Course Description Information

Course Abbreviations or Prefixes

The University offers undergraduate courses in a variety of subjects. The following table lists

  1. the undergraduate subjects offered,
  2. their abbreviations or course prefixes,
  3. the colleges or units in which they are taught, and
  4. the page numbers.

The prefixes are used in course listings in this catalog and the semester class schedule.

Subject Prefix College or Unit
Accounting ACCT Business
Anthropology ANTH Liberal Arts
Art ARTS Liberal Arts
Astronomy ASTR Science and Engineering
Bilingual/ESL/Multicultural BIEM Education and Human Development
Biology BIOL Science and Engineering
Biomedical Sciences BIMS Science and Engineering
Business Administration BUSI Business
Business Law BLAW Business
Chemistry CHEM Science and Engineering
Civil Engineering Ceen Science and Engineering
Clinical Laboratory Science CLSC Science and Engineering
Communication COMM Liberal Arts
Computer Science COSC Science and Engineering
Criminal Justice CRIJ Liberal Arts
Dance DANC Liberal Arts
Early Childhood Education ECED Education and Human Development
Economics ECON Business
Education/Student Teaching EDUC Education and Human Development
Educational Curriculum & Instruction EDCI Education and Human Development
Educational Technology ETEC Education and Human Development
Electrical Engineering EEEN Science and Engineering
Engineering ENGR Science and Engineering
Engineering Technology ENTC Science and Engineering
English ENGL Liberal Arts
Environmental Science ESCI Science and Engineering
Finance FINA Business
French FREN Liberal Arts
Geographic Information Science GISC Science and Engineering
Geography GEOG Liberal Arts
Geology GEOL Science and Engineering
German GERM Liberal Arts
Health HLTH Education and Human Development
Health Care Administration HCAD Nursing and Health Sciences
Health Sciences HLSC Nursing and Health Sciences
History HIST Liberal Arts
Honors HONR Honors Program
Industrial Engineering IEEN Science and Engineering
Kinesiology KINE Education and Human Development
Management MGMT Business
Management Information Systems MISY Business
Marketing MKTG Business
Mathematics MATH Science and Engineering
Mechanical Engineering MEEN Science and Engineering
Mexican American Studies MXAS Liberal Arts
Military Science MSCI Education and Human Development
Music MUSI Liberal Arts
Music (ensemble) MUEN Liberal Arts
Nursing NURS Nursing and Health Sciences
Operations Management OPSY Business
Operations Research/Management Science ORMS Business
Philosophy PHIL Liberal Arts
Physics PHYS Science and Engineering
Political Science POLS Liberal Arts
Portuguese PORT Liberal Arts
Psychology PSYC Liberal Arts
Reading Education READ Education and Human Development
Science, Mathematics and Technology Education SMTE Science and Engineering
Social Work SOCW Liberal Arts
Sociology SOCI Liberal Arts
Spanish SPAN Liberal Arts
Special Education SPED Education and Human Development
Theatre THEA Liberal Arts
Univ. Core Curriculum Programs UNIV Univ. Core Curriculum Programs
Woman and Gender Studies WGST Liberal Arts

Course Numbers

Each course number includes a four-character prefix (identifying the discipline or subject) and a four-digit number. The first digit indicates the level of the course. The second digit usually indicates the credit hour value of the course. The third and fourth digits differentiate the courses in a particular discipline.

Courses numbered in the 1000 and 2000 series are lower-division (freshman or sophomore) courses. The University uses the Texas Common Course Numbering System as the basis for numbering most lower-division courses.

Courses numbered in the 3000 and 4000 series are upper-division (junior or senior) courses.

Courses numbered 5000 or higher are graduate courses. Courses at the 5000 level are open only to students with graduate status and senior undergraduates who meet specific criteria. (See “Graduate Study by Undergraduates” in the “Undergraduate Programs” section of this catalog.) Graduate courses are listed in the Graduate Catalog.

Courses at the 6000 level are open only to students admitted to a doctoral program, or with permission from the program coordinator.

Courses numbered in the 0000 series, such as 0399, are remedial or developmental courses that do not count toward graduation.


A prerequisite is a requirement that must be completed before a course may be attempted. A corequisite is a requirement that must be completed at the same time a course is attempted.

List of Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate courses are listed here. Course descriptions may include projected scheduling information. Individual courses, however, are subject to change or withdrawal at any time and may not be offered every semester or every year. When registering for courses, please consult the semester class schedule, a separate publication that provides specific course offering information for a particular semester or session.

Common Courses Designated in Course Descriptions

Freshman and sophomore-level courses that are considered equivalent to courses in the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS) are identified at the beginning of their course descriptions. The TCCNS prefix and number may be found immediately after the A&M-Corpus Christi prefix and number. Examples follow:

ACCT 2301 Financial Accounting (3 sch) (ACCT 2301)
COMM 1315 Public Speaking (3 sch) (SPCH 1315)

For a list of all common courses taught at A&M-Corpus Christi, see the appendix titled “Lower-Division Transfer Courses: Common Courses.”

Online and Blended Courses

Courses that are offered online or blended will have an * or ^ after the title.

* - indicate online offerings

^ - indicate blended offerings

For example:

CRIJ 4365White Collar Crime ^3
BUSI 3315 *3
MATH 1442Statistics for Life *,^4