Course Levels and Numbering
Per faculty legislation, the number of a course implies it’s level.
The course number indicates the level of the course, with the exception of the first-year seminars, all of which are open only to first-year students and considered to be at the 100 level.
Fall and Winter offerings:
100 – 199 – Generally courses numbered 100 to 199 are introductory and open to first-year students. They do not have prerequisites.
200 – 299 – Courses numbered 200-299 are designed primarily for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, though many are also open to first-year students. If they are open to first-year students they should be so designated in the course description in the Catalog. Contact the Registrar’s office to update a course.
300 – 399 – Courses numbered 300-399 are designed for juniors and seniors.
400 – 499 – Courses at the 400 level represent specialized work for senior majors in the departments and programs.
Short Term offerings:
s10 – s29 – Generally, short term courses numbered S10 – s29 normally have no prerequisites, although they may require permission of the instructor;
s30 – s39 – Courses numbered s30 – s39 normally have prerequisites.
s40 – s49 – Courses numbers s40 – s49 are designed primarily for majors.
360 is the designation for all independent studies and should be conducted at the 300-level.
s50 is the designation for independent research in Short Term.
The above information is taken from the Bates Catalog (front page of “Courses of Instruction” section) and faculty legislation.
Dates & Deadlines
- Februrary 28 – Last day for withdrawal from Winter 2014 semester courses (drops)
- March 8 – 14: Registration for on-campus Short Term 2014 and Fall 2014 semester
- March 21: Petitions due to faculty for Fall 2014 semester courses
- March 28: Student petitions due from faculty for Fall 2014 semester courses
- March 31, 7:00 am: Short Term 2014 and Fall 2014 registration adjustment (add/drop) opens