General Information

Florida Statewide Course Numbering System

(Section 1007.24, Florida Statutes)

Courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).  This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and by participating nonpublic institutions.  The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions.  Students and administrators can use the online SCNS to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions.  This information is at the SCNS website (

    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 the type of institution and discipline field or specialization.

    The course prefix and each digit in the course number have a meaning in the SCNS.  The listing of prefixes and associated courses is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.”  Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as “statewide course profiles.”

Example of Course Identifier


Level Code

Century Digit

Decade Digit

Unit Digit

Lab Code


(first digit)

(second digit)

(third digit)

(fourth digit)









Lower (Freshman)




No laboratory


Level at this




component in





Skills I

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, as listed below in Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency.

    For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 84 different public and nonpublic postsecondary institutions.  Each institution uses “ENC_101” to identify its freshman composition skills 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, “ENC” means “English Composition,” the century digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition,” the decade digit “0” represents “Freshman Composition Skills,” and the unit digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition Skills I.”

    In the sciences and certain 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 that has the same prefix and course number but meets at a different time or place.

    Transfer of any successfully completed course from one participating 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, ENC 1101 is offered at a community college.  The same course is offered at a state university as ENC 2101.  A student who has successfully completed ENC 1101 at a Florida College System institution is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for ENC 2101 at the state university if the student transfers.  The student cannot be required to take ENC 2101 again since ENC 1101 is equivalent to ENC 2101.  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 that have not been designated as equivalent. NOTE: Credit generated at institutions on the quarter-term system may not transfer the equivalent number of credits to institutions on the semester-term system. For example, 4.0 quarter hours often transfers as 2.67 semester hours.

The Course Prefix

The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or subcategory 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 assigned 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 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 institutions. 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 statewide 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

Since the initial implementation of the SCNS, specific disciplines or types of courses have been excepted from the guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses. These include courses that must be evaluated individually or courses in which the student must be evaluated for mastery of skill and technique. 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 not offered by the receiving institution.
  2. For courses completed at an institution whose accrediting agency is not included on the list of approved accrediting agencies, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
  3. Courses in the _900-999 series are not automatically transferable and must be evaluated individually. These include such courses as Special Topics, Internships, Apprenticeships, Practicums, Study Abroad, Theses, and Dissertations.
  4. Applied academics for adult education courses.
  5. Graduate courses.
  6. Internships, apprenticeships, practicums, clinical experiences, and study abroad courses with numbers other than those ranging from 900-999.
  7. Applied courses in the performing arts (Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) and skills courses in Criminal Justice (academy certificate courses) are not guaranteed as transferable. These courses need evidence of achievement (e.g., portfolio, audition, interview, etc.).

Courses at Non-regionally Accredited Institutions

The SCNS makes available on its home page ( a report entitled “Courses at Non-regionally Accredited Institutions” that contains a comprehensive listing of all nonpublic institution courses in the SCNS inventory, as well as each course’s transfer level and transfer effective date. This report is updated monthly.

Questions about the SCNS and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to the University of West Florida in the Office of the Registrar or to 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 SCNS office at (850) 245-0427 or at

How to Find Courses

Please consult the Course Descriptions section of the catalog for specific course information.

Course Level

Lower Division Courses have a "1" or "2" as the first digit of the course number. Upper-Division Courses have a "3" or "4" as the first digit of the course number.

Graduate Courses have a "5," "6," "7," or "8" as the first digit of the course number.

Classification of Courses

The University course numbering system is as follows:

Course Range Open To
1000-2999 Freshman, sophomores, and non-degree students, unless otherwise noted.
3000-4999 Open to freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and non-degree students.
5000-5999 Open to all degree-seeking and non-degree graduate students. Juniors and seniors may register for 5000-level courses under certain conditions.
6000-7999 Restricted to students enrolled in graduate programs and other post-baccalaureate students who may be admitted at the discretion of the department chairperson. Non-degree students must have the permission of the specific course instructor to register for 6000-level courses.
8000-8999 Restricted to students enrolled in the doctoral program.

Restricted Courses

Departments may restrict enrollment in specific courses to students in the major or other categories of students based on academic needs and requirements. These courses are noted in the online course search. Students should refer to the Registration Error Messages guide if a registration error is encountered due to a course restriction. 

Unassigned Course Numbers (XXX and —-)

Courses listed in degree plans with XXX as the last three digits of a course number are pending assigned course numbers within the Statewide Common Course Numbering System. Information concerning these courses must be obtained from the offering department.


The number of credit hours follows each course listing. Directed study, internship, thesis, practicum, and some other courses are offered on a variable hours basis. For these courses, the minimum and maximum number of hours will be indicated. The number of hours will be determined in consultation with the instructor and advisor.

Semester Course Offered

Please consult the academic department offering a course for information concerning semester(s) in which a particular course is normally offered. Potential course offerings are subject to change based upon student enrollment, faculty availability, program changes, etc. Students should contact their advisor when developing schedules to ensure timely completion of prerequisites and courses required for graduation.

Course Prerequisites/Corequisites

It is the student's responsibility to review the prerequisite and corequisite requirements included as part of the course search. Refer to Searching for Courses for step-by-step instructions on how to search for a course and view the prerequisites and/or corequisites. For further information about prerequisites and corequisites, please contact the offering department and review the information found in the Registration Policies & Procedures section of this Catalog.

990-999 Course Numbers

Courses in the 990-999 series are not identified in the University catalog and are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not be transferable. Transfer credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. These courses are semester-specific and may change in title, content, and credit hours.