Chapter VI: Departments, Programs, and Courses

This chapter lists and describes LS&A departments, programs, and courses, reflecting additions, deletions, and modifications to the College curriculum approved through early April. Subsequent changes in academic policy and procedures, new academic opportunities, and specific registration procedures are summarized in the Student Academic Affairs Newsletters distributed to the College community in early September, November, January, and March.

The LS&A Course Guide, published by the Office of Academic Information and Publications each Fall and Winter Term, contains course descriptions written by instructors of courses to be offered in the subsequent term. A Spring & Summer Course Guide is also published. Inquiries about course descriptions should be directed to the Office of Academic Information and Publications by calling POINT-10 (764-6810).

A Time Schedule listing courses offered is published by the University Scheduling Office prior to each term. Students register and make course schedule changes through Touch-Tone Registration, a University-wide, telephone-assisted 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:

The 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. One credit usually represents three hours of class each week of the term.

Key to Course Listings

Course numbers 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).

Reorganized 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.

Cross-listed courses 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 units.

Course titles 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.

Excluded combinations of course elections are so designated in the listing of affected courses.

The Term Symbol, a Roman numeral, denotes the term(s) some courses are offered.

The Credit Symbol, 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.

Instructors may be indicated when a faculty member regularly teaches the course.

Area distribution designation 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 (Excl).

Courses 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 in the introductory pages of the LS&A Course Guides.

A Special Grading pattern 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.)

Experiential, 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.

Laboratory or other special fees are indicated when known, but are subject to change without notice.

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