Undergraduate Curriculum Council

Instructions for Completing an Undergraduate Catalog Change Proposal

Part B: Course Changes, Additions, Deletions

Field Definitions:

Subject Code:


Course Number:

Please consult with the Registrar's Office for available course numbers.

Short Course Title:

The short course title appears on the student transcript and is used in the processing of repeated courses.  The short course title can be no more than 30 characters, including spaces.  No punctuation or special characters can be used. Changing the short course title will affect repeat processing. 

Long Course Title:

The long course title appears in the eCatalog and on the class schedule in BengalWeb. The long course title can be no more than 100 characters, including spaces and punctuation. Punctuation or special characters can be used.

Credit Hours:

This is the number of credits or semester hours the student will earn by successfully completing the course.

Default Grading Mode:

Available default grade modes are Letter or S/U.  The default grade mode must be specified, and this will be the grade mode automatically assigned to students when they register.  The non-default grade mode can be used on a section, but must be specified in the course scheduling process before registration is open for the term.

Available Grading Modes:

Unless otherwise directed, all undergraduate courses also have the Audit grade mode assigned.  If the course should not be audited, please specify this and the Audit grade mode will be removed.  If this is done, students will not be able to audit the course. A student may choose this grade mode with the permission of the instructor with a Schedule Change card submitted before the add/drop date for the term.

All undergraduate courses also have the Pass/No Pass grade mode available. A student may choose this grade mode with the permission of the instructor with a Schedule Change card submitted before the add/drop date for the term. (Please see the Undergraduate Catalog policy regarding the Pass/No Pass grade at: http://coursecat.isu.edu/undergraduate/academicinformation/creditandgradingpolicies/

If a course description says “May be graded S/U,” that course is set up with the S/U grade mode as the default.  If the department wishes to offer the course with a letter grade, this must be specified in the course scheduling process before registration is open for the term.


A course is considered repeatable if a student may take the course multiple times and receive credit for the course multiple times.  This can be limited by either the total credits the student can earn, or the number of times the student can take the course.  It can also be unlimited.  Repeatability is not the same as repeating the course to replace a previously earned grade.

Course Description:

Any course description of reasonable length is allowed.

Requisite Statement:

PREREQ: A prerequisite course must be taken before registering for the proposed course.  Registration for the prerequisite course in a current term does not fulfill the requirement unless the requirement is listed as a “PRE-or-COREQ.”

COREQ: A student must take Corequisite course in the same term. The student must register for all Corequisites in the same registration transaction.

PRE-or-COREQ: A required course that can be taken prior to, or concurrently with, this proposed course.

Minimum Required Grade for


If a Prerequiste course requires a minimum grade, state it here. Unless otherwise stated, all Pre- and Corequisites will be considered fulfilled at the university default level of D- or above.

Registration Restrictions:

Registration Restrictions limit the students that can register for the course.  Common registration restrictions are major restriction and class level restrictions.  All undergraduate students are restricted from registering for graduate level courses.



An equivalent course is one that fulfills all of the same graduation requirements.  Students cannot earn credit for two equivalent courses that are not repeatable. Equivalent courses can be scheduled separately or they can be scheduled together at the same time in the same classroom.  In the latter case, the sections are cross-listed in the class schedule.  The following restrictions apply to equivalent courses:

  • Graduate and undergraduate courses may not be equivalent.
  • Upper division and lower division courses may not be equivalent.
  • A course that satisfies a general education objective may not be equivalent to a course that does not, or that satisfies a different general education objective.
  • Experimental courses are not equivalent to any course.

Fulfills General Education Objective:

Specify which objective the course fulfills. (Approval by GERC is required.)

Terms Offered:

It is important to give students the most accurate information possible regarding which semesters courses will be offered.  Please review the following choices for coding of this information in the catalog:

  • F - Fall Semester, every year
  • S - Spring Semester, every year
  • Se - Sequential; a series of courses is presented until all have been taught.
  • Su - Summer Semester, every year
  • EF, ES, ESu - Even-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
  • OF, OS, OSu - Odd-numbered years, Fall, Spring, or Summer Semester
  • D - Students should contact the Department to ask when this course will be offered.
  • R1 - Course is rotated every year, either Fall or Spring
  • R2 - Course is rotated every two years, either Fall or Spring
  • R3 - Course is rotated every three years, either Fall or Spring

Rationale for Change:

Provide an explanation for this proposed change.

Crosslisting is when multiple sections are taught in the same room at the same time.  Crosslisting is a scheduling function and not a catalog function.  Crosslisted sections can be equivalent or not equivalent.  Please see the information above regarding equivalencies.

Please remember that deleting a course means that it will be dropped from the catalog and cannot be offered again without an additional curriculum proposal.  As such, the department should ensure that any existing students either do not need this course or other options will be given.  Do not use this option if you are taking a course out of your curriculum or program of study. 

Changes in class fees are not part of the UCC process.  Please remember to consider any class fee changes that may be required as a result of your UCC change and consult with Academic Affairs regarding the class fee process.




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