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FLORIDA STATEWIDE COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM
Courses in this Catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Number System (SCNS). This common numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by twenty-six participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions.
Each participating institution controls the title, credit, and content of its own courses and recommends the first digit of the course number to indicate the level at which students normally take the course. Course prefixes and the last three digits of the course numbers are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed for that purpose by the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. Individuals nominated to serve on these committees are selected to maintain a representative balance as to type of institution and discipline field or specialization.
The course prefix and each digit in the course number have meaning in the (SCNS). The list of course prefixes and numbers, along with their generic titles, is referred to as the "SCNS taxonomy." Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as "statewide course details."
Example of Course Identifier
Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course number and are guaranteed to be transferable between participating institutions that offer the course, with a few exceptions (exceptions are listed below).
For example, a survey course in social problems is offered by 34 different postsecondary institutions. Each institution uses "SYG _010" to identify its social problems course. The level code is the first digit and represents the year in which students normally take this course at a specific institution. In the SCNS taxonomy, "SYG" means "Sociology, General," the century digit "0" represents "Entry-Level General Sociology," the decade digit "1" represents "Survey Course," and the unit digit "0" represents "Social Problems."
In science and other areas, a "C" or "L" after the course number is known as a lab indicator. The "C" represents a combined lecture and laboratory course. The "L" represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course, having the same prefix and course number without a lab indicator, which may meet at a different time or place.
Transfer of any successfully completed course from one institution to another is guaranteed in cases where the course to be transferred is equivalent to one offered by the receiving institution. Equivalencies are established by the same prefix and the last three digits and comparable faculty credentials at both institutions. For example, SYG 1010 is offered at a community college. The same course is offered at a state university as SYG 2010. A student who has successfully completed SYG 1010 at the community college is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for SYG 2010 at the state university if the student transfers. The student cannot be required to take SYG 2010 again since SYG 1010 is equivalent to SYG 2010. Transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by the receiving institution to determine satisfaction of requirements by transfer students on the same basis as credit awarded to the native students. It is the prerogative of the receiving institution to offer transfer credit for courses successfully completed which have not been designated as equivalent.
The Course Prefix
The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or sub-category of knowledge. The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered. Rather, the content of a course determines the prefix designation.
Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses
State Board of Education Rule (6A-10.024(22), Florida Administrative Code, reads:
Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalence
The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer. Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
College preparatory and vocational preparatory courses may not be used to meet
degree requirements and are not transferable.
UWF courses are listed alphabetically by prefix, and then numerically by the four-digit course number. Numbers under each prefix range from undergraduate-level courses (1000-4999) to graduate level courses (5000-8999).
The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or subcategory of knowledge. The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered. Rather, the content of a course determines the assigned prefix used to identify the course.
Lower Division Courses are courses that have a "1" or "2" in the first digit of the course number. Upper Division Courses are courses that have a "3" or "4" in the first digit of the course number.
Classification of Courses
The University course numbering system is as follows:
Departments may restrict enrollment in specific courses to students in the major or other categories of students based on academic needs and requirements. These courses are noted in the on-line course guide. Students should refer to the Navigation Guide for registration procedures.
Unassigned Course Numbers (XXX and ---)
Courses listed in degree plans with XXX as the last three digits of a course number are pending assigned course numbers within the Statewide Common Course Numbering System. Courses that have not yet been approved by the Faculty Senate are indicated by --- in the degree plan and will not appear in this section. Information concerning these courses must be obtained from the offering department.
The number of credit hours follows each course listing. Directed study, internship, thesis, practicum, and some other courses are offered on a variable hours basis. For these courses, the minimum and maximum number of hours will be indicated. The number of hours will be determined in consultation with the instructor and advisor.
Semester Course Offered
Following the number of credit hours, the planned semester(s) that the course will be offered this catalog year is indicated. The following codes are used:
F Fall semester
S Spring semester
SS Summer semester
CALL DEPT Contact department for information
For example, if "F,S" appears after the credit hours, the department plans to offer the course during fall and spring semesters of this catalog year. If "CALL DEPT" appears, students should contact the department concerning future offerings of the course.
The planned semester is indicated for courses being taught on the Pensacola campus only. To obtain information regarding off campus locations, please contact the offering department.
The data contained in this category are based upon information provided by the department. It applies only to this catalog year and is subject to change based upon student enrollment, faculty availability, program changes, etc. Students should contact their advisor when developing schedules to ensure timely completion of prerequisites and courses required for graduation.
It is the student's responsibility to review the prerequisite and corequisite requirements included as part of the course description. Students who have not successfully completed the specific courses identified may not take the course without the instructor's permission. For further information about prerequisites and corequisites, please contact the offering department and review the applicable section found in Registration & Records in this Catalog.
990-999 Course Numbers
Courses in the 990-999 series are not identified in the University catalog and are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not be transferable. Transfer credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. These courses are semester specific and may change in title, content, and credit hours. Information about specific 990-999 courses may be obtained at http://uwf.edu/nine90/. This web site provides additional links to course descriptions and syllabi and indicates whether a course meets General Studies or Gordon Rule requirements.