ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY

Course Numbering: Twin Cities, Crookston, Morris, Rochester
Responsible University Officer: Executive Vice President and Provost
Policy Owner: Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education
Policy Owner: Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education
Policy Contact: Susan Van Voorhis

POLICY STATEMENT

The primary purpose of the course numbering system is to help students select and sequence courses. Consistent use of the course numbering system also helps those who view a student’s transcript identify the level of courses that appear on the transcript.

  1. Departments and colleges must use 4-digit course numbers using the system in the Appendix to this policy.
  2. Students should use the course numbering system to assist in selecting courses to advance them toward their degree.
  3. Use of 4xxx Courses in Graduate Programs: Graduate programs may accept University 4xxx-level course credits as graduate courses. A maximum of nine credits of 4xxx-level course work may be used to satisfy the doctoral or master’s course credit requirement, but individual graduate programs may impose a lower maximum. A graduate program may restrict the use of 4xxx courses in the program (e.g., by stipulating that only certain 4xxx courses may be counted). A graduate program has the authority to establish its curricula and the requirements for its academic programs.
  4. 6xxx and 7xxx Courses: 6xxx and 7xxx courses are to be used primarily for post-baccalaureate professional programs (e.g., D.D.S., J.D.). It is at the discretion of a graduate program whether it will accept University 6xxx- and 7xxx-level course credits as satisfying degree requirements. Similarly, it is at the discretion of a professional program whether it will accept University 5xxx- and 8xxx-level course credits as satisfying degree requirements. Those departments or programs offering courses for degrees that span graduate and professional education may determine how to best number courses in their curriculum.
  5. Alphabetic Suffixes: No alphabetic suffixes other than those already in place at the time this policy is adopted (April 2009) may be used (see the FAQ).
  6. Graduate programs must use the standard numbering conventions for all thesis credit courses (see Appendix).
  7. Graduate programs will use the all-University numbering conventions for other kinds of courses (see Appendix for xx91 – xx98 courses).
  8. Thesis credit courses (see Appendix) and xx91 – xx98 are examples of courses that students may repeat for credit.
  9. Use of a zero as the last digit of a course number should be reserved for other kinds of courses that may be repeated for credit (e.g., "topics" courses).

Exclusions

This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.

REASON FOR POLICYRETURN TO TOP

Minnesota law requires the University to have a course numbering convention to distinguish remedial, lower division, upper division, and graduate level coursework. Consistent use of the course numbering system helps students select and sequence their courses and helps those who view a student’s transcript to identify the level of courses that appear on the transcript.

SubjectContactPhoneFax/Email
Primary Contact Susan Van Voorhis 612-624-1111 vanvo002@umn.edu
Twin Cities Campus Stacey Tidball 612-626-0075 tidball@umn.edu
Crookston Campus Ken Myers 218-281-8200 kmyers@crk.umn.edu
Morris Campus Judy Korn 320-589-6011 kornjr@morris.umn.edu
Rochester Campus Laura Walker 507-258-8008 ljwalker@r.umn.edu

DEFINITIONSRETURN TO TOP

Directed Research
An opportunity in which a student designs and carries out a research project under the direction of a faculty member. Directed research may be taken for variable credit and special permission is needed for enrollment.
Directed Study
A course in which a student designs and carries out an independent project under the direction of a faculty member. Directed study courses may be taken for variable credit and special permission is needed for enrollment.
Independent Study
A course in which a student enrolls in an established course but studies independently under an instructor’s guidance rather than attending class. Independent study courses may be taken for variable credit and special permission is needed for enrollment.
Remedial
Remedial courses are intended to correct or improve deficient skills and knowledge in a specific subject. 0xxx courses are remedial courses that do not carry credit.

RESPONSIBILITIESRETURN TO TOP

There are no responsibilities related to this policy.

RELATED INFORMATIONRETURN TO TOP

Amended:
May 2016 - Comprehensive Review. Minor Revision. Language now aligns with Administrative Policy: Application of Graduate Credits to Degree Requirements. Removes language that pertained to the old Graduate School structure.
Amended:
December 2009 - Policy now applies to Crookston.
Effective:
April 2009
Document Feedback
Date Revised
May 2016
Date Effective
April 2009