Center for Distance Learning

Course Numbering System

Understanding the way that courses are numbered at the Center for Distance Learning may help you plan your degree program. CDL course numbers are a combination of three letters and six digits.

The letters identify the area of study:

  • ART - the arts
  • BME - business, management and economics
  • CHS - community and human services
  • CUL - cultural studies
  • EDU - educational studies
  • HIS - historical studies
  • HDV - human development
  • LAB - labor studies
  • NUR - nursing
  • SMT - science, mathematics and technology
  • SOC - social science.

The third digit identifies the course level:

lower level
1 - freshman
2 - sophomore

advanced level
3 - junior
4 - senior.

The last digit identifies the credit amount.

Examples

BME-212314 = business, management and economics, lower level, 4 credits

CUL-221232 = cultural studies, lower level, 2 credits

NUR-204085 = nursing, advanced level, 5 credits

SOC-263634 = social science, advanced level, 4 credits