Want the nitty-gritty details on programs and courses? Our course catalog is a great resource, especially when you’re not sure what you want to study but would like to browse around and see what we have to offer.
For the most up-to-date information, you can also go directly to our online course descriptions to learn more about individual courses and their requirements.
Decipher the Code!
Most college course catalogs include course numbers, abbreviations and credit hour references that can all be a little mystifying. Here’s a quick explanation about that so you can better understand what you’ll see in our catalog.
Often you’ll see two-letter major codes used during the admissions process and once you’ve declared your major. For example
- Computer Networking — Support Specialist — DP.SS
Exercise Science and Wellness — Teaching Health and Physical Education — ESW.HP
We use the following degree codes to indicate the type of degree you’re eligible to earn for each program.
|Associate in Arts
Associate in Fine Art
Associate in Science
Associate in Applied Science
Short-Term Certificate of Completion
The three-digit numbers shown after course names generally mean the following.
- Course numbers 001-099—Developmental courses that may be recommended by your advisor or required if you didn’t receive a high enough score on a placement test
- Course numbers 100-199—Introductory courses that are usually taken in your first year
- Course numbers 200-299—Intermediate courses that often build upon a previous course and may have prerequisites (requirements that you complete other courses first)
For most lecture-style classes, “one semester credit hour” means a unit of course work that is equal to
- 55 minutes of instruction per week, plus at least two hours of out-of-class study, each week for 14 weeks
For laboratory or clinic instruction-style classes, one semester credit hour is equivalent to
- Two hours of structured lab study, plus a minimum of one hour of out-of-lab study, each week
- Three hours of structured lab study and fewer out-of-lab assignments
- No more than five hours of clinical time weekly with some outside assignments