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    Columbia College Chicago
  Jan 16, 2018
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Numbering

Columbia College Chicago’s course numbers are made up of six digits (2 number prefix and 4 number code), and each of the digits represents important information about the course. The following numbering systems are used throughout the course listing for course identification.

The first two digits of the course number identify the department or, in some cases, the major; department 52 is English.

The third digit, the digit following the hyphen, indicates the level of the course. Course levels are defined as follows:

  1000 Introductory courses that usually do not require prerequisites.
  2000 Intermediate courses that may require prerequisites.
  3000 Advanced courses that normally require prerequisites.
  4000 Senior level undergraduate courses that might be part of a combined graduate/undergraduate course. Combined graduate/undergraduate courses are defined as graduate courses in which qualified undergraduates may be permitted to enroll.

Courses appearing in the catalog of Columbia’s Graduate Administration have these levels:

  5000 Graduate portion of a combined graduate/undergraduate course.
  6000 A course open to graduate students only.

The fourth digit indicates the subject-matter area within the department or major. Each department and major assigns subject areas and concentrations to this digit for all courses in that discipline. In this example of a course in English, the numeral 6 in the place of the fourth digit indicates a course in the subject area of Literature. Within the course listings for this catalog and in the online Course Schedule for every semester, departments order their courses first by subject matter (that is, by the number appearing in digit four) and then by level and sequence.

Digits five and six indicate the order of the course within a sequence.  Additionally, course numbers ending in 88 and 89 are internships; course numbers ending in 98 and 99 are independent projects.