All course descriptions and learning outcomes are discipline-specific and must be followed.
Each course description includes one or more of these designations: A, E, G. The letters indicate whether the course can be offered on or by the Ammerman (A), Eastern (E) and Michael J. Grant (G) campuses, respectively.
Many courses are offered both day and evening every semester. However, certain courses are offered only in the day (or only in the evening), and some courses are not offered each semester. As course offerings are subject to change, please consult the class schedule available online, for a complete listing of all courses to be offered in a particular fall, wintersession, spring or summer term for each campus.
Generally, courses meet one clock hour each week during the semester for every credit hour stipulated in the course description. Thus, a “3 cr. hr.” course meets three hours each week during a 15-week semester. However, two or three hours (or more) of laboratory, studio or other learning activities will count the same as one hour of lecture. Students should understand that one hour in class normally requires two hours of preparation, reading or outside work. Thus, a full-time student enrolled for 15 credits should be prepared to devote as much as 30 hours to out-of-class learning activities, in addition to time spent in the classroom.
Certain courses have prerequisites, and the College expects students to have successfully completed all prerequisites before registering for such courses. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that all course prerequisites are completed before registering for a course. Questions concerning course prerequisites should be directed to an appropriate academic chairperson, counselor, or academic dean. The College reserves the right to prohibit a student from attending a class when it feels the course prerequisite(s) have not been met.
Depending upon their curriculum, students may have considerable freedom to choose courses according to their interests. However, enrollment in certain courses is restricted to students matriculated in particular programs (e.g., only nursing students may enroll in NUR courses). In some other courses, enrollment priority is given to students matriculated in particular programs, but if room is available, other students may be admitted (e.g., students in the health careers programs have priority in the HSC101 course, but others may take it as an elective if space is available).
Course descriptions are grouped according to subject or discipline, which are arranged alphabetically.
Some curriculum outlines, in addition to designating specific courses which must be completed, stipulate a “Humanities Elective,” “Social Sciences Elective,” “Science or Mathematics Elective,” “Business Elective,” etc. In the list which follows, subjects or disciplines are grouped into these broad areas. A “Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective” includes most courses in any subject area under the humanities, social sciences, science or mathematics areas, and some computer science courses.
Guidelines for Employment and Credit Limits
While the College recognizes that most students must work at least part-time in order to meet their expenses during the academic year, studies have indicated that students’ grades fall off significantly if they must work more than 20 hours per week while taking 12 credits or more in any given semester.