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College Credit Course Descriptions

Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System

Courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System. This common numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by participating non-public institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions.

Each participating institution controls the title, credit and content of its own courses and recommends the first digit of the course number to indicate the level at which students normally take the course. Course prefixes and the last three digits of the course numbers are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed for that purpose by the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee. Individuals nominated to serve on these committees are selected to maintain a representative balance as to type of institution and discipline field or specialization.

The course prefix and each digit in the course number have a meaning in the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS). The list of course prefixes and numbers, along with their generic titles, is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.” Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as “statewide course details.”

Example of Course Identifier

Level Code
Century Digit
Decade Digit
Unit Digit
Lab Code
(first digit)
(second digit)
(third digit)
(fourth digit)
Freshman Level
at this


No Laboratory
component in
this course

General Rule for Course Equivalencies

Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course number and are guaranteed to be transferable between participating institutions that offer the course, with a few exceptions. (Exceptions are listed below.)

For example, a survey course in social problems is offered by 34 different postsecondary institutions. Each institution uses “SYG_010” to identify its social problems course. The level code is the first digit and represents the year in which students normally take the course at a specific institution. In the SCNS taxonomy, “SYG” means “Sociology, General,” the century digit “0” represents “Entry-level General Sociology,” the decade digit “1” represents “Survey Course,” and the unit digit “0” represents “Social Problems.”

In science and other areas, a “C” or “L” after the course number is known as a lab indicator. The “C” represents a combined lecture and laboratory course. The “L” represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course, having the same prefix and course number without a lab indicator, which may meet at a different time or place.

Transfer of any successfully completed course from one institution to another is guaranteed in cases where the course to be transferred is equivalent to one offered by the receiving institution. Equivalencies are established by the same prefix and last three digits and comparable faculty credentials at both institutions. For example, SYG 1010 is offered at a community college while the same course is offered at a state university as SYG 2010. A student who has successfully completed SYG 1010 at the community college is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for SYG 2010 at the state university upon transfer. The student cannot be required to take SYG 2010 again since SYG 1010 is equivalent to SYG 2010. Transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by the receiving institution to determine satisfaction of requirements on the same basis as credit awarded to the native students. It is the prerogative of the receiving institution to offer transfer credit for courses successfully completed which have not been designated as equivalent.

The Course Prefix

The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or sub-category of knowledge. The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered. Rather, the content of a course determines the prefix designation.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses

State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.024(19), Florida Administrative Code, reads:
When a student transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the common course designation and numbering system, the receiving institution shall award credit for courses satisfactorily completed at the previous participating institutions when the courses are judged by the appropriate common course designation and number system faculty task forces to be academically equivalent to courses offered at the receiving institution, including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the course numbering system. Credits so awarded shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency

The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer. Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution:

  1. Courses in the 900-999 series (e.g., HUM 2905)
  2. Internships, practical, clinical experiences and study abroad courses
  3. Performance or studio courses in Art, Dance, Theater and Music
  4. Skills courses in Criminal Justice
  5. Graduate courses
  6. Courses not offered by the receiving institution

College preparatory and vocational preparatory courses may not be used to meet degree requirements and are not transferable.

Questions about the Statewide Course Numbering System and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to the Curriculum Services office or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling telephone number 850.245.0427 or SunCom 205.0427.

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 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.

Classification Discipline
Accounting: General
Aeronautical Science
American History
American Literature
Applied Accounting
Architecture TAR
Art History
Automotive/Engine Repair
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Aviation Management
Aviation Technology Flight
Aviation Technology Theory
Biological Science - Introductory
Building Construction
Building Construction Trades
Business Law
Child Development
Clothing and Textiles
Comparative Politics CPO
Computer Applications CAP
Computer and Information Systems
Computer Design/Architecture
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering Technology
Computers in General Studies
Computer Programming
Computer Technology and Skills CTS
Computing Theory
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice: Corrections CJC
Criminal Justice Development
Criminal Justice: Law and Process CJL
Criminal Justice Law Enforcement CJE
Criminal Justice Technology
Criminology and Criminal Justice CCJ
Dance DAN
Dance Activities
Dental Hygiene
Dental Support DES
Developmental Psychology
Education: Early Childhood
Education: Exceptional Child - Core Competencies
Education: Foundations
Education: General
Education: Hard of Hearing and Deaf
Education: Technology and Media
Educational Psychology
Electronic Engineering Technology
Electronic Specialty Technology
Emergency Medical Services
Engineering: General EGN
Engineering Technology: Civil
Engineering Technology: Drafting
Engineering Technology: General
Engineering Technology: Industrial
Engineering Technology: Mechanical
English Composition
English for Academic Purposes
English Literature
Environmental Studies EVR
European History
Fire Fighting and Protection
Food Science
Food Service Systems
French Language
Funeral Services
General Business
Geography: Regional Areas
Geography: Systematic
German and Germanic Languages
Graphic Arts (Graphic Design and Multimedia)
Attention Digital Media Arts Students: Some of your GRA courses now have a DIG prefix. For more information, contact the program manager at 904.646.2239.
Health Information Management
Health, Leisure and Physical Education
Health Science
Hotel and Restaurant
Human Nutrition
Human Services
Interdisciplinary Honors
Interdisciplinary Science - Natural
Interdisciplinary Studies
Interior Design
International Relations
Italian Language
Latin American History
Library Sciences
Marketing Applications
Mass Media Communications
Mathematics: Algebraic Structures
Mathematics: Applied
Mathematics: Calculus and Precalculus
Mathematics: General
Mathematics: General and Finite
Mathematics: Technical and Business
Mathematics: Topology and Geometry
Medical Laboratory Technology
Music: Brasses
Music: Church
Music Commercial MUM
Music: Conduction
Music: History
Music: Keyboard
Music: Literature
Music: Music Ensembles
Music: Opera/Musical Theatre
Music: Other Instruments
Music Percussion
Music: Strings
Music: Theory
Music: Voice
Music: Woodwinds
Nursing Practice and Theory
Oceanography: Biological
Oceanography: General
Office Systems Technology
Oral Interpretation
Ornamental Horticulture
Para-Legal Assistant
Pharmacy Technician
Physical Education Acts (General) - Performance Centered, Land
Physical Education Acts (General) - Water, Snow, Ice
Physical Education Theory
Physical Science
Physical Therapy
Political Science
Quantitative Methods in Business
Radiation Therapy
Radiologic Technology
Reading Education RED
Respiratory Therapy
Risk Management and Insurance
Small Business Management
Social Psychology
Sociology, General
Spanish Language
Speech Communication
Speech Pathology and Audiology
Student Life Skills
Surveying and Related Areas
Theatre Arts
Theatre Production and Administration
Women’s Studies
Special Series Credit
Compensatory Credit
Career Advancement Courses
Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency, High School Diploma and English as a Second Language
Non-Credit Adult Studies ESL

Course Descriptions

All courses will have a notation at the end of course description indicating A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. Confirm your choices with an advisor or counselor.

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 listed in the 2004-05 catalog are not taught each term. Class schedules are published prior to each term that show the courses that will be offered. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions.

Note: 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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