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Programs and Courses

Schedule of Courses

Before the opening of each term, a Schedule of Courses is posted to announcing the courses that will be offered by the colleges and schools of WVU.

Plan for Numbering Courses

For convenience, each course of study is designated by the name of the department in which it is given and by the number of that course. The plan for numbering courses is as follows:

Courses 1–99 Developmental and community college certificate courses (does not require WVU Faculty Senate approval) and undergraduate professional development courses (courses that are designed for professional development and require students to possess a high school diploma but the course would not count toward graduation).

Courses 100 Freshman/Lower Division: Intended primarily for freshmen, although by upper-division students may take them if needed to complete degree requirements.

Courses 200 Sophomore/Lower Division: Intended primarily for sophomores. These courses may have 100 or 200-level prerequisites.

Courses 300 Juniors/Upper Division: Intended primarily for juniors. These courses may have extensive prerequisites or be limited to specific majors.

Courses 400 Seniors/Upper Division: Intended primarily for seniors and selected graduate students. These courses are typically limited to advanced undergraduates within a particular major or degree program and selected graduate students. No more than 40 percent of the credits counted for meeting requirements for a graduate degree can be at the 400-level.

Courses 500 Undergraduate Seniors and Master’s Level: Courses intended for advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Seniors may enter via petition/special permission. Undergraduates in any class carrying a 500-level course number must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and written approval on special forms from the course instructor and the student’s advisor.

Courses 600 Master’s Level: Courses intended for master’s degree students (no undergraduates permitted).

Courses 700 Master’s and Doctoral Degree Level: Courses intended for doctoral students, and advanced master’s students (no undergraduates permitted).

Courses 900 Professional Development: Courses intended for professional development and require students to possess a bachelor’s degree; these courses do not count toward graduation and are not applicable towards a graduate degree. Grading is S/U only.

Note: Graduate degree credit-hour requirements must include at least 60 percent at the 500–level and above.

Abbreviations Used in Course Listings

Abbreviation Description
Ia course given in the first (fall) semester
IIa course given in the second (spring) semester
I, IIa course given each semester
I and IIa course given throughout the year
Yra course continued through two semesters
Sa course given in the summer
HRcredit hours per course
Leclecture period
Recrecitation period
Lablaboratory period
GLABgraded lab
WEBWeb-based course
ConcMust register prior to or at the same time
Consentconsent of instructor required
CRcredit but no grade

An asterisk (*) following credit hours listed as variable indicates that the course normally carries three credit hours. Exceptions are made only in emergencies and must be approved by the departmental chair and by the professor teaching the course.

Graduate Level Common Course Numbers and Descriptions

590/690/790. Teaching Practicum. I, II, S. 1-3 hr. PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of ________(Subject matter determined by department/division/college/school offering the course).

Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It also provides a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be Normal.)

591/691/791. Advanced Topics. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. Investigation in advanced topics that are not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

592/692/792. Directed Study. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Directed study, reading, and/or research.

593/693/793. Special Topics. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. A study of contemporary topics selected from recent developments in the field.

594/694/794. Seminar. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Special seminars arranged for advanced graduate students.

595/695/795. Independent Study. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. Faculty-supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

696/796. Graduate Seminar. I, II, S. 1 hr. PR: Consent. Each graduate student will present at least one seminar to the assembled faculty and graduate student body of his or her program.

697/797. Research. I, II, S. 1-15 hr. PR: Consent. Research activities leading to thesis (697), problem report (697), research paper or equivalent scholarly project (697), or a dissertation (797). (Grading is S/U.)

698/798. Thesis or Dissertation. 2-4 hr. PR: Consent.  This is an optional course for programs that wish to provide formal supervision is needed during the writing of student reports (698), theses (698), or dissertations (798). (Grading is Normal.)

699/799. Graduate Colloquium. I, II, S. 1-6 hr. PR: Consent. For graduate students not seeking coursework credit but who wish to meet residency requirements, use the University’s facilities, and participate in its academic and cultural programs. Note: Graduate students who are not actively involved in coursework or research are entitled, through enrollment in their department’s 699/799 Graduate Colloquium, to consult with graduate faculty, participate in both formal and informal academic activities sponsored by their program, and retain all of the rights and privileges of duly enrolled students. Grading is Normal; colloquium credit may not be counted against credit requirements for masters programs. Registration for one credit of 699/799 graduate colloquium satisfies the University requirement of registration in the semester in which graduation occurs.