Course Designation

 So, you’re enrolled in a class named “Computer Applications,” but your schedule calls it “CISS 1003” – how does that work? Each course is named and labeled according to a specific system. Understanding this system will help you as you find required courses in the catalog, and you might come across a few neat electives that you wouldn’t know about otherwise!

Semester Hours

The unit of credit is the semester hour. A semester hour is one fifty-minute period of instruction per week for 15 weeks or the equivalent.  Associate degree programs require a minimum of 60 semester hours for completion.  Bachelor degree programs require a minimum of 120 hour for completion.  Some undergraduate programs may require additional credits beyond the minimum, depending upon the major. Students can usually complete their degree in four years of study.

Subject Area Designations

Abbreviation

Subject Area

Abbreviation

Subject Area

ACAD

Academic Skills 

LANG  

Language 

AMSL

American Sign Language 

LEAD

Leadership - MA/PhD

BIBL

Bible

MATH 

Mathematics

BUSI

Business Administration

MUSA 

Applied Music

CHMN

Christian Ministries

MUSC

Music

CISS

Computer Information

Science & Systems

PAST  

Pastoral Ministry

COMM

Communication/Speech

PHED

Physical Education

DMIN

Doctor of Ministry

PSYC

Psychology

EDUC 

Education

SCIE

Science

ENGL

English

SOST

Social Studies

HIST

History

STAT

Statistics

ICST

Intercultural Studies

THEO

Theology

INTD 

Interdisciplinary Studies    

 

WRLD

Worship Leadership

 

Course Numbering

Course numbers consist of a four-letter subject area designation and four digits.  Normally, the first digit indicates the course level, the middle two digits indicate the course sequence, and the last digit indicates the number of credit hours to be earned. Lower level courses (1000 or 2000) are appropriate for freshman and sophomores. Upper level courses (3000 or 4000) are appropriate for juniors and seniors. Courses beyond this classification (5000-8000) are graduate level courses and may be taken by undergraduate students only upon the consent of the student’s advisor, the course instructor, and the department chair. Undergraduate students must have a minimum of thirty upper level hours in order to graduate.

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