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Glossary of Course Terms

The following describes some of the terms used in the course descriptions:

Also offered as: Indicates that a course is the equivalent of another course, both of which are offered simultaneously (e.g., ANTH 110 & LING 101). Students may receive credit for one course only.

Clinical: Some health occupations courses require that the student spend a prescribed amount of hours applying learned skills in a clinical (i.e., “on the job”) setting.

Core: Indicates whether a course is part of the UNM Core Curriculum or the New Mexico Lower-Division General Education Common Core Curriculum.

Co-requisite: Indicates course/s in which a student must be enrolled during the same semester.

Credit not allowed: Some courses will not count for credit if the student has already taken another specified course (e.g., BIOL 110 & 123, CHEM 111L & 121L).

Grade option: The subset of grades which students will be given in this course (if not listed, grades are A, B, C, D or F).

Lecture/Lab: Some science courses indicate the amount of time per week students will spend in the lecture portion of the class (i.e., the classroom) and in the laboratory (in practice, “3 hours” is actually 2½ hours/week or 5 hours/week for an 8-week session). Some health-related courses list total lecture and lab hours for a semester.

May be repeated for credit: Indicated that a course may be repeated for credit up to a specified number of credit hours or, for topics courses, may be repeated if the topics vary.

New Mexico Lower-Division General Education Common Core Curriculum: Indicates the area (if any) in the New Mexico Lower-Division General Education Common Core Curriculum to which the course can be applied (NMCC stands for New Mexico Core Curriculum).

Placement: Certain freshman-level English and Mathematics courses require minimum placement scores on standardized tests (e.g., Accuplacer, ACT, SAT) in place of prerequisites.

Prerequisite: Indicates course/s which a student must have successfully completed (generally, a grade of “C” or above) before a student is allowed to enroll in a course.

Recitation: The term “recitation” is similar to “lab” and refers to additional class time for tutorial or assistance with assignments purposes.

Restriction: Similar to “prerequisites,” this term indicates that there are certain constraints (e.g., instructor or administrative approval) in place before a student is allowed to enroll in the course.

Suggested pre/co-requisite: Indicates course(s), which a student should (i.e., not required but highly recommended) take either prior to (pre) or concurrent with (co-) a course.

UNM Core Curriculum: Indicates the area (if any) in the UNM Core Curriculum to which the course can be applied.