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State of Florida 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 25 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 SCNS at scns.fldoe.org to obtain course descriptions and specific information about course transfers between participating Florida institutions.
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 the 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: ENC 1101
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 56 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 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 state college and the same course is offered at a state university as ENC 2101. A student who has successfully completed ENC 1101 at the state 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 which 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 areas, 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:
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 varying topic 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.
Courses at Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions
The SCNS makes available, at scns.fldoe.org, a report titled "Courses at Non-regionally Accredited Institutions," that contains a comprehensive listing of all non-public 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 should be directed to: Christine Broeker, Director, Curriculum and Academic Scheduling; Seminole State College, Office of Course and Curriculum Development; 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773; or the Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation; 1401 Turlington Building; Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400. Special reports and technical information may be requested by contacting the Statewide Course Numbering System office at 850.245.0427 or scns.fldoe.org. Appeals regarding course credit transfer decisions should be directed to the College's Director of Records and Registration/Registrar at: Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford, FL 32773.
Guide to Course Prefixes and Corresponding Disciplines
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