How to Read Course Descriptions

Courses are identified by a six-character alpha numeric code. The first three characters identify the subject code and the next three numbers identify the particular course per the North Carolina Common Course Library of offerings.

This listing of courses includes prerequisites, corequisites, and fees associated with courses. In addition, the number of lecture, lab, clinic, and credit hours are shown per course. For example:


SPA 111, Elementary Spanish I, notes a prerequisite of ENG-002; or satisfactory reading and writing placement scores. This means that a student must have successfully completed ENG-002 or have reading and writing scores on the College Placement Test that indicate college readiness. Prerequisites must be met for a student to enroll in a course.

SPA 111 also notes a corequisite of SPA 181. This means that a student must enroll in SPA 181 during the same term he/she enrolls in SPA 111. Corequisites must be taken together as the learning experiences in each course complement one another.

SPA 111 has 3 lecture hours; this means that the course will meet for three hours each week in a typical 16-week semester. If the course is offered in an 8-week session, the course will meet for six hours each week.

SPA 111 has no lab hours in addition to the lecture hours nor does it have clinical hours.

Upon successful completion of the course, a student will receive three credit hours of credit towards the educational goal.

SPA 181 has zero lecture hours and two lab hours. This means the student will be in a lab experience for two hours per week in a 16-week semester, four in an 8-week term, and receive one hour of credit towards the educational goal.


Note the $35 Fee associated with the course. Fees are assessed in particular courses for which college resources are consumed to a greater degree than others.

Note also that this course requires six hours of lab in a week (in a 16-week semester) and the student receives three hours of credit upon successful completion.