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    Sep 17, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Information

USF Graduate Course Information

For a list of specific courses, refer to the Course Descriptions section.
Courses offered for credit by the University of South Florida are part of the State Course Numbering System (see below).  They are listed with the Program or College that offers them.   Courses are numbered based on content, rather than by department or program. This means that a single program may have courses in several different disciplines and may consist of courses having several different prefixes.
The University reserves the right to substitute, not offer, and add courses and programs that are listed in this catalog.
Course Levels:
0 PSAV College Prep, vocational prep
1-2 Lower Level Undergraduate
2-4 Upper Level Undergraduate
5-9 Graduate and Professional


USF Graduate Course Level Variance Definitions

It is expected that the 5000-6000-7000 coursers will have distinct syllabi demonstrating different depth and breadth of the subject matter as reflected in the course requirements.  The courses presuppose different audiences, and teh intention is to offer them at distinct levels.

5000-5999 Typically Introductory Graduate Level Courses
6000-6999 Typically Master’s Level Courses
7000-7999 Typically Doctoral Level Courses

The Course Prefix

The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or subcategory of knowledge.  The prefix  is  not  intended  to  identify  the  department  in  which  a  course  is  offered.    Rather,  the  content  of  a  course  determines  the  assigned  prefix  to  identify the course.

Abbreviations used in course descriptions:

G Graduate
PR Prerequisite
CI With the consent of the instructor
CC With the consent of the chaiperson of the department or program
CR Co-requisite
DPR Departmental Permit Required
Lec Lecture
Lab Laboratory
Dem Demonstration
Pro Problem
Dis Discussion
ML Master’s Level
GS Graduate Standing
Rpt May be repeated
UL Upper level

No grade, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Only


Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS)

Courses  in  this  catalog  are  identified  by  prefixes  and  numbers  that  were  assigned  by  Florida’s  Statewide  Course  Numbering  System  (SCNS).    This  numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by participating nonpublic institutions.  The major purpose of this system  is  to  facilitate  the  transfer  of  courses  between  participating  institutions.    Students  and  administrators  can  use  the  online  SCNS  to  obtain  course  descriptions  and  specific  information  about  course  transfer  between  participating  Florida  institutions.    This  information  is  at  the  SCNS  website at

Each  participating  institution  controls  the  title,  credit,  and  content  of  its  own  courses  and  recommends  the  first  digit  of  the  course  number  to  indicate  the  level  at  which  students  normally  take  the  course.    Course  prefixes  and  the  last  three  digits  of  the  course  numbers  are  assigned  by  members  of  faculty  discipline  committees  appointed  for  that  purpose  by  the  Florida  Department  of  Education  in  Tallahassee.    Individuals nominated  to  serve  on  these  committees  are  selected  to  maintain  a  representative  balance  as  to  type  of  institution  and  discipline  field  or  specialization.

The course prefix and each digit in the course number have a meaning in the SCNS. The listing of prefixes and assosciated courses is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.” Descriptions of the content of ourses are referred to as “statewide course profiles.”

Example of Course Identifier:

Prefix Level Code Century Digit Decade Digit Unit Digit Lab Code
ENC 1 1 0 1  
English Composition Lower (Freshman) Leavel at this institution Freshman Composition Freshman Composition Skills Freshman Composition Skills 1 No Laboratory component in this course


General Rule for Course Equivalencies

Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course number and are guaranteed to be transferable between participating institutions that offer the course, with a few exceptions, as listed below in Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency.

For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 84 different public and nonpublic postsecondary institutions.  Each institution uses “ENC_101”  to  identify  its  freshman  composition  skills  course.    The  level  code  is  the  first  digit  and  represents  the  year  in  which  students  normally  take  the  course  at  a  specific  institution.    In  the  SCNS  taxonomy,  “ENC”  means  “English  Composition,”  the  century  digit  “1”  represents  “Freshman  Composition,” the decade digit “0” represents “Freshman Composition Skills,” and the unit digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition Skills I.”

In  the  sciences  and  certain  other  areas,  a  “C”  or  “L”  after  the  course  number  is  known  as  a  lab  indicator.    The  “C”  represents  a  combined  lecture  and  laboratory  course  that  meets  in  the  same  place  at  the  same  time.    The  “L”  represents  a  laboratory  course  or  the  laboratory  part  of  a  course  that has the same prefix and course number but meets at a different time or place.

Transfer  of  any  successfully  completed  course  from  one  participating  institution  to  another  is  guaranteed  in  cases  where  the  course  to  be  transferred  is  equivalent  to  one  offered  by  the  receiving  institution.    Equivalencies  are  established  by  the  same  prefix  and  last  three  digits  and  comparable  faculty  credentials  at  both  institutions.      For  example,  ENC  1101  is  offered  at  a  community  college.    The  same  course  is  offered  at  a  state university as ENC 2101.  A student who has successfully completed ENC 1101 at a Florida College System institution is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for ENC 2101 at the state university if the student transfers.  The student cannot be required to take ENC 2101 again since ENC 1101 is equivalent to ENC 2101.  Transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by the receiving institution to determine satisfaction of requirements by transfer students on the same basis as credit awarded to the native students.  It is the prerogative of the receiving institution, however, to offer transfer credit for courses successfully completed that have not been designated as equivalent.

NOTE:  Credit  generated  at  institutions  on  the  quarter-term  system  may  not  transfer  the  equivalent  number  of  credits  to  institutions  on  the  semester-term system. For example, 4.0 quarter hours often transfers as 2.67 semester hours.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses

Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any  student  who  transfers  among  postsecondary  institutions  that  are  fully  accredited  by  a  regional  or  national  accrediting  agency  recognized  by  the  United  States  Department  of  Education  and  that  participate  in  the  statewide  course  numbering  system  shall  be  awarded  credit  by  the  receiving  institution  for  courses  satisfactorily  completed  by  the  student  at  the  previous  institutions.  Credit  shall  be  awarded  if  the  courses  are  judged  by  the  appropriate  statewide  course  numbering  system  faculty  committees  representing  school  districts,  public  postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions  to  be  academically  equivalent  to  courses  offered  at  the  receiving  institution,  including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable  to  those  required  by  the  accrediting  association  of  the  receiving  institution.  The  award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the statewide course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency

Since  the  initial  implementation  of  the  SCNS,  specific  disciplines  or  types  of  courses  have  been  excepted  from  the  guarantee  of  transfer  for  equivalent  courses.    These  include  courses  that  must  be  evaluated  individually  or  courses  in  which  the  student  must  be  evaluated  for  mastery  of  skill and technique.  The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer.  Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

  1. Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
  2. For courses at non-regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
  3. Courses  in  the  _900-999  series  are  not  automatically  transferable,  and  must  be  evaluated  individually.  These  include  such  courses  as  Special Topics, Internships, Apprenticeships, Practica, Study Abroad, Theses, and Dissertations.
  4. Applied academics for adult education courses.
  5. Graduate courses.
  6. Internships,  apprenticeships,  practica,  clinical  experiences,  and  study  abroad  courses  with  numbers  other  than  those  ranging  from 900-999.
  7. Applied  courses  in  the  performing  arts  (Art,  Dance,  Interior  Design,  Music,  and  Theatre)  and  skills  courses  in  Criminal  Justice  (academy  certificate courses) are not guaranteed as transferable. These courses need evidence of achievement (e.g., portfolio, audition, interview, etc.).

Note: Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.