University Terminology

Approved for GE:

This designation identifies a course that can be used toward fulfilling the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program requirements. Approved courses are located on ISIS at http://isis.uiowa.edu . GE-approved courses on ISIS list both the old and the new GE areas.

ARR (Arranged)

The abbreviation ARR stands for arranged. It indicates that you must see the instructor to make the required arrangements directly. When the amount of credit is marked ARR, the credit must be approved by the instructor and your advisor. When you register, type in the number of semester hours that have been approved for you to enroll in. When the time and place are marked ARR, it is your responsibility to find out about time and room from the instructor or departmental office.

Auditing

Auditing is to reduce to zero the number of semester hours for which you register in a course. See collegiate policies for the college in which you are enrolled. Audit registrations require special permission from the instructor.

Distance Courses

A Continuing Education Distance course is indicated by an EX in the section column. Most distance education courses are open to those who are not degree candidates but who wish to take courses for personal or professional development or other reasons

Guided Independent Study (GIS) Course

A Guided Independent Study course is a distance course denoted by an EXZ or EXY in the section column. GIS courses are self-paced online courses; some may be completed without Internet access. Students may finish most GIS courses in one session, or they may choose to take two sessions to complete course requirements.

Corequisite

A corequisite is a course which must be taken in the same session as another course.

Course Numbering System

In a course number (for example, 010:001) the part preceding the colon (:) is the department number; following the colon is the course number. Both are used in designating a course. Course numbers are classified as follows:

Below 100: primarily for undergraduate students

From 100 to 199: for undergraduate and graduate students

200 or above: for graduate students (special permission required for undergraduate students)

Drop/Withdraw

To drop is to terminate enrollment in one or more courses but remain enrolled in at least one other course during the semester. Deadlines for dropping courses are listed under Significant Deadline Dates on ISIS or on the Office of the Registrar's web site at http://www.registrar.uiowa.edu under “Calendars/Deadlines” and then click on “Academic Deadlines”.

(Withdraw) To withdraw is to terminate enrollment in every course (even if enrolled in only one course) by submitting a Student Withdrawal Card to the Office of the Registrar, 1 Jessup Hall.

Honors

Honors courses are for students who have been admitted to the University of Iowa Honors Program. Honors sections and courses are indicated on ISIS. Permission is required if you are a non-honors student. The web site for the University of Iowa Honors Program is http://honors.uiowa.edu .

Identification Card (UID)

The University of Iowa ID Card is the University's official identification card, providing access to facilities and academic services across campus. The ID card, which bears your name, photo, and signature, is your ID card throughout your entire academic career at the University. You should carry your ID Card at all times during the current session, and keep it for use in future sessions. Questions regarding the University of Iowa ID Card should be directed to the Iowa One Card Office, 3 Jessup Hall, (319) 335-2716. The office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Independent Study-Type Courses

Independent study-type courses require you to seek permission in order to register. Contact the instructor (or designated individual) for the instructor number that you enter as the section number when you register. At this time you should make the required semester hours, time, and place arrangements.

Instructional Technology Centers (ITCs)

ITCs are centers with personal computers. They are available to University students, faculty, and staff year round. The centers are located in academic buildings, libraries, residence halls, and the Iowa Memorial Union. ISIS is accessible from all ITCs.

Pass-Fail (P-F), Pass-Nonpass (P-N), Satisfactory-Unsatisfactory (S-U)

See collegiate policies for the college in which you are enrolled for definitions. To take courses with these special grading policies, you must process the appropriate form at the Registrar's Service Center, 17 Calvin Hall, after the first day of classes.

Prerequisite

A prerequisite indicates a UI course that you must have satisfactorily completed before enrolling in the course.

Recommendation

Knowledge, skills, and the completion of courses and other requirements that may assist in a course, but are not required are recommendations. For example, a particular book in Shakespeare might be a recommended reading before enrolling in an English course.

Requirement

A requirement is a mandatory criteria for enrollment in a course. For example, grade of C or higher in a beginning algebra course might be a requirement for a course.

Restriction

If you want to register for a course that has a restriction, you must obtain permission from the instructor (or designated individual). Methods of handling permissions may vary from department to department

Satisfactory-Fail (S-F)

Courses open to undergraduate students designated OFFERED ON S-F BASIS ONLY are courses in which S (satisfactory) or F (fail) are assigned.

Semester hour (s.h.)

The abbreviation s.h. stands for semester hour. The unit of instruction is the semester hour, which consists of the equivalent of 750 minutes of lecture work or 1,500 minutes of laboratory for a session.

Void

To void your registration is to officially withdraw from all classes prior to the beginning of the session.

Withdrawal/Drop

To withdraw is to terminate enrollment in every course (even if enrolled in only one course) by submitting a Student Withdrawal Card to the Office of the Registrar, 1 Jessup Hall.

(Drop) To drop is to terminate enrollment in one or more courses but remain enrolled in at least one other course during the semester. Deadlines for dropping courses are listed under Significant Deadline Dates on ISIS or on the Office of the Registrar's web site at http://www.registrar.uiowa.edu under “Calendars/Deadlines” and then click on “Academic Deadlines.”