||lower level: introductory material; primarily for first-year students
||intermediate level: presupposes introductory course work or similar experience; primarily for first-year students and sophomores
||upper level: intensive or specialized study of a subject; primarily for juniors and seniors; open to sophomores unless otherwise specified; first-year students may be admitted only with approval of both adviser and instructor.
Seminars are limited to advanced students in the field. Registration often requires approval by the instructor.
Credit hours granted for successful completion of a course are listed in parentheses following the course titles. For example, (4) indicates four credits per semester; (4, 4) indicates four credits per semester for a course running through two semesters.
Course descriptions note required prerequisite courses and grades in those courses. In lower-level and intermediate-level foreign language courses and frequently in the sciences, the first semester of a year long course, or its equivalent, is prerequisite to the second.
When the number of students who wish to register for a course exceeds any stated limit on enrollment, students may choose to be added to the waitlist. Once a seat becomes available, students will be notified by email to add the course.
Some courses are offered in several sections. Individual preferences are accommodated whenever possible, but students are not guaranteed assignment to a particular course section. The University reserves the right to cancel scheduled courses for which it judges enrollment to be insufficient.
Frequency of Course Offerings
Some courses are offered each semester or annually; others are offered over a two- or three-year period. The particular offerings for each semester are determined by the needs of the students, the available faculty, and the requirements of the course. Whenever possible, frequency is noted in the course description. An updated schedule of courses and the catalog supplement are published in advance of registration each semester, and are available on the campus-wide intranet.
Classes normally meet three days a week for 50- or 65-minute periods, or two days a week for 75- or 90-minute periods, Monday through Friday. Some classes have an added discussion period or laboratory. A few classes, particularly advanced seminars, may be held during an evening period. Seminars normally meet weekly for one two-and-a-half-hour session.