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  • Policy Number: SP.16.002
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Division of Academic Affairs
  • Approved By: Academic Senate
  • Approval Date: 12/6/16
  • Effective Date: Fall 2017
  • Supercedes: SP.01.003


Replaces SP 01-03. Clarifies course numbering in light of the addition of graduate degrees, OLLI courses, and other developments since the school’s founding.


The Curriculum Committee has attempted to make our policy on course numbering match current practices to the extent possible



Academic Affairs


Program Areas, Students




Programs are expected to number their courses using this policy. 

               0-099Sub-collegiate (no college-level credit) Courses
 100-499Baccalaureate courses
 100-299Lower-Division Courses
 490-499  Special Topics- variable topic/credit courses
  Independent Research Course- variable credit
  Directed Studies Course- variable topic/credit courses
  Service Learning/Internship Course- variable credit
  Senior Thesis Course- variable topic/credit courses
  Undergraduate Capstone Course
 500-699    Graduate and Teacher Credential Courses
 700-799[Reserved for future unseen uses]
 800-899       Continuing education units[2]
 900-999Credit, non-degree courses
 1000-1099       Non-credit, non-graded courses (e.g., OLLI)


[1] State and federal financial aid for undergraduate students is restricted to use on undergraduate courses. Thus, courses for baccalaureate students with a numbering of 500 or higher makes it financially burdensome for students on financial aid.

[2] 800-899 and 900-999 are used for teachers to earn continuing education units (CEUs) or course credits for certification. As some school districts use CEUs, while others use credits, both are available at CI. The difference is in the amount of instruction time per unit or credit (10 for CEUs, 15 for credits).



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