System Procedures
Chapter 3 - Educational Policies

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Part 1. Purpose
To establish consistent practices for course numbering at Minnesota State colleges and universities.

Part 2. Authority
Minnesota Statutes §135A.08, subd. 2, requires the Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to develop and maintain a common numbering convention to distinguish remedial lower-division, upper-division, and graduate-level coursework.

Part 3. Guideline Requirements
Colleges and universities shall develop and maintain a common numbering convention to distinguish developmental, lower-division, upper-division, and graduate-level coursework.

  1. Courses will have three or four digit numbers. The first number designates the course level. The numbering system is as follows:
    0xxx - Developmental courses designed to prepare students for entry into college-level courses and do not apply toward a certificate, diploma, or degree

    1xxx - Lower-division courses primarily for undergraduate students in their first year of study

    2xxx - Lower-division courses primarily for undergraduate students in their second year of study

    3xxx - Upper-division courses primarily for undergraduate students in their third year of study

    4xxx - Upper-division courses primarily for undergraduate students in their third or fourth year of study

    5xxx - Courses primarily for graduate students

    6xxx - Courses for graduate students or post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs

    7xxx - Courses for graduate students or post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs

    8xxx - Courses for graduate students or post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs

    9xxx - Courses for graduate students or post-baccalaureate students in professional degree programs

  2. Colleges and universities may adopt numbering conventions for other kinds of courses including independent studies, directed studies, thesis credits, topics courses, internships, and field studies.

Related Documents:

To view any of the following related statutes, go to the Revisor's Web site (http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/). You can conduct a search from this site by typing in the statute number.
  • Minn. Stat. § 135A.08 Credit Transfer

Guideline History:

Date of Adoption: 8/01/07,
Date of Implementation: 8/01/07,

Date & Subject of Revisions:

No additional HISTORY

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