Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Lindsey Wilson College's undergraduate course descriptions
section of the catalog contains the description of courses taught
at the institution. For an actual list of undergraduate
courses being offered in a specific semester, please visit the
online course schedule here.
Each digit in the course numbers represents the following:
- First digit: Identifies course level.
- Second and third digits: Program use (may suggest
sequence or common-numbered course).
- Fourth digit: Credit hours.
- 0800 and 0900 Level: Skill-building and
developmental courses, frequently graded on a Credit/No Credit
(CRN/NC) basis. Students may be placed in these courses if
they lack skills essential to college-level success. Students
are usually not allowed to withdraw from
- 1000 Level: Ordinarily taken by
first-year students or by students with no prior exposure to the
discipline. These courses typically do not have
prerequisites, though students who lack adequate skills may first
be placed in related developmental or skill-building
- 2000 Level: Often taken by students who
have completed a 1000 level course in the discipline and who wish
to proceed further or by second-year students with the knowledge
and skills the course requires. These courses may have
- 3000 Level: These courses are taken by
students pursuing majors or minors in the discipline; some prior
knowledge of the field or discipline is assumed. Most of
these courses have prerequisites.
- 4000 Level: These are advanced,
senior-level courses. They assume substantial prior knowledge
of the field or discipline. They should not be taken unless
the student meets the assumptions of the course in terms of the
knowledge base and skills required.
- 5000-6000 Level: Master's courses are
offered at these levels.
- 7000-9000 Level: Doctoral courses are
offered at these levels.
Course Prerequisites and Corequisites
- Prerequisites on courses are absolute:
Prerequisites provide knowledge and skills essential for student
success in the courses for which they are listed.
- Corequisite(s): The corequisite listed
in the course description indicates that the student intending to
take the course described must also enroll in the corequisite
course. The courses must be taken simultaneously,
and they cannot be added or dropped independently.
- Prerequisite(s) or instructor's
permission: Although students are advised to take
the prerequisite first, faculty have the option of overriding the
prerequisite by using the electronic override. Paper copies
of Drop/Add forms will not be accepted, as electronic overrides
will assist the Registrar's office to monitor courses that have
- Recommended: Recommendations are
advisory in nature and suggest that the course material might
better be learned if the recommended course is taken first.
- No prerequisite: Any student can take
Common Numbered Courses
- Internships: Internships are indicated
by the program abbreviation followed by PN in the first two digit
positions, and the credit hour number (from 01-03) in the third and
fourth positions (e.g., BUSI PN03). Most internships are
graded on a Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) basis.
- Directed Study: Such a course is
proposed by a student based on a strong interest; approvals from an
Academic Unit/Division Chair/Director and the Academic Affairs
Office are required. Course numbers are assigned using a "DS"
for the middle two digit positions (e.g., HUMN 4DS1 - senior level
directed study course in Humanities earning one credit hour).
- Special Topics: These courses are
offered on an occasional basis by faculty to explore subjects not
offered regularly in the curriculum. Course numbers under
this designation will be preceded by the appropriate program
abbreviation and will show an "8" in the second digit
position. As usual, the first digit indicates the ability
level, and the final digit will vary according to the number of
credits the course carries (e.g., HIST 3802 - junior level special
topics course in History earning two credit hours).
Note: A Special Topics course
may be used for general education credit if it receives prior
approval. To be considered for general education credit, a
Special Topics course must fulfill all criteria for inclusion in
the Essential Learning General Education curriculum, such as
assessing one or more ESLOs with Signature Assignments and using
High-Impact Learning Practices.
Credit Hour Requirement for Associate's Degree
All associate's degree candidates for graduation must complete a
minimum of 60 credit hours of acceptable academic work with a
minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00 scale.
Required courses in the major must be completed with a minimum
grade of C, unless a division or program specifies a higher grade
requirement. Some students, depending upon their major and/or
general education choices, may exceed the 60 hour minimum.
Credit Hour Requirement for Bachelor's Degree
All bachelor's degree candidates for graduation must complete a
minimum of 120 credit hours of acceptable academic work with a
minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on a 4.00
scale. Some programs (Education and Human Services &
Counseling) require a higher GPA. Required courses in the
major and/or minor must be completed with a minimum grade of C
unless a division or program specifies a higher grade requirement.
Some students, depending upon their major, minor, and/or
general education choices, may exceed the 120 hour minimum.