How to Read this Catalog

The following explanations pertain to the ways courses are represented throughout this catalog, especially in the sections entitled Undergraduate ProgramsGraduate Programs, and Course Descriptions.

To see courses listed by semester, meeting time, or instructor, please log on to e-Campus and choose “Class Search.” Registration for classes also takes place through e-Campus.

Course Numbering

Courses numbered 001-099 are pre-freshman and special undergraduate courses, and do not carry bachelor’s degree credit. Those numbered 100-299 are lower-division undergraduate courses, and those numbered 300-399 are upper-division undergraduate courses. The 400-level courses are generally limited to juniors and seniors majoring in that field, but are open to other advanced undergraduates and graduate students with permission.

Please note that enrollment in 200-level College of Engineering courses is restricted to engineering majors only. Exceptions can be made by permisson of the department chair. Enrollment in 300-level and above College of Engineering courses is restricted to students who have been admitted to a degree granting college.

The 500-level courses are graduate courses for which a bachelor’s degree is usually a prerequisite, but qualified seniors and honors students are admitted with permission. These courses should make up the majority of course work for students working toward a master’s degree. Courses at the 600 level are advanced graduate courses. The 900-level courses are special types of graduate courses for which no degree credit is given. They include courses offered to remedy deficiencies as well as workshops, institutes, and courses offered one time only by visiting faculty.

Course numbers separated with a slash indicate either a sequence or two courses that are required to be taken concurrently. For full clarification, check the listings for those courses in the e-Campus Course Schedule and speak with an academic advisor.

The number in parentheses after the course name or code indicates the number of credits (e.g. the Art History course “Introduction to Art (3 crs.)” may also be abbreviated as “ARH 120 (3)”).

 

Course Codes

AAF | Africana Studies

AFS | Aquaculture and Fisheries Science

AMS | Applied Mathematical Sciences

APG | Anthropology

ARB | Arabic

ARH | Art History

ART | Art

AST | Astronomy

AVS | Animal and Veterinary Science

BCH | Biochemistry

BES | Biological and Environmental Studies

BIO | Biological Sciences

BIS | Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

BME | Biomedical Engineering

BPS | Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

BUS | Business

CCC | Cross-Cultural Competence

CHE | Chemical Engineering

CHM | Chemistry

CHN | Chinese

CLA | Classics

CLS | Comparative Literature Studies

CMD | Communicative Disorders

COM | Communication Studies

CPL | Community Planning

CSC | Computer Science

CSF | Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

CSV | Community Service

CVE | Civil and Environmental Engineering

ECN | Economics

EDC | Education

EDP | Ph.D. in Education

EDS | Special Education

EEC | Environmental Economics

EGR | Engineering

ELE | Electrical Engineering

ELS | English Language Studies

ENG | English

ENT | Entomology

EVS | Environmental Sciences

FAL | Fine Arts and Literature

FLM | Film Media

FOS | Forensic Science

FRN | French

GCH | Grand Challenges

GEG | Geography

GEO | Geosciences

GER | German

GRK | Greek

GWS | Gender and Women’s Studies

HBW | Hebrew

HDF | Human Development and Family Studies

HIS | History

HLT | Health

HPR | Honors Program

HSA | Health Services Administration

HSS | Human Science and Services

ISE | Industrial and Systems Engineering

ITL | Italian

ITR | Internships and Experiential Education

JOR | Journalism

JPN | Japanese

KIN | Kinesiology

LAN | Languages

LAR | Landscape Architecture

LAS | Latin American Studies

LAT | Latin

LET | Letters

LIB | Library

LIN | Linguistics

LRS | Labor Relations and Human Resources

LSC | Library and Information Studies

MAC | Master of Science in Accounting

MAF | Marine Affairs

MBA | Master’s in Business Administration

MCE | Mechanical Engineering

MIC | Microbiology

MLS | Medical Laboratory Science

MSL | Military Science and Leadership

MTH | Mathematics

MUS | Music

NES | New England Studies

NEU | Neuroscience

NFS | Nutrition and Food Sciences

NRS | Natural Resources Science

NUE | Nuclear Engineering

NUR | Nursing

NVP | Nonviolence and Peace Studies

OCE | Ocean Engineering

OCG | Oceanography

OCS | Off Campus Study – Undergraduate

OCSG | Off Campus Study – Graduate

PHC | Pharmacy

PHL | Philosophy

PHP | Pharmacy Practice

PHT | Physical Therapy

PHY | Physics

PLA | Prior Learning Assessment

PLS | Plant Sciences

POR | Portuguese

PRS | Public Relations

PSC | Political Science

PSY | Psychology

RDE | Resource Development Education

RLS | Religious Studies

RUS | Russian

SCM | School of Communications and Media

SOC | Sociology

SPA | Spanish

STA | Statistics

SUS | Sustainability

THE | Theatre

THN | Thanatology

TMD | Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design

URB | Urban Affairs

URI | University of Rhode Island Freshman Seminar

WRT | Writing


Course descriptions including “Cross-listed as” indicate multiple departments or programs that offer the same course (e.g. “Cross-listed as (AAF), HIS 150” course is offered by both Africana Studies and History).

In the Course Descriptions, the information in parentheses after the full text of the course description tells the format and number of hours per week (e.g. “Lec. 3” means three hours of lecture). “Pre:” refers to a prerequisite. “S/U credit” signifies a course in which only grades of satisfactory or unsatisfactory are given.

Courses that meet general education requirements are designated with a letter in parentheses indicating the appropriate group, as follows:

(A) | Fine Arts and Literature

(FC) | Foreign Language/Cross-Cultural Competence

(L) | Letters

(EC) | English Communication (General)

(ECw) | English Communication (Written)

(MQ) | Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning

(N) | Natural Sciences

(S) | Social Sciences

Courses that meet the general education diversity requirement are designated with a [D].