VI: Departments, Programs, and Courses
chapter lists and describes LS&A departments, programs, and
courses, reflecting additions, deletions, and modifications to
the College curriculum approved through April 15, 2000. Subsequent
changes in academic policy and procedures, new academic opportunities
are summarized in "Newsbytes" on the Student Academic
online LS&A Course Guide contains course descriptions
written by instructors of courses to be offered in the subsequent
term. Web site:
Schedule listing courses offered is published by the University
Scheduling Office prior to each term. Students register and make
course schedule changes through the registration system. The Office of Academic
Information and Publications posts lists of courses or sections
of courses that have reached or are near their maximum enrollment
outside 1419 Mason Hall. Identical or updated information is
available by calling POINT-10 (764-6810). Wolverine Access
is an electronic information service for students to use to access
their academic record and general University information. Through
Wolverine Access students are able to access their academic report,
obtain a copy of their class schedule, process address changes,
check CRISP info (open and closed courses, waitlisted classes),
check their term grades, verify their student account, and obtain
their registration appointment time. Web site:
University year is divided into three terms: Fall (I), Winter
(II), and Spring-Summer (III). The Spring-Summer Term is further
divided: Spring-Half (IIIa) and Summer-Half (IIIb). Credit is
granted in semester hours. Credit is granted in semester hours.
Except for small seminars where the reading and/or writing requirements
are intensive, one credit represents no less than one hour of
class meeting time each week of the term, and usually represents
two hours of work outside of class for each class hour.
Key to Course
are part of a University-wide numbering system. Generally, courses
numbered 100 to 199 are introductory, 200-299 are intermediate,
and 300-599 are advanced (upper-level).
or renumbered courses
are denoted by a parenthetical number in boldface following the
course number. When renumbering or reorganization has left the
division unchanged, only the previous course number is given;
if the division has also changed, the previous division name
and course number appear. A reorganized or renumbered course
cannot be repeated for credit without special permission.
are sponsored by more than one department or program and may
be elected in any of the participating units. Cross-listings
appear in boldface and are denoted by a slash between the participating
appear in boldface after the course number.
Prerequisites appear in italics
after the course title.
* Course equivalence. Unless otherwise stated, the phrase
"or equivalent" may be considered an implicit part
of the prerequisite for any course. When a student has satisfactorily
completed a course(s) believed to be substantially equivalent
to one listed as a prerequisite, the student must consult the
instructor or department. If equivalency is determined to have
been satisfied, election may be approved.
* Permission of instructor. The phrase "or permission
of instructor" may be considered an implicit part of the
statement of prerequisites for any course. When permission is
a stated requirement, or when a student does not have the stated
prerequisite for a course but can give evidence of sufficient
background, the student should obtain approval from the instructor
or department concerned.
combinations of course elections are so designated in
the listing of affected courses.
a Roman numeral, denotes the term(s) some courses are offered.
an Arabic numeral in parentheses, denotes the credits earned
for a full term. Many departments and programs have a policy
of offering courses for reduced credit during a half-term. A
statement of the policy is included in the information preceding
the course listings.
is approved by the LS&A Curriculum Committee on a yearly
basis. A course may be approved with the designation natural
science (NS), social science (SS), humanities
(HU), mathematical and symbolic analysis (MSA),
creative expression (CE), or excluded from distribution
meeting certain college requirements are so listed. Language
other than English (LR) courses may be used toward meeting
the Language Requirement. The Introductory Composition requirement
may be met by courses designated (Introductory Composition).
Courses approved with the designation "Language Requirement"
or "Introductory Composition" may not be used as part
of an area distribution plan. If an introductory language course
is designated "Excluded" (Excl), it may not be used
to satisfy the LS&A language requirement. (BS) means
that the course may be used toward the 60 approved credits required
for the B.S. degree. Courses meeting or partially meeting the
Quantitative Reasoning requirement are designated (QR/1)
or (QR/2). Courses with standard approval for meeting
the Race & Ethnicity (R&E) requirement are so
indicated. Other courses may meet the R&E or QR requirements
on a term-by-term basis and are listed on the Student Academic
Affairs Homepage (www.lsa.umich.edu/saa).
for a course is so indicated in the course listing. Some LS&A
courses are offered mandatory credit/no credit. (See
Non-Graded Courses in Chapter IV.)
Independent Study, and Tutorial courses are so designated.
(See Experiential and Directed Reading/Independent Study Courses
in Chapter IV.)
Repetition of a course
that varies in content from term to term is permitted only under
certain conditions. When a department or program has a policy
about the repetition of a course for credit, that policy is included
in the course listing. The general statement "May be repeated
for credit with permission" usually means "With permission
of a concentration advisor." In all other instances, a student
must get permission from both the department or program and the
Academic Standards Board to repeat a course for credit. Generally,
a course may be elected for credit once only.
or other special fees
are indicated when known, but are subject to change without notice.
Lab Access fee. Non-Engineering and Computer Science students
taking Engineering courses have to pay the CAEN Lab Access fee.
The CAEN Lab Access fee is based on the tuition differential
that Engineering students have to pay. The current fee for 1999-2000
(subject to change) was:
per academic term for non-Engineering/ Computer Science freshmen
per academic term for juniors, seniors and graduate non-engineers.
may be made at the CAEN Office, 2161 Media Union. This fee must
be paid each term and only provides lab access for the current
term. CAEN accounts enable students to log on to any CAEN lab
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