Abbreviations and Terms

Note: A registration glossary is in the Registering for Courses chapter.

CAS-A, CAS-B, etc.: Course fulfills a part of that section(s) of the College of Arts and Science requirement. (Please see the College of Arts and Science section). These are CAS requirement abbreviations in the course descriptions:
CAS-A: Foreign language
CAS-B: Humanities
CAS-B-LIT: Fulfills a part of the literature requirement of CAS-B.
CAS-C: Social science
CAS-D: Natural science
CAS-D/LAB: Fulfills laboratory requirement of CAS -D (LAB must be preceded by CAS-D/to fulfill the CAS lab requirement)
CAS-E: Formal reasoning
CAS-W: Writing
CAS-QL: Quantitative Literacy

Co-requisite: Courses that must be taken during the same semester because their subject matter is similar or complementary. Co-requisites are given at the end of course descriptions.

Course sections: Courses with large enrollments are divided into sections. Sections are identified by letters, for example ART 171A. A five-digit CRN (Course Reference Number) also identifies a course section.

Credit/no-credit course: No grade is received for this course. You will get credit for a C or better; you do not get credit if your grade is lower. A credit/no-credit course is not figured in your GPA You can only take one-fourth of your course work on credit/no-credit basis, and usually you cannot take courses in your major this way. As a freshman, you must register for at least 12 hours for a grade before taking a credit/no-credit course. 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.

Cross-listed course: Course where material taught crosses multiple disciplines. The course may or may not be offered by two or more departments during the same term.

GPA: Grade point average. See the Grades chapter for more detail.

Lab: Laboratory.

Lec. Lab.: Lecture and laboratory; used to indicate how many credit hours are earned in lecture and/or in laboratory (for example, 3 Lec. 1 Lab.).

MPF: Global Miami Plan for Liberal Education. Course fulfills a part of the MPF requirement. (Please see the Liberal Education at Miami chapter.) These refer to the MPF courses outline:
I: English composition
IIA: Fine Arts
IIB: Humanities
IIC: Social Science
III: Global Perspectives
IVA: Biological science
IVB: Physical science
V: Mathematics, formal reasoning, technology
H: Fulfills historical perspective requirement
LAB: Fulfills laboratory course requirement for the Miami Plan; LAB must be preceded by IVA or IVB to fulfill the MP natural science laboratory requirement.

MPT: Miami Plan Thematic Sequence course.

MPC: Miami Plan Capstone Experience course.

Offered infrequently: Courses may be offered every two or three years.

Prerequisite: Course(s) that must be taken to provide background for the course requiring the prerequisite. Sometimes permission of the instructor or another requirement (such as graduate standing) may be a prerequisite to a course.

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.

Service course: Course designed by a department to serve the program requirements of another department or division. Choose a service course carefully. It may not meet the requirements for your department.

Sprint course: Course that meets for less than the full semester, usually in periods of five weeks, seven and a half weeks, or 10 weeks.

Summer only: Offered in the summer only.

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