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Levels and Numbering of Courses

The definition of levels and numbering of courses at Southeast Missouri State University is intended to provide students with a clear understanding of the criteria that are used as guidelines to distinguish among lower division, upper division, and graduate courses, as well as to explain the sequence of numbering those courses.  In general, levels of courses differ with regard to the breadth and depth of their content, the perspective from which the subject is viewed, the degree to which particular intellectual skills are emphasized, and the degree of responsibility expected of students as they study the subject.  Course numbers usually correspond to the classification of students as freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students.  The following descriptions of course levels serve as guidelines for course development throughout the University.


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