University of West Florida
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Table of Contents
Welcome to UWF
Fall Semester 2006
Spring Semester 2007
Summer Semester 2007
Degrees, Areas of Specialization,
Student Services and Resources
Tuition and Fees
Military and Veterans Information
Registration and Records
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
FLORIDA STATEWIDE COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM
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.
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.
(Pending) Following Course Title