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Florida Community College 2006-07 Catalog

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 numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 33 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 “course equivalency profiles.”

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 35 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 that meets in the same place at the same time. 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. 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 if the student transfers. 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 by transfer students on the same basis as credit awarded to the native students. It is the prerogative of the receiving institution, however, 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 to identify the course.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses

Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any student who 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 statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institution. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system faculty committees representing school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions 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 Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable to those required by the accrediting association of the receiving institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection 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., ART 2905)
  2. Internships, practica, 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
  7. For courses at non–regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the transfer date of the course.

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 the Statewide Course Numbering System office at 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
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
Clinical Psychology
Clothing and Textiles
Comparative Politics
Computer Applications
Computer and Information Systems
Computer Design/Architecture
Computer Engineering
Computer Engineering Technology
Computers in General Studies
Computer Programming
Computer Technology and Skills
Computing Theory
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice: Corrections
Criminal Justice Development
Criminal Justice: Law and Process
Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice Technology
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Dance Activities
Dental Hygiene
Dental Support
Developmental Psychology
Digital Media
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
Engineering Technology: Civil
Engineering Technology: Drafting
Engineering Technology: General
Engineering Technology: Industrial
Engineering Technology: Mechanical
English Composition
English for Academic Purposes
English — General
English Literature
Environmental Studies
European History
Fire Fighting and Protection
Food Science
Food Service Systems
French Language
Funeral Services
General Business
Geography: Information Science GIS
Geography: Regional Areas
Geography: Systematic
German and Germanic Languages
Graphic Arts (Graphic Design and Multimedia)
Health Information Management
Health, Leisure and Physical Education
Health Science
Health Services Administration
Hotel and Restaurant
Human Nutrition
HVACR: Heating/Ventilation/AC/Refrigeration Tech/Trades
Industrial and Applied Technology INP
Interdisciplinary Honors
Interdisciplinary Science — Natural
Interdisciplinary Studies
Interior Design
International Relations
Italian Language
Latin American History
Library Sciences
Management: Applied MNA
Marketing Applications
Mass Media Communications
Mathematics: Applied
Mathematics: Calculus and Precalculus
Mathematics: General
Mathematics: General and Finite
Mathematics: Topology and Geometry
Medical Laboratory Technology
Music: Brasses
Music: Commercial
Music: Composition
Music: Conduction
Music: History
Music: Keyboard
Music: Literature
Music: Music Ensembles
Music: Other Instruments
Music Percussion
Music: Strings
Music: Theory
Music: Voice
Music: Woodwinds
Nursing Practice and Theory
Oceanography: Biological
Oceanography: General
Office Systems Technology
Ophthalmic Technology/Vision Care
Oral Interpretation
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
Real Estate
Respiratory Therapy
Risk Management and Insurance
Small Business Management
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. Occasionallythe testing program sponsor will discontinue a test, so contact any campus assessment and certification center for additional information concerning test availability and registration information.

College credit courses in this catalog with an “A.A.” designation located at the end of the course descriptions will count toward the Associate in Arts degree and are guaranteed transferable for those students that transfer with the Associate in Arts degree. When a student transfers without the Associate in Arts degree, the transferability of the course is decided by the receiving institution.

College credit courses without the “A.A.” designation will not count toward the Associate in Arts degree. The transferability of these courses is decided by the receiving transfer university.

The “A.S.” and “A.A.S.” designation at the end of the course description indicates the course will count toward an Associate in Science degree and/or Associate in Applied Science. When a student transfers with the Associate in Science degree or Associate in Applied Science, the transferability of the course is decided by the receiving institution.

All courses in the following list 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.

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