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How to Read this Catalog

The information presented below will help the reader to interpret this catalog correctly. The "Definition of Terms" section provides a guide to the terminology of academic regulations and procedures and course descriptions. The sections entitled "Course Numbering" and "Course Punctuation" explain the significance of the course numbering system used at the University of Houston and the meaning of the punctuation of those numbers. This is generic information only; for specific course descriptions or degree requirements, see the appropriate department listing.

Definition of Terms

Advanced courses (upper level). These courses normally are offered on the junior and senior levels (3000, 4000, and 5000 series). They may be applied to graduate degrees only upon approval of the department of the student's major.

Audit. To take a course without credit.

Class schedule. List of courses and sections for a specific semester, including names of instructors; day, hour, and place of class meetings; and detailed registration procedures.

College or school. One of 13 major divisions within the university that offers specialized curricula.

Core curriculum. Basic courses that must be taken by candidates for any bachelor's degree.

Corequisite. A course that must be taken at the same time as the course described.

Course load. The number of semester hours students schedule in a given term.

Credit (see semester hour). Certification given for completion of academic work.

Cumulative grade point average (see grade points). The cumulative grade point average is based upon work taken at the University of Houston, including courses that are repeated, for which grade point values are assigned. The cumulative grade point average indicates overall performance and is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the number of semester hours attempted, excluding S/U hours.

Department. Division of instruction within a college, such as Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Drop. Official dropping of some of the courses for which students are registered. Usually initiated by students but can be done in certain instances by faculty or other campus personnel.

Elective. A course which is not required but which students choose to take as part of their degree plan.

Equivalent. In place of a course within the same discipline. Course equivalences are established through formal action and are determined on the bases of content, prerequisites, writing requirements, and level.

Grade points (see cumulative grade point average). Points per semester hour assigned to a passing grade, indicating numerical value of the grade.

Graduate study. Academic work toward the master's or doctoral degree.

Laboratory. Descriptive of work other than class work, such as experimentation and practical application.

Lecture. A class session in which an instructor speaks on a specific topic.

Major. Primary field of study.

Minor. Secondary field of study.

Nonadvanced courses (lower level). Courses offered on the freshman and sophomore levels (1000 and 2000 series).

Noncredit course. A course for which no credit is given

Overload. Course load of more semester hours than students are normally permitted to schedule in a given period.

Petition. A formal request to be filed at the appropriate office for a specific academic action, such as a waiver for a degree requirement.

Prerequisite. Requirement to be met before a certain course may be taken.

Probation, academic or disciplinary. A status resulting from unsatisfactory grades or conduct.

Records, permanent. Cumulative record of students' courses, grades, credits, classification, address, social security number, etc.

Registration. Enrollment for a semester, including selection of classes and payment of fees and tuition.

Section. A division of a course for instruction. A course may be taught in one or more sections or classes, depending on enrollment in the course.

Semester hour. (see credit). Unit of measurement of college work. One semester hour is normally equivalent to one hour of class work or from two to six hours of laboratory work per week for a semester.

Student I.D. number. A permanent number that is assigned when a student enrolls.

Summer session. Term of study during which courses are offered in six-, nine-, or twelve-week sessions. Each session is equivalent to a semester in terms of class hours and credit granted. Two six-(summer sessions I and IV), one nine- (summer session II), and one twelve-week (summer session III) sessions are scheduled each summer.

Suspension (academic or disciplinary). A status in which students are not permitted to register for courses for a specified time period.

Transcript. A copy of a student's academic record, mainly intended for communicating information from one institution to another.

Tuition and fee statement. The fee bill printout of the course schedule and the tuition and fees for a given semester.

Undergraduate study. Work taken toward a baccalaureate degree.

Voice Information Processing (VIP). Touchtone telephone system used to register for or adjust courses as well as access information.

Withdrawal. Official withdrawal from all courses during a semester at the university. Usually initiated by students but may be done in certain instances by faculty or other campus personnel.

Course Numbering

All courses are identified by instructional area and number. The first digit of the four-digit number indicates course level (1-freshman, 2-sophomore, etc.). The second digit indicates the number of semester hours of credit given for the course (the number given exactly corresponds with the semester hours of credit given). The third and fourth digits are for departmental use.

Each course listed shows the semester hours of credit assigned to that specific course—for example, Cr. 3., may follow the course title. This information is usually followed by hyphenated numbers such as (2-3) that designate lecture-laboratory hours. The first digit indicates the number of class hours per week in the lecture portion of the course. The second digit indicates the number of class hours per week reserved for the laboratory portion of the course.

Courses in the 1000 and 2000 levels may not be taken for graduate credit. Students who are classified as graduate students at the University of Houston may receive graduate credit for any course numbered 3000 or higher, unless the course description contains the restriction "for undergraduate credit only" or an equivalent phrase. Credit for 3000-, 4000-, or 5000-level courses, however, may be applied to graduate degrees only upon approval of the department of the student's major.

A qualified undergraduate senior at the University of Houston may take a limited number of courses for graduate credit if no more than 12 semester hours are needed for the degree. The senior course load is limited to 15 semester hours including graduate work. Students may receive permission to enroll for graduate credit through a mixed program petition, which must be filed with the appropriate college office immediately after payment of tuition and fees.

Courses numbered 6000 and higher are restricted to graduate and postbaccalaureate students. A student of any other classification must secure the recommendation of the advisor and the approval of the appropriate college dean for enrollment. The mixed program petition, which may be obtained from the college office, should be used for this purpose.

Courses in the 8000 series are primarily for doctoral students.

Course Punctuation

Course Punctuation One of the following marks may precede or follow the course number, or may separate a series of course numbers:

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 taken first.

A hyphen (-) between course numbers indicates that both courses must be taken before credit is received for either, and the courses must be taken in the sequence shown.

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 a prerequisite.