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Example of Course Identifier
The table below shows the course identifier construction for SYG 1010 Social Problems
Prefix
Level Code
(1st digit)
Century
Digit
(2nd digit)
Decade
Digit
(3rd digit)
Unit Digit
(4th digit)
Lab Code
SYG
1
0
1
0
Sociology
General
Freshman
level at this
institution
Entry level
General
Sociology
Survey
Course
Social
Problems
No laboratory
component in this
course
General Rule for Course Equivalencies
Equivalent courses at different institutions are identified by the same prefixes and same last three digits of the course
number and are guaranteed to be transferable between the participating institutions that offer the course, with a few
exceptions. (Exceptions are listed below.)
For example, a survey course in social problems is offered by 35 different postsecondary institutions. Each institution uses
“SYG _010” to identify its social problems course. The level code is the first digit and represents the year in which students
normally take this course at a specific institution. In the SCNS taxonomy, “SYG”means “Sociology, General,” the century
digit “0” represents “Entry-Level General Sociology,” the decade digit “1” represents “Survey Course,” and the unit digit “0”
represents “Social Problems.”
In science and other areas, a “C” or “L” after the course number is known as a lab indicator.
The “C” represents a combined lecture and laboratory course that meets in the same place at the same time. The “L”
represents a laboratory course or the laboratory part of a course, having the same prefix and course number without a lab
indicator, which meets at a different time or place.
Transfer of any successfully completed course from one institution to another is guaranteed in cases where the course to
be transferred is equivalent to one offered by the receiving institution. Equivalencies are established by using the same
prefix and last three digits and comparable faculty credentials at both institutions. For example, SYG 1010 is offered
at a community college. The same course is offered at a state university as SYG 2010. A student who has successfully
completed SYG 1010 at the community college is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for SYG 2010 at the state university
if the student transfers. The student cannot be required to take SYG 2010 again since SYG 1010 is equivalent to SYG 2010.
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