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Office of the University Registrar

2009-10 Undergraduate Catalog

How to Read a Course Description

  1. Course prefix and number
  2. Course title
  3. Semester credits achieved after successful completion of course
  4. Prerequisites or co-requisites, if any
  5. Description of course
  6. General education requirement categories this course satisfies, if any; see information below
  7. Writing (WR) and/or math (MR) requirement

Each course is identified by a three-letter prefix: MAC in the example above. If a student knows the course prefix, the Index to Course Prefixes will identify the department or departments offering courses using that prefix. Courses using the MAC prefix, for example, are taught in the Department of Mathematics.

The first digit of the course number identifies the level of the course (MAC 2312 is a 2000-level course, generally for freshmen and sophomores).

General Education Category Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (B) indicates Biological Sciences
  • (C) indicates Composition
  • (D) indicates Diversity*
  • (H) indicates Humanities
  • (N) indicates International*
  • (M) indicates Mathematics
  • (P) indicates Physical Sciences
  • (S) indicates Social and Behavioral Sciences

* Students who entered UF prior to Summer B 2007 and/or whose catalog year is not 2007-08: Current students who have not already completed six hours of "I" - international/diversity credits can do so now by taking "D" and "N" courses.

Other Symbols Used in Course Descriptions

  • (WR) indicates the course satisfies the writing requirement.
  • (MR) indicates the course satisfies the math requirement.
  • (S-U) indicates the course must be taken on an satisfactory-unsatisfactory basis.
  • Refer to the Schedule of Courses for specific information.