Undergraduate Course and Program Descriptions


Listed on the right, please click on a department for a listing of offered courses, credit value, and a short description.


Courses with numbers in the 100 and 200 series are primarily for freshmen and sophomores; those in the 300 and 400 series, which normally carry a prerequisite, are primarily for juniors and seniors. Almost all courses in the 500 series and some in the 600 series are “slash” courses; they are graduate courses with a companion number in the 300 or 400 series and are open at that level to upper level undergraduates who have earned at least 60 credits. All courses with numbers in the 700 and 800 series and some in the 600 series are for graduate students only. 

Undergraduate students must earn at least 40 credits in the 300 and 400 numbered courses. See page 54 under “Requirements for Graduation.”

Note: Courses listed in this catalog are subject to change through normal academic procedures. New programs and courses, and changes in existing course work are initiated by departments or programs and approved by the appropriate academic dean, the curriculum committees and the faculty senate. Additions to the curriculum for the ensuing years are published in the official curriculum committee minutes which are on file in the Records and Registration Office.


Course prerequisites, listed in the course description, indicate the academic preparation required for successful completion of the course. Occasionally students may have sufficient knowledge to enter courses without the formal prerequisites. In these circumstances, students may ask instructors for consent to enroll; all instructors retain the right to admit any student to their classes, subject to departmental policy. Students who do not meet the stated prerequisite(s) or the required class standing must obtain permission in writing to enroll in a class. Students will not receive credit for courses for which they do not have the appropriate class standing or specified prerequisites, or written permission to override the requirements.


A statement of major and minor course requirements for various curricula precedes the list of courses offered in each department and/or program, with a few exceptions. Information about curriculum requirements also is included in the appropriate school or college section of the catalog. In addition to major and minor course requirements, students also must meet General Education requirements, college and general graduation requirements.

Many course descriptions list the semester/year during which a course is normally offered. This serves as a guide; however, actual offerings may vary depending on staffing levels and enrollment demands.

The Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) is the curriculum review faculty body for all academic programs at the baccalaureate level. Membership of this committee consists of nine faculty, with proportional representation by college, and three students. The provost, registrar, a library representative, and the dean of each college serve as administrative consultants.