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Western Carolina University    
 
    
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
ARCHIVED 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Description Information


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All courses offered by the university are listed in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog. For the full description of graduate courses, refer to the graduate catalog. If the entry for an undergraduate course does not carry the full description, refer to the listing for the field of study designated by the parenthetical course prefix and number.

Numbering System. Each course is identified by means of a course prefix and a three-digit number. The first digit of the number designates the level of the course and indicates the minimum class rank a student should have achieved to enroll in the course.

01-100   Noncredit courses which are not applicable to degrees
101-199   Courses for freshmen
190-199   First-Year Seminar courses
200-299   Courses for sophomores
300-399   Courses for juniors
400-499   Courses for seniors
500-799   Masters-level courses
800-999  

Doctoral-level courses

Students should not enroll in courses numbered above their class rank without the permission of the department offering the course. Undergraduate students may not enroll in graduatelevel courses for either undergraduate or graduate credit except under the conditions specified in the graduate catalog. In such cases, the student must meet graduate-level requirements to receive credit.

Courses numbered 293, 294, 393, 394, 493, 494, 593, 594, 693 or 694 are for special topics that reflect a student’s or faculty member’s special interest not covered by regular departmental curriculum offerings. Credit in these courses varies from one to four credit hours, to be determined by the department for each offering. Students may take up to 12 hours of special topic credit in a single department/program. A particular topic course can be taught at most two times in a five-year period. If a department/program wishes to teach a particular topic course more than twice in a five-year period, it must propose the course as a regular course, subject to the curriculum review process.

The category of liberal studies to which each course applies may be found in the liberal studies requirements section. The applicable category also is indicated by the parenthetical code at the end of each course description.

Core   Perspectives
C1   Writing   P1   Social Sciences
C2   Mathematics   P2   Physical and Biological Sciences
C3   Oral Communication   P3   History
C4   Wellness   P4   Humanities
        P5   Fine and Performing Arts
        P6   World Cultures

The number 389 is reserved for cooperative education undergraduate courses, and the number 589 is reserved for cooperative education graduate courses.

Within the sequences 480-499, 580-599, 680-699, and 780-799, the second and third digits of the numbers are assigned to special types of courses:

80-82   Independent study and directed-readings courses
83-89   Internships, practicum, and special applied field projects
90-92   Student teaching
93-94   Special topics courses
95-98   Seminars
699   Thesis
779   Continuing Research - Non-Thesis Option
799   Continuing Research - Thesis Option
999   Continuing Research - Dissertation

Course Prefixes. The prefixes used to designate courses, except in the case of very short names such as art, are abbreviations of the names of departments or of fields of study within the departments.

Credits and Class Meetings. Unless otherwise indicated at the end of the course description, the number of hours a class meets each week is the same as the credit-hour value of the course. The credit-hour value of each course is indicated in parentheses immediately following its title. For example, if 3 hours of credit may be earned, the credit is indicated as follows: (3). In variable credit courses, the minimum and maximum hours are shown as follows: (1-3). Unless repeat credit is specified in the course description, a course may be applied only once toward the hours required for graduation. The availability of a course for repeat credit and the maximum hours that may be earned are indicated within the parentheses and immediately following the credit-hour value of the course as follows: (3, R6). In this example, the course carries 3 hours of credit and may be repeated once for a total maximum of 6 hours applicable toward a degree.

Prerequisites and Corequisites. A prerequisite (PREQ) is any special requirement, usually one or more background courses or requirements other than class rank, that must be met before enrolling in a course specifying the prerequisite. A corequisite (COREQ) is any course which must be taken during the same term as the course that specifies the corequisite. Experiential Courses. The maximum credit in experiential courses that may be applied toward a degree within the minimum of 120 or 128 hours required in all bachelor’s programs is 26 semester hours (20 percent). The maximum credit that may be earned in cooperative education or applied field project courses/internships or in any combination of the two is 15 hours.

Credit is awarded in experiential courses on the basis of a minimum of three contact hours per credit hour.

Cooperative Education Courses. Students participating in a cooperative education work term are registered for a 389 course in the major department, or the department most closely related to the work experience. To be eligible, a student must be at least a sophomore and have a GPA of 2.0 or above. Exceptions must be approved by the departmental co-op placement adviser. A full statement of the requirements for academic credit is available from the Cooperative Education Office in the Career Services Office. Academic assignments and work performance are used to evaluate the student on an S/U basis.

Special Topics Course Policy. Courses numbered 293, 294, 393, 394, 493, 494, 593, 594, 693 or 694 are for special topics that reflect a student’s or faculty member’s special interest not covered by regular departmental curriculum offerings. Credit in these courses varies from one to four credit hours, to be determined by the department for each offering. Students may take up to 12 hours of special topic credit in a single department/program. A particular topic course can be taught at most two times in a five-year period. If a department/program wishes to teach a particular topic course more than twice in a five year period, it must propose the course as a regular course, subject to the curriculum review process.

Guide to Course Prefixes

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Prefix   Field of Study   Department/College
ACCT   Accounting   Accountancy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship
ANTH   Anthropology   Anthropology and Sociology
ART   Art   Art and Design
ASI   Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary   College of Arts and Sciences
AST   Astronomy   Chemistry and Physics
ATTR   Athletic Training Sports Medicine   Health Sciences
BCST   Broadcasting   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
BA   Business Administration   Marketing and Business Law
BIOL   Biology   Biology
BK   Birth-Kindergarten   B-K, Elementary and Middle Grades Education
CHEM   Chemistry   Chemistry and Physics
CHER   Cherokee   Modern Foreign Languages
CHIN   Chinese   Modern Foreign Languages
CIS   Computer Information Systems   Business Computer Information Systems and Economics
CJ   Criminal Justice   Applied Criminology
CLS   Clinical Laboratory Sciences   Health Sciences
CMCR   Communication Core   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CMEM   Electronic Media   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CMHC   Human Communication   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CMPM   Print Media   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CMPR   Public Relations   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CMTA   Theatre Arts   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CMTD   Communication Training and Development   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
CM   Construction Management   Construction Management
COUN   Counseling   Human Services
CS   Computer Science   Mathematics and Computer Science
CSD   Communication Sciences and Disorders   Human Services
CSP   College Student Personnel   Educational Leadership and Foundations
DA   Dance   Communication, Theatre, and Dance
ECET   Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology   Engineering and Technology
ECON   Economics   Business Computer Information Systems and Economics
EDCI   Curriculum and Instruction   Educational Leadership and Foundations
EDEL   Elementary Education   B-K, Elementary and Middle Grades Education
EDHE   Higher Education   Educational Leadership and Foundations
EDL   Educational Leadership   Educational Leadership and Foundations
EDMG   Middle Grades Education   B-K, Elementary and Middle Grades Education
EDPY   Education and Psychology   College of Education and Allied Professions
EDRD   Reading   B-K, Elementary and Middle Grades Education
EDSE   Secondary Education and Special Subject Teaching   Educational Leadership and Foundations
EDSU   Educational Supervision   Educational Leadership and Foundations
EE   Electrical Engineering   Engineering and Technology
ELMG   Elementary and Middle Grades Education   B-K, Elementary and Middle Grades Education
EMC   Emergency Medical Care   Health Sciences
EMGT   Emergency Management   Applied Criminology
ENGL   English   English
ENGR   Engineering   Engineering and Technology
ENT   Entrepreneurship   Accountancy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship
ENVH   Environmental Health   Health Sciences
ES   Environmental Sciences   Chemistry and Physics
ESI   Earth Sciences   Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
ET   Engineering Technology   Engineering and Technology
FIN   Finance   Accountancy, Finance, and Entrepreneurship
FS   Forensic Science   Chemistry and Physics
FOR   Forestry   Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
FREN   French   Modern Foreign Languages
GEOG   Geography   Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
GEOL   Geology   Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
GER   German   Modern Foreign Languages
GERN   Gerontology   College of Applied Sciences
HEAL   Health Education   Health and Human Performance
HIA   Health Information Administration   Health Sciences
HIST   History   History
HR   Human Resources   Human Services
HT   Hospitality and Tourism   Management and International Business
HSCC   Health Sciences   Health Sciences
IBUS   International Business   Management and International Business
ID   Industrial Distribution   Engineering and Technology
IDES   Interior Design   Art and Design
JPN   Japan   Modern Foreign Languages
LAT   Latin   Modern Foreign Languages
LAW   Business Law   Marketing and Business Law
MATH   Mathematics   Mathematics and Computer Science
MBA   Master of Business Administration   College of Business
MET   Manufacturing Engineering Technology   Engineering and Technology
MGT   Management   Management and International Business
MKT   Marketing   Marketing and Business Law
MUS   Music   Music
ND   Nutrition and Dietetics   Health Sciences
NRM   Natural Resources Management   Geosciences and Natural Resources Management
NSG   Nursing   Nursing
PA   Public Affairs   Political Science and Public Affairs
PAR   Philosophy and Religion   Philosophy and Religion
PE   Physical Education   Health and Human Performance
PHYS   Physics   Chemistry and Physics
PM   Project Management   Management and International Business
PRM   Parks and Recreation Management   Health and Human Performance
PSC   Political Science   Political Science and Public Affairs
PSY   Psychology   Psychology
PT   Physical Therapy   Physical Therapy
RTH   Recreational Therapy   Health and Human Performance
SAE   Science and Entrepreneurship   Chemistry and Physics
SCI   Science Education   Biology; Chemistry and Physics; Geosciences; Natural Resources Management
SM   Sport Management   Health and Human Performance
SOC   Sociology   Anthropology and Sociology
SOCW   Social Work   Social Work
SPAN   Spanish   Modern Foreign Languages
SPED   Special Education   Human Services
TEL   Telecommunications Engineering Technology   Engineering and Technology
USI   University Studies, Interdisciplinary   Academic Affairs

 

 

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