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Table of Contents
Welcome to UWF
Telephone Directory
Academic Calendars
Year 2006/2007
Fall Semester 2006
     Spring Semester 2007
     Summer Semester 2007

University Mission
Degrees, Areas of Specialization,

After Admission
Financial Assistance
Student Activities
Student Services and Resources
Tuition and Fees
Military and Veterans Information
Registration and Records
Academic Policies
Graduation and General Degree

Public Service and Research Centers
College Mission Statements
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Master's Degree Programs
Specialist Degree Programs
Doctoral Degree Programs
Course Numbering System
Course Listings and Descriptions
Course Numbering System

Courses in this Catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida's Statewide Course Number System. This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and thirty-three 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 Statewide Course Numbering System (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 "course equivalency profiles."

Example of Course Identifier

Prefix Level Code
(first digit)
Century Digit
(second digit)
Decade Digit
(third digit)
Unit Digit
(fourth digit)
Lab Code
SYG 1 0 1 0  
Freshman level
at this
Survey Course Social
No laboratory
component in
this course

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 35 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 that meets in the same place at the same time. 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 meets 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, however, 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 assigned prefix to identify the course.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses
Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system faculty committees representing school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions to be academically equivalent to courses offered at the receiving institution, including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable to those required by the accrediting association of the receiving institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the statewide course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

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.

  1. Courses in the 900 - 999 series (e.g., ART 2905).

  2. Internships, practica, clinical experiences, and study abroad courses.

  3. Performance or studio courses in Art, Dance, Theatre, and Music.

  4. Skills courses in Criminal Justice.

  5. Graduate courses.

  6. Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
  7. For courses at non-regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the transfer date of the course.

College preparatory and vocational preparatory courses may not be used to meet degree requirements and are not transferable.

Questions about the Statewide Course Numbering System and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to Dr. Robert Shaw (bshaw@uwf.edu) at the University of West Florida or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling the Statewide Course Numbering System office at (850) 245-0427 or SunCom 205-0427.

How to Find Courses
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).

Course Prefix
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.

Course Level
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:

1000-2999 Freshmen and sophomores, and non-degree students unless otherwise noted.
3000-4999 Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and non-degree students.
5000-5999 Open to all graduate and non-degree students. Juniors and seniors may register for 5000-level courses under certain conditions.
6000-7999 Restricted to students enrolled in graduate programs and other post-baccalaureate students who may be admitted at the discretion of the department chairperson. Non-degree students must have permission of the specific course instructor to register for 6000-level courses.
8000-8999 Restricted to students enrolled in the doctoral program.

Permission Courses
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.

(Pending) Following Course Title
When departments propose new or revised courses, the request must be approved by the Faculty Senate and University Provost.  (Pending) following course title indicates the course is in the approval process at the time of catalog publication.  Approval is expected before the beginning of the academic year.

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
Please consult the academic department offering a course or their departmental web site (listed in the catalog program section) for information concerning semester(s) in which a particular course is normally offered.  Potential course offerings are 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.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites
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. Departments that enforce prerequisites will cancel the registration in a course of a student who does not meet the course prerequisites.  A student whose registration is cancelled will be notified via his/her UWF email account.  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://ccr.enroll.uwf.edu/990/main.cfm
. This web site provides additional links to course descriptions and syllabi and indicates whether a course meets General Studies or Gordon Rule requirements.