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3.10.1 - Course Numbering Definitions

The four-digit number assigned to each course reflects the following information:

  • First digit denotes the course level, not the class level, of the students taking the course.
  • Courses numbered 0000 to 0999 are sub-freshman remedial courses that do not offer college credit.
  • Courses numbered 1000 to 1999 are primarily freshman level.
  • Courses numbered 2000 to 2999 are primarily sophomore level.
  • Courses numbered 3000 to 3999 are primarily junior level.  They may be counted for graduate credit in programs where authorized.
  • Courses numbered 4000 to 4999 are primarily senior level.  They may be acceptable for graduate degree credit with the approval of the student’s advisory committee and/or department.
  • Courses numbered 5000 to 5999 are primarily post baccalaureate level.  Except when it is contrary to the policy of the college or school, qualified seniors may be admitted with the consent of the department.
  • Courses numbered 6000 to 6999 are restricted to post baccalaureate students, except by department permission.
  • Courses numbered 7000 to 7999 are primarily for professional level courses, except for medicine.
  • Courses numbered 8000 to 8999 are primarily for 1st and 2nd year medical and dental students.
  • Courses numbered 9000 to 9999 are primarily for 3rd and 4th year medical and dental students.
  • Second and third digits may identify the course within the total offerings of the department or may be used for other department requirements.
  • With the exception of MD and DDS courses, the fourth digit of the course number denotes the number of credit hours assigned to the course.  A zero as the fourth digit indicates that the course is offered for a variable number of credit hours, i.e. 1 to 4 hours.

Certain numbers are restricted to specific courses and cannot be used in any other manner:
            6980 – Research for doctoral dissertation
            5980 – Research for master’s thesis
            X990 – Special or independent studies

NOTE:  Medicine courses are calculated in clock hours; therefore the fourth digit has no relationship to the number of hours a course is taught.

The numbering system for undergraduate and graduate programs was developed by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education (Section 3.4.3 D).

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