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    Governors State University
  Nov 23, 2017
2017-2018 Governors State University Academic Catalog

Course Information Description

The university uses a discipline-oriented course numbering system. Courses are identified by academic discipline (e.g., Accounting, Art, Biology). Courses are arranged alphabetically and in ascending numerical order.

Course Numbering

The first digit of a course indicates scholastic level and also provides information regarding restriction to undergraduate and/or graduate student enrollment.

0000-0999   Remediation courses with no credit toward degree
1000-1999   First year/Introductory or Foundation Lower Division
2000-2999   Sophomore/Advanced Lower Division
3000-3999   Junior/Introductory or Foundation Upper Division
4000-4999   Senior/Advanced Upper Division
5000-5999   Graduate/Advanced Undergraduate
6000-6999   Introductory Graduate
7000-7999   Intermediate Graduate
8000-8999   Advanced Graduate including Master's Capstone
9000-9999   Post Masters including Doctoral Capstone

Application to Degree Requirements

Credit earned in courses with the EDPD prefix cannot be applied toward degree requirements of the M.A. in Education.

Explanation of Course Descriptions

Topics Courses

These courses may be offered with different subjects and may be taken more than once.

Credit-hours and Credit Options

Credit-hours (cr.) are shown in parentheses following the course title. Where courses are offered for variable credit, the range of credit-hours is shown.


Following the title line of each course is a brief description of the content of the course.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites and Restrictions/Requirements

A prerequisite is a course that must be completed before registration in a particular course. In most cases, an equivalent transfer course may be substituted for a listed Governors State course prerequisite. A corequisite is a course that is taken at the same time as another course.

Several courses have prerequisites or corequisites. It is the responsibility of the students to comply with any prerequisite and corequisite requirements for courses that they plan to take.

Courses may also have specific restrictions or requirements. It is the responsibility of the students to comply with any restrictions or requirements for courses that they plan to take.

Students are responsible for contacting their academic advisors for specific information about course restrictions and/or requirements.

Cross Listed Courses

Some courses are cross-listed. Many majors allow the student to take either course to meet the degree requirements. Students are responsible for contacting their academic advisors for additional information about cross listed courses. Students cannot take more than one course of a group of cross listed courses for credit.

Online Course Catalog

The online catalog of courses offered by term is located at