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Course Numbering and Prefixes

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Course Numbering and Prefixes

Course Levels

An understanding of course load requirements and a description of classes open to students at different levels is useful before enrolling.

The university course numbering system indicates courses generally available to students at different levels.

Courses that do not require prerequisites are available to students with the necessary level of experience.

  • 100–299 Lower-division courses are primarily for freshmen* and sophomore* students.
  • 300–499 Upper-division courses are primarily for juniors* and seniors.*
  • 500–599 These graduate courses are open to graduate students and qualified undergraduate seniors.
  • 600–699 These courses are open to all students admitted to graduate study.
  • 700–799 These are advanced graduate courses, usually reserved for doctoral students.

If a course has a prerequisite, you must either have received credit for the prerequisite or be completing the prerequisite before you can take the course. Otherwise, you must present satisfactory evidence to the course instructor that you can successfully complete the work. If a course is listed with a corequisite, you must enroll in both courses at the same time.

You may take any course listed without a prerequisite if you have the necessary level of experience (as explained below). For example, normally a first-year student shouldn't enroll in a course at the 300 level or above, and a sophomore shouldn't enroll in a course at the 400 level or above.

Academic Levels

*The Registrar's Office classifies students based on the number of units completed by the close of the preceding term.

Number of UnitsAcademic Level
0-29 Freshman
30-59 Sophomore
60-89 Junior
90 or more Senior

Course Designation

NAU currently uses seven designations at the end of course numbers to indicate specific kinds of courses. These are:

LetterDesignation
C Senior capstone course, approved by the Liberal Studies Committee
H Honors course
I Integrated: two or more courses taken concurrently (as corequisites) by a cohort of students.
L Laboratory course
R Recitation course
W Junior-level writing requirement course. The Liberal Studies Committee approves courses for "W" status.
X Developmental course, taken when a student is not ready for a non-X course. Readiness may be based on a low placement score or the need to develop basic competency. An "X" course may be counted for financial aid purposes, but not for academic requirements or Grade Point Average (GPA) calculations.

Course Prefixes

We use the following codes, or prefixes, in course descriptions at NAU and NAU Extended Campuses.

For descriptions of specific courses that Northern Arizona University offers, see Northern Arizona University's course catalog and schedule of classes at nau.edu/LOUIE.

Course CodeCourse Subject
ACC Accounting
ACM Arts and Cultural Management
ADM Administration
ADV Advertising
AHBY Applied Human Behavior
AIS Applied Indigenous Studies
ANT Anthropology
ARB Arabic
ARE Art Education
ARH Art History
ART Art
AS Aerospace Studies
ASN Asian Studies
AST Astronomy
AT Athletic Training
BA Business Administration
BBA Bachelor Business Administration
BIO Biological Sciences
BME Bilingual and Multicultural Education
BUS Bachelor of University Studies
CCHE Community College Higher Ed
CCJ Criminology and Criminal Justice
CCS Comparative Cultural Studies
CDSY Community Dev't & Sustainability
CENE Civil and Environmental Engineering
CENS College of Engineering and Natural Sciences
CHI Chinese
CHM Chemistry
CIE Center for International Education
CINE Cinema
CIS Computer Information Systems
CM Construction Management
COM Communication
COMY Communications
CS Computer Science
CSAY Computer Systems & Applications
CSD Communication Sciences and Disorders
CST Communication Studies
CTE Career and Technical Education
DH Dental Hygiene
DIS Disability Studies
ECI Curriculum and Instruction
ECO Economics
EDF Educational Foundations
EDL Educational Leadership
EDR Educational Research
EDU Education Yuma
EE Electrical Engineering
EES Earth & Environmental Science
EGR General Engineering
EMF Electronic Media and Film
EMGT Emergency Management
ENG English
ENGY English
ENTY Entrepreneurship
ENV Environmental Sciences
ENVY Environmental Sciences
EPS Educational Psychology
ES Ethnic Studies
ESE Education, Special Education
ETC Educational Technology Curriculum
EXS Exercise Science
FIN Finance
FOR Forestry
FRE French
FS First Year Seminar
FW Fitness Wellness
GC Graduate College Course
GCS Grand Canyon Semester
GEOY Geography
GER German
GLG Geology
GRK Greek
GRT Gerontology
GSP Geographic Science & Community Planning
HA Hospitality Administration
HAR Humanities, Arts, and Religion
HHS Health And Human Services
HIS History
HISY History
HON Honors
HPI Health Policy Institute
HS Health Science
HUM Humanities
HUMY Humanities
ID Interior Design
INT Intelligence Studies
ITA Italian
JLS Journalism
JPN Japanese
JUS Justice Studies
LAN Language
LAT Latin
LS Library Science
MAT Mathematics
MATY Mathematics
ME Mechanical Engineering
MER Merchandising
MGT Management
MKT Marketing
MLS Master of Liberal Studies
MS Military Science
MST Museum Studies
MUP Music Performance
MUS Music
NAU Northern Arizona University
NAUY Northern Arizona University
NAV Navajo
NSE National Student Exchange
NTS Nutrition Science
NUR Nursing
PADM Public Administration
PE Physical Education
PES Physical Education Service
PHA Physician Assistant Studies
PHI Philosophy
PHIY Philosophy
PHO Photography
PHS Physical Science
PHY Physics
PM Project Management
POS Political Science
PR Public Relations
PRM Parks and Recreation Management
PSY Psychology
PSYY Psychology
PT Physical Therapy
QS Quaternary Sciences
REL Religious Studies
RUS Russian
SA Study Abroad
SBS Social and Behavioral Sciences
SCI Science
SHP School of Health Professions
SIMY Service Industry Management
SOC Sociology
SOCY Sociology
SPA Spanish
SPAY Spanish
SST Speech Sciences and Technology
STA Statistics
STUY Student Success Skills
SUS Sustainability
SW Social Work
SWS Southwest Studies
TH Theatre
TSM Teaching Science and Math
UC University Colloquium
USC Undergraduate Studies Course
VC Visual Communication
WEB Web
WGS Women's and Gender Studies
WLLC World Language, Literatures, and Cultures

Course Lines

NAU uses the following courses for the in-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem in existing plans of study. Such courses share a common purpose and style but are intended to make the curriculum more flexible. They can be used in any department and then carry the appropriate departmental code.

Undergraduate Course Lines
199
Special Topics
(1-3)
Foundations of intellectual inquiry. In-depth study of a substantive problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. A specific topic may be offered under this course line no more than three times.
208
Fieldwork Experience
(1-6)
Supervised field experience in an appropriate organization, for students with limited background in a discipline. Pass-Fail only.
279
Introductory Undergraduate Research
(1-6)
Supervised research experience for students with limited background in a discipline. Pass-Fail or letter grade. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.
299
Special Topics
(1-3)
In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. A specific topic may be offered under this course line no more than three times.
389
Cooperative Education
(1-12)
Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives. Pass-Fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. Fee required.
399
Special Topics
(1-3)
In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. A specific topic may be offered under this course line no more than three times.
408
Fieldwork Experience
(1-12)
Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization. Pass-Fail only. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit. Fee required.
466
Legislative Internship
(1-12)
Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term. (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.) Course enrollment is handled by the Associate Vice Provost/Associate Dean for University College after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-Fail only.
485
Undergraduate Research
(1-6)
Individualized original research under the supervision of a research advisor. Pass-Fail or letter grade. May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.
497
Independent Study
(1-6)
Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation. Pass-Fail or letter grade. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.
499
Contemporary Developments
(1-3)
Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Letter grade only. May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit. A specific topic may be offered under this course line no more than three times.

 

Graduate Course Lines
566
Legislative Internship
(1-12)
Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term. You must apply during fall term; selection is competitive, and you must be a candidate for a graduate degree. Enrollment is handled by the internship coordinator after the legislature has made its final selection. Pass-Fail only.
587
Professional Development Seminar
(1-3)
Designed to assist in preparing you for entry into your professional arena. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on department policy.
593
Workshop
(1-3)
Topical instruction involving exchange of ideas, practical methods, skills, and principles. You may count up to 6 units of 593 toward your graduate plan. Pass-Fail only.
597
Reading for Comprehensive Exam
(1-9)
Preparation for comprehensive examination. Pass-Fail only.
599
Contemporary Developments
(1-3)
Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on department policy. A specific topic may be offered under this course line no more than three times.
608
Fieldwork Experience
(1-12)
Supervised field experience in an appropriate agency, organization, or situation. May not exceed 12 units of credit. Pass-Fail only. Fee required.
685
Graduate Research
(1-6)
Individualized directed research on selected topics. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on department policy.
687
Professional Development Seminar
(1-3)
Designed to assist in preparing you for entry into your professional arena. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on department policy.
689
Final Project
(1-9)
Individualized final or capstone project. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on department policy.
697
Independent Study
(1-3)
Individualized directed study on selected topics. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on departmental policy. Note that no more than 3 units may be included on a master's plan in education.
698
Graduate Seminar
(1-3)
Reading and discussion on selected advanced topics. Pass-Fail or letter grade, depending on department policy.
699
Thesis
(1-9)
Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected thesis topic. Pass-Fail only. prerequisite: admission to master's plan.
799
Dissertation
(1-9)
Individualized directed research, writing, and oral defense of selected dissertation topic. Pass-Fail only.