2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 15, 2021  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Understanding Course Info

Classification of Courses

  • 3000-4999. Junior- and senior-level courses (Upper-division). These courses contain advanced undergraduate level material and are designed primarily for undergraduate juniors and senior. When approved for inclusion in an individual program of graduate study by a supervisory committee approved by UCF College of Graduate Studies, selected 4000-4999 courses may serve the needs of individual graduate students.
  • 5000-5999. Courses designed for graduate students. Courses at the 5000 level are taken to satisfy graduate degree requirements. However, nondegree-seeking students and seniors may enroll in 5000-level courses with permission from the program.
  • 6000-6999. Advanced graduate level courses. These courses are designed to build upon the beginning graduate level courses and to deliver more advanced content and experiences. They are open only to graduate students. (Seniors, within nine hours of graduation that have a minimum 3.0 GPA and do not register for more than twelve hours may request college permission to take a 6000-level class.) Students in 3+2 programs (combined bachelor’s and master’s programs) should check with their adviser before registering for 6000-level courses.
  • 7000-7999. Doctoral-level courses. These courses provide material at the most advanced graduate level. They are restricted to admitted doctoral students only.
  • 8000-8999. Medical School courses. These courses provide material for the Medical School curriculum. They are restricted to students in the Medical School.

Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System

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 25 participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions. Students and administrators can use the online Statewide Course Numbering System to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions. The information is on the SCNS website at http://scns.fldoe.org.

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 meaning in the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). The list of course prefixes and numbers, along with their generic titles, is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.” Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as “statewide course profiles.”

Example of Course Identifier
Prefix Level Code (first digit) Century Digit (second digit) Decade Digit (third digit) Unit Digit (fourth digit) Lab Code
ENC 1 1 0 1  
English Composition Lower (Freshman) level at this institution Freshman Composition Freshman Composition Skills Freshman Composition Skills I 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 few exceptions. (Exceptions are listed below.)

For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 84 different public and non-public 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 this course at a specific institution. In the SCNS taxonomy, “ENC” means “English Composition,” the century digit “1” represents “Freshmen Composition,” the decade digit “0” represents “Freshman composition Skills,” and the unit digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition Skills I.”

In the sciences and 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, having the same prefix and course number without a lab indicator, which meets at a different time or place.

Transfer of any successfully completed course from one 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 the community college 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 which 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 systems. For example, 4.0 quarter hours often transfers as 2.67 semester hours.

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 used to identify the course.

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 possesses 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 accepted from the guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses. These include varying topics courses that must be evaluated individually or applied 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 receiving institution
  2. For courses 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, Practica, Study Abroad, Thesis, and Dissertations.
  4. Applied academics for adult education courses
  5. Graduate courses
  6. Internships, 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 Theater) 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.).

Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions

The Statewide Course Numbering System makes available on its home page (http://scns.fldoe.org) a report entitled “Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions” that contains a comprehensive listing of all nonpublic institution courses in the SCNS inventory, as well as each course’s transfer level and transfer effective date. This report is updated monthly.

Questions about the Statewide Course Numbering System and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to Associate Dean, in Undergraduate Studies, Millican Hall 210, University of Central Florida, 4000 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, FL  32816, Phone (407) 823-2691, or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling the Statewide Course Numbering System office at (850) 245-0427 or via the internet at http://scns.fldoe.org.

Special Courses

In addition to the regular courses listed in this catalog, special courses may be available. Consult an academic adviser for details. Only admitted graduate students may take special courses except for the Special Topics/Seminars (5937 and 6938), which are open to eligible students with instructor permission.

In order to register for any of the special numbers below, a student must present a signed Registration Agreement form obtained from the Department or College.

  Special Grad Grad and Prof
Directed Independent Studies 5907 6908
Directed Research 5917 6918
Special Topics/Seminars 5937 6939
Internships, Practica, Clinical Practice 5944 6946
Cooperative Education 5949  
Study Abroad 5957 6958
Research Report   6909
Thesis—Master’s   6971
Thesis—Specialist   6973
Doctoral Research   7919
Doctoral Special Topics/Seminars   7939
Doctoral Dissertation   7980

These courses may be assigned variable credit. Some may be repeated upon approval.

Abbreviations in Course Descriptions

  • PR - Prerequisite, a course that must be taken and passed prior to enrollment in the listed course.
  • CR - Corequisite, a course that must be taken concurrently with or prior to the listed course.
  • C.I. - Registration is contingent upon the Consent of the Instructor.

Hours Code

Each course listed is followed by a code that shows hours of credit and contact hours.


ECI 5215C          ECS-CEE  3(2,3)

ECI 5215C is offered by the College of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) in the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department, carries 3 hours of credit but requires 5 contact hours, which consist of 2 hours in class and 3 hours laboratory or fieldwork.

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