Courses of Instruction
This section of the Bulletin lists all courses offered at the university on all campuses.
With each department or area, we give in parentheses the university's abbreviation and
the division offering the courses—for example, ACCOUNTANCY (ACC-Business) means that
ACC is the abbreviation for accountancy courses and they are offered by the Farmer School
Course offerings are listed online (www.bannerweb.muohio.edu) and in the Course
Schedule booklet. The Course Schedule, published each year by the Registrar's office, contains
important registration information.
Course descriptions are necessarily brief. For more information about a course, consult
the instructor or the department.
Abbreviations and Terms
Note: A registration glossary is in the Registering for Courses chapter.
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 chapter.) These are CAS requirement abbreviations
in the course descriptions:
CAS-A: Foreign language
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.
Corequisite: Courses that must be taken during the same semester because
their subject matter is similar or complementary. Corequisites are given at the end of course
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 g.p.a. 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.
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.
g.p.a.: Grade point average.
See the Grades chapter for more detail.
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.).
MP: Miami Plan for Liberal Education.
MPF: Miami Plan Foundation course. Course fulfills
a part of the MPF requirement. (Please see the Miami Plan chapter.) These refer to the MPF
I: English composition
IIA: Fine Arts
IIC: Social Science
IIIA: United States cultures
IIIB: World cultures
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 MPF natural science laboratory requirement.
MPT: Miami Plan Thematic
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
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.
Course Numbering System
000-099: Developmental courses, generally not creditable toward a
100-199: Introductory courses, usually with no prerequisites.
200-299: Sophomore level
300-399: Junior level courses.
400-499: Senior level courses.
500-850: Graduate level courses. On occasion, a senior may take 500- and 600-level
courses for graduate credit with permission (described in the Registering for Courses chapter).
Seniors who wish to earn undergraduate credit in a 600-level course must have approval of
the course instructor, department chair, and dean of the Graduate School.
Course numbers at
two levels (such as 433/533) may be taken either for undergraduate or graduate credit.
Graduate students must complete additional work to receive graduate credit.
separated by a comma (such as 233, 234) are related. You may take one of the series and
they may be taken in any order (unless otherwise indicated in the course description).
numbers separated by a hyphen (such as 233-234) must be taken in numerical order and both
must be taken to receive credit for graduation.
Special Course Numbers
100: Each department in the College of Arts and Science can offer
a seminar numbered 100, cross-listed with at least two departments. This course number is
reserved especially to allow students and faculty a chance to learn how different disciplines
deal with the same problem. The 100 course has one or two semester hours of credit; you cannot
receive more than four semester hours credit for all courses numbered 100. These courses may
not be offered every year.
300: This course, Special Topics, is offered according to student request together
with instructor permission. It carries one to three semester hours of credit; you cannot receive
more than six semester hours of credit for this course.
177, 277, 377, and 477: These courses are independent study for undergraduate
students. You can register for one to five hours of independent study each semester (no more
than 10 per year). Registration for each course is in accordance with the level of instruction.
Independent study projects must be approved by the instructor and the department chair.
340: This course is extended independent study and/or internship. It can be worth up to
20 semester hours of credit depending on the agreement between student and instructor. All
extended independent studies must be approved by the instructor, department chair, and dean.
199, 299, 399, 499, 599, and 699: These courses are workshops or similar offerings.
Workshops must go through an approval process each year.
Semester Credit Hours
Semester credit hours are indicated in parentheses following the course
title; for example, 282 Art and Politics (3). Some courses carry variable credit, a range
of credit hours for courses such as independent study, special topics, thesis hours, etc.
The maximum number of hours you can earn in the course may also be indicated, for example,
(3; maximum 6).
Frequency of Offerings
Information on frequency of offerings is provided to assist you in advance planning. These
are normative patterns for program scheduling and are subject to change without notice based
on student demand and other programmatic priorities.
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