College Terminology, Course Information, and Course Abbreviations

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College Terminology

The involuntary removal of a student from his/her academic program for unsatisfactory academic performance following academic probation.
Occurs when a student's cumulative NSC GPA is below warning threshold as determined by credit.
Determined by regulations governing good standing, warning, probation, and disqualification.
Occurs when a student's cumulative NSC GPA is below 2.0 but above warning threshold as determined by credit. 
Formal application and acceptance in a degree program. 
The advisor is assigned by the college to assist each student in planning the proper academic program. The student is called the advisor's advisee. 
To take a course without earning credit or grade. 
Group of classes in different subject areas that are required of all students obtaining a degree. 
A course that must be taken simultaneously with another.
Special course fees are indicated with the course.
Described in semester hours, a credit is defined as three hours of work per week for one semester. Usually this work is made up of one period in class plus two hours of preparation for lecture-seminar classes, or three hours of laboratory classes.
The total credits for which a student is registered in any registration period.
CURRICULUM A structured set of learning objectives.
An academic unit of  a college
Those activities that are part of student life, but are not part of the regular course of study, such as debate, dramatics and athletics. 
Grade Point Average.
A 2.0 in any given semester as well as a cumulative 2.0 on all college work. Students must be in good academic standing to be eligible to receive financial aid.
A              4.0
A-             3.7
B+            3.3
B              3.0
B-             2.7
C+            2.3
C              2.0
C-             1.7
D+            1.3
D              1.0
D-             0.7
F              0.0
Grades are evaluated in terms of quality points. For each credit of a letter grade completed, the following grade points are earned:
In order to graduate, students must have an average of two grade points for each credit attempted for regular letter grade, including all courses that are failed or repeated.
The "I" symbol is a mark that is given when a student has been performing satisfactory work, but for a reason beyond the student's control, has been unable to complete the required work for the course. Incomplete grades revert to grades of "F" if not made up within one regular semester. 
Primary subject or field of study.
Secondary subject or field of study.
Special student status for students not seeking a degree. Registration is limited to 15 undergraduate credits per semester. Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.  
Non-resident students pay tuition in addition to per-credit fees.
The symbol "NR" is assigned when an instructor does not indicate a grade for a student in a course. "NR" must be resolved by the end of the next regular semester, or it will revert to an "F". 
The preliminary requirement that must be met before a certain course may be taken. 
Enrolling in classes.
All students pay per-credit registration fees.
A degree-seeking student who is officially admitted to the college.
The subjects that are prescribed for the completion of a particular program.
A student attending the college as a permanent immigrant who has not attained U.S. citizenship.  
Credit earned for regular classes conducted on campus, as well as correspondence classes, continuing education classes, and other distance education courses offered through Nevada State College. 
The semester list of courses offered, including the names of the teachers, the days, hours, and locations of the classes.  
A listing of the courses the student takes each semester.
75 instructional days.
Additional fees, such as lab fees, required.
SUSPENSION (Disciplinary)
The involuntary separation of a student from the college for unsatisfactory conduct. 
A certified copy of the student's permanent academic record on file in the Office of the Registrar. The transcript lists each course the student has taken and the final grade received.  
A student who has not yet obtained a bachelor's degree.
The act of officially leaving the college. A student may also drop individual courses without withdrawing from the college. Consult the schedule of classes for specific dates in which the dropping of classes is allowed. Students who drop classes between the seventh day of classes and after 60 percent of the course instruction has occurred receive grades of "W" on their transcripts. Complete withdrawal from the college results in "W" grades if the student is passing classes at the time of complete withdrawal.  

Course Information

Course Numbers

REMEDIAL COURSES - (099 or lower courses): May serve as pre-requisites for courses but do not count toward total credits or fulfill degree requirements.

LOWER DIVISION (100 - and 200 - level courses): May satisfy prerequisite requirements for upper division courses.

UPPER DIVISION (300 - and 400 - level courses): Mainly for juniors and seniors; may require prerequisites.

Advance Course Approvals, Pre-requisites, and Attendance Requirements

You must obtain advisor approval and, as required, satisfy the course and/or test score placement prerequisite for your registration to be valid when you pay fees. Each department is authorized to cancel the registration of any student who does not:

  • Satisfy the course or test score placement prerequisites
  • Attend class during the first week of class
  • Obtain permission to attend more than one section of a class
  • Pay fees by the due date.


3+0, 3+3, etc. show the number of 50-minute class periods of lecture (or recitation or discussion) plus the total number of periods of laboratory (or workshop) per week. The number of class periods is not necessarily the same as the number of times the class meets. Thus 3+0 means the course meets for three lecture periods per week and does not have any laboratory periods. Likewise, 3+3 means the course meets for three periods of lecture and three periods of laboratory per week.

1, 2, etc. credits, indicate the number of credits the course carries each semester.

S/U means the course is graded Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory only

Course Abbreviations

ACC - Accounting 

ACE - Academic and Career Exploration 

AES - Air Force ROTC 

ALS - Academic and Life Success

AM - American Sign Language 

ANTH - Anthropology

ART - Art

AST - Astronomy

BCH - Biochemistry

BIOL – Biology

BLW – Business Law

BUS – Business

CEP – Counseling Educational Psychology

CH – Core Humanities

CHEM – Chemistry

CHS – Community Health Science

COM – Communications

COU – Counseling

CRJ – Criminal Justice

CS – Computer Science

ECON – Economics

EDEL – Education - Elementary

EDRL – Education - Reading & Language

EDSC – Education - Secondary

EDSP – Education - Special Education

EDUC – Education

EDU – Education

ENG – English

ENT – Entrepreneurship

ENV – Environmental Sciences

ETS – Ethnic Studies

FIN – Finance

FIS – Film Studies

FREN – French

GEOG – Geography

GEOL – Geology

HE – Health Ecology

HIST – History

ISC – Interdisciplinary Studies Core

IS – Information Systems

KIN – Kinesiology

LDE - Leadership Development and Engagement

MATH – Mathematics

MED - Medicine

MGT – Management

MIL – Military Science

MKT – Marketing

MUS – Music

NRES – Natural Resource & Environmental Science

NURS – Nursing

NUTR – Nutrition

OH - Ornamental Horticulture 

PHIL – Philosophy

PHYS – Physics

PSC – Political Science

PSY – Psychology

SCM – Supply Chain Management

SOC – Sociology

SPA – Speech Pathology & Audiology

SPAN – Spanish

STAT – Statistics

TCA – Tourism & Convention Administration

THTR – Theater

VIS – Visual Media

WMST – Women’s Studies