How Course Descriptions Work

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COURSE NAMING SYSTEM
Course content areas at Tulsa Community College are categorized in “disciplines,” a related group of courses in a specified subject area, such as English (ENGL) or Physics (PHYS). Each course is first assigned a specific discipline name and then a specific four-digit course number, as in ENGL1113, and a course name, as in Composition I. A brief description of the course content follows the course name and number. If a course is offered as part of a required sequence of courses, the prerequisite requirements for that course are also listed within the catalog course description. Not all courses listed in the catalog are offered each term, and certain courses may be offered on only one campus. Please check the current term class schedule for this information.

COURSE NUMBERING SYSTEM
• First digit - The year in which the course is usually taken.*
• Second and third digit - The individual course number within a discipline.
• Fourth - The credit hours awarded for a course.
*(Zero level courses are not included in the admission, retention, or graduation grade point averages.)

CREDIT HOUR
A credit hour consists of one class period per week in a subject for 16 weeks per semester, with the exception of laboratories, practicums, or physical education activity classes in which generally two periods per week for 16 weeks equals one credit hour. The number of class hours and laboratory hours doubles for a class in an eight-week term. The time required each week for laboratory may vary from course to course. Please refer to the course syllabus for more information.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
Courses used to fulfill general education requirements at TCC are listed in the catalog section titled, General Education Requirements. A code letter following a course title designates the general education category for which the course may generally be used for transfer to another university, as follows:

(A) Analytical and Quantitative Thought
(D) Diversity
(H) Humanities
(I) International or Non-Western Dimension
(L) Laboratory Science
(S) Social and Behavioral Sciences

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