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Course Numbering System & Key to Abbreviations and Symbols

Numbering System

Courses numbered 001 are continuing education unit (CEU) courses; those numbered 010-099 are remedial-level courses carrying no credit; those numbered 100-299 are lower-division courses primarily for undergraduates; 300-499 are upper-division courses primarily for advanced undergraduates, fifth-year students, and graduates; courses numbered 500-599 are intended for and are restricted to students enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies (see regulation B-7 for the exception to this rule); courses numbered 600-699 are intended for and are restricted to students enrolled in a doctoral program; courses numbered 800-999 are intended for and are restricted to students enrolled in the College of Law.

University of Idaho General Education Categories and Idaho GEM Categories

University of Idaho Category

Idaho GEM Category


Oral Communication


Written Communication


Mathematical Ways of Knowing

Natural and Applied Sciences

Scientific Ways of Knowing


Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing

Social Science

Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing

American Diversity

Institutionally Designated Competency Area


Institutionally Designated Competency Area

Integrated Studies

Institutionally Designated Competency Area

Senior Experience

Institutionally Designated Competency Area

Letter Designations with Numbers

Certain course numbers also include letters preceding the number (i.e. R101, C100):

C - offered by correspondence study only.

H - offered only in University Honors Program.

J - courses conducted jointly, e.g., MusA J365/J565 (Chamber Ensemble), in which students' assignments and expected levels of performance reflect the levels for which they are enrolled.

R - offered only at the University of Idaho at Idaho Falls.

Subtitled Courses

An "s" in parentheses between the number and title of a course indicates that the course may be offered under the main title and/or with an appended subtitle, e.g., "Seminar" and/or "Seminar in the History of the Pacific Northwest." The specific area normally will be listed in the Class Schedule as a separate section of the main course.

Standard Course Numbers

University-wide numbers have been established for certain categories of courses. These courses need not be listed in a subject-field section in the catalog unless they are to be offered regularly; they may be offered and listed in the Class Schedule whenever they are needed. The following course numbers and titles are authorized: 200, 400, 501, 601 Seminar; 203, 403, 503, 603 Workshop; 204, 404, 504, 604 Special Topics; 405, 505, 605 Professional Development; 298, 398, 498, 598, 698 Internship; 299, 499, 502, 602 Directed Study; 500 Master’s Research and Thesis; 597 Graduate Practicum; 599 Non-thesis Master’s Research; 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation.

Credit Designations

Immediately following each course title, the number of credits authorized is shown in parentheses. Typical designations are:

(3 cr) - three semester credits (for courses with more than one number, e.g., 101-102-103, the three credits apply to each number).

(1-3 cr) - one to three semester credits.

(3 cr; 2 cr) - three credits fall semester; two credits spring semester.

(1-3 cr, max 3) - one to three credits during any academic session and the course may be repeated until the maximum of three credits has been earned.

(3 cr, max 12) - three credits during any academic session and the course may be repeated until the maximum of twelve credits has been earned (for a course with more than one number, e.g., 301-302, the maximum is overall and applies to the combined numbers).

(cr arr) - credits to be arranged from 1 to 16 credits (may be repeated for credit without restriction as to maximum).

(1-3 cr, max arr) - one to three credits during any academic session, and the course may be repeated.

Other Abbreviations

alt/yrs - offered in alternate years

alt/sem - offered in alternate semesters

coreq - corequisite

cr - credit

dem - demonstration

dept - department

disc - discussion

div - division

exam - examination

GPA - grade-point average

grad - graduate

hr - hour

intro - introduction(-tory)

Jr - junior

lab(s) - laboratory(-ies)

lec - lecture(-s)

perm - permission of instructor

perm of dept - permission of department or subject-field chair

P/F - graded on the basis of pass or fail

prereq - prerequisite

reqd - required

Soph - sophomore

Sr - senior

undergrad - undergraduate