Many academic units make changes in their degree requirements and courses between publications of the catalog, so check with the academic unit or college office for the most current program information.
The word "course" refers to a subject taken during a semester (or summer session) with a certain number of prescribed meetings each week. Successful completion of a course usually earns a specified number of semester hours of credit toward a degree. The words "curriculum" or "program of study" refer to an organized plan of work composed of a number of courses.
The class schedule lists the specific courses available for a given semester (or summer session), the time of meeting, and building and room numbers where the course meets.
The title displayed is the long title of the course. This title may be different than the short title, which is displayed in the class schedule and on OU transcripts.
All courses are identified by numbers composed of four digits. Courses numbered 1000-2999 are referred to as “lower-division,” those numbered 3000-4999 are “upper-division,” and those numbered 5000 and above are “graduate-level.”
The first digit indicates the class year in which the subject is ordinarily taken, although enrollment is not exclusive to student classification:
The second and third digits identify the course within the field.
The fourth digit denotes the number of credit hours assigned to the course. A zero (0) as the fourth digit indicates the course is offered for a variable number of credit hours. No change may be made to the number of credit hours specified for the various courses as indicated in the catalog.
The only exception is University course 4000, which carries graduate credit when completed through the Scholar-Leadership Enrichment Program.
The unit of credit at the University of Oklahoma is the semester hour. Each semester hour represents one class period of 50 minutes in length each week for 16 weeks (including final examinations) or the equivalent. Laboratory or field courses require two or three class periods per week for each hour of credit. During the summer session, the number of clock hours is adjusted depending on the length of the term.
The class schedule should be consulted for the courses to be offered in a semester or summer session and also for information about which courses meet the University-wide General Education requirements.