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.
Designators. Abbreviations for designating departments and programs.
Credits and Contact Hours. The academic value of each course is stated in semester credits. Each credit is normally earned by attending one (50-minute) hour of lecture or recitation per week for the entire semester, or by attending a laboratory or studio period of two or three hours per week. See Credits/Contact Hours
Prerequisite. A prerequisite indicates the specific academic background or general academic maturity considered necessary by the faculty for the student to be ready for maximum success in the course. See Course Prerequisites.
Permission Required courses/sections. To register for these sections, students must obtain authorization on a Schedule Change/Restriction Waiver form and process the approved form in the Registrar’s Student Scheduling Office, 10 Alumni Hall.
Restricted courses/sections. Some courses or sections are restricted to students who meet specified criteria including curriculum/major, college, and/or year in school. In addition, some sections may be restricted to new students to ensure that sufficient spaces are available when new students register during summer orientation. A department may waive a restriction for a student who has extenuating circumstances. The student must obtain the authorization from the department on a Schedule Change/Restriction Waiver form. The form is processed in the Registrar’s Student Scheduling Office, 10 Alumni Hall.
Cancelled courses/sections. In some cases, courses or sections may be cancelled due to low enrollment or departmental staffing considerations. Students who are registered for a cancelled course or section will be notified by the Office of the Registrar, the department, and/or on their AccessPlus schedule.
Classrooms are listed for each course in the Online Schedule of Classes at www.ats.iastate.edu/cgi-bin/class and on the student’s class schedule on AccessPlus.