000-099 Noncredit courses or credit courses of a remedial, terminal, or semiprofessional nature not applicable toward degree requirements.

100-299 Undergraduate lower-division courses (Freshmen and Sophomore)

300-499 Undergraduate upper-division courses (Junior and Senior)

400/500 Courses that may be taken either for upper-division or graduate credit, with specific course requirements for each.

5XX-level courses

Graduate courses offered primarily in support of a master's degree but which are also available for doctoral-level credit. Undergraduates of superior scholastic achievement may be admitted to these courses on the approval of the instructor and department head. An undergraduate student may apply to reserve these courses for later use on a graduate degree program.

These courses have one or more of the following characteristics:

  • require prerequisites in the discipline;
  • require an extensive theoretical base in the discipline;
  • increase or re-examine the existing knowledge or database of the discipline; and
  • present core components or important peripheral components of the discipline at an advanced level.

500-599 Master's Level Graduate Courses
501 Research
502 Independent Study
503 Thesis
505 Reading and Conference
506 Special Problems/Special Projects
507 Seminar
508 Workshop
509 Practicum/Clinical Experience
510 Internship/Work Experience

6XX-level courses

Graduate courses offered principally in support of doctoral-level instructional programs but are also available for master's program credit. In addition to exhibiting the characteristics of 5XX-level courses, these courses typically require 5XX-level prerequisites and they build on and increase the information presented in 5XX-level courses.

600-699 Doctoral Level Graduate Courses
601 Research
602 Independent Study
603 Dissertation
605 Reading and Conference
606 Special Problems/Special Projects
607 Seminar
608 Workshop
609 Practicum/Clinical Experience
610 Internship/Work Experience

700-799 Professional or technical courses which may be applied toward a professional degree (e.g. DVM, PharmD), but not toward an advanced academic degree (e.g. MS, PhD).

800-899 In-service courses aimed at practicing professionals in the discipline. These courses may not be applied toward graduate or professional degree programs. These courses have an in-service or retraining focus, and provide the professionals new ways to examine existing situations or new tools to treat existing problems.

Reserved Numbers

The following numbers have been reserved for specific courses or types of courses:

100-110 and 200-210 Survey or foundation courses in the liberal arts and sciences
401-410 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
501-510 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
601-610 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
701-710 Blanket numbered courses (see below)
X99 Special Topics courses

Blanket Numbered Courses: (reserved numbers 4xx-7xx level)

Reserved number courses such as 401/501/601/701, which have been assigned for specific courses that may be taken for more than one term. Credit is granted according to the amount of work done.

401 Research
402 Independent Study
403 Thesis/Dissertation
404 Writing and Conference
405 Reading and Conference
406 Special Problems/Special Projects
407 Seminar
408 Workshop
409 Practicum/Clinical Experience
410 Internship/Work Experience

Sequence Numbering

Two, three, or four closely related courses that are usually taken in numerical order and through more than one term. Courses comprising a sequence are numbered consecutively, for example, HST 101, 102, 103. History of Western Civilization.

X99 - Special Topics Courses

See Special Topics Courses.

Additional Information: Blanket Numbered Courses; OSU Catalog Definitions; Schedule Type

Revised By Approved By Date
Office of Academic Programs and Assessment 01/18/2018
Faculty Senate Curriculum Council 11/08/2008
Faculty Senate Curriculum Council 03/22/2002