fall and Spring—course usually offered both fall and spring semesters.
  • Fall and Spring and Summer—course usually offered fall and spring semesters and summer session.
  • (Fall or Spring)—course usually offered either fall or spring semesters.
  • (Fall or Spring or Summer)—course may be offered fall semester, or spring semester, or summer session.
  • (Fall or Spring or Winter)—course may be offered fall semester, or spring semester, or winter session.
  • (Fall)—course usually offered fall only.
  • (Spring)—course usually offered spring only.
  • (Summer)—course usually offered summer only.
  • (Alt)—course usually offered only in alternate semesters or years.
  • (Even, Odd)—course usually offered in even or odd semesters or years.
  • (Occ)—course offered occasionally.

Students should also be aware that regularly scheduled undergraduate classes for which fewer than ten students enroll (or graduate classes for which fewer than five students enroll) will be offered only with special approval of the Provost. If enrollment does not justify continuation of a class, the class may not be offered that semester.

General Education Requirement Abbreviations

See the General Education Program topic in the University Requirements section.

Other Course Restrictions

Some courses carry additional restrictions (Freshmen only; Majors only; etc.). Such restrictions are also listed in the prerequisite notation.

Repeat-for-Credit Notation

Some courses may be repeated for credit under special circumstances. Such information is listed in the Notes.

Grading Method

Courses are graded by letter grade (A–F) unless otherwise noted in the course description. If a course is graded other than by letter grade, this information is stated after the prerequisite listing. Also see the topic on Grading in the Academic Regulations and Policies Section.

Pass/Not Pass Courses

Undergraduate/advanced undergraduate courses that are graded P/NP (Pass/Not Pass) or S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) and are so noted in their descriptions.

Equivalent Course Credit

A number of undergraduate courses have course content that is considered equivalent to other similar courses. The course entry in this bulletin will contain a notation under the Notes heading—such as “Students may not earn credit for both . . .” Students should be aware of such equivalencies before registering in order to avoid taking a course for which they will not receive additional credit.

Undergraduate Areas of Study

Undergraduate areas of study include all majors, concentrations, teacher licensure programs, minors, and second majors that are available to UNC Greensboro students. Each area of study carries a unique code, which is used to identify the program. Students seeking a baccalaureate degree must select a primary major, and may, after consultation with an advisor, also select a minor or a second major. See Undergraduate AOS (Area of Study) Codes in the Academic References section.

Also refer to the Academic Units section for a complete list of available areas of study by school and/or department.

Major Description And Program Requirements

A major is a formalized curricular program leading to a degree. A concentration is a formalized curricular sequence established to achieve a specific goal within a major. Each academic unit or department establishes the course requirements for each major program, concentrations within a major, and related area requirements. All program requirements follow the general structure described below.

Major Description

The following information is always included at the beginning of the major listing:

  1. Name of major
  2. Degree awarded
  3. Total hours required for the degree
  4. Area of Study Codes (AOS)
  5. Concentrations available (if more than one area of study is available)

Program Admission Requirements

Special program admission and/or continuation requirements, if any, are listed immediately following the description of the major and degree. A number of programs have requirements that must be met before the student can be formally admitted to the major and permitted to take upper-level courses. Such requirements usually involve completion of foundation courses, achievement of a certain GPA, and completion of a specified number of semester hours. Certain programs require portfolio review or audition for admission.

Program Course Requirements

General Education Requirements

All students completing undergraduate degrees at UNC Greensboro are required to complete General Education Core and Marker Requirements. All undergraduate programs follow General Education requirements. Most programs in the College of Arts and Sciences have College Additional Requirements (CAR) in addition to the General Education requirements. General Education core and marker requirements, including specific courses specified by the program, are listed prior to the major requirements.

Major Requirements

Major requirements include all courses that must be taken within the major department for completion of the degree. All undergraduate majors require a minimum of 27 hours in the major program of study.

Majors that provide students with more than one concentration or area of study within the major will usually separate the Major Requirements into Core Requirements and Additional Concentration Requirements. Core courses are those courses required of all students in the major, regardless of concentration. Concentration requirements are additional courses required only for a specific concentration.

A program of study taken by a student as a second major, in addition to the student’s primary major, must meet all requirements as stated for that major. For example, a student pursuing English as the primary major who wishes to obtain a second major in French, must meet all the requirements for the English major as well as those for the French major.

Related Area Requirements

A number of majors require courses from other departments or programs for completion of the degree. Such courses are listed as “Related Area” requirements following the major requirements.

Teacher Licensure Requirements

Programs that lead to teacher licensure also list teacher licensure requirements.

Second Academic Concentration Requirements for Teacher Licensure Programs

Several teacher licensure programs require students to complete a second academic concentration in addition to the primary major program. Students in teacher education programs should check with their advisors or with the School of Education Licensure Programs for available second academic concentrations.

Electives

Most programs do not specify which electives a student must take although some may make suggestions. Electives are those courses taken to complete the hours required for the degree after fulfilling General Education requirements and major, related and/or other program requirements.

Minors

A minor is a formalized curricular sequence taken by a student outside his or her major area of study. Programs that can be taken as minors are described following descriptions of the major and second major. A minimum of 15 hours in a department is required to complete an area of study as a minor. Several areas of study can be taken only as minors. See individual programs for details.

Special Curriculum Option (Plan II)

For students whose intellectual interests and professional goals span more than one Academic Department, a special curriculum option—called Plan II—allows students to design an individualized interdisciplinary course of study drawing on existing faculty expertise and interest. Plan II programs should reflect the same kind of rigorous intellectual investigation found in UNC Greensboro’s established department based majors. Rigorous intellectual investigation varies by discipline, but typically involves a scaffolded set of courses that build upon each other; some degree of formal theoretical analysis is often, if not universally, desirable.

Developing an individualized program is a time consuming process, often taking one year from initial intent to final approval. Students must file a statement of intent to pursue Plan II with the University Curriculum Committee prior to completing their first 45 institutional credit hours, and submit the full plan for review prior to completing their first 60 institutional credit hours. Students desiring to pursue Plan II should be advised that there is no guarantee that their proposed program will lead to graduation until it has been fully approved.

Required steps have been adopted by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for approving Plan II programs. The following is an abbreviated description of the procedures that must be followed:

  1. Consult with the Student’s First Office regarding established UNC Greensboro majors &/or minors to determine if a program that supports the student’s interdisciplinary goals already exists (Plan II programs that replicate existing programs with minor variations will not be approved).
  2. Select a faculty advisor with academic expertise in the primary component of the interdisciplinary major.
  3. With the help of the faculty advisor, Select another faculty member with expertise in a different component of the interdisciplinary major, as well as a representative of the Unit Advising representative to serve on an advisory committee.
  4. Develop a formal proposal with the advisory committee.
  5. Proposal must be reviewed by the lead faculty advisor’s academic unit’s curriculum committee.
  6. Proposals are then reviewed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

Minor modifications to an approved Plan II program may be made if approved by both the faculty advisor and the University Registrar’s Office. Other modifications require the full process outlined.