Registration Glossary

Academic action: Academic actions are defined as academic warning, removal of academic warning, academic probation, removal of academic probation, academic suspension, and academic dismissal. Academic actions are taken at the end of each fall and spring semester, and at the end of the summer term. Any student with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 is subject to academic action, regardless of the number of hours taken in any semester or summer term.

Academic record: A record of courses taken, grades received, and degrees earned by each student while attending Miami. It includes transfer credit, advanced placement credit, and other credit awarded or earned.

Accelerated course: See sprint course.

Admission prerequisites: See “High School Preparation” in the Admission chapter. If you did not complete these units in high school, you must complete additional courses at Miami. These courses count toward graduation and many fulfill other requirements. You must complete these units within your first 64 semester hours (normally, during your first two years). Questions about prerequisites should be directed to the Office of Admission.

Associate’s degree: Two-year degree, generally offered only on regional campuses.

Audit: You attend classes, but do not receive credit or a grade. The instructor may require you to take exams and participate in class discussion. Since not all courses can be audited, you must have the instructor’s written permission to audit. A course can be changed from credit to audit or audit to credit up to 60 percent of the class meetings. See the Grades chapter for more detail.

Bachelor’s degree: A four-year degree. Basic requirements include: (1) at least 128 semester hours—32 must be from Miami; (2) at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA; (3) fulfillment of the Miami Plan; (4) fulfillment of divisional and major requirements.

Cancellation: If you do not pay your fees on time, your schedule will be cancelled. You will need to re-register.

CAS-A, B, etc.: Abbreviations for sections of the College of Arts and Science requirement. See the College of Arts and Science chapter.

Certificate program, graduate: A specialization program that enhances a graduate degree. Available to students who have been admitted to the Graduate School and have met program prerequisites.

Certificate program, undergraduate: Program that requires about half the amount of course work as an associate’s degree.

Change of schedule (or drop/add): Dates and times when you can make changes in your semester courses. Consult the academic calendar for specific dates and times.

Class standing: Freshmen have earned 0-29 semester hours; sophomores have earned 30-63 semester hours; juniors have earned 64-95 semester hours; seniors have earned 96 or more semester hours.

Closed class: When maximum enrollment in a course has been met, no more students can be accommodated.

Concurrent course: A course that must be taken during the same semester as another course because of linked content. Concurrent courses are indicated in the General Bulletin course descriptions.

Co-requisite: A course that must be taken prior to or during the same semester as another course because of linked content. Co-requisites are indicated in General Bulletin course descriptions.

Course level: (See Course number below.) 100-level courses are generally introductory; 200-level more advanced; 300 and 400-levels for juniors and seniors; 500 and above for graduate students.

Course modifier: A letter or numeric symbol designating a different content within a general course.

Course number: Three-digit number that follows a departmental abbreviation used to identify a course, for example ENG 111. The course number is an indication of course level.

Course reference number (CRN): A five-digit code used to identify each section of a course for registration. It is in effect only for the current term.

Credit/no-credit: No grades are received for these courses. You will get credit for a C or better; you do not get credit if your grade is lower. Credit/no-credit courses are not figured in your GPA. No more than 25 percent of your course work can be taken on a credit/no-credit basis, and usually you cannot take courses in your major this way. Freshmen may register for courses on a credit/no-credit basis, providing they are concurrently enrolled for 12 semester hours for grades. After 20 percent of the class meetings, you cannot change from credit/no-credit to a letter grade or from a letter grade to credit/no-credit. See the Grades chapter for more detail.

CRN (Course Reference Number):

DAR (Degree Audit Report): A report of your completed course
work and current registration matched with degree requirements of your declared major; it identifies deficiencies and lists courses to satisfy specific requirements. DARS are available online at You can also request a DAR at the Registration Service Center in the Campus Avenue Building.

Division: An academic part of the university with its own requirements. Miami has seven divisions: College of Arts and Science, Richard T. Farmer School of Business, School of Education, Health and Society, School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Creative Arts and Graduate School.

Drop/add: See Change of Schedule.

Force-add: Permission to add a course that is closed. A form, available from department offices, must be signed by the instructor and chair.

Hour: See Semester credit hour.

Incomplete grade: May be assigned when a student and an instructor formally agree to a plan to complete unfinished course work. See Grades section for more detail.

Lab: Laboratory.

Late registration: Late registration is held just before the term begins for new students who have not registered.

Late start classes: Usually graduate education courses that start about one week later than normal, therefore they meet less than a full 15-week term (Fall Semester only).

Lec., Lab.: Lecture and laboratory abbreviations in course descriptions to indicate credit hours in each (for example, 3 Lec. 1 Lab.).

Major: Your primary field of study, such as botany, economics, etc.

Miami Plan (MPF): Miami’s liberal education requirement. See the Miami Plan chapter.

MPC: Miami Plan Capstone Experience abbreviation used in course descriptions. Indicates that the course fulfills that requirement.

MPF: Global Miami Plan Foundation course abbreviation used in course descriptions. Indicates that the course fulfills a part of that requirement. Additional abbreviations to MPF (for example, MPF IIA, IIIB) indicate which foundation area(s) that course fulfills.

MPT: Miami Plan Thematic Sequence abbreviation used in course descriptions. Indicates that the course fulfills a part of that requirement.

MUNet password: By default, your password is the month and day of your birth and the last four digits of your Social Security number in the format mmddnnnn. Please include the leading zero for single digit months and days. For example, a birth date of March 1 with Social Security number 123-45-6789 would have a default password of "03016789". For security reasons, you will be required to change your default password to another value the first time you login to myMiami. In addition, to create a new password, you will have the opportunity to create a Secret Question/Answer that can be used in the event that you forget your password. You will then be required to change your password every six months. To change your password, go to For login problems, contact the IT Services Support Desk through myMiami at

myMiami: Miami University's web portal. myMiami contains links to BannerWeb, the online campus directory, Knowledge Base, and other Miami services, as well as information about university offices, activities and news and events. myMiami can be accessed from anywhere in the world at using your Unique ID, MUNet password, and web browser.

Nontraditional credit: College credit given for a nonacademic learning experience, such as knowledge you have acquired from a military service or your own study. For information, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Open course: One that can accommodate more students. Open courses are available online at myMiami (

Placement exams: Offered in foreign languages, mathematics, chemistry and physics to help you enroll in an appropriate first course for your skill level.

Prerequisite: Course(s) you must complete before enrolling in a more advanced course. This is indicated in a course description of the Courses of Instruction section of this General Bulletin.

Proficiency exams: Tests used to obtain credit in subjects for which you have adequate preparation. Each department administers its own test, and credit applies toward graduation. You must pass the test with a C or better to earn credit. See the Fees and Expenses chapter.

Section: One class of a course. Courses with large enrollments are divided into sections. Sections are identified by letters, for example ART 171A, ART 171B. Each section has a unique CRN.

Semester credit hour: Unit used to measure course work. The number of credit hours is usually based on the number of hours per week the class meets; for example, a three-hour course typically meets three times a week for 50 minutes each time. One credit hour is usually assigned for two or three hours in laboratory and studio courses.

Sprint course standards: Courses that meet for less than the full 15 week term. The sprint parts of term are Q, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z, 13, 12, S1 or S2. Sprint course meeting dates are listed in the course schedule.

Time conflicts: Registration/Change of Schedule checks for time conflicts and will not permit you to add courses that meet at overlapping times.

Transcript: A copy of your academic record.

Unique ID: Every student, faculty, and staff member has been issued a Unique ID to identify them in the processing of university information. It consists of the first six letters of the last name, followed by the first and middle initials. Some Unique IDs end in a number rather than a middle initial because common last names and initials mean that a particular Unique ID is already in use. The Unique ID is not case sensitive. Both your Unique ID and MUNet password are required to login to Miami's web portal, myMiami.

Variable credit hours: Range of credit hours for courses (usually independent study, special topics, thesis hours). Indicated with cumulative maximum in course description; for example (2-8; maximum 16).

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