Course Information

Course Numbering System and Key to Abbreviations and Symbols

Numbering System

Courses numbered 001 are continuing education unit (CEU) courses; those numbered 010-099 are remedial-level courses carrying no credit; those numbered 100-299 are lower-division courses primarily for undergraduates; 300-499 are upper-division courses primarily for advanced undergraduates, fifth-year students, and graduate students; courses numbered 500-599 are intended for and are restricted to students enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies (see regulation B-7 for the exception to this rule); courses numbered 600-699 are intended for and are restricted to students enrolled in a doctoral program; courses numbered 710-720 are non-academic courses intended for and restricted to students enrolled in the College of Graduate Studies to assist with maintaining continuous enrollment; courses numbered 800-999 are intended for and are restricted to students enrolled in the College of Law.

University of Idaho General Education Categories and Idaho GEM Categories

University of Idaho Category Idaho GEM Category
Communication Oral Communication
English Written Communication
Mathematics Mathematical Ways of Knowing
Natural and Applied Sciences Scientific Ways of Knowing
Humanities Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing
Social Science Social and Behavioral Ways of Knowing
American Diversity Institutionally Designated Competency Area
International Institutionally Designated Competency Area
Integrated Studies Institutionally Designated Competency Area
Senior Experience Institutionally Designated Competency Area

Subtitled Courses

An 's' in parentheses between the number and title of a course indicates that the course may be offered under the main title and/or with an appended subtitle, e.g., "Seminar" and/or "Seminar in the History of the Pacific Northwest." The specific area will normally be listed in the Class Schedule as a separate section of the main course.

Credit Designations

Below each course title, the number of credits authorized is shown in parentheses. Typical designations are:

3 credits - three semester credits

1-3 credits - one to three semester credits

1-3 credits, max 3 - one to three credits during any academic session and the course may be repeated until the maximum of three credits has been earned

3 credits, max 12 - three credits during any academic session and the course may be repeated until the maximum of twelve credits has been earned

Credit arranged - credits to be arranged from 1 to 16 credits, and the course may be repeated for credit without restriction as to maximum

1-3 credits, max arranged - one to three credits during any academic session, and the course may be repeated without restriction as to maximum

Standard Course Numbers

University-wide numbers have been established for certain categories of courses.  These courses need not be listed in a subject-field section in the catalog unless they are to be offered regularly; they may be offered and listed in the Class Schedule whenever they are needed.  The following course numbers and titles are authorized: 

  • Seminar - 200, 400, 501, 601
  • Workshop - 203, 403, 503, 603
  • Special Topics - 204, 404, 504, 604
  • Professional Development - 405, 505, 605
  • Internship - 298, 398, 498, 598, 698
  • Directed Study - 299, 499, 502, 602
  • Master's Research and Thesis - 500
  • Graduate Practicum - 597
  • Non-thesis Master's Research - 599
  • Doctoral Research and Dissertation - 600

Other Abbreviations

alt/years - offered in alternate years

coreq - corequisite

dept - department

exam - examination

GPA - grade-point average

lab(s) - laboratory(-ies)

P/F - graded on the basis of pass or fail

prereq - prerequisite