Reading Courses & Programs
of Study

A numbering system implemented for the 2001-02 academic year assigns five-digit numbers to all courses. This change makes possible a consistent numbering scheme across the Time Schedules, Courses & Programs of Study, and online registration system. It also enables the University to assign a unique number to each course. In most cases, two zeroes have been added to course numbers used in the past. Different five-digit schemes have been devised by departments such as Anthropology and Biological Sciences and will be created by other departments in the future.

Course numbering generally follows these guidelines: Courses numbered 10000 are general education and introductory courses. Courses numbered 20000 are intermediate, advanced, or upper-level courses and are open only to undergraduates. Courses numbered 30000 and above are graduate courses available to undergraduate students only with the consent of the instructor. Higher numbered courses within these categories do not indicate increasing levels of difficulty. Undergraduates registered for 30000-level courses will be held to graduate-level requirements. To register for courses that are cross listed as both undergraduate and graduate, undergraduates must use the undergraduate number.

The course number is followed by the title and then, in parentheses, by any cross listings of the course. The interdisciplinary thrust of the College's course offerings is captured in these cross listings, which are called idents. For example, Introduction to the Civilization of South Asia is cross listed among the departments of Anthropology, Political Science, and South Asian Languages and Civilizations, as well as the division of Social Sciences.

Following the course number, title, and idents (if any), PQ may appear before the narrative description. PQ is an abbreviation for "prerequisite." For example, before registering for Organic Chemistry, a student must have first completed General Chemistry.

The narrative briefly describes the course content. L at the end of the description indicates that the course has a laboratory requirement. Courses with laboratories do not yield extra credit. The quarter in which the course is expected to be offered and the instructor's name also appear at the end of the description.

The courses of study, known as concentrations, include both a narrative description of the concentration and an abbreviated summary of course requirements. Students should read the complete narrative descriptions because the summary necessarily eliminates essential information. Some concentrations require research papers or other senior projects. Students have the option of completing such projects even in concentrations in which they are not required.

Abbreviations for Courses and Departments

AFAM African & African-American Studies

AKKD Akkadian

ANCM Ancient Mediterranean World

ANST Ancient Studies

ANTH Anthropology

ARAB Arabic & Islamic

ARAM Aramaic

ARME Armenian

ARTH Art History

ASLG American Sign Language

ASTR Astronomy & Astrophysics

BALT Balto Slavic Linguistics

BANG Bangla (Bengali)

BCHM Biological Chemistry

BCMB Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

BIBL Biblical Studies

BIOS Biological Sciences

BPRO Big Problems

BPSY Biopsychology

CFSC Conceptual & Historical Studies of Science

CHEM Chemistry

CHIN Chinese

CLAS Classics

CLCV Classical Civilization

CMLT Comparative Literature

CMSC Computer Science

CMST Cinema & Media Studies

COVA Committee on the Visual Arts

CZEC Czech

DVBI Developmental Biology

DVPR Philosophy of Religions

DVSC Special Courses in Divinity

DVSR Psychology & Sociology of Religion

EALC East Asian Languages & Civilizations

ECEV Ecology & Evolution

ECON Economics

EDUC Education

EEUR East European

EGYP Egyptology

ENGL English Language & Literature

ENST Environmental Studies

EVOL Evolutionary Biology

FNDL Fundamentals: Issues & Texts

FREN French

GENE Genetics

GEOG Geographical Studies

GEOS Geophysical Sciences

GNDR Gender Studies

GREK Greek

GRMN German

GSHU General Studies in Humanities

HEBR Hebrew

HIJD History of Judaism

HIND Hindi

HIPS History, Philosophy, & Social Studies of Science & Medicine

HIST History

HITT Hittite Cuneiform

HMRT Human Rights

HREL History of Religions

HUDV Human Development

HUMA Humanities

IMET Ideas & Methods

IMMU Immunology

INDO Indo-European

INRE International Relations

INST International Studies

ITAL Italian

JAPN Japanese

JWSC Jewish Studies

KORE Korean

LATN Latin


LGLN Languages in Linguistics

LING Linguistics

LLSO Law, Letters, & Society

LTAM Latin American Studies

MACD Macedonian

MATH Mathematics

MDJS Medieval Jewish Studies

MGCB Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology

MUSI Music

NCDV New Collegiate Division

NEAR Near Eastern Archeology

NECV Near Eastern Civilizations

NEHT Near Eastern History

NELG Near Eastern Languages

NORW Norwegian

NPHP Neurobiology, Pharmacology, & Physiology

NTEC New Testament & Early Christian Literature

NTSC Natural Science

NURB Neurobiology

NURL Neurology

ORGB Organismal Biology & Anatomy


PATH Pathology

PBPL Public Policy Studies

PERS Persian

PHAR Pharmacological & Physiological Sciences

PHIL Philosophy

PHSC Physical Sciences

PHYS Physics

PLSC Political Science

POLI Polish

PORT Portuguese

PSYC Psychology

RELH Religion & the Humanities

RETH Religious Ethics

RLIT Religion & Literature

RLLT Romance Languages & Literatures

RLST Religious Studies

RUSS Russian

SALC South Asian Languages & Civilizations

SANS Sanskrit

SASC South Asian Studies

SBCR Serbian/Croatian

SCAN Scandinavian

SCTH Social Thought

SLAV General Slavic

SOCI Sociology

SOSC Social Sciences

SOSL South Slavic

SPAN Spanish

STAT Statistics

SUMC Sumerian Cuneiform

SWAH Swahili

TAML Tamil

TBTN Tibetan

TURK Turkish


UZBK Uzbek

YDDH Yiddish