- Academic Credit
- Courses appearing on the University transcript must be for academic credit with academic content.
- Academic courses generally may not be offered for zero credits, unless it is a remedial course numbered 0xxx pursuant to this policy and appendix.
- Students must be registered for a class in order to participate in the class and be eligible to earn academic credit or participate as an auditor.
- Course Numbering
- Departments and colleges must use 4-digit course numbers using the system in the Appendix to this policy.
- Students should use the course numbering system to assist in selecting courses to advance them toward their degree.
- Alphabetic Suffixes: No alphabetic suffixes other than those already in place at the time this policy was adopted (April 2009) may be used (see the FAQ).
- Graduate programs must use the standard numbering conventions for all thesis credit courses (see Appendix).
- Graduate programs will use the all-University numbering conventions for other kinds of courses (see Appendix for xx91 – xx98 courses).
- Thesis credit courses (see Appendix) and xx91 – xx98 are examples of courses that students may repeat for credit.
- Use of a zero as the last digit of a course number is reserved for courses that may be repeated for credit (e.g., "topics" courses, some music and studio arts courses).
- Cross-listed courses have the same content, title, description, outcomes, prerequisites and meeting pattern; meet the same liberal education requirements (if applicable);and are offered for the same number of credits. All cross-listed versions of a course meet the same program requirements.
This policy is not applicable to the Duluth campus.
Reason for Policy
Minnesota statute sec. 135A.08 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. The University must have consistent standards for awarding credits for academic work and transcripting those courses to meet Higher Learning Commission accreditation requirements.