Course Offerings

Requisite Types

Co-requisite

A course that must be taken concurrently with another course or courses unless it was previously completed with a required minimum grade.

Pre-requisite

A requirement that must be met before a student can enroll in a course. This may include, but is not limited to: completion of other courses, sophomore standing, instructor permission, placement scores, or acceptance in certain programs.

Recommended

An identified course in which skill levels are established and will assure success completion. Recommendations should be carefully considered, but are not required.

Course Numbers

Course Numbers Meaning
001 - 099 Courses are non-transferrable and do not apply toward academic degrees. They may be required for some A.A.S. degrees.
100 - 199 Lower division courses primarily for freshman.
200 - 299 Lower division courses primarily for sophomores.
300 - 399 Upper division courses in select disciplines for undergraduates.

Special Course Numbers

203 - Workshop

Certain courses that are of a short duration are typically called workshops. They are conducted by qualified NIC faculty members or other authorities in a particular field. Six credits maximum may be applied toward graduation. Instructor permission required.

097- or 197- Special Topic

Semester length courses dealing with unique subject or timely topics conducted by qualified faculty or authorities in a particular field.

290 - Internship

An off-campus experience directed by an on-site supervisor, but overseen by a faculty member designated to provide the student with an opportunity to observe and/or participate in a job-related activity that falls within the student's field of study. Six credits maximum may be applied toward graduation. Instructor permission required.

297 - Professional Development

Non-credit professional development courses for K-12 certified teachers offered at a set cost that may be taken by NIC faculty toward professional development workshop hours.

298 - Practicum

An out-of-classroom experience designed to give the student an opportunity to apply principles learned in academic course work to specific community-related or employment-related situations. Practicums are overseen by a faculty member. Eight credits maximum may be applied toward graduation. Instructor permission required.

299 - Independent Study

An individual study involving readying or a project that is offered on demand only. Six credit maximum may be applied toward graduation. Sophomore standing and instructor permission required.

Directed and Independent Study Courses

Directed Studies

Courses in which the content is identical to courses outlined in the catalog. A student must demonstrate that the course is required for graduation or program purposes and that taking the course through directed study is the only option available to them. Directed study courses must be approved by the instructor, appropriate division chair, dean, and the Vice President for Instruction. Students may register for directed study classes during the first two weeks of the semester or the first week of Summer Session.

Independent Studies

Courses which are available in most academic disciplines in which the course content, learning, and evaluative criteria are developed primarily by the student with the guidance of an instructor. Independent studies may include readings and a project and must be approved by the instructor, appropriate division chair, dean, and Vice President for Instruction. These courses are open to students with a 3.0 GPA who have successfully completed 30 semester credits.

Students may not enroll in more than three credits of independent study per semester or six credits per year. Credits earned may not be used to fulfill associate's degree core requirements. Students may register for independent study classes during the first two weeks of the semester or the first week of summer session. Contact Cardinal Central for more information.