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ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Course Numbering: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester

Policy Contents
Effective Date: April 2009
Last Update: December 2009
Responsible University Officer:
  • Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Policy Owner:
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
  • Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
Policy Contact:
CONSULTED WITH: Faculty Senate

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POLICY STATEMENT

  1. The primary purpose of the course numbering system is to help students select and sequence courses. Consistent use of the course numbering system also helps those who view a student’s transcript identify the level of courses that appear on the transcript. Semester courses will have four digit numbers. The first number designates the course level. The numbering system is as follows:

    0xxx - Courses that are remedial and do not carry credit toward any University degree but which carry normal tuition and fee charges
    1xxx - Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their first year of study
    2xxx - Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their second year of study
    3xxx - Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their third year of study
    4xxx - Courses primarily for undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of study; graduate students may enroll in such courses for degree credit
    5xxx - Courses primarily for graduate students; undergraduate students in their third or fourth year may enroll in such courses
    6xxx - Courses for post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs
    7xxx - Courses for post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs
    8xxx - Courses for graduate students
    9xxx - Courses for graduate students

    Notes:

    • 0xxx course credits: Have normal tuition and fee charges and count in financial aid calculations.
    • 3xxx and 4xxx courses: 3xxx and 4xxx courses are generally considered to be upper division.
    • Use of 4xxx Courses in Graduate Programs: 4xxx courses may be applied toward a Graduate School degree with approval by the student's major field and if the course is taught by a member of the graduate faculty or an individual authorized by the program to teach at the graduate level (subject to the corresponding Policy and Review Council's guidelines).

    Also, a graduate program may restrict the use of 4xxx courses in the program (e.g., by stipulating that no more than y credits of 4xxx courses may be counted or by stipulating that only certain 4xxx courses may be counted). Such restrictions may be applied both for 4xxx courses in the major field and for 4xxx courses outside the major field. These are matters left to the discretion of each graduate program.

    • 6xxx and 7xxx Courses: 6xxx and 7xxx courses are to be used primarily for post-baccalaureate professional programs that are not offered through the Graduate School. 6xxx and 7xxx courses may be counted for a Graduate School degree, if a degree program wants them to count. Similarly, 5xxx and 8xxx courses may be counted for a non-Graduate School degree, if a program wants them to count. Those departments or programs that offer both Graduate School degrees and non-Graduate School degrees should decide for themselves how best to number courses in the curriculum.
    • Alphabetic Suffixes: No alphabetic suffixes other than those already in place at the time this policy is adopted (April, 2009) may be used (see the FAQ).

  2. All thesis credit courses will use the following numbering conventions:
    8666 - Doctoral Pre-thesis Credits
    8777 - Thesis Credits: Masters
    8888 - Thesis Credits: Doctoral

  3. All-University numbering conventions for other kinds of courses are provided below.
    xx91 - Independent Study
    xx92 - Directed Reading
    xx93 - Directed Study
    xx94 - Directed Research
    xx95 - Problems
    xx96 - Field Study; Internships, Industrial Assignment
    xx97 - Reserved for future use
    xx98 - Reserved for future use

All of the above are examples of courses that may be repeated for credit. Use of a zero as the last digit of a course number should be reserved for other kinds of courses that may be repeated for credit (e.g., "topics" courses).

Exclusions

This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.

REASON FOR POLICY

Course numbering helps students select courses and sequence courses. Consistent use of the course numbering system also helps those who view a student’s transcript to identify the level of courses that appear on the transcript.

PROCEDURES

There are no procedures related to this policy.

FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

There are no forms related to this policy.

APPENDICES

There are no appendices related to this policy.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What are suffixes and how can they be used?
Suffixes help identify certain characteristics of courses. Currently three suffixes are used: W (for writing intensive courses); H (for honors courses); and V (for courses that are both honors and writing intensive).

ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

Subject
Contact
Phone
Fax/Email
Primary Contact(s)
612-624-1111
Twin Cities Campus
612-625-1064
Crookston Campus
218-281-8200
Morris Campus
320-589-6026
Rochester Campus
507-258-8008

DEFINITIONS

Directed Research
An opportunity in which a student designs and carries out a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Directed research may be taken for variable credit and special permission is needed for enrollment.
Directed Study
A course in which a student designs and carries out an independent project under the direction of a faculty member. Directed study courses may be taken for variable credit and special permission is needed for enrollment.
Remedial
Remedial courses are intended to correct or improve deficient skills and knowledge in a specific subject. 0xxx courses are remedial courses that do not carry credit.

RESPONSIBILITIES

There are no responsibilities related to this policy.

RELATED INFORMATION

There is no related information for this policy.

HISTORY

Amended:
December 2009 - Policy now applies to Crookston.
Effective:
April 2009

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