Courses and Units of Instruction

Courses in the First-Year Seminar Program are open to first-year students only. Courses numbered 100 to 199 are introductory and open to first-year students. Courses numbered 200-299 are designed primarily for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, though many are also open to first-year students. Courses numbered 300-399 are designed for juniors and seniors. Courses at the 400 level represent specialized work for senior majors in the departments and programs. All courses are one semester in length. Successful completion of a course earns a student one Bates course credit, except in applied music and "other foreign languages," for which two semesters of work are required to earn one course credit.

Short Term units are generally numbered according to the following codes: s10-s29 normally have no prerequisites, although they may require permission of the instructor; s30-s39 normally have prerequisites; s40-s49 are designed primarily for majors; s50 is the designation for independent study.

Curricular offerings, schedules, and instructors for the next semester or Short Term appear on the Garnet Gateway ( The College reserves the right to cancel courses or units due to changes in teaching personnel, under-enrollment, the need to balance sections upon the instructor's request, or other unforeseen circumstances.

Courses and units are listed sequentially with numbers preceded by subject codes under each department and program. Subject codes with a slash indicate that the course is cross-listed in two departments or programs. The subject code INDS indicates that the course or unit is cross-listed in more than two departments and/or programs.

Academic Departments and Programs

Subject Codes for Cross-listed Courses and Units

AA African American Studies
AC American Cultural Studies
AN Anthropology
AS Asian Studies
AT Astronomy
AV Art and Visual Culture
BC Biological Chemistry
BI Biology
CH Chemistry
CI Chinese
CM Classical and Medieval Studies
DN Dance
EC Economics
ED Education
EN English
ES Environmental Studies
FR French
GE Geology
GK Greek
GM German
HI History
JA Japanese
LA Latin
MA Mathematics
MU Music
NS Neuroscience
PE Physical Education
PH Physics
PL Philosophy
PS Political Science
PY Psychology
RE Religion
RU Russian
SO Sociology
SP Spanish
TH Theater
RH Rhetoric
WS Women and Gender Studies