Course Offerings, Levels, and Codes

Jointly Offered Courses

Some courses are offered by two or more departments or programs. Before signing up for these courses, students should determine carefully the department or program under which they wish to register. The course code may not be changed after the student has registered for the semester.

Number Code: Course Level and Category

The three-digit number assigned to each course indicates the level and in some instances the type of course. For example: BIO 166 is intended for beginning students in biology, while BIO 490 is an advanced course limited to upper-class majors in biology. The meanings of the numbers are as follows:

Alpha Code Subject Matter

Undergraduate Lehman College courses are identified by a three-letter abbreviation (Alpha Code) followed by a three-digit number. The letters indicate the subject area of the course. For example: ANT 171 is a course in human evolution offered by the Department of Anthropology, while ENW 309 is a writing course offered by the Department of English. The meanings of the Alpha Codes are listed at the end of this chapter.

Course Levels

Remedial and Developmental Courses (001-089)

Students are directed to these courses as the result of skills assessment examinations. Hours and credits are not assigned in the same way as for other courses. Remedial Courses are non-credit courses with precollege content. Developmental Courses have in part college-level and in part precollege-level (remedial) work. They carry college credits only for the portion of the course that is college-level. The Remedial and Developmental courses are graded A, B, C, R, or NC. Students who receive a second grade of R in any remedial or developmental course may be dropped from the College.

Compensatory Courses (090-110)

All courses numbered 090-099 and some courses numbered 100-110 carry more hours than credits for purposes of skills development. These courses are college-level courses offering credits equivalent to that of regular college courses without extended classroom hours. (Compensatory courses numbered below 100 are graded A, B, C, NC, or R. They may be repeated until a grade of C is achieved. They do not count for distribution credit.)

Introductory Courses (100-199)

Intermediate Courses (200-299)

Advanced Courses (300-499)

The prerequisite for courses numbered 300-399 is the satisfactory completion of at least 30 college credits, unless otherwise specified.

The prerequisite for courses numbered 400-499 is the satisfactory completion of at least 60 college credits, unless otherwise specified.

NOTE: These course prerequisites are not repeated with every course description under "Course Offerings, Levels, and Codes;" however, the student is responsible for knowing about them and meeting them. This responsibility holds for all the information on course prerequisites presented in this section.

Course Categories

Skill and Performance Courses (100-110, 200-210)

Basic skills courses include beginning foreign language courses, freshman composition, and basic performance courses, such as chorus, basic design, and keyboarding. In general, these courses may not satisfy Distribution requirements.

Fieldwork, Internship, Work Experience (270-280, 370-380, 470-479)

Fieldwork places a student in an organized work setting outside the college classroom. Examples of such work settings include government agencies, business offices, social agencies, industrial establishments, and educational or health care institutions. The amount of time spent and the amount of credit earned may vary, but no more than 30 credits may be earned in courses for which the last two digits are 70-80. The number 480 is reserved for previous life experience in the Adult Degree Program.

Courses numbered 370-379 are open only to students who have satisfactorily completed at least 45 credits. Courses numbered 470-480 are for majors who have satisfactorily completed a total of 75 credits toward the degree, including at least 12 credits in the discipline or related areas.

Courses for which the Topic May Vary from Semester to Semester (150-165, 250-265, 350-365, 450-465)

Seminars or courses entitled "Topics in" exemplify courses of this type. These courses may be re-elected for a stated maximum number of credits (usually 6) when the topic changes.

Courses numbered 150-165 are intended for beginning students.

Courses numbered 350-365 are open only to students who have satisfactorily completed at least 45 credits, except with permission of the appropriate department chair or program coordinator.

Courses numbered 450-465 are for students majoring in that subject area who have satisfactorily completed a total of 75 credits toward the degree, including at least 12 credits in that discipline or related areas.

List of Alpha Codes

Subject Area Code
Accounting (see Economics)
AFRICANA STUDIES AAS
Swahili SWA
Yoruba YOR
AMERICAN STUDIES (Interdisciplinary) AMS
Anthropology ANT
ART
Art History ARH
Computer Graphic Imaging CGI 
Studio Art ART
BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES BIO
Botany BBG
Chemistry CHE
CITY AND THE HUMANITIES HUM
Comparative Literature (Interdepartmental) CLT
COMPUTER SCIENCE CMP
Computer Information Systems CIS 
Cooperative Education Program CED
Dance (see Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance)
Disability Studies DST 
ECONOMICS and BUSINESS
Accounting ACC
Business Administration BBA
Economics ECO
EDUCATION
Childhood Education DEC
Counseling, Leadership, Literacy, and Special Education ESS
Early Childhood Education ECE
Family and Consumer Studies FCS
Middle and High School Education ESC
Special Education EDS
ENGLISH ENG
Creative & Professional Writing ENW
English as a Second Language ESL
EARTH, ENVIRONMENTAL, AND GEOSPATIAL SCIENCES
Environmental Science ENV 
Geography-Human GEH
Geography-Physical GEP
Geology GEO
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (see English)
FRESHMAN YEAR INITIATIVE FYI
GENERAL EDUCATION LEH
HEALTH SCIENCES HSD
Dietetics, Foods, & Nutrition DFN
Exercise Science EXS
Health Education and Promotion HEA
Health Services Administration HSA
Public Health  PHE 
Recreation Education REC
Rehabilitation REH
HISTORY
Asia, Latin America, Russia, and Non-Western Civilizations HIW
Ancient Greece, Rome, Near East, and Ancient and Medieval Civilizations HIA
Modern Europe HIE
Special & Comparative Historical Topics HIS
United States HIU
Human Rights and Peace Studies HRP 
HUMANITIES HUM
INDIVIDUALIZED BACCALAUREATE PROGRAMS (IBAP & ADP) IBA
ITALIAN-AMERICAN STUDIES IAS
JOURNALISM AND MEDIA STUDIES
Film and TV Studies  FTS
Journalism JRN 
Media Communications Studies MCS 
LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES
Arabic  ARB 
Classical Culture ACU
Chinese CHI
Classics CLA
French FRE
German GER
Greek GRK
Hebrew HEB
Hebrew Culture HCU
Irish IRI
Italian ITA
Japanese JAL
Japanese Culture JCU
Latin LAT
Mixtec  MIX 
Portuguese POR
Russian RUS
Slavic SLA
Spanish SPA
World Classics IDW
World Foreign Languages WFL 
Yiddish YDH
LATIN AMERICAN & LATINO STUDIES
Latin American and Caribbean Studies LAC
Latino Studies LTS
LEHMAN SCHOLARS PROGRAM LSP
LINGUISTICS (Interdisciplinary) LNG
MACAULAY HONORS COLLEGE MHC
Mathematics MAT
Middle Eastern Studies MES
MUSIC, MULTIMEDIA, THEATRE, AND DANCE
Dance  DNC
Music History MSH
Music Performance MSP
Music Theory MST
Theatre  THE 
NURSING NUR/HIN
PHILOSOPHY PHI
PHYSICS & ASTRONOMY
Astronomy AST
Physics PHY
POLITICAL SCIENCE POL
Special Studies SPS 
PSYCHOLOGY PSY
SOCIOLOGY SOC
SOCIAL WORK SWK
SPEECH-LANGUAGE-HEARING SCIENCES
Communication Arts SPE
Speech Pathology and Audiology SPV
Theatre (See Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance)
URBAN STUDIES (Interdisciplinary) URB
WOMEN'S STUDIES (Interdisciplinary) WST
WORLD CLASSICS
(Interdisciplinary & Interdepartmental) IDW

Courses that Involve a One-to-One Faculty/Student Relationship

(281-296, 381-396, 481-496)

Tutorials: (281-284, 381-384, 481-484)

Independent Study: (285-288, 385-388, 485-488)

Research: (289-292, 389-392, 489-492)

Special Projects: (293-296, 393-396, 493-496)

These courses provide an opportunity for independent study in every department. Students who wish to undertake independent study should consult an adviser from the department or interdisciplinary program encompassing the student's area of interest. Such consultation is essential before registering for one of these courses because plans have to be developed by the faculty member and the student. The first digit indicates the level of experience that a student should have before taking the course.

Courses numbered 381-396 are open to students who have satisfactorily completed at least 60 credits or have permission of the department chair.

Courses numbered 481-496 are for students majoring in that subject area who have satisfactorily completed a total of 75 credits toward their degree, including at least 12 credits in that discipline or related areas.

Prerequisites

A prerequisite course is one that must be satisfactorily completed before a more advanced course is taken. The following are not satisfactory grades for prerequisite courses: F, NC, INC, PEN, R, W, WU, WF, AUD. Students who receive an INC in a prerequisite must complete it within TWO WEEKS of the following semester if they wish to remain in the more advanced course. For example, PSY 166 is the prerequisite for all 200-level psychology courses.

Corequisites

A corequisite course is one that must be taken in the same semester as its related course. For example, CHE 114 (lecture) and CHE 115 (lab) are corequisite courses.