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University Catalog

Courses of Instruction

Changes in Catalog Information

The course offerings and requirements of the University of Wyoming are under examination and revision continually. This catalog is not a contract; it merely presents the offerings and requirements in effect at the time of publication and in no way guarantees that the offerings and requirements will not change.

Not all courses are offered each term. The listing of courses does not imply a contractual obligation to offer the same during the year of publication of this bulletin. The university reserves the right to offer, limit or cancel course offerings for academic, funding, or facility considerations, and to cancel any offered course for which there is not sufficient enrollment.

The university reserves the right to change approved course listings at any time during a student's term of residence.

Preparatory Courses Taught at UW by Laramie County Community College

The University of Wyoming has contracted for Laramie County Community College to offer preparatory courses on the university campus. University students will register through the normal university registration process. Inclusion of these courses in a student's schedule will count as part of the credit load for determining full-time status; however, UW credit is not awarded. For further information, contact the LCCC coordinator at (307) 766-2514 or go to Ross Hall, rooms 26 and 27.

Course Credits

The amount of credit offered for any course work published in this bulletin is based on and governed by prior university faculty recommendation and institutional determinations.

A credit hour denotes a unit of academic work. Normally, one credit hour is earned in a course meeting one hour per week for a semester (15-16 weeks). Each credit hour unit requires an average of three hours of student-effort per week. In variable-credit courses, the efforts required of the students are proportional to the credit hours attempted.

Even if topics differ in separate sections, variable-credit courses have limits on the number of credits which can be earned in that course in a semester and/or a student's career.

Format of Course Listings

Courses approved for offering are listed by college, program subject, and course level (number).

The heading which precedes the brief description of each course, shows the current course identification number; former course number(s), if any, in brackets; course title; a designation in bold brackets ([QB<>Q], e.g., [USP 2003<>USP 2015]) if any, concerning applicability of the course to the University Studies Program (see below for designation); an indicator (B), if any, concerning applicability of the course in postgraduate-careers; the number of semester credit hours established for the course (fixed or variable with the semester); and the career maximum of credit for successive term enrollments in the identified course, if different from the established semester credit-hours limit. For example, "1-3 (Max. 9)" means that a student may earn between 1 and 3 hours of credit for that course within one semester and a maximum of 9 hours within a degree career. The course description indicates any prerequisites for that course and if it is offered for S/U only.

Course Levels

University courses are distinguished by number indicating four levels of instruction as follows:

0000-0999 Preparatory Courses (no credit)
1000-2999 Primarily for Freshmen and Sophomores
3000-4999 Primarily for Juniors and Seniors
5000-5999 Primarily for Graduate Students
6000-6999 Law courses, WWAMI courses and Doctor of Pharmacy courses

A bracketed course number [ ] indicates a previous number of the same course. Double credit cannot be earned by repeating a course.

Prerequisites are the primary factor which normally govern whether a student may enroll for any particular course. However, individual departments and/or colleges may place additional restrictions on course enrollments (e.g. enrollment may be restricted by student classification).

Enrollment in engineering courses is generally limited to engineering students.

Law courses are normally open only to students approved for the program.

Graduate students may enroll in courses numbered 1000-3999 to cure undergraduate deficiencies but only courses numbered 4000 and above will be computed into the graduate GPA and allowed for graduate credit.

Approved Courses for The University Studies Program 2015

University Studies Program Designations*

C1 Communication 1
C2 Communication 2
C3 Communication 3
FY First-Year Seminar
H Human Culture
PN Physical and Natural World
Q Quantitative Reasoning
V U.S. and Wyoming Constitutions

*Please note: Throughout the department pages and course descriptions in this catalog, a few of the USP 2015 designations will appear as such: C1 = COM1; C2 = COM2; C3 = COM3; FY = FYS.

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