Standard University Course Numbers


The courses in each department are numbered from 1 to 699, according to the following groups:

 1-99

Courses not carrying credit toward a degree (zero credit).

100-299

Courses primarily for freshman and sophomore students.

300-499

Courses primarily for junior and senior students.

500-599

Courses primarily for graduate students, but open to qualified undergraduates.

600-699

Courses for graduate students.


Reserved Course Numbers for All Colleges

290 - Independent study
393 - Workshop
398 - Cooperative Education
490 - Independent study
493 - Workshop
499 - Undergraduate research, seminars, or senior projects (not completely standardized)
590 - Special topics
593 - Workshop
599 - Creative component
690 - Special or advanced topics
699 – Research

100, 200, 300, 400, 500, and 600 - Course numbers ending in double zero are used to bring in transfer credit that is acceptable credit, but does not have an ISU equivalent.  ISU courses cannot end in a double zero.

Note: Some colleges have standardize course numbers used for study abroad experiences. Please check with your department and/or college curriculum committee.

College of Human Sciences:
417 and 418 - Student Teaching

College of Engineering:
397 - Engineering Internship

298 and 498 - Cooperative Education