College Credit Course Descriptions
2000-2001 Catalog

Statement on Florida's Statewide Course Numbering System

The course numbers appearing in the catalog are part of a statewide system of prefixes and numbers developed for use by all public postsecondary and participating private institutions in Florida. One of the major purposes of this system is to make transferring easier by identifying courses which are equivalent, no matter where they are taught in the state. All courses designated as equivalent will carry the same prefix and last three numeric digits.

The classifying and numbering of courses was done by postsecondary faculty members in each academic discipline. Their work was reviewed by faculty members in all of Florida's postsecondary institutions, who made suggestions and changes to be incorporated into the system.

The course numbering system is, by law, descriptive, not prescriptive. It in no way limits or controls what courses may be offered or how they are taught. It does not affect course titles or descriptions at individual schools. It seeks only to describe what is being offered in postsecondary education in Florida in a manner that is intelligible and useful to students, faculty and other interested users of the system.

The course numbering system was developed so that equivalent courses could be accepted for transfer without misunderstanding. Each public institution is to accept for transfer credit any course which carries the same prefix and last three numeric digits as a course at the receiving institution.

For example, if a student has successfully completed SYG 000 at a community college, the student cannot be required to repeat SYG 000 at the school to which he or she transfers. Further, credit for any course or its equivalent, as judged by the appropriate faculty task force and published in the course numbering system, which can be used by a native student to satisfy degree requirements at a state university, can also be used for that purpose by a transfer student regardless of where the credit was earned.

It should be noted that a receiving institution is not precluded from using non-equivalent courses for satisfying certain requirements.

General Rule for Course Equivalencies

All undergraduate courses bearing the same alpha prefix and last three numbers (and alpha suffix, if present) have been agreed upon to be equivalent. For example, an introductory course in sociology is offered in nearly 40 postsecondary institutions in Florida. Since these courses are considered to be equivalent, each one will carry the designator SYG 000.

First Digit

The first digit of the course number is assigned by the institution, generally to indicate the year or (level at which) it is offered. This digit does not affect the equivalency.

0 — college preparatory credit (not for degree)

1 — freshman year

2 — sophomore year

In the sociology example mentioned above, one institution which offers the course in the freshman year will number it SYG 1000; a school offering the same course in the sophomore year will number it SYG 2000. If the prefix and last three numeric digits are the same, the courses are substantively equivalent.


Each institution will retain its own title for each of its courses. The sociology courses mentioned above are titled at different colleges Introductory Sociology, General Sociology and Principles of Sociology. The title does not affect the equivalency. The courses all carry the same prefix and last three numeric digits: that is what identifies them as equivalent.

Equivalency of Sequences

In certain cases, sequences of courses in a given discipline are equivalent rather than the individual courses, which make up these sequences. In these cases the subject matter topics may not be taught in the same sequence, course by course, in several institutions; however, upon completion of the full sequence at any of the several institutions, students have completed substantively equivalent content. These sequences are clearly identified in the course equivalency profiles.

Explanation of Prefixes and Numbers

Prefixes and numbers in the course numbering system are not chosen at random; they are designed to describe course content in an organized fashion within a classification system developed for each subject matter area.

Generally each of the major classifications in a discipline is represented by a three-alpha prefix. In some cases, one three-alpha prefix has been sufficient for the entire discipline. A discipline may use as many prefixes as necessary to accommodate its major classifications. The logic of the system allows it to be infinitely expandable with minimal disruption to existing numbers.

History, for example, has several prefixes: AFH, African History; AMH, American History; ASH, Asian History; EUH, European History; HIS, History - General; LAH, Latin American History; and WOH, World History. All history courses in the state will carry one of these prefixes. (Local titles are used for each particular course. The last three numbers are used to indicate equivalency.)

Exceptions to the Rule for Equivalencies

The following are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies.

  1. All numbers which have a second digit of nine are for courses as directed independent study, thesis hours, etc., and courses with 900 numbers must be evaluated individually and are not automatically transferable.
  2. All internships, practicums, clinical experiences and study abroad courses, whatever numbers they carry, are not automatically transferable.
  3. Performance or studio courses in art, dance, theater and music are not automatically trans ferable but must be evaluated individually.

Statewide Course Numbering System

Course Prefix Titles Index

Listed below is an alphabetical index of the course classification discipline and the respective course three-digit prefix. To identify the course prefix, scan the alphabetical listing, locate the desired classification discipline and then note the prefix that distinguishes that specific discipline.

The courses which Florida Community College at Jacksonville offers in that discipline can be ascertained by following the appropriate three-digit prefix in the alphabetical listing of course descriptions in the following section of the catalog.

A   B   C   D   E   F   G   H   I   J   K   L   M   N   O   P   Q   R   S   T   U   V   W   X   Y   Z Special Series Courses Compensatory Courses

Classification Discipline Prefix
Accounting: General ACG
Advertising ADV
Aeronautical Science ASC
American History AMH
American Literature AML
Anthropology ANT
Applied Accounting APA
Architecture TAR
Art History ARH
Astronomy AST
Automotive/Engine Repair AER
Aviation Management AVM
Aviation Technology Flight ATF
Aviation Technology Theory ATT
Banking BAN
Biological Science — Introductory BSC
Botany BOT
Building Construction BCN
Building Construction Trades BCT
Business Law BUL
Chemistry CHM
Child Development CHD
Chinese CHI
Clothing and Textiles CTE
Comparative Politics CPO
Computer and Information Systems CIS
Computer Design/Architecture CDA
Computer Engineering CEN
Computer Engineering Technology CET
Computers in General Studies CGS
Computer Programming COP
Computing Theory COT
Creative Writing CRW
Criminal Justice Development CJD
Criminal Justice Technology CJT
Criminology and Criminal Justice CCJ
Dance Activities DAA
Dental Hygiene DEH
Dental Support DES
Developmental Psychology DEP
Dietetic DIE
Economics ECO
Education: Early Childhood EEC
Education: Foundations EDF
Education: General EDG
Education: Hard of Hearing and Deaf EHD
Education: Technology and Media EME
Educational Psychology EDP
Exceptional Child — Core Competencies EEX
Electronic Engineering Technology EET
Electronic Specialty Technology EST
Emergency Medical Services EMS
Engineering Technology: Civil ETC
Engineering Technology: Drafting ETD
Engineering Technology: General ETG
Engineering Technology: Industrial ETI
Engineering Technology: Mechanical ETM
English as a Second Language (for Non-Native Speakers) ENS
English as a Second Language — Preparatory ESL
English Composition ENC
English Literature ENL
European History EUH
Film FIL
Finance FIN
Fire Fighting and Protection FFP
Food Science FOS
Food Service Systems FSS
French Language FRE
General Business GEB
General History HIS
Geography: Regional Areas GEA
Geography: Systematic GEO
Geology GLY
German and Germanic Languages GER
Graphic Arts GRA
Health Information Management HIM
Health, Leisure and Physical Education HLP
Health Science HSC
Home Economics: Family Development FAD
Hotel and Restaurant HFT
Humanities HUM
Human Nutrition HUN
Human Services HUS
Interdisciplinary Science — Natural ISC
Interdisciplinary Social Sciences ISS
Interdisciplinary Studies IDS
Interior Design IND
International Relations INR
Italian Language ITA
Journalism JOU
Latin American History LAH
Leisure LEI
Library Sciences LIS
Linguistics LIN
Literature LIT
Management MAN
Management: Applied MNA
Marketing MAR
Marketing Applications MKA
Mass Media Communications MMC
Mathematics: Algebraic Structures MAS
Mathematics: Applied MAP
Mathematics: Calculus and Precalculus MAC
Mathematics: Education MAE
Mathematics: General MAT
Mathematics: General and Finite MGF
Mathematics: Technical and Business MTB
Mathematics: Topology and Geometry MTG
Medical Laboratory Technology MLT
Medical Records MRE
Meteorology MET
Microbiology MCB
Modern Hebrew Language HBR
Music MUS
Music: Brasses MVB
Music: Church MUR
Music: Commercial MUM
Music: Composition MUC
Music: Conduction MUG
Music: Education MUE
Music: History MUH
Music: Keyboard MVK
Music: Literature MUL
Music: Music Ensembles MUN
Music: Opera/Musical Theatre MUO
Music: Other Instruments MVO
Music: Percussion MVP
Music: Strings MVS
Music: Theory MUT
Music: Voice MVV
Music: Woodwinds MVW
Nursing Practice and Theory NUR
Oceanography: Biological OCB
Oceanography: General OCE
Office Systems Technology OST
Oral Interpretation ORI
Ornamental Horticulture ORH
Para-Legal Assistant PLA
Philosophy PHI
Photography PGY
Physical Education Acts (General) — Object Centered, Land PEL
Physical Education Acts (General) — Performance Centered, Land PEM
Physical Education Acts (General) — Water, Snow, Ice PEN
Physical Education Acts (Professional) — Object Centered, Land PEO
Physical Education Theory PET
Physical Science PSC
Physical Therapy PHT
Physics PHY
Physics PHZ
Political Science POS
Process Biology (Cell/Molecular/Ecology/Genetics/Physiology) PCB
Psychology PSY
Quantitative Methods in Business QMB
Radiologic Technology RTE
Radio/Television RTV
Reading REA
Real Estate REE
Religion REL
Respiratory Therapy RET
Risk Management and Insurance RMI
Russian Language RUS
Social Psychology SOP
Sociology, General SYG
Spanish Language SPN
Speech Communication SPC
Speech Pathology and Audiology SPA
Statistics STA
Student Life Skills SLS
Surveying and Related Areas SUR
Theatre THE
Theatre Arts TPP
Theatre Production and Administration TPA
Transportation TRA
Women's Studies WST
Zoology ZOO

Course Descriptions

College credit courses in this catalog with the (Y) symbol count toward the Associate in Arts Degree. When students transfer without the Associate in Arts Degree, the transferability of these courses is decided by the receiving institution.

College credit courses in this catalog without the (Y) symbol will not count toward the Associate in Arts Degree. The transferability of these courses is decided by the receiving transfer institution.

Several opportunities to earn credit by examination are provided to students with prior learning and life experiences in content areas. Credit by examination programs include the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (ACT/PEP) and the College's own Proficiency Examination Program (PEP). Courses for which an examination is available through one of these programs are identified with a (CBE) at the end of the course description. Courses for which certification is available are identified with a (CBC) at the end of the course description. Occasionally the testing program sponsor will discontinue a test, so contact any campus assessment and certification center for additional information concerning test availability and registration information.

All courses in the course description listing are not taught each term. Class schedules are published prior to each term that show the courses that will be offered. Many courses in the catalog have prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions.

In the college credit course descriptions the contact hours listed refer to the number of contact hours per week during a 15-week semester. When a course is taught during a term, which is shorter or longer than 15 weeks, the number of contact hours per week is adjusted proportionately.

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