Jul 25, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Course Information

Courses of Instruction — General Information

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Courses of Instruction — General Information


This section outlines general information about courses offered at Ohio University. The courses listed in the Course Description section are all courses as approved by the University Curriculum Council. Please check Course Offerings to determine if a course is being offered.

Catalog Numbers

The catalog number indicates the student classification for which the course is primarily intended. Catalog numbers consist of four numbers or a “D” followed by three digits.


Remedial, developmental, or special requirement courses. Any credits given are not applicable toward a degree.


Undergraduate general program


Undergraduate advanced or specialized program

The following alphabetical suffixes are to be used for specific courses:

C Service Learning/Community Engagement course
H Departmental honors course
J Junior level composition course
L A laboratory course that is closely associated with a lecture course with the same four-digit number
N University Professor course designated to meet the Arts & Sciences natural sciences requirement
S University Professor course designated to meet the Arts & Sciences social sciences requirement
T Honors tutorial course for Honors Tuturial College (HTC) programs
U University Professor course designated to meet the Arts & Sciences humanities requirement
X Experimental course

The following are reserved course numbers and indicate a specific type of course:

2900, 4900 Special topics
*910 (e.g., 2910) Internship
*920 (e.g., 2920) Practicum
*930 (e.g., 4930) Independent study
*940 (e.g., 3940) Research
2970T and 2980T, 2971T and 2981T, 3970T and 3980T, and 4970 and 4980T First, second, third, and fourth year honors utorial courses, respectively






Course requisties indicate minimum requirements for the course. If you have any doubts about whether you have fulfilled requisites due to changes in the numbering system over the past several years, check the course titles and consult with your advisor and the college student services office. If you have not met the requisites, you may petition the department/school or instructor offering the course to obtain permission to override the requisite. If permission is obtained, then a class permission slip must be completed by the instructor/department/school and processed accordingly. Once you have completed an advanced course, you may not subsequently enroll in a requisite course for credit. The following information will assist you in reading requisites:

  Graduate Courses: Note that all courses with catalog numbers of 5000 and above are graduate-level courses and require graduate standing even though this fact is not listed for each course.
PERMISSION REQUIRED OR PERM REQUIRED Permission is required for the class and it is not available through online registration. Register for this class with a class permission slip obtained from the instructor or the department/school offering the course.
HTC Honors Tutorial College students only.
CONCURRENT OR CONCUR Take concurrently with other course. Example: LING 4750 or CONCURRENT
ETM 2210 AND (PHYS 2020 OR 2520) Indicates (for example) ETM 2210 and either PHYS 2020 or PHYS 2520 must be completed (the second PHYS is implied and not printed).
C OR BETTER Indicates (for example) a “C” is the lowest acceptable grade for the requisite course. Example: C or BETTER in JOUR 1330
TIER I ENG Indicates that the freshman Tier I English requirement must be completed.
TIER I MATH Indicates that the freshman Tier I Quantitative Skills requirement must be completed.
JR COMP Indicates that the junior level composition requirement must be completed.
FR ONLY Indicates student must be freshman rank.
FR OR SOPH Indicates student must either be freshman or sophomore rank.
FR OR SOPH OR JR Indicates student must be freshman, sophomore, or junior rank.
SOPH ONLY Indicates student must be sophomore rank.
SOPH OR JR Indicates student must be either sophomore or junior rank.
SOPH OR JR OR SR Indicates student must be sophomore, junior, or senior rank.
JR ONLY Indicates student must be junior rank.
JR OR SR Indicates student must be either junior or senior rank.
SR ONLY Indicates student must be senior rank.
EQUIVALENT OR EQUIV If this appears in the requisite, students who feel they have comparable courses or experience may ask for permission to enroll in the course. They must obtain a class permission slip from the instructor or the department/school offering the course in order to register for the course.
RECOMMENDED Indicates this course is a recommended prerequisite. However, it is not a requirement for registering for the course.
NOT PSY 1200 Indicates (for example) the student who has completed PSY 1200 may not register for this course.
MAJOR OR MJR Indicates student must be a major of that department/school.




Credit is indicated for each course in semester hours. One semester credit hour will be awarded for a minimum of 750 minutes of formalized instruction (approximately one one-hour meeting per week) that typically requires students to work at out-of-class assignments an average of twice the amount of time as the amount of formalized instruction. Formalized instruction may take place in a variety of modes (i.e., lecture, seminar, discussion). One semester credit hour shall be awarded for a total of 1,500 minutes of laboratory instructional time (approximately one two-hour meeting per week). In a course carrying variable credit, the credit may be expressed “1 to 4”, indicating that one hour is the minimum and four hours the maximum amount of credit allowed for the class in one semester.

General Education Code

Code Explanation
1E Tier I – English Composition
1M Tier I – Quantitative Skills
1J Tier I – Junior Composition
1JE Tier I - Junior Composition Equivalency
2AS Tier II – Applied Sciences and Mathematics
2CP Tier II – Cross–Cultural Perspectives
2FA Tier II – Fine Arts
2HL Tier II – Humanities and Literature
2NS Tier II – Natural Sciences
2SS Tier II – Social Sciences
T3 Tier III or Tier III Equivalent

Lecture and Laboratory Hours


Lecture, laboratory, recitation, and other hours for courses are listed in the Lecture/Lab Hours section of expanded course information in this catalog.

Repeat/Retake Information


Repeating a course. A repeatable course is defined as a course taken for additional hours of credit toward graduation requirements (i.e., MUS 3400, PSY 4900). Some departments/schools place limits on the total number of credits that may be earned in repeatable courses. The maximum number of hours permitted to be earned is identified if there is a limit.

Retaking a course. A regular course with fixed content can be retaken to affect the student’s GPA. Retaking the course removes the hours and the effect of the earlier grades from the calculation of the GPA. However, all grades appear on the permanent academic record (transcript). The last grade earned is the one used to calculate the GPA, even if it is lower than the earlier grade(s), and only the last instance’s credit hours are accepted toward any requirements for graduation. The number of times that a student is allowed to retake an undergraduate course for the purpose of improving the grade is restricted to a maximum of two in addition to the first attempt. Withdrawals are not counted as an attempt. Some graduate and professional schools will include all grades in their own calculations of the GPA when determining a student’s eligibility for admission, even though Ohio University calculates the GPA by using only the last grade in a retaken course.

Courses taken at Ohio University and retaken at another university are not eligible for grade point adjustment under this policy. Students should check with their college student services office regarding restrictions.

Retaking a course after graduation will not change graduation GPA or honors status.

Terms Typically Offered


To determine if a course is being offered, check Course Offerings. Some courses might not be offered during the semester in which you intend to take them. Students should contact the department/school offering the course for more specific scheduling information.



Some courses require fees in addition to the instructional and general fees. Course Offerings identifies sections of courses that require additional fees. Ohio University reserves the right to make, without prior notice, any fee adjustments that become necessary.

Course Transferability


The Ohio Department of Higher Education, in collaboration with public institutions of higher education in Ohio, helps students customize an educational pathway that fits their needs and budget. Knowing in advance that the courses and programs taken at one of Ohio’s public institutions will transfer around the state gives students the flexibility of choosing lower-cost and more convenient options. Some courses are identified for statewide guarantees for the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), Transfer Assurance Guide (TAG), Career-Technical Assurance Guide (CTAG), and Military Transfer Assurance Guide (MTAG).

College Credit Plus


College Credit Plus students who have completed 15 or fewer semester hours may enroll in Level 1 courses. Level 1 courses are those that fall within the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), Transfer Assurance Guides (TAG) and Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAG) or any course in computer science, information technology, anatomy physiology and foreign language (including American sign language).