Course Numbering System
Courses numbered 1-9 are developmental studies courses. The credits earned in these courses are not applicable toward an associate degree and do not transfer to a four-year college. If a grade of “R” has been earned, students may re-register for these courses in subsequent semesters as necessary until the course objectives are completed.
Courses numbered 10-99 are basic occupational courses for diploma and certificate programs. The credits earned in these courses are applicable toward diploma and certificate programs but are not applicable toward an associate degree and do not transfer to a four-year college.
Courses numbered 100-199 are freshman-level courses applicable toward an associate degree and/or toward diploma and certificate programs.
Courses numbered 200-299 are sophomore-level courses applicable toward an associate degree and/or toward diploma and certificate programs.
The credit for each course is indicated after the title in the course description. One credit is equivalent to one collegiate semester hour. Each credit given for a course is based on approximately three hours of study in that course weekly by each student. Courses may consist of lectures, out-of-class study, laboratory and shop study, or combinations thereof.
The number of lecture hours in class each week (including lectures, seminar, and discussion hours) and/or the number of laboratory hours in class each week (including laboratory, shop, supervised practice, and cooperative work experiences) are indicated for each course in the course description. The numbers of lecture and laboratory hours in class each week are also called “contact” hours because it is time spent under the direct supervision of a faculty member. In addition to the lecture and laboratory hours in class each week, each student must spend some time on out-of-class assignments under his or her own direction. Usually each credit per course requires an average of three hours of out-of-class work each week.
All courses at Thomas Nelson Community College have reading prerequisite(s), except those that are specifically exempted. Students who are placed into ENG 1, ENF 2, or ENF 3, Preparing for College English I-III must complete these courses before enrolling in any non-exempt course. Prerequisites are listed in each semester’s Schedule of Classes and may include developmental courses identified through the College’s Placement Testing Program.
If any other prerequisite(s) are required before a student may enroll in a course, they will be identified in the course description. Unless otherwise noted, courses in special sequence (usually identified by numerals I-II) must be taken in order. The Prerequisite(s) or their equivalent must be completed satisfactorily before a student may enroll in a course unless special permission is obtained from the major division chair and the instructor. Students who register in violation of college prerequisite(s) are subject to administrative withdrawal.
A co-requisite course must be taken simultaneously with another course, unless the student has already completed it successfully. Co-requisites are listed in the Thomas Nelson Schedule of Classes and may include developmental courses identified through the College’s Placement Testing Program. The College reserves the right to withdraw students from courses if they are not also enrolled in the co-requisite or have not completed it successfully.
General Usage Courses
(1-5 credits, may be repeated for credit) Courses apply to multiple curricula and all disciplines and may carry a variety of prefix designations. Specific course information may be included in class schedules. Course may include lecture, lab, out-of-class study, or a combination. Courses include the following:
90, 190, 290 Coordinated Internship In
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college. Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours per week. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours per week.
93, 193, 293 Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course’s viability as a permanent offering. A “studies in” course is intended as an experimental course to test its viability as a permanent offering. Variable hours per week.
95, 195, 295 Topics In
Provides the opportunity to explore topic areas of an evolving nature or of short-term importance.
96, 196, 296 On-Site Training In
Offers opportunities for career orientation and training without pay in selected businesses and industry. Supervised and coordinated by the college. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours per week. Variable hours per week.
97, 197, 297 Cooperative Education In
Provides on-the-job training and pay in approved business, industrial and service firms. Applies to all career-technical curricula at the discretion of the college. Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. Variable hours per week.
98, 198, 298 Seminar and Project In
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student’s occupational objective and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field. Variable hours per week.
99, 199, 299 Supervised Study In
Assigns problems for independent study outside the normal classroom setting under the guidance and direction of an instructor. Incorporates prior experience and instruction in the discipline. Variable hours per week.
In addition to general education and courses required for their major, students may also have the opportunity to enroll in a credit course as a general elective. The curriculum outline for each program lists specific courses students must take to complete the degree or certificate, and most programs limit student choice to lists of approved courses. Some programs, however, may provide flexibility for students to select any credit course at the 100- or 200-level in which they have an interest. Transfer students are advised to consult a Thomas Nelson Advisor or counselor and the transfer institution’s transfer guide to determine transferability of elective courses.