Students consult with their faculty advisors for help in selecting appropriate courses to fulfill degree requirements.
Course Rubrics and Numbers
Course rubrics and numbers (e.g., ENG 123 or EDU 362) indicate the academic area of study and the level of the course being offered. Numbers in the 100's usually signify beginning level courses, 200's intermediate level, and 300's and 400's advanced level.
Topics Courses and Independent Study Courses
In addition to the topics and independent study courses that are listed for various programs, academic departments from time to time may elect to offer topics courses (177, 277, 377, 477) or independent study opportunities (197, 297, 397. 497) at any level.
Each course carries a certain amount of academic credit. Most courses will be two or four credits. A two credit course usually meets 90-100 minutes each week, and a four credit course usually meets 180-200 minutes each week. Lower level 4 credit science courses usually meet 150 minutes a week with a 110 minute lab. Many upper level science classes have longer labs. Some courses in other disciplines also include laboratory sections in addition to class time. The number of credits assigned to a course is indicated by the number in parentheses following its title. Students need to be aware that faculty generally expect them to spend at least two hours out of class preparing for every hour spent in class.
Schedule of Course Offerings
Not every course listed is offered every semester. Courses that have not been taught recently are labeled inactive. For information about when inactive courses will be taught again, contact the division chair. For advising purposes, we have attempted to indicate when courses will normally be offered. However, there may be occasions when the schedule needs to be changed. The course offerings booklet, available on-line, lists the courses actually offered in a given semester. In order to complete all requirements in an academic degree program most efficiently, students need to plan ahead to take courses when they are offered. See your advisor for more information.
The student should be aware that the prerequisite(s) listed for a given course may themselves have prerequisite(s).
Some courses are designated Pass/Fail option or Pass/Fail only. For further clarification, refer to the Academic Policies section of this catalogue.
General Education Distribution Requirements
The following letters after a course number will be used to indicate which courses fulfill the distribution requirements of the UMF general education requirements. For instance, ENG 287H indicates that English 287 will fulfill the Humanities distribution requirement.
A Fine arts
N Natural science/lab
S Social science
For more information on general education requirements, see the Academic Programs section of this catalog.