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    Florida State College
  Feb 03, 2023
2009-2010 Catalog [Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010] 
2009-2010 Catalog [Aug. 2009-Aug. 2010] [Archived Catalog]


Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System

Courses in this catalog are identified by prefixes and numbers that were assigned by Florida’s Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).  This numbering system is used by all public postsecondary institutions in Florida and 23 participating non-public institutions.  The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions.  Students and administrators can use the online Statewide Course Numbering System to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions.  This information is at the SCNS Web site.

Each participating institution controls the title, credit, and content of its own courses and recommends the first digit of the course number to indicate the level at which students normally take the course.  Course prefixes and the last three digits of the course numbers are assigned by members of faculty discipline committees appointed for that purpose by the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee.  Individuals nominated to serve on these committees are selected to maintain a representative balance as to type of institution and discipline field or specialization.

The course prefix and each digit in the course number have a meaning in the Statewide Course Numbering System (SCNS).  The list of course prefixes and numbers, along with their generic titles, is referred to as the “SCNS taxonomy.”  Descriptions of the content of courses are referred to as “statewide course profiles.

Example of Course Identifier


Level Code

Century Digit

Decade Digit

Unit Digit

Lab Code

  (first digit) (second digit) (third digit) (fourth digit)  


1 1 0 1  
Lower (Freshman)
Level at this
Skills I
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 participating institutions that offer the course, with a few exceptions.  (Exceptions are listed below.)

For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 55 different postsecondary institutions.  Each institution uses “ENC_101” to identify its freshman composition skills course.  The level code is the first digit and represents the year in which students normally take the course at a specific institution.  In the SCNS taxonomy, “ENC” means “English Composition,” the century digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition,” the decade digit “0” represents “Freshman Composition Skills,” and the unit digit “1” represents “Freshman Composition Skills I.”

In the sciences and certain 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 participating 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 the same prefix and last three digits and comparable faculty credentials at both institutions.   For example, ENC 1101 is offered at a community college.  The same course is offered at a state university as ENC 2101.  A student who has successfully completed ENC 1101 at the community college is guaranteed to receive transfer credit for ENC 2101 at the state university if the student transfers.  The student cannot be required to take ENC 2101 again since ENC 1101 is equivalent to ENC 2101.  Transfer credit must be awarded for successfully completed equivalent courses and used by the receiving institution to determine satisfaction of requirements by transfer students on the same basis as credit awarded to the native students.  It is the prerogative of the receiving institution, however, to offer transfer credit for courses successfully completed that have not been designated as equivalent. NOTE: Credit generated at institutions on the quarter-term system may not transfer the equivalent number of credits to institutions on semester-term systems. For example, 4.0 quarter hours often transfers as 2.67 semester hours.

The Course Prefix

The course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline, subject matter area, or sub-category of knowledge.  The prefix is not intended to identify the department in which a course is offered.  Rather, the content of a course determines the assigned prefix to identify the course.

Authority for Acceptance of Equivalent Courses

Section 1007.24(7), Florida Statutes, states:

Any student who transfers among postsecondary institutions that are fully accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education and that participate in the statewide course numbering system shall be awarded credit by the receiving institution for courses satisfactorily completed by the student at the previous institutions. Credit shall be awarded if the courses are judged by the appropriate statewide course numbering system faculty committees representing school districts, public postsecondary educational institutions, and participating nonpublic postsecondary educational institutions to be academically equivalent to courses offered at the receiving institution, including equivalency of faculty credentials, regardless of the public or nonpublic control of the previous institution. The Department of Education shall ensure that credits to be accepted by a receiving institution are generated in courses for which the faculty possess credentials that are comparable to those required by the accrediting association of the receiving institution. The award of credit may be limited to courses that are entered in the statewide course numbering system. Credits awarded pursuant to this subsection shall satisfy institutional requirements on the same basis as credits awarded to native students.

Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency

Since the initial implementation of the SCNS, specific disciplines or types of courses have been accepted from the guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses.  These include varying topics courses that must be evaluated individually, or applied courses in which the student must be evaluated for mastery of skill and technique.  The following courses are exceptions to the general rule for course equivalencies and may not transfer.  Transferability is at the discretion of the receiving institution.

  1. Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
  2. For courses at non-regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
  3. Courses in the _900-999 series are not automatically transferable, and must be evaluated individually. These include such courses as Special Topics, Internships, Practica, Study Abroad, Thesis and Dissertations.
  4. College preparatory and vocational preparatory courses.
  5. Graduate courses.
  6. Internships, practica, clinical experiences and study abroad courses with numbers other than those ranging from 900-999.
  7. Applied courses in the performing arts (Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) and skills courses in Criminal Justice are not guaranteed as transferable.

Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions

The Statewide Course Numbering System makes available on its home page a report entitled “Courses at Non-regionally Accredited Institutions” that contains a comprehensive listing of all nonpublic institution courses in the SCNS inventory, as well as each course’s transfer level and transfer effective date. This report is updated monthly.

Questions about the Statewide Course Numbering System and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to the Curriculum Services office or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 1401 Turlington Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0400. Special reports and technical information may be requested by calling the Statewide Course Numbering System office at (850) 245-0427.

Course Prefix Titles Index

Listed below is an alphabetical index of the course classification discipline and the respective course three-digit prefix. To identify the course prefix, scan the alphabetical listing, locate the desired classification discipline and then note the prefix that distinguishes that specific discipline.

The courses which Florida State College offers in that discipline can be ascertained by following the appropriate three-digit prefix in the alphabetical listing of course descriptions in the following section of the catalog.

Classification Discipline Prefix
Accounting: General ACG
Advertising ADV
American History AMH
American Literature AML
American Sign Language ASL
Anthropology ANT
Applied Accounting APA
Applied Music: Brasses MVBA
Applied Music: Keyboard MVK
Applied Music: Other MVOA
Applied Music: Percussion MVPA
Applied Music: Strings MVSA
Applied Music: Voice MVVA
Applied Music: Woodwinds MVWA
Art History ARH
Astronomy AST
Automotive Mechanics AER
Aviation Maintenance Technology AMT
Aviation Management AVM
Aviation Science: General ASC
Aviation Technology Flight ATF
Aviation Technology Theory ATT
Biological Oceanography OCB
Biological Sciences BSC
Botany BOT
Building Construction BCN
Building Construction Trades BCT
Business Law BUL
Chemistry CHM
Chinese CHI
Clinical Psychology CLP
Comparative Politics CPO
Computer Applications CAP
Computer Engineering Technology CET
Computer Networks CNT
Computer Programming COP
Computer Science and Information Systems CIS
Computer Software Engineering CEN
Computer Technology and Skills CTS
Computers General Studies CGS
Computing Theory COT
Corrections CJC
Creative Writing CRW
Criminology and Criminal Justice CCJ
Dance DAN
Dance, Emphasis on Activity DAA
Dental Hygiene DEH
Dental Support DES
Developmental Psychology DEP
Dietetics DIE
Digital Media DIG
Earth Science ESC
Economics ECO
Education General EDG
Education: Early Childhood EEC
Education: Elementary EDE
Education: Exceptional Child — Core Competencies EEX
Education: Foundations and Policy Studies EDF
Education: Technology and Media EME
Educational Psychology EDP
Educator Preparation Institutes EPI
Electronic Engineering Technology EET
Electronic Specialty Technology EST
Emergency Medical Services EMS
Engineering General EGN
Engineering Technology: Drafting ETD
Engineering Technology: Industrial ETI
Engineering Technology: Mechanical ETM
English — General ENG
English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes EAP
English Composition ENC
English Literature ENL
Environmental Studies EVR
European History EUH
Finance FIN
Fire and Emergency Services FES
Fire Fighting and Protection FFP
Food Science FOS
Food Service Systems FSS
French Language FRE
Funeral Services FSE
General Business GEB
General Oceanography OCE
Geography: Information Science GIS
Geography: Regional Areas GEA
Geography: Systematic GEO
Geology GLY
German GER
Graphic Arts GRA
Health Information Management HIM
Health Science HSC
Health Services Administration HSA
Health, Leisure and Physical Education HLP
Home Economics: Child Development CHD
Home Economics: Clothing and Textiles CTE
Hospitality Management HFT
Human Nutrition HUN
Humanities HUM
HVACR: Heating/Ventilation/AC/Refrigeration: Tech Trades ACR
Industrial and Applied Psychology INP
Information Systems Management ISM
Interdisciplinary Honors IDH
Interdisciplinary Sciences ISC
Interdisciplinary Studies IDS
Interior Design IND
International Relations INR
Journalism JOU
Juvenile Justice CJJ
Language Arts and English Education LAE
Latin American History LAH
Law and Process CJL
Law Enforcement CJE
Leisure LEI
Library and Information Studies LIS
Linguistics LIN
Literature LIT
Management MAN
Management: Applied MNA
Marine Technology and Nautical Science MTE
Marketing MAR
Marketing Applications MKA
Mass Media Communications MMC
Mathematics MAT
Mathematics: Applied MAP
Mathematics: Calculus and Precalculus MAC
Mathematics: General and Finite MGF
Mathematics: Topology and Geometry MTG
Medical Laboratory Technology MLT
Microbiology MCB
Military Science and Leadership MSL
Music MUS
Music: Commercial/Management/Administration MUM
Music: Composition MUC
Music: Ensembles MUN
Music: History/Musicology MUH
Music: Literature MUL
Music: Theory MUT
Naval Science NSC
Nursing, Generic Undergraduate NUR
Occupational Therapy OTH
Office Systems Technology OST
Ophthalmic Technology/Vision Care OPT
Oral Interpretation ORI
Paralegal/Legal Assistant/Legal Administration PLA
Pharmacy Technician PTN
Philosophy PHI
Photography PGY
Physical Education Acts (General) — Performance Centered, Land PEM
Physical Education Acts (General) — Water, Snow, Ice PEN
Physical Education Theory PET
Physical Science PSC
Physical Therapy PHT
Physics PHY
Political Science POS
Precision Metals Technology PMT
Psychology PSY
Quantitative Methods in Business QMB
Radiation Therapy RAT
Radio/Television RTV
Radiologic Technology RTE
Reading REA
Reading Education RED
Real Estate REE
Religion REL
Respiratory Therapy RET
Risk Management and Insurance RMI
Security SCC
Sign Language Interpreting INT
Small Business Management: Occupational/Technical/Variable Paced SBM
Sociology, General SYG
Spanish Language SPN
Speech Communication SPC
Sports Management SPM
Statistics STA
Student Life Skills SLS
Taxation TAX
Technical Architecture TAR
Theatre Performance and Performance Training TPP
Theatre Production and Administration TPA
Theatre Studies and General Resources THE
Transportation and Logistics TRA
Women’s Studies WST
Zoology ZOO


Course Descriptions

All courses will have a notation at the end of course description indicating A.A., A.S. or A.A.S. Confirm your choices with an advisor or counselor.

Several opportunities to earn credit by examination are provided to students with prior learning and life experiences in content areas. Credit by examination programs include the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests, the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (ACT/PEP) and the College’s own College Course Challenge Exam (CCCE). Courses for which an examination is available through one of these programs are identified with a (CBE) at the end of the course description. Courses for which certification is available are identified with a (CBC) at the end of the course description. Occasionally the testing program sponsor will discontinue a test, so contact any campus assessment and certification center for additional information concerning test availability and registration information.

College credit courses in this catalog with an “A.A.” designation located at the end of the course descriptions will count toward the Associate in Arts degree and are guaranteed transferable for those students that transfer with the Associate in Arts degree. When a student transfers without the Associate in Arts degree, the transferability of the course is decided by the receiving institution.

College credit courses without the “A.A.” designation will not count toward the Associate in Arts degree. The transferability of these courses is decided by the receiving transfer university.

The “A.S.” and “A.A.S.” designation at the end of the course description indicates the course will count toward an Associate in Science degree and/or Associate in Applied Science. When a student transfers with the Associate in Science degree or Associate in Applied Science, the transferability of the course is decided by the receiving institution.

All courses in the following list are not taught each term. Class schedules are published prior to each term that show the courses that will be offered. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite courses listed in the course descriptions.