Course numbering systems are devised to both make the course easily identifiable and to communicate basic information about the course. Degree completion students, especially, should take notice of this, as there is a requirement for 24 credits of 300+ level courses.
At Maranatha, our course codes will look like this: “BICO 241.” In this example, the “BI” shows that the course is offered through the Department of Bible and Church Ministries, and the “CO” represents the Counseling Division within that department (this is generally the case, but not always so). The course number also conveys important information. The first digit of our courses will range from 1 to 6, where each increasing number represents an additional year. A 100-199 course number then indicates that the course is a Freshman-level course, which typically has few or no prerequisites. In the original example, a “241″ course numbers means that this is a Sophomore-level course, which will then have slightly higher expectations and more prerequisites. Courses with numbers 300-499 are junior/senior-level courses and usually have higher expectations (such as, a research paper). As most universities, Maranatha requires students to complete at least a certain number of 300+ level credits to complete a Bachelor’s degree, with our requirement being a minimum of 24. Courses of 500+ numbers are graduate courses here, and they can count toward the 300+ credit requirement.
Some schools use numbering systems in the thousands, rather than hundreds, but the first digit still generally represents the year the course is associated with.