Catalog Number

From CSUMB Data Glossary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Catalog Number corresponds to a unique course catalog definition number. Catalog numbers typically include three numeric characters ranging from 100-799 and may have an alpha character suffix such as "A" for 1st level, "B" for 2nd level, or "S" for service learning course.

Where Term Appears
CSUMB Data Warehouse Dashboards:
Filter / Group Breakdown Location:
Other Reports:
Data Custodian
Academic and Centralized Scheduling
Data Source
Source System:CMS - SA
Source Table Name:PS_CLASS_TBL
Source Field Name:CATALOG_NBR
Census Process:No
Logical Transformation / Calculation
OBIEE Folder and Column
Folder Heading:"Academic Course"
Column Heading:"Catalog Number"
Catalog Number Range Usage
001 - 099 Special courses involving Academic Preparation and development of basic skills. Courses do not convey degree or program credit.
100 - 299 Lower-division courses: used primarily for General Education and introductory courses. Courses carry university baccalaureate degree and other program credit.
300 - 499 Upper-division courses: used for advanced and specialized instruction. Courses carry university degree and program credit.
500 - 599 Graduate-division courses at the 500-level are used for lecture/discussion, laboratory, fieldwork, and internship courses. Courses confer credit to students seeking credentials, graduate degrees, post-bacc certificates, and in some instances undergraduate degrees.
600 -699 Graduate-division courses at the 600-level are reserved for advanced graduate level work, usually in the seminar or independent research or other activity format. Graduate degree or credential program credit only.
700 - 799 Used only for professional development courses and does not convey degree or program credit.
Catalog Number Suffix Usage Example
L Laboratory course CHEM 110L
S Service Learning course BUS 303S
A First part of a two-semester or two-part course CHHS 496A
B Second part of a two-semester or two-part course CHHS 496B

Combined with "Subject Code" the Catalog Number is the short identifier many courses on campus are known by.


"CHEM 109" is the combined Subject Code and Catalog Number for "Introductory Chemistry."

Business Rules

When there is a change to a course number, the University Catalog must show the default statement, "Not open for credit to students with credit in DEPT XXX" (the old course number). If the course is repeatable, the default statement will be, "Students with credit in DEPT XXX may only have a total of 9 units of DEPT XXX and DEPT YYY combined" (XXX represents the old course number and YYY represents the new course number).

Changes to course numbers that involve a change from one level to another, e.g., from the 200-level to the 300-level, will normally require a new course description, course outline, syllabus, and bibliography.

NOTE: Numbers cannot be reused for new courses for 7 years.

A course may be numbered at both the 400- and 500- level if the faculty provide additional exercises or assignments for students enrolled at the 500-level and grade students differentially. See "Double-Numbered Courses" below.

Double-Numbered Courses - Certain kinds of courses may be "double-numbered" so that the course can be offered simultaneously (at the same time and place with the same instructor) for students in the lower division and upper division or for students in the upper division and in the graduate division. In all cases, the course must have the same number of units, same title, and same mode of instruction (classification). Generic courses and generic course topics may be cross-listed but may not be double-numbered. The double numbering of courses in the undergraduate curriculum is normally limited to studio and performance courses where individual instruction is given to students as a normal form of teaching. The double numbering of courses between the undergraduate and graduate levels may include the studio form of instruction and under the following set of restrictions and forms of instruction.

Upper-division courses at the 400-level and graduate courses at the 500-level may only be double numbered to capture the mode and level differential for graduate students. The courses must meet the requirements for double-numbering above. In addition, they must have different standard course outlines which demonstrate that graduate students are required to complete quantitatively and/or qualitatively more difficult assignments and that graduate students are graded differentially.

Reserved Numbers - Certain numbers or parts of numbers are reserved for special purpose courses for which it has become desirable to have a common number throughout the curricula.

  • Special Topics Course numbers ending in 95 (i.e. 395, 495, etc.):  These courses are offered under the generic course title (e.g., Special Topics) that will be the only title that appears on the transcripts.  However, when scheduling a topic the individual topic title must be listed. A topic will not be scheduled using the generic title alone. These topics may only be offered twice in an academic year. After which point it must be submitted through course consent as a new course. In order to add a special topic title, submit the Course Maintenance Form to Academic Scheduling to tag the course with the special topic title. Offered as interest warrants.
  • Field Studies Course numbers ending in 96 (i.e. 396, 496, etc.):  Opportunities for independent field research.
  • Independent Studies Course numbers ending in 97 (i.e. 397, 497, etc.):  Independent study under the direction of a faculty member.  Course may be repeated for credit when topics vary. Offered as interest warrants.

See Also

Definition Source

Catalog Number - Within an academic group, catalog number ranges are linked to academic careers on the Academic Group Table page. If you have already specified an academic group for this course offering, the system automatically displays the appropriate academic career when you enter a catalog number. This field is 10 digits. The system reserves the four left digits exclusively for numeric characters, and the right six digits for both alpha and numeric characters. A field edit enforces this programming.[1]


  1. Oracle PeopleSoft. PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.2: Student Records. December 2015. Retrieved from: