Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Course Description Key

Course Descriptions

The following course description key explains the system used for courses listed throughout the catalog.

Sample undergraduate course description

GEOG 221 - Introductory Physical Geography
A basic physical geography course examining the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and hydrosphere, with emphasis on processes, patterns, and physical background.
Note: Three hours of lecture and one two-hour lab a week.
Requisites: Prerequisite: None.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
K-State 8: Empirical and Quantitative Reasoning; Natural and Physical Sciences

Sample graduate course description

GEOG 895 - Topics in Spatial Analysis
Independent advanced study of a selected topic. An example is the use of remote sensing and GIS in environmental modeling.
Credits: 1-3
Requisites: Pr.: Consent of instructor.
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

Course number

The letters GEOG generally denote the department in which the course is offered (in this case, the Department of Geography).
The three digits of the course number 321 (undergraduate) and 899 (graduate) represent the level of the course (e.g., 100-199 = first year, 200-299 = second year, etc.)

Refer to the Course Level Key  in Academic Policies and Procedures within the Credit Section 

The number in parentheses (4) indicates the units of credit given for the course.

The Fall, Spring, Summer, and/or intersession indicates the semester or semesters, each course is usually offered.

K-State 8 indicates that the course has been approved for the K-State 8 General Education Program which encourages students to be intellectual explorers. Students who first enroll in Summer 2011 or later must meet the requirements of the K-State 8 General Education Program.

The abbreviation Pr. indicates prerequisites for the course. In the sample course, students would be required to have completed Environmental Geography I before enrolling. Some courses list Recommended pr., which means a previous course is strongly recommended, although not required.

Some courses may allow or require concurrent or co-requisite enrollment in other courses. This is indicated by the abbreviation Conc