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 course “Introduction to Art (3 crs.)” may also be abbreviated as “ART 120 (3)”).


Course Codes

AAF | Africana Studies

AFS | Aquaculture and Fisheries Science

AME| American Studies

AMS | Applied Mathematical Sciences

APG | Anthropology

ARB | Arabic

ART | Art

ASL | American Sign Language

AST | Astronomy

AVS | Animal and Veterinary Science

BES | Biological and Environmental Studies

BIO | Biological Sciences

BIS | Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

BME | Biomedical Engineering

BPS | Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences

BUS | Business

CCJ | Criminology and Criminal Justice

CHE | Chemical Engineering

CHM | Chemistry

CHN | Chinese

CLA | Classics

CLS | Comparative Literature Studies

CMB | Cell and Molecular Biology

CMD | Communicative Disorders

COM | Communication Studies

CPL | Community Planning

CRG | Continuous Registration – Graduate Only

CSC | Computer Science

CSF | Digital Forensics and Cyber Security

CSV | Community Service

CVE | Civil and Environmental Engineering

DSP | Data Science Program

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

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

LHR | Labor Relations and Human Resources

LIB | Library

LIN | Linguistics

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

RIC   |  Joint Ph.D. Program with Rhode Island College

RLS | Religious Studies

RUS | Russian

SAF | Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

SCM | School of Communication and Media

SOC | Sociology

SPA | Spanish

SPC | School of Professional and Continuing Studies

STA | Statistics

SUS | Sustainability

THE | Theatre

THN | Thanatology

TMD | Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design

UCS | University College for Academic Success

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.

General Education Designations

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

A-Build knowledge of diverse peoples and cultures and of the natural and physical world through the following four outcomes:

(A1) – Understand and apply theories and methods of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematical (STEM) disciplines

(A2) – Understand theories and methods of the social and behavioral sciences

(A3) – Understand the context and significance of the humanities using theoretical, historical, and experiential perspectives

(A4)– Understand the context and significance of arts and design


B-Develop intellectual and interdisciplinary competencies for academic and lifelong learning through the following four outcomes:

(B1) – Write effective and precise texts that fulfill their communicative purposes and address various audiences

(B2)- Communicate effectively via listening, delivering oral presentations, and actively participating in group work

(B3) – Apply the appropriate mathematical, statistical, or computational strategies to problem solving

(B4)-Develop information literacy to independently research complex issues


C-Exercise individual and social responsibilities through the following three outcomes:

(C1)- Develop and engage in civic knowledge and responsibilities

(C2)- Develop and exercise global responsibilities

(C3)– Develop and exercise diversity and inclusion responsibilities


D-Integrate and apply abilities and capacities developed under each of the 3 above areas, adapting them to new settings, questions, and responsibilities

(D1) Demonstrate the ability to synthesize multiple knowledge perspectives, competencies and responsibilities


G-Grand Challenge – Exploration of multiple perspectives of areas of contemporary significance, including their ethical implications

(G)- Grand Challenge