How to Read Courses of Instruction

Course Listings

All courses of instruction are listed alphabetically. If more than one area of instruction exists within a unit, courses are listed alphabetically within that unit. Additionally, they appear in the straight alphabetical listing with a reference back to the unit.

Use the Course and Subject Guide located before the Course Listings to find courses quickly. Select prefix under Prefix/Subject Code column and find the page number in the last column. If the Prefix/Subject Code is unknown, examine the Courses of Instruction column for interest area and page number.

Course Numbers

Freshman courses, 1000-1999

Sophomore courses, 2000-2999

Junior courses, 3000-3999

Senior courses, 4000-4999

Graduate courses, 5000 and above

Courses 2900, 2910, 4900 and 4910, Special Problems, are used upon approval of the department chair or dean for individual instruction in any department to cover course content in special circumstances. Courses 5900, 5910, 5920 and 5930 are used in any department that offers graduate work; courses 6900 and 6910 are used in any department that offers doctoral work.

Courses 1980, 2980 and 4980, Experimental Courses, are new courses offered on a trial basis for 1-4 hours credit each. Registration is permitted only upon approval of the department chair.

Advanced Courses, numbered 3000 to 4999, are open to students who have 12 semester hours of credit in a given subject or who have the indicated prerequisites, and to those without the prerequisites who have consent of the department chair. In some instances, college/school/departmental requirements may vary. Students should consult individual areas prior to enrolling in advanced courses.

General Course Information

Individual courses of instruction are subject to change or withdrawal at any time and may not be offered each semester or every year. Any course may be withdrawn from current offerings if the number of registrants is too small to justify conducting the course. Students interested in a particular course during a particular period should inquire in advance and/or consult the applicable Schedule of Classes.

Figures in parentheses following the course credit hours indicate the number of clock hours per week devoted to lecture and laboratory. When it appears, the third and final number in these parentheses indicates the number of recitation hours per week. For information on instructional fees, contact ASSIST (Access Student Service Information Systems by Technology), (940) 565-3701.

Specific information regarding courses within a particular department is located immediately before the course listings.


A prerequisite is a course or other preparation that must be completed before enrollment in another course. All prerequisites are included in catalog course descriptions.

Semester Hour

A semester hour is the unit of credit at UNT; the credit allows for 1 lecture hour a week for 15 weeks or the equivalent.

Texas Common Course Numbering System

The Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) has been designed for the purpose of aiding students in the transfer of general academic courses between colleges and universities throughout Texas. Common courses are freshman and sophomore academic credit courses that have been identified as common by institutions that are members of the common course numbering system. The system ensures that if the student takes a course the receiving institution designates as common, then the course will be accepted in transfer and the credit will be treated as equivalent to the course offered by the receiving institution.

The following table lists the courses that the associate deans at UNT have identified as common and their TCCNS equivalents. Students wishing to transfer a course that is not listed should obtain approval from the department of their intended major prior to taking the course. The student's academic dean determines applicability of the credit to a degree program. Before using this table, students should be sure that the institution they attend employs the TCCNS.

Common course numbers shown on this list as equating to 3000-level (upper-division) courses at UNT will transfer as equivalent courses, but will not be counted as upper-division credit.

Information provided is subject to change without notice and does not constitute a contract between UNT and a student or applicant for admission. Prospective transfer students should contact the department of their intended major for course work guidelines prior to enrollment. The most current version of the common course numbering system course equivalents for UNT is available from the Office of Admissions.

The TCCNS numbers (and sometime prefixes), when applicable, are indicated in parentheses immediately following the UNT course number in the course description. See "How to Read Course Descriptions" in this section for an example. Grade points earned at other institutions are excluded in the computations of the UNT cumulative grade point average, but transfer hours accepted are included in determining the classification and minimum required level of performance. Additional information concerning academic status is available from the offices of the academic deans. Additional courses may be equivalent but are not listed as being a part of TCCNS, contact the academic dean of your major at UNT for advising.

Students enrolled at UNT must secure their deans's approval to enroll concurrently in another college or university. Failure to obtain advance approval may result in the refusal of the university to accept such work in transfer.

For academic advising at the University of North Texas contact the college/school of your major:

Arts and Sciences, (940) 565-2051

Business Administration, (940) 565-3030

Community Services, (940) 565-2067

Education, (940) 565-2736

Merchandising and Hospitality Management, (940) 565-2436

Library and Information Sciences, (940) 565-2445

Music, (940) 565-2791

Visual Arts, (940) 565-2216

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