Planning a course

Before you propose a new course the CCC reminds you to be sure
that your course does not cover the same material as another course
in the curriculum. When planning a new course you’ll be asked about
the following course elements:
You’ll need both a full title for the Catalog and a 30 character title for
the transcript.
Course 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. Generally in other cases, 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.
Generally, Short Term courses are numbered accordingly: 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.
Cross-listing is optional but requires approval of relevant chairs.
Enrollment restrictions and caps – CCC minimum enrollments for
new courses:
40 or higher for access courses
30 or higher for non-access courses
15 for seminars
If you request a lower limit, you must provide a justification on the
course proposal form.
General Education – Does your course fulfill any General Education
· Writing
For W1 and W2 courses, please review the guidelines for writing
attentive courses at
writing-attentive-courses/. For W3 courses, consult with
your department/program chair. Plan your Writing designations
accordingly, and check the W1, W2, or W3 checkbox on the course
proposal form. The Writing Committee will review your request.
· Scientific Reasoning
· Laboratory or Fieldwork Experience
· Quantitative Reasoning
Go to
to plan your S, L, and/or Q designations.
When proposing your new course, check the S, L, and/or Q
checkbox on the course proposal form. Once your course is
approved you must then complete the appropriate General
Education S, L, Q questionnaires in Garnet Gateway after the
course has been approved (under the “Course Maintenance”
menu click on “SLQ Designation.”
General Education Concentrations – GECs
Your course may be an important contribution to one or more GECs.
To request inclusion in one or more GECs, contact the appropriate
GEC Coordinator(s). To view the GECs in detail go
Narrative description and materials
You will be asked for a list of likely topics or a narrative description
of the course as well as anticipated materials such as books, music,
Catalog description
No more than 100 words.
Please note, your chair will also be asked to answer the following
questions regarding your proposal:
What is the expected demand for the course?
Below minimum justification (if relevant).
What is the role of this course in the curriculum?
Which course(s) will this course replace in the current curriculum if