UHV Course Descriptions
Course Numbering System
Each course is represented by three capital letters followed by a
four-digit numeral (e.g., FIN 3311).
The letters form an abbreviation for the instructional area while the
numeral is interpreted as follows:
First Digit: The first digit indicates academic level and provides
information regarding restrictions as to undergraduate and/or graduate
3000 and 4000 series--
undergraduate upper division (normally for
undergraduate students but with advisor approval for graduate students)
graduate courses (for graduate students only except for
undergraduates with an approved mixed load petition)
Second Digit: The second digit indicates the amount of credit awarded.
For example, a course numbered 4331, carries three semester hours of
Third and Fourth Digits: The third and fourth digits are used to
distinguish between courses within an instructional area.
One of the following marks of punctuation may immediately follow the
course number, or may separate a series of course numbers. Internal
punctuations (between multi-listed courses) take precedence over all
punctuation in a series of course numbers. The significance of each mark
of punctuation is as follows:
A colon (:) following a course number indicates that the course may be
taken as an independent one-semester course. This also applies when two
course numbers are separated by a colon.
A comma (,) between course numbers indicates that both courses must be
taken before credit is received for either, but the second course may be
A hyphen (-) between course numbers indicates that both courses must be
taken before credit is received for either. The first course must be
completed before the student enrolls in the second course, or if
“concurrent enrollment only” is shown in the course description, both
courses must be taken at the same time.
A semicolon (;) between course numbers indicates that the first course may
be taken and justify credit without completion of the second course, but
the second course cannot be taken without the first as prerequisite.