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 by participating nonpublic institutions. The major purpose of this system is to facilitate the transfer of courses between participating institutions. Students and administrators can use the online SCNS to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfer between participating Florida institutions. This information is at the SCNS website at scns.fldoe.org.
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 SCNS. The listing of prefixes and associated courses 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 (first digit)
||Century Digit (second digit)
||Decade Digit (third digit)
||Unit Digit (fourth digit)
||Level at this institution
||Composition Skills I
||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, as listed below in Exceptions to the General Rule for Equivalency.
For example, a freshman composition skills course is offered by 84 different public and nonpublic 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 that has the same prefix and course number but 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 a Florida College System institution 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 the semester-term system. 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 subcategory 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 excepted from the guarantee of transfer for equivalent courses. These include courses that must be evaluated individually or 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.
- Courses not offered by the receiving institution.
- For courses at non-regionally accredited institutions, courses offered prior to the established transfer date of the course in question.
- Courses in the _900-999 series are not automatically transferable, and must be evaluated individually. These include such courses as Special Topics, Internships, Apprenticeships, Practica, Study Abroad, Theses, and Dissertations.
- Applied academics for adult education courses.
- Graduate courses.
- Internships, apprenticeships, practica, clinical experiences, and study abroad courses with numbers other than those ranging from 900-999.
- Applied courses in the performing arts (Art, Dance, Interior Design, Music, and Theatre) and skills courses in Criminal Justice (academy certificate courses) are not guaranteed as transferable. These courses need evidence of achievement (e.g., portfolio, audition, interview, etc.).
Courses at Nonregionally Accredited Institutions
The SCNS makes available on its home page (http://scns.fldoe.org) a report entitled “Courses at Nonregionally 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 SCNS and appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to Christie Logan in the Office of the Registrar, Florida SouthWestern State College, or to 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 SCNS office at (850) 245-0427 or at http://scns.fldoe.org.
International or Diversity Focus Courses
State universities in Florida may require students to take courses that have an international or diversity focus. These courses are designated with an “I” after the course description.
List of International or Diversity Focus Courses at Florida SouthWestern State College
AMH 2091 - African-American History- (I) 3 credits
ANT 1410 - Introduction to Cultural Anthropology- (I) 3 credits
ARH 1050 - History of Art I- (I) 3 credits
ARH 1051 - History of Art II- (I) 3 credits
COM 2460 - Introduction to Intercultural Communication – (I) 3 credits
EDF 2085 - Introduction to Diversity for Educators- (I) 3 credits
ENL 2012 - British Literature and Culture I, to 1780 (I) 3 credits
ENL 2022 - British Literature and Culture II, 1780 to Present (I) 3 credits
FIL 1000 - Film Appreciation (I) 3 credits
FRE 1120 - Elementary French I - (I) 4 credits
FRE 1121 - Elementary French II- (I) 4 credits
FRE 2210 - Intermediate French Conversation and Composition- (I) 3 credits
FRE 2220 - Intermediate French I- (I) 4 credits
FRE 2221 - Intermediate French II- (I) 4 credits
GER 1120 - Elementary German I- (I) 4 credits
GER 1121 - Elementary German II- (I) 4 credits
HUM 1950 - Humanities Study Tour- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2211 - Studies in Humanities: The Ancient World through the Medieval Period- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2235 - Studies in Humanities: The Renaissance through the Age of Reason- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2250 - Studies in Humanities: The Romantic Era to the Present- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2410 - Introduction to Asian Humanities- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2510 - Studies in Humanities: Humanities through the Arts- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2930 - Studies in Humanities: Great Human Questions- (I) 3 credits
HUM 2950 - Humanities Study Tour- (I) 3 credits
HUS 2551 - Multicultural Perspectives in Human Services (I) 3 credits
IDS 2930 - Special Topics in Arts and Sciences- (I) 3 credits
INR 2002 - International Relations- (I) 3 credits
INR 2500 - Model United Nations (I) 3 credits
LIT 2000 - Introduction to Literature (I) 3 credits
LIT 2110 - World Literature I- (I) 3 credits
LIT 2120 - World Literature II- (I) 3 credits
MAN 4113 - Understanding and Managing Diversity- (I) 3 credits
MUL 1010 - Music Appreciation (I) 3 credits
REL 2300 - World Religions- (I) 3 credits
SOP 2770 - Introduction to Human Sexuality (I) 3 credits
SPN 1120 - Beginning Spanish I- (I) 4 credits
SPN 1121 - Beginning Spanish II- (I) 4 credits
SPN 2210 - Advanced Spanish Conversation and Composition- (I) 3 credits
SPN 2220 - Intermediate Spanish I- (I) 4 credits
SPN 2221 - Intermediate Spanish II- (I) 4 credits
THE 1000 - Theatre Appreciation (I) 3 credits
TSL 4080 - Second Language Acquisition and Culture-(I) 3 credits
WOH 1012 - History of World Civilization to 1500- (I) 3 credits
WOH 1023 - History of World Civilization 1500 to 1815- (I) 3 credits
WOH 1030 - History of World Civilization 1815 to Present- (I) 3 credits